There's a million and one clay masks out there, but two that seem to continually pop up are the Origins Clear Improvement Mask, and a much cheaper alternative, the Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask. So, the question is - which of these two is better? Is it worth splurging and getting the Origins version, or are you better off saving your pennies and buying the purse-friendly Boots mask? Well, I've been testing these two out for a fair few months now, and I've finally made my decision. So, without further ado, let's see how these two compare...

- More expensive
- Harsher, deeper cleanse
- Better at getting eliminating those pesky, hard to get rid of spots
- Thicker, so harder to remove (adding to the harshness as you have to rub a bit to remove it).

- Cheaper of the two
- Not as harsh, better for sensitive skin 
- Won't dry the skin out as much
- Much easier to remove

So, in short, this is what I'd recommend;
- If you have normal/oily-oily skin: Origins
- If you have normal/dry-very dry skin: Either, but Botanics will be less drying
- If you have sensitive skin: Botanics
- If you have combination skin: It's up to you - if you pick the Origins version, then make sure to keep the drier parts of your face moisturised after use, but if you pick the Botanics mask then you might need a stronger treatment in addition to it to keep any pesky blemishes at bay.

Basically, I'm actually glad that I own both - I like to use the Botanics version for a more regular deep cleanse, but I'm glad I have the Origins mask for those times when I really need a thorough, purifying mask. Having dry skin, I have to make sure I thoroughly moisturise my skin after using the Origins one, but it can't be beaten for those times when I need a real detox.

Have you guys tried any clay masks? What did you think of them?


  1. These look great, the Origins is a bit out of my budget at the moment so might give the Botanics one a go! x

  2. I have the origins one and really enjoy it. I don't find it hard to remove personally, I just use a wash cloth and warm water to take it off. The Boots option sounds nice though!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. This is a very useful post for the likes of me who have to rely on international shipping and online outlets for access to good products!

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  4. That botanics mask sounds lovely, must try it!

  5. Let me know how you get on with it! x

  6. It's not hard to remove per say, the Botanics one is just a lot easier - for me at least! x

  7. I'm glad I could be of use Divya ;) x

  8. Great review you have here! I have been thinking about picking up the Origins mask for awhile now, and I have thought about picking up the Boots one. But, after this I will probably pick up the Origins mask due to your recommendations. Thank you!

    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  9. These sound amazing.. The Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay mask is amazing too if you want a bargain! :)

    Nicola xx

  10. Well, this was a nice n quick post! I remember I didn't really enjoy the Origins mask and ended up returning it, but it's been so long since I've tried it--what if I like it now??? For clay masks, I've got the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask and the Ren's Pores No More, and for the most part, I've really been enjoying them!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry

  11. Ohh, might have to try that one out! x