A result of Black Friday – or, rather, Black Monday, considering Complex Beauty ran their sale all week – was The Godmother enzyme mask, Smooth Operator antioxidant mask, and the Afterglow Complexion Mist from Complex Beauty (three items from their Glow Getters set). I’ve been wanting to try them ever since seeing them on Caked To The Nines blog, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I saw they were doing a 50% off sitewide sale. Although I wasn’t planning on the mist, I’ve heard it’s been such a game-changer for some people with the same textural skincare issues I have, so I picked it up.
I want to try everything from them, basically, and had a hard time choosing which masks to pick first. I was seriously debating about splurging on the whole set, since I wanted to try all of them, but then figured it was overkill on the masks. I likely wouldn’t get through them before they expired. However, I’m really excited about the pieces I got and here ya go.
The Godmother Enzyme Mask
Lately, I’ve been into products with fruit AHAs in them. I think it’s the very mention of “fruit” that makes me think, “healthy!” when it comes to my skin. Plus, I don’t have a ton of experience with chemical exfoliating, even though I’ve read it’s much better for your skin. This mask ticks all those boxes of what I was looking for in my bi-weekly facial _love_
The Godmother looks and smells like pumpkin, so make sure to have your pumpkin pie handy while you mask in this. This was especially true for me because *thankfully* we had leftover pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving. It does have a thinner consistency than I anticipated – I’m not sure what made me expect a thicker, goopier mask, but all the same I’m happy because a little goes a long way and the jar looks very small.
A few moments after applying, it’ll start to tingle and eventually turn into a light burning sensation. Aaaand, as I’m writing this is just reminds me of:
I have a fairly low pain tolerance so I just grit my teeth and tried to forget about it, which is easy enough to do. As I said, light. It’ll settle down a bit as far as how it feels, but I didn’t realize that until after I had washed it off, and my skin wasn’t hurting at all.
Afterwards, I loved how this mask didn’t dry my skin out at all; in fact, my skin felt fresh and new afterwards.
Smooth Operator Antioxidant Mask
Smooth Operator had me at “anti-stress” and “anti-pollution” which are the first two adjectives used to illustrate this mask in their description. Any mask that advertises to help with the effects of pollution, I am so there for it. If you guys have any recommendations, throw them my way!
Though personally I am not a fan of the scent, it’s not strong at all. It does linger, as the mask is on your face, but again, it’s light and definitely not a deal breaker.
Like the Godmother, it has a surprisingly thin texture, yet also a bit bouncy and mousse-y (if that makes sense) which makes it easy to spread. It can give a bit of a cooling sensation after it’s on for a few minutes, but then it goes away. Thankfully, it stays pretty flexible the entire 20 minutes it’s on your face and doesn’t entirely dry down, meaning you can still talk and move your mouth easily.
A gentle mask through and through, I enjoyed using this, as well as the soft results my skin saw after washing it off – which, by the way, is a simple process. The water will turn the mask into a light, almost milky consistency that requires a few more commercial-worthy splashes of water but otherwise easy enough.
Both masks contain vitamin C, which aids in pigmentation, not something I personally have, but an ingredient to keep in mind if you do have pigmentation.
With both of the masks, a little goes a long way, so don’t be surprised how small they are at first, like I was.
Afterglow Complexion Mist
I have high expectations for this product, to the point where I am full on expecting Holy Grail status from this. I’m a bit scared of that moment because $34 is a hefty price for a mist, but oh well. It hasn’t achieved that status yet only because while it has been about a month, I think mists take a little longer to really show long term results, and to be honest, I haven’t been all that consistent with this. For best results, this does say it should be applied throughout the day. For summer, this is no problem, but for winter I cringe at spraying something cooling over my face. However, I do think it’s helping!
The little bumps on my forehead and between my brows are slowly getting more and more diminished (with the help of the masks, too, of course) and this is the perfect mist to give you an instant glow. Plus, and this is my favorite part, it’s not just your average fact mist – it has fruit enzymes that help exfoliate your skin in a very gentle way! It does contain AHAs though, so I always make sure to use sunscreen if I’m going outside.
Packaging wise, the spray nozzle is deceiving; it looks like a normal nozzle (think Mario Badescu spray), but the spray it gives is hands down the finest mist I’ve ever tried. It does, however, linger in the air for a bit, so I waft it towards my face, where the mist sinks in quickly. It’s not the best smelling mist, but it does go away after a few moments, and I’ll take it as long as the results are there. While I enjoy using it now, I’m sure I’ll see more/better results once I get to using this more frequently.
Have you tried anything from Complex Beauty? Do you want to?