Are They Dupes? Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment VS L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask

by Gio
a dupe for Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Have you heard? Rumour on the grapevine is that L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask is a dupe for the pricier Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment.

Masks are one of those products I don’t like splurging on (girl needs to save money for retinol serums), so I just had to investigate. Here’s who won my vote:

Ingredient Analysis


Monmorillonite is the second ingredient in the Glamglow Mask and the third in the L’Oreal Mask.

It’s a clay made with bentonite (a super absorbent clay) and fuller’s earth (a brownish white substance found in sediment).

Montmorillonite is very absorbent: it soaks up excess oil, preventing pimples.

Kaolin Clay

Kaolin is the third ingredient in the Glamglow mask and the second in the L’Oreal one.

It’s another clay that absorbs excess oil, but it’s less powerful than montmorillonite. If you have combination or slightly oily skin, the L’Oreal mask may be the better choice. It’ll soak up the excess oil, but still leave you enough to keep your skin naturally moisturised.


Both masks can absorb excess oil, but Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment goes the extra mile: it exfoliates skin, too.

Problem is, it uses pumice, a porous volcanic rock. It’s very abrasive so it could scratch your skin if you’re not careful. I don’t mind using it on rough areas such as feet and elbows, but I don’t want it anywhere near my face.

If your skin is pretty resistant and you’re super careful, this could work for you. But if your skin is sensitive, run away!

Green Tea

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment sorts of redeems itself here. While L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask is a pretty basic formula that’ll soak up all excess oil and call it a day, Glamglow has plenty of green tea to keep wrinkles at bay.

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, reduces inflammation and helps protect against UV-induced damage.

It’s not enough to make me forget about the pumice, but it’s a step in the right direction.

What About The Rest Of The Formulas?

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask may be the most basic of the two, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Better be plain and boring than have extras that can hurt the skin (no, I’m not letting the pumice thing go).

L’Oreal also uses gentle preservatives, like Phenoxyethanol. Glamglow, instead, still relies on Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. It’s true they are more powerful and can kill a wider range of germs and bacteria. But, they’re also the most irritating preservatives used in skincare.

It’s true they won’t stay on the skin for long, but why use them when there are safer and gentler preservatives out there? Like, you know, parabens?

I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: if you have sensitive skin, don’t go anywhere near Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment.

Related: The Truth About Parabens: Are They Really As Bad As They’re Made Out To Be?


Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: $69.00 at Sephora

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask: $12.00 at Ulta


Is L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask A Dupe For Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment?

I wouldn’t call it a dupe. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask is a stripped down version of the fancier Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment.

I usually like the extras, but this time I’m giving my vote to L’Oreal. It may lack antioxidants but at least it doesn’t contain anything super irritating, either.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Ingredients: Water, Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask Ingredients: Aqua / Eau – Kaolin – Montmorillonite – Lécithine – Polysorbate 20 – Butylène Glycol – Propylène Glycol – Ci 77499 / Oxydes De Fer – Oryza Sativa Amidon D’amidon / Riz – Arbre De Lava Marocain – Poudre De Charbon – Caprylyl Glycol – Acide Citrique – Gomme De Xanthan – Polyglycérine- 10 – Myristate De Polyglyceryl-10 – Stearate De Polyglyceryl-10 – Dehydroacetate De Sodium – Phenoxyethanol – Chlorphenesine – Linalool – Limonene – Parfum / Parfum

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