Cheekiness aside, I’ve had this tub of cream mask since April when I told you that I was hoping to discover a new favourite skincare item after rediscovering the One Essential serum. Well, I did!
I’d totally forgotten to blog about this mask but I was reminded of it after I spotted it in the special GWP pouch given to MWS readers who went for the one on one makeup lesson. I don’t use cream masks very much because they are a hassle to clean off, but I must say that I like this one, because it does almost everything it says its supposed to do. That’s the best sort of skincare for me.
The Capture Totale One Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment Mask is a complement to the Capture Totale One Essential serum that was launched 2 years ago. Like the serum, the mask works on “detoxifying” your skin surface, with 10x higher Détoxinyle™ to detox the skin, and leave it glowing and healthy after use. Once your skin is “detoxed” products absorb more quickly and more easily and are therefore more effective. That is, in a nutshell, the philosophy behind One Essential – it is a pre-skincare product, that helps the rest of your skincare work better.
When I saw ads for the mask in a mag one day, I knew I had to try it. Yeah, who said ads in mags don’t work eh?
I’ve had it since April which is roughly 6 months now, and I’m starting to hit the bottom of the tub. With each scrape of product, I now see the bottom so that means it will soon be time to replenish Not bad, considering I am quite heavy handed with this.
The product is a light pink gel cream in a tub. The box comes with a spatula included, but if you plan to purchase it, please make sure you specify to the SA that you want the scraper that comes with it. When I purchased mine, I asked if it was in there, and the SA said yes. I bought it, and immediately opened the plastic wrapped box only to find that there was no scraper in there. The SA wouldn’t believe me, and opened up another box to show me that it should be included (maybe she thought I was lying and wanted a second one) but there was none in that box either. So she then rather reluctantly handed me a separate box containing a Dior scraper, rather like the ones you use for baking cakes LOL!
The problem with mine is that after 6 months, its cracked so I can’t use it anymore anyway. You can see it in the picture above, the roundish plastic scraper. So, why do you need this scraper then?
The recommended technique for using this Ultra-Detox Mask is to take a generous amount and spread it all over your face. You will feel a cooling effect, and maybe even a slight tingling. Then, leave it on for 5-10 minutes for the product to penetrate into your skin and then remove excess using the scraper. You can wash your face at this point, or just continue on with your regular skincare.
I tried this, but I felt that it was quite a waste of product. I mean, this was expensive! I wanted to get the most out of it, so I devised my own way of using it that I must say, works for my slightly dry and not overly sensitive skin. I use the included spatula, and dig out globs of gel cream, one glob for each part of my face. I told you I was generous with this.
Then, I spread it all over so there is a thickish layer of product, and then I go and watch tv or read a book. I kid you not! I watch something for about 45 minutes (that’s about the length of a regular 1 hour TV programme sans ads anyway) by which time, the product would be mostly absorbed into my skin and there is no excess to scrape off. It feels dry but with a sticky film on my skin.
I then wet a piece of cotton pad with toner – I use the Diorsnow Lotion or Capture Totale lotion or whatever else toner I have on hand – then gently rub against my skin in circular motions. This removes the excess gel-cream from the mask without drying out my skin, and I don’t really waste any product or benefit by washing it away. It usually takes a while to get most of the product off.
But when its done, I love the feeling. My skin feels soft and smooth and yes, brighter and more radiant. The results are quite immediate and if you have dull tired skin to start, you will notice it almost immediately. I love using this after a tiring spell of work or stress. Perks up my skin a treat!
Based on my current routine, after removing the mask (and toning my skin at the same time) I spritz on some floral water and then follow up with my serum and face oils. Everything seems to go on more easily and absorb more quickly after that. Skin the next morning looks good, and is an excellent base for makeup.
One additional little benefit I discovered was that if I had a pimple that was forming, using this mask on it seems to kill it somehow. Or if I have a stubborn cystic acne spot, using this mask seems to soften it and help it go away more quickly.
Two things I don’t like about it are the rather strong fragrance which I find quite soothing, but strong; and the packaging because getting every last bit of product out of the tub is practically impossible. To do so, I will likely be really cheap and use a piece of cotton pad to wipe out Every.Last.Bit so there is no wastage. Its pricey and I want to make sure I get every last drop. So, repackaging it is an excellent idea, Dior!
When I started out, I used this mask once a week, but then I forgot it. Now I use it maybe once every fortnight or whenever I feel like perking up my skin. It really does do a good job for my skin and I love it!
In a nutshell
The Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra-Detox Mask is a gel-cream mask that is a wipe off or wash off mask, depending on your preference. I prefer to not wash it off so I don’t waste the product. My skin handles it well although I don’t wash off, but I do clean off excess with toner moistened cotton, after allowing most of the product to absorb into my skin. I do find that results are almost instantly visible, with my skin just looking better after use – brighter, smoother and if I have spots, it kills them somewhat. I like this and my skin seems to benefit from regular use of this and the serum, so yeah, I’m happy
Pros: Skin feels smoother, brighter and more radiant almost immediately, With regular use, my skin looks and feels better
Cons: Pricey initial cost, Strong fragrance, Packaging can result in wasted product
Who will like this: Anyone who has dull tired skin that needs perking up, Anyone who wants an anti-aging mask
Here is the ingredient list for those interested.
I will say its not one for the young ‘uns unless you are already showing signs of aging and fatigue on your skin. The Capture Totale line is targeted for those who have anti-aging concerns so I would put this in the 30s and up demographic, unless you have a highly stressful job that takes a toll on your skin then you might appreciate this coming to your rescue
Have you tried this one? Or have you tried the One Essential Serum?
I’m a huge fan of both. I’m on Bottle #2 of the serum (so pleased they came out with a larger 50ml bottle) and its doing good things for my skin with regular use. Fell off the bandwagon once, but I promised, I won’t again. I know Lily over at ChloeAsh likes this mask too so that’s 2 great minds thinking alike
Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra-Detox Mask Price: RM360/50ml Availability: Dior counters