You do really have to questions why products like Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel every make it to market. This is one of UD’s skincare picks that launched earlier this Spring. Urban Decay, Tarte, and quite a few other brands have been venturing into the world of skincare and fragrance. I find it interesting that this is becoming a thing now. It’s just odd to see brands like this focusing on skincare but I guess it makes sense. If Chanel can do color, fragrance, and skincare, why can’t Tarte and Urban Decay?
So far, the Urban Decay Rehab Skincare Collection has been hit or miss. Some items I tried like Rehab Makeup Prep Hot Springs Hydrating Gel was quite nice but Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray was rubbish! I do feel like the range is a little expensive for the sizes of the products. For example, Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel is $26 and a mere 1 oz in size….! Hmmm!
As I said above, I felt like Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel is one of those products that will leave you scratching your head and wondering why they even bothered to send it to market. The concept is good one as it’s a peel-off mask that cleans gunk out of pores and apparently makes them appear smaller. Ok, cool! It contains a few ingridents that might not agree with skin like peppermint and also, some pretty good ones like glycolic acid in the form of Sugarcane extract as well as Irish moss.
Urban Decay says it works as great as a pore strip and when you remove it you can see all those icky little plugs it removed. Because let’s be honest for a sec here, we ALL LOVE starting at our nose strips to see what sort of gunk got ripped out of pores.
The formula is a clear fragrance-free gel that’s slightly tacky. It’s meant to be applied on your T-zone but if you have other areas you’d like to apply, go right ahead. I applied it on my cheeks and my nose but avoided my forehead. After applying it you can sit around for 10 minutes and wait for it to dry and firm up before peeling it off. I waited 10 minutes and it was sticky quite wet and tacky so, I waited an extra 10 and unfortunately, it was still pretty wet. After 30 minutes it obviously wasn’t going to completely dry up so I just started to peel. Since it is applies clear I struggled a little with the peel process as it’s practically invisible on your skin. It’s kinda of like starting a roll of tape without a guide. You just sit there trying to figure out where to peel it off the roll, this can go on for hours. That’s how I felt with this mask! I struggled a little finding an area to peel. Anyway, it was fairly gentle during the peeling process but since some areas were still wet I had to wash a lot of the mask off versus peeling it off. The whole “You’ll see the gunk on the peel after removing it!” was hyped up marketing because I didn’t see anything. Granted, I don’t have larger pores nor clogged ones but when I use a nose strip I see a TON of grossness when I yank that bad boy off. I was kind of hopeful this would be the same…! I applied a rather generous amount on my nose for this reason but after peeling it off, nada.
If you really wanna suck the dead out of your pores and perhaps remove hair too you might want to check out Seikisho Mask White as it’ll remove skin, hair, and gunk haha!
I get that Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel wants to keep this mask gentle but the fact it never dries down and the clear, transparent finish makes it a rather poorly thought out product that makes it a waste of money. Not to mention the small 1 oz size is ridiculous as even if it did work you’ll be going through it super fast. Do yourself a favor, go get some nose strips, and call it a day!
Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel is available at sephora.com.