GlamGlow PowerMud Review

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Fans and proponents of the original Glamglow Youthmud will probably hate me for saying that I don’t like it, it tingles like hell, and it’s simply an overhyped and over youtube’d mud mask that does nothing. The sensation is much more intense than glycolic acid, retinol and benzoyl peroxide combined. And that’s telling a lot because I’m no noob to masks, peels and all sorts of facial treatments. So while at Sephora few weeks ago, I picked up another mask called Powermud (still from Glamglow) which claims to remove weekly build up of dirt, oil and makeup. Is it a glowing review this time? scroll down for the great reveal.

What the website says: a mud-to-oil, gentle cleansing treatment that removes dirt and grime; it has OILIXER™, a custom-blended complex of four powerful, rare, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing cleansing oils; CLAYTOX™, a carefully balanced four-clay blend for gentle skin detoxification; PUREIFIER™, a complex mix of cleansers, astringents, and exfoliators to purify and condition the skin.


What my maturing skin and clogged pores say: Beyond the trademarked and obviously-play-of-words a.k.a marketing jargon, this mud mask is more tolerable than Youthmud; yes it does tingle but it dissipates after few minutes. The consistency is thinner than Youthmud and Thirstymud. It smells like apple and it feels slightly gritty on application. I can’t specifically pinpoint which from the ingredients contribute to it (crushed seeds maybe?) but for reference, here’s the breakdown:


Water, Bentonite, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Kaolin, Calcium Carbonate, Squalane, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Montmorillonite, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Verbascum Thapsus Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Peel Extract, Verbascum Thapsus Extract, Plankton Extract, Boswellia Carterli Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Disodium Edta, Inositol, Taurine, Trehalose, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).


This mud mask transforms into a cleansing oil as you rinse. There is mild exfoliation or unclogging as I call it. On the first occasion I have used it, I had three tiny zits on my chin the following day. Unperturbed, I knew it’s “purging the bad out” or deep-cleansing my face. After several uses, my skin has finally adjusted to it, tingle-immunity included. Most of all, I like how it makes my face feels clean and taut after 10 mins of masking. With that said, a repurchase is definitely happening!


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39 Comments

  1. October 29, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I'm glad this worked out better for you! I tried the original and thought it was just a hyped up as all get out.

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:31 am

      I completely agree. That original mud feels like hell

  2. October 29, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    I've been dying to try one of these, but never got around to it because I've been afraid they won't be worth the price. Now I know which one will be my first 🙂

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:31 am

      Hi Kristin, I'd say this is the least tingling out of all the versions

  3. October 29, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    I didn't like the original Glamglow mask either! My skin was way too sensitive for it. This one sounds way better though!

  4. October 29, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    I love mud masques, but I wish the purging didn't make new zits! Lol

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:32 am

      unfortunately that's the thing w/ us acne-prone people. There's a lot of "entrapments" that need to purge

  5. October 29, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    I could use a deep clean. This sounds like a good way to get it.

  6. October 29, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    WOW, Kath! I sort of figured given your feelings about the original version that you were going to feel the same about this one! thank you for your honest review– I will try to get a sample next time I go to Sephora!

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:33 am

      Yes, get a sample first and see if your skin can handle the tingle….

  7. October 29, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Thank you for the warning. I have sensitive skin and usually avoid most mud masks anyway. This has been so hyped, I've been curious. Done.

  8. October 29, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I'd like to try this masque and the moisturizing one for us old broads.

  9. October 29, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    hmmm Might havta look into this. I need a deep cleanse on my face.

  10. October 29, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Glad you liked this one! Yea I wasn't impressed by the original GlamGlow Youthmud either. My holy grail mask is the La Bella Figura Bio Active Purifying Mask!

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:35 am

      Thanks for the reco, I'll look into La Bella. We can never have too many masks 🙂

  11. October 29, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I haven't tried this one but one of the Glamglow masks that I got in my Glossybox burned IMMEDIATELY when I put it on my face. I couldn't get it off fast enough. It was one of the most painful experiences ever.

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:35 am

      If it was Youthmud, yep I had the same exact feeling I had to put fan on to blow the burning sensation

  12. October 29, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    I haven't tried glamglow before.

    • October 30, 2014 / 7:36 am

      you have such sensitive skin, I think you won't like Glamglow

  13. October 29, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    The tingling actually sounds like what I would like!

  14. October 29, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    I love seeing honest reviews like this that go against the grain! Gives people more to think about!

  15. October 30, 2014 / 12:54 am

    The jury is still out. I havent had anything better than ExfoliKate. Not sure if my sensitive dry skin could handle Glam Glow.

  16. October 30, 2014 / 1:12 am

    I've been on the fence about the brand overall and have yet to try anything, but this does sound really interesting. Great review!

  17. October 30, 2014 / 4:55 am

    I was tempted to buy a small glamglow in line at sephora the other day!

  18. October 30, 2014 / 6:00 am

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't that into the original!

  19. October 30, 2014 / 7:03 am

    This has a much more liquid texture than the others in the white and black containers that I have. I was so disappointed in those… they dried up in less than a month of opening them… and that happened twice, the first purchase and then the second. I was so disappointed. I will try this.

  20. October 30, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    This sounds great and really promising – I could use some deepcleansing!

  21. October 30, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    I want to try this now because the other seriously was not pleasant at all and it was so over hyped

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