I can’t believe it’s almost been three weeks since I received these products from GlamglowSA. It was the same day I published my original Glamglow review so I was shocked beyond measure. I am super stoked to be able to test out these new products as I am obsessed with the brand as a whole. I’ve been using them daily so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you on them thus far.
Glamglow Galaticleanse Hydrating Jelly Balm Cleanser – R590 ($32)
The Galacticleanse Hydrating Balm Jelly Cleanser has stolen my heart. This is no doubt the most expensive makeup remover I’ve ever tried but I only use the littlest bit at a time. Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for the Galacticleanse as my go-to makeup remover has been this one from Clinique. After trying it, I had to eat my words. It is so powerful that a pea-sized amount can remove everything in one go. Foundation, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, alles.
My favourite thing about this product is the scent. I wear minimal makeup on lazy days just as an excuse to use this jelly. It smells of berries which just makes me sigh with pleasure everytime I use it. I usually tend to stay away from fragranced items as it can irritate the skin. I’m assuming that’s the reason most people won’t even consider purchasing this product. I have sensitive skin prone to irritation and inflammation and this didn’t make my skin react at all. On the box, it shows the Galacticleanse is best for normal to dry skin. I have oily/combo skin and it worked perfectly for me.
Inspired by a starry night, the midnight black jelly balm apparently contains meteorite powder. I’m still wondering where they would have sourced this from. The jelly turns into a cleansing milk when mixed with water. The meteorite powder deeply cleanses the skin whilst moonflower oil and bamboo charcoal lift away impurities and renew skin so it glows with the light of a star. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and supple with no residue.
Glamglow Supercleanse Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser – R490 ($32)
In my initial Glamglow post, I mentioned that the Supercleanse mud-to-foam cleanser is one of my favourite products from the brand. I’ve been using it for a few months and even stocked up on additional bottles when I heard it was being discontinued. The reason for my concern was of all the mixed reviews on the Sephora website. When I received the Supercleanse cream-to-foam cleanser, I was so nervous to start using it because dealing with breakouts is the bane of my existence. I’ve tried everything from Accutane to Dermapen all the way to cutting out gluten and dairy. In the name of beauty and blogging, I decided to bite the bullet.
The first thing I noticed is that it doesn’t foam as much as the original formula. This did bother me at one stage but I eventually looked past it. Secondly, it is also fragranced with peppermint and liquorice which is another yummy combination. This one is meant for normal to oily skin and contains a pore refining triple charcoal complex (coconut, ubame white oak and grey bamboo) to detox the skin and unclog pores. K17 and Mediterranean Clay absorb oils to mattify the skin while Teaoxi complex provides gentle exfoliation. I’ve been using it twice daily and my skin took to it well. I have not experienced any irregular breakouts and my skin still feels properly cleansed after using it. It doesn’t leave any residue or tightness so I will continue to use it until it’s finished.
I can’t choose a favourite between the two formulas since I haven’t been using the new one for long enough. Whilst I do prefer the original pump bottle, the newer squeeze tube is R100 cheaper which I assume is due to the packaging. Once I empty the new tube (in a month or two), I’ll come back here and update this post on my thoughts.
Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask – R120 ($9)
This was the product I was most excited to try from the new launches. I had checked a few stores to get my hands on it but it was not yet stocked. Then I finally found them last week and picked up 3 extra masks. I was feeling a bit under the weather over the weekend and had been eating a lot of junk food to comfort myself. Don’t judge me, I fall off the healthy bandwagon only once in a blue moon. My skin was feeling a bit distressed with the last signs of a few breakouts, so I thought what better time to put this mask to the test. The mask claims to remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup buildup to reveal glowing skin.
When pulling the sheet mask out of the packaging it looks quite normal. A black sheet mask with cutouts that fit quite comfortably on the skin. I hate those masks that are made for smaller head ladies and only covers half my eyes when I put it on. I expected the mask to smell of citrus according to the reviews but it smelt like nothing when I took it out of the packaging. It started to bubble in certain areas as soon as I applied it to my face and the instructions say to leave it on for 3 minutes. I didn’t experience much tingling or itching and I kept it on for a little longer as I wanted to experience the full benefits of the mask. By the 5 minute mark, the foam was thick and much larger than I expected.
I peeled off the mask, disposed of it in the trash can and rinsed my face with lukewarm water. My skin looked clearer, cleaner and brighter and it felt soft to the touch. I have previously used the bubble mask from Skin Republic and it felt like there was little insects crawling on my skin during the process. Not something I enjoyed so I haven’t repurchased it. The bubblesheet from Glamglow is definitely more comfortable but I feel the effects are similar. At a price of R47 from Dischem, I’d recommend the Skin Republic one since sheet masks are a one use product. I’ll be keeping my Glamglow sheet masks for events and special occasions because I much prefer the jars for regular weekly use.
I was definitely blown away by the new Glamglow Galacticleanse and Supercleanse cleansers. I had worked it into my mind that they were not suitable for my skin type and that I was going to have a definite negative reaction to both of them. They both worked surprisingly well and they are both something I would repurchase. The mask on the other hand, which I expected to love the most, was a bit of a letdown. Not because it didn’t work well, but because I am a fan of using sheet masks all the time. I usually spend under R50 for my sheet masks like this K-Beauty one and these ones from Clicks here. If I use the Glamglow bubblesheet mask weekly, that’s around R480 per month which sounds crazy in my mind. I’d rather save on the large jars and add some extra Pout Muds to my stash.
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