It’s not every day that a $460 skincare item lands on your desk. So when the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask came my way arrived, I was both curious and excited. Curious because I wanted to know what about it justified its hefty price tag, and excited because it’s always a thrill to try a new product no matter how much it costs.
Housed in a gorgeous gold encasing, the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask oozes luxury and comes with a hefty gold spatula so you don’t have to dip your grubby fingers into the tub. And it doesn’t end there. The mask itself packed with 24-karat gold and silk extracts along with probiotics and peptides that help renew your complexion while soothing any inflammation. It is supposed to be especially helpful for skin that has been exposed to too much sun, or if you just got back from a country with dry and cold climate. It also helps firm skin and reduce lines. It’s the equivalent of an atas facial.
I first used it after my trip to Tokyo last month. The cold had left my skin extremely dry and that had exacerbated the fine lines I have on my forehead. My skin was really tired and dull from the travel and it was a great time to put the mask to the test. Could this mask, with the price tag of a small luxe bag, really do wonders for my skin?
According to the instructions, you can use the mask for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off. But at that price, I didn’t want any of this product going down the drain. Instead, I used it as an overnight mask—which is recommended if you need an intense treatment.
The cream itself is a beautiful rich texture, almost like a balm, with a slight gold tinge—no iron man vibes here. It’s easy to apply and massage in without it feeling heavy or tacky. It does take some time to sink in, so it’s best not to slather it on just before going to bed. Because my skin was so dry, I did this every night for a week. And every morning, my skin looked bright, plump, more even toned and the dryness had definitely gone. But there was one other thing that made me truly love this mask.
Does it really work?
I am prone to cystic acne and I will usually get a spot after I travel. Like clockwork, there was one on the side of my jaw—painful and with the first signs of post-inflammation hyperpigmentation. I didn’t think the mask would do anything to help that spot, so I didn’t pay much attention to it, but by the end of the week, it wasn’t painful anymore and the hyperpigmentation had reduced. Usually, a spot like this will last for weeks before it subsides and it will always leave a mark. I was using the mask to tackle my dry and dehydrated skin, but its anti-inflammation properties are legit.
You cannot deny that my skin looks so much better after just a week of using the mask. Now that it’s back to normal, I plan to use the mask two to three times a week to ensure the results last.