Dermalogica Colloidal Masque Base Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing another Dermalogica product, the Colloidal Masque Base. I purchased this product during the cold winter months in hopes that it would help hydrate my skin. I was a little disappointed because it didn’t make such a difference to my skin that I would repurchase it again in the future. I think because of the texture, in that it is a gel, it would suit more oilier skin types during the summer months. It definitely calms redness, cools the skin, and feels very smooth and lightweight. However, it did make my skin feel somewhat tight and flakey in some areas. I’ve applied it in the morning and left it on all day, and also at night and slept in it. However I think it is recommended to apply for about 15 minutes, wash it off, and apply your moisturizer, which I think is the best way to use this mask. I think that because my skin is so dry, it loves more rich, creamy and thick moisturisers, not gels, however I do have to keep in mind that this is a mask. I did also notice that this would clog my pores a little if I wore it too often, so that is why I am also disappointed with this product. Although most of the ingredients are really natural and good, there are some other ingredients that I am not happy with using on my skin. This mask comes in a professional size tube, which lasts for so long, which is a bonus considering it is a very expensive product.



“The Colloidal Masque Base is a clear, phytonutrient-rich masque that deeply moisturises dehydrated skin. Botanical humectants attract moisture and bind it to the skin, leaving it hydrated and supple. Incredibly soothes & comforts skin, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh, supple & healthy. Highly recommended for dehydrated skin. Dermalogica products contain no artificial fragrance and colour.”


-This gel form mask contains high content of moisture
-Keeps skin wet & gives a cooling effect
-Anti-oxidation & fight against external aggressors
-Incredibly soothes & comforts skin
-Leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, supple & healthy
-Ideal for dehydrated skin & eye zone
-After applying repairing essence, spread the mask on face & wait for 10 minutes. Then rinse off with water.

How to use:

-After cleansing and/or applying a suitable serum, spread masque evenly over the face.
-Leave on for 15 – 20 minutes.
-Rinse off cleanly with warm water.
-May be used around the eyes and lips.
-For intensive hydration, this masque maybe be used together with the Dermalogica Oatmeal Masque. In this case, first apply the Colloidal Masque Base, place a gauze over the face, then spread the prepared Colloidal Oatmeal Masque over the gauze. Steam the face for about 15 minutes (or leave on if a steamer is not available) and wash off cleanly.



My Skin Type:

Dry/really dry, sensitive, and breakout prone.

Feel: Since this is a gel texture, it feels very comfortable and cooling on the skin. It feels very lightweight, non tacky and absorbs right into the skin. If you have really red, irritated skin, this would feel instantly soothing on your skin. However, if you have really dry skin, this unfortunately doesn’t provide enough moisture and can feel a little tight.

Smell: There is absolutely no fragrance.

Longevity: This tube is still quite full, and has lasted me now for about 4 months plus, although I don’t use this very often. You only need the smallest amount as it is easily spreadable.

Texture: This is a watery, gel like consistency. I feel like this would be the perfect texture for more oilier/normal skin types during the warmer months as it feels very lightweight.

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Price: around $120, but you can find cheaper options on ebay or various other sites.

Recommend? Personally, I don’t feel like this product is worth the price. I feel like this is a very expensive product that you could find cheaper options out there that do the same or a better job. It didn’t work for my severely dry skin and would sometimes break me out, so I wouldn’t recommend this product. However, if you don’t mind spending a little more money on a gel like face mask for the summer months that instantly cools and soothes your normal/oily skin that isn’t break out prone, then this would be perfect for you.

Rating: 3/5




Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub Review


Now I don’t know about you guys, but exfoliating plays a big part in my skincare regime. Exfoliating is possibly my most favourite part of my routine. It is very important to exfoliate and remove any dead skin, allowing your serums/night creams to penetrate further in the skin and work immensely better. It is better to exfoliate your skin at night so that it doesn’t become too sensitive during the day with the sun, and because you are buffing away the free radicals from the day off your skin. Because my skin is very sensitive and dry, I will only exfoliate when necessary, about 1-2 times a week. I used to over exfoliate my skin about twice a day everyday, which ruined my skin! I have learnt that too much exfoliation will do more damage than good. I have struggled to find a good gentle, yet exfoliating facial scrub for years! Most exfoliants I have used broke me out so bad, but this one has never broken me out. It helps clear my skin faster, revealing a brighter layer of youthful looking skin. My beautician recommended to me the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub as part of my skincare routine, along with my 3 steps; cleanse, tone, and moisturize. I couldn’t be happier with the results! This is by far the best facial exfoliant I have ever used. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin, but exfoliating enough to buff away any dead skin cells. I have swatches of this scrub on my skincare routine post (here).


“This skin polishing scrub with finely-granulated Corn Cob Meal gently removes dulling surface debris, allowing for improved absorption of moisturizing treatments. Skin is left with a smooth, healthy-looking finish. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.”

