As mentioned in my previous DECIEM review (see here), I recently purchased a handful of products from the brand during their November sale. Of all the items I picked up, the NIOD Flavanone Mud (C$39 for 50 ml) was the one I was most excited to try. Touted as a “three-phase rinse-off decongestion system” that’s more than just a mask, Flavanone Mud is designed to purify, decongest, and protect the skin. I’ve used the mask enough times now to share my thoughts about the formulation. To read my review, click……
Housed in a rather inconvenient glass jar that’s way too deep and narrow to easily scoop out of without a specialized spatula (which DECIEM offers for C$2.50), the NIOD Flavanone Mud is a clay-based mask with a thin and easy to spread texture. DECIEM has a pretty lengthy and dare I say a pretentiously philosophical description of the product on their website so there’s really no need for me to rehash everything here. But essentially, the mask removes pollution/makeup build-up and excess sebum with three kinds of black: black Amazonian clay, sedimentary white clay, and copper-rich Brazilian clay. Additionally, Flavanone Mud is infused with polysaccharides derived from marine microorganisms, antioxidants, chamomile-derived anti-inflammatories (bisabolol), and flavanone derived from citrus peel, which work together to brighten, calm, and detoxify the skin.
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To use, apply to dry, cleansed face and rinse off with warm water. The 50 ml bottle apparently provides up to 25 treatments as only a very thin layer is needed for each application. However, perhaps my face is much bigger than the sample size DECIEM uses, but I cannot foresee getting more than 12 to 15 treatments from the whole jar. As expected with any clay mask, Flavanone Mud sets to a dry and tight finish. DECIEM warns that the mask “may” lead to a stinging sensation after the mask is washed off and I can attest to this. Each time I’ve used this mask, I’ve experienced an incredibly strong and unpleasant stinging sensation. It’s bad enough that I have to be very mindful of what skincare to apply next as certain toners/serums cause additional irritation. I’m not sure what component of the Flavanone Mud (the flavanone perhaps?) results in this strong stinging sensation but it’s quite ironic that no answer could be found from the essay-length description on the product page.
In terms of results, I equate Flavanone Mud to a highly-efficient clay mask. After cleansing, my skin definitely felt cleansed but not dried out. Despite the stinging sensation, I didn’t notice any redness or visible signs of skin irritation. I’ve not noticed a decrease in the number of breakouts but the immediate result is very satisfying. Overall, this is a good decongesting clay mask. However, due to the poor packaging design and the intense stinging sensation, it’s not a product I would repurchase. Additionally, because DECIEM made a lot of promises with its flowery product description, I had very high expectations that were ultimately unmet. Have you tried the NIOD Flavanone Mud from DECIEM? What was your experience like? Share with me in the comments below!
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Bisabolol, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Isodecyl neopentanoate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Argilla, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Resveratrol, Naringenin, Arginine, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Glycosphingolipids, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Mica, Quartz, Sucrose Palmitate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
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