The Sample: WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask (Review, Swatches & Photos)

2 Nov

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There are mud masks and then there is WEI’s Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. The difference? WEI’s turns your bathroom into your very own spa–each treatment is a little slice of luxury. As someone with oily skin, I’ve been using mud and clay masks my whole life to draw out oil and impurities and I’ve never come across one that’s been so satisfying or so delightful! WEI has created a real treat and I couldn’t love it more!

This mask is part of WEI’s Purify-Chi line, which is meant to “[cleanse] the skin and [purify] toxins to clear the way for open energy flow.” The Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask’s star ingredient is–you guessed it–Golden Root, which is “reserved for royalty as the most potent herb to restore youth, Golden Root keeps skin looking young, smooth.” It also contains pure China Clay to eliminate toxins, purify the skin, and remove dead skin cells. I have to say though, my favorite ingredients is probably the Reishi Mushroom. It’s not often that you see this all-star ingredient added to skincare products–I love it!

As you can see, the product comes packed in a book-like box that holds 8 prepackaged pods. Each pod contains enough product for 1 treatment (actually, there’s quite a bit more than that, but we’ll get to that part later). It also comes with a super soft synthetic brush meant to smooth the mud mask onto your face. Now how’s that for luxurious?! The brush is feather soft and works quite well. It really makes the experience! Heck, I could be applying a cow paddy to my face but as long as I used this brush, I’m sure I’d still feel pampered afterwards! (*joke*)

The product is super creamy and velvety–I like the texture a lot. It’s easy to spread the product across your face and a little bit goes a long way. The color is an almost milk-chocolaty brown and it smells wonderful–slightly sweet and fruity. I usually really like the earthy smell of mud and clay masks, but this one is so light and unoffending, it’s quite pleasant.

WEI recommends that you “brush on clean face, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Follow with serum and moisturizer.” It may be implied, but I’d like to point out that by “clean face”, they probably mean “freshly-cleansed face”–as in “still-damp face”. All products (save for sunscreen) absorb better on damp skin and face masks are no exception. I get by far the best results when I apply this mask over damp skin versus clean but dry skin. But be careful–there is a difference between “damp” and “wet” and because this mask is very creamy and wet on its own, applying it to wet skin will make it too thin and watery.

Also–and this may be quite obvious as well–be sure to wash the brush applicator after every use. Simply stick it under warm running water and gently massage and squeeze the bristles until the brush is clean. The mud actually rinses out quite well and will remain usable as long as you take care to wash it thoroughly.

Now as I mentioned before, each pod is meant to contain enough product for a single use–but I find that there is more than enough product in each for about 2-3 uses. So even though there are only 8 pods, I find that you can get about 16-24 uses out of the whole pack. When I open up a new pod, I scoop out however much I need (I go with 1/3 of the pod) with a little spatula and place the product on the back of my hand then wrap up the rest in a ziploc baggie and tuck away for later use.

Now it’s great that applying the mask is so fun and rewarding in-and-of-itself, but I know you’re wondering if this mask actually does anything. After using this mask once, I did notice that my skin felt super smooth and soft and my pores were noticeably smaller. My skin didn’t feel tight at all and I just felt really, really good–really relaxed and calm. I also had a blemish coming on once and I used this mask. The next day, the blemish had disappeared. Score!

My oily, acne-prone skin benefits greatly from the detoxifying and purifying properties of a good mud/clay mask. With regular use, I feel like my skin is more calm overall as well as a touch less oily and a bit more refined. Do I think this particular one is absolutely necessary? Probably not. But still, it’s one of the better ones I’ve tried. It works really, really well. When it dries on your face, it doesn’t tighten too much or completely suck all the moisture, along with the oil, right out of your skin. It’s gentle, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less satisfying or effective. I really like this one a lot–and of course, the brush application of this one certainly gets points. You don’t have to apply it that way, but I feel like it makes it so much more of a treat. Also, it’s a lot more sanitary than having to dip your fingers in a tub over and over again.

This mask is amazing and I love it. There are certainly cheaper ones out there that will work as well, but I can really appreciate the top-notch ingredients in this one as well as the overall decadent-feel. This mask feels amazing and so gentle and refreshing going on, smells delightful, and leaves your skin smooth and positively glowing. If you are looking for a great mask that is  a treat for your skin and senses, look no further than WEI’s Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask.

Pros: great ingredients; brush is super-soft and works well; whole experience is luxurious and relaxing from start to finish; mask is gentle yet effective

Cons: a bit pricey, but one pack will last you quite a while

»»Pricing: $42/0.3 oz. x 8 pods (8 ml. x 8 pods)

»»Availability: and

»»Recommended for: best for combination and oily skins, though other skin types can certainly enjoy this mask

»»Overall Rating: A+


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10 Responses to “The Sample: WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 2, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    These look SO COOL! Love how they are single pods like that. And the brush! Puts it right over the top!
    Alas, my skin would probably shrivel up and I’d look like Spongebob when he get’s all dried up. :)

    • becca November 2, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      HAHA oh no! :P This is actually one of the more mild mud masks I’ve come across, but I still wouldn’t think it’s the BEST option for dry skin…especially during the fall/winter :/ Maybe during the summer though…

  2. fairytalesandcoffee November 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Does this dry super hard, or mildly soft. I am moving away from super hard masks because tazorac’d skin doesn’t likey.

    • becca November 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      I wouldn’t say it dries super hard…but not soft either. It’s a VERY mild hard, if that makes sense. It also depends on how thick a layer you apply too–I like mine really thick so it dried with a med. hardness for me, but with a thin layer, because the formula is so creamy and wet, it wasnt irritating or drying in the slightest.

  3. Sunny November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Ahhh I need to try something from this brand! The packaging inspires confidence, and I get what you mean with slathering a mask on with a brush. Makes the whole experience extra special!

    • becca November 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Definitely! I’ve never applied a mask this way before and I have to say, the whole experience is just lovely! I LOVE this mask!

  4. Larie November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    LOL at Tracy. I love the packaging!!! Totally makes me want to try it, but my skin is on the drier side now, too.

    • becca November 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Aww too bad :/ Maybe during the summer? It’s great for balancing the oilies and also making your skin SUPER soft and taking down pimples. I do think its best for combination-oily to oily skin though :/

  5. Liz November 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Oooh, sounds like a winner! I love the pods also. I’ve tried mud masks because people keep telling me it’s good for oily skin, but never really found one that I felt had real benefits. The last one that I tried and returned was the Fresh Umbrian Clay Bar. Did nothing for me. Putting this on the looong list of things that I need to sample. Thanks, wifey!

    • becca November 4, 2012 at 6:56 am #

      Oh no–the Umbrian Clay Bar did nothin for you, huh? That’s too bad–I’ve been REALLY curious about that one for a while! But really though, this one is amazing for oily skin, wifey! It makes my skin SOOOOOO smooth and even though the weathers been dry as heck here lately, I tested the mask and it’s still not too harsh to use! It’s really, really nice! :)

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