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Glyceryl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Cob Meal, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Citric Acid, Malva Slyvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Feel/Consistency: Most facial exfoliants have very abrasive, uneven pumice stone granules that actually tear the skin and could potentially scar. The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub however is perfectly finely milled using Corn Cob meal to gently, but effectively buff away any dead skin. It feels very comfortable, even with my sensitive skin, to scrub away at the dead skin. It feels almost as though there are tiny sand particles gently exfoliating your skin. The consistency is not too thick, but not too watery, and slightly creamy. It is by far the best consistency with facial scrubs in my opinion. Your skin afterwards is baby’s bottom soft! It feels so clean and smooth, but not stripped in any way.

Skin Type: This product is recommended for skin with excess oil production. However, my skin is sensitive/dry and it works just fine. You just have to try it and see if it works for you!

Packaging: I love how this comes in a squeeze tube, as it allows you to not only control the amount of product you want, but also to get every ounce of product out.

Price: Around $AU 50. The price is so worth it for the results you get.

Size: 2.5oz/75ml.

Longevity: As you should only exfoliate 1-2 times a week, this product should last you a while. The size and amount of product is very decent. The consistency is also quite thick, so you only need the smallest amount.

Recommend? Yes. Dermalogica is a wonderful brand that perfectly infuses nature with science. They really understand how the skin works and what it needs to produce the best and quickest results. You can read all of the amazing reviews online of all their products.

Rating: 5/5

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My Perfect Skincare Routine & My Skin Journey

My Clear Skin Journey:

So, I’ve never had terrible acne or anything, just clogged pores that I thought was acne. Because I thought my skin type was oily and acne prone, I was purchasing products targeted towards that skin type. So my skin never got any clearer using these products for oily/acne skin. It only kept breaking out more, and becoming very red and sensitive. It wasn’t until I went, on recommendation from a lot of people including my mother, to the Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay. My beautician, Dee, said that I actually had beautiful skin (which I didn’t believe at the time), that was very dry/sensitive. My beautiful skin was hidden under my clogged pores from liquid/cream foundation and oil based skincare products. I think it’s very important to know your skin type as it makes all the difference in how you take care of it. I was shocked because I had spent a lot of money buying the wrong products, because of past dermatologists wrong diagnoses.

I would never recommend something unless i 110% trusted and believed in it. I’m a very harsh critic and have been to many dermatologists in the past who have done nothing as effective or fast in clearing my skin as the wonderful beauticians at the Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay. On first visit, you bring all makeup and skincare products that you apply to your skin, and she will examine them. I had to throw everything out (i literally had 10+ items for my face) and start with her recommended skincare regime for me. For my skin type, I have to use water based products as my skin was clogged from all the heavy oil based products. I won’t say that this clear skin journey was cheap either, but I have never had skin this clear before so I’m willing to pay to keep it that way. I was given a simple 3 step system to follow: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Then, once a week I would exfoliate my skin. Before that, I was using a million different products and I would exfoliate twice a day everyday thinking I would scrub away the pimples, but really it was damaging my skin. I like how they have refined a simple, but very effective skincare routine, that limited the amount of products I was putting on my face so that i don’t suffocate and clog my skin. You are also not allowed to wear any liquid or cream foundation (which scared the hell out of me at first!), as they are VERY pore clogging (even if it is non comedogenic or “natural”). You are matched up to a shade from the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base foundation, which is my holy grail foundation! I have a blog post all about it here. If you need a little more spot concealing, they will give you a small jar of the Dermalogica Treatment Foundation (which is unfortunately discontinued). At first it was hard just wearing a powder as foundation as I was used to liquid foundation, concealer, powder. Honestly, my skin has never looked better with just this base! I love how simple they have made both my skincare and makeup routine, which i think is key in maintaining clear skin.

All of the products recommended to me are water based, oil free, with a simple and short ingredient list. They are appropriate for people with very dry to dry/sensitive skin that is prone to clogged pores. Someone who is struggling with maintaing a clear complexion, and is finding that their makeup and skincare products are constantly expanding but not effective, should really visit the clinic, or just stick to a simple water based 3 step system. I’m all about natural, organic beauty and health, however out of all the organic skincare lines i’ve tried out there, a lot of the oils are very comedogenic on my skin. And trust me i have tried a lot! I’m always on the hunt for a cheaper, more natural alternative, however until then if something as great as this routine for me is working for you, then my suggestion is to just stick with it! Most of the products i’m using however are gentle, simple, free of parabens, fragrance, and contain quality minerals and select natural ingredients proven to work. The products are a perfect blend of natural ingredients and science, working synergistically with the skin. You definitely get what you pay for with each product I will mention. Keep in mind though, everyone’s skin is different, and that’s why I would really recommend you go to a trusted skin clinic, recommended by a lot of people. Also, I’m sure some of the brands I mention are only available at skin clinics because they are very potent and are very specific to certain skin types.

I will also mention that I was recommended 2 sets of treatments. I had their AMAZING “Steam and Squeeze facials” once a week for 4 weeks in a row, and then just once monthly. These facials really unclog your pores, getting all of the gunk out. If you have a lot of clogged pores like I did, it will take a few goes! These facials were also not expensive at all. I’m sure it is around AUD $60. After that to deal with the red marks, not scars, left behind, I was recommended their Herbal Green Peel (which is VERY expensive-AUD$400). It is worth every penny! A mixture of herbal greens are scrubbed onto your face until you are red, and then you recover for 5 days where your skin will peel off 4 layers (which is very thin). You cannot wash your face or use any product for those 5 days. You also cannot peel the dead skin, you have to let it peel itself and then on the 5th day you can take it all off! Your skin looks more even, fresh, and youthful. You may, however, experience some small breakout as it lifts off all that dead skin, and reveals new skin.

Clear Skin Clinic Website:

My Skincare Routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

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This cleanser is by far the best! The Environ Cleansing Gel removes my Jane Iredale Purepressed base (eliminates the need for makeup wipes) as well as cleasnsing my face. I wash once to remove my makeup and use 2 round cotton pads to remove and gently micro-exfoliate my skin. I then wash a second time to cleanse my skin, again with a cotton pad. It is clear and gel like, but once you add water it foams up really well. It feels more moisturzing than watery, and leaves your skin feeling soft, not stripped, but clean. You also only need the smallest amount, so it lasts quite a while for the size it comes in. I love how short and simple the ingredients list is, and so does my skin!

*Unfortunately, Environ skin care can’t be purchased online as, “...These are consultation only products due to high levels of active vitamins.” I’m sure you can go on the environ website and find a stockist near you, where a professional can prescribe what suits you! If not, just choose a mild foaming, water based cleanser with no parabens or fragrance.

Environ website:

Step 2: Tone

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I have never used a toner before that has no irritating alcohol, or that had worked SO effectively and fast! The Environ Alpha Toner Forte is known as “the pimple killer” and rightly so. It’s recommended for congested skin, and works very well to not only treat pimples, but also prevent. I’d say for me it takes around 3 days, without picking, for this to work if i’m having a hormonal breakout. I only use this at night though, because my skin is sensitive and dry and this product has a sunburn alert (if you wear the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, it is a sunscreen, foundation, and concealer all in one!). Again, it is water based, and contains only 3 ingredients. So simple, yet very effective! Glycolic acid really helps to gently exfoliate and encourage cell turnover to promote clearer skin. It still is very strong though, so if you have an open breakout, you will feel it sting a little, but not too bad. I use a cotton pad to sweep the toner all over my face. If i’m experiencing a breakout, I will then go in again with another cotton pad and this time I will pat the toner into my skin. I don’t know why I do this, but it works very well for me. This product also lasts a while. I’m pretty sure this costs around $70/75. It’s not cheap, but I literally can’t live without it! I will link the website below for the description:

Step 3: Moisturize

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The Dr Spiller Collagen Creme is by far the BEST moisturizer i have ever used! And it’s blue! (from the German Chamomile). It doesn’t make your skin blue though, only less red! The chamomile really helps to soothe any swelling and redness, and by morning my face looks luminous and more even. It’s very rich, creamy, and moisturizing, but still doesn’t break me out! It’s water based and so it doesn’t clog my pores. It also comes in the light version (more watery), the Collagen Aqua Plus, however I don’t find it as moisturizing and it breaks me out a little. It’s also anti-ageing, with bees wax and avocado extract (i love avocadoes!). It also makes a great makeup base for my Jane Iredale Purepressed base, because I do have very dry skin and need this when applying my powder. Even though it is thick, it doesn’t feel thick under your makeup. However, if you are wearing it by itself in the summer months, it can feel a little sticky to the touch, but not heavy. It makes your skin look so healthy and glowy, and feel silky soft. I LOVE it and can’t live without it! I can’t recommend it enough. The only con is it’s price and longevity. I believe it is AUD$120, and for me it doesn’t last very long because my skin is so dry. Again, you have to buy this through a selected stockist, so i will link it below:

Once A Week: Facial Exfoliant

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The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub is by far the best scrub I have come across. It’s not too abrasive, yet you can still feel it “scrubbing” away the dead skin cells. It feels like small sand particles, which is very pleasant. It’s very suitable for sensitive skin. I use it once weekly because my skin is so dry, however it is recommended to use 2-3 times weekly. It makes your skin feel so incredibly smooth after, allowing for the toner and moisturizer to be absorbed so much better! This product is very easy to obtain and you can buy it online!

*The Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay Stocks Environ, Dr Spiller, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale.

I hope that this helps some of you out there. If you can, I would really recommend going to the Clear Skin Clinic or one near you that has great reviews. If you aren’t able to purchase any of these products, just stick to a simple water based 3 step system and a scrub once a week. Keep it paraben, colour, and fragrance free. Make sure the ingredient list is simple and short, and you should be good to go!





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