November 16, 2015

Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment Review

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Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment

So finally, I tried Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment! I’ve been wanting to try Glamglow Masks for a while now and I finally indulged in the $19 0.5 oz jar that was calling my name at Sephora during check out.

You know, they create that maze of products as you wait in line so you can intentionally spend more money when you said to yourself coming in, “I’m just going to replenish my eye cream” and as you had out the door you have a bag full of small samples and deluxe sizes that were available for purchase at check out.

Damn you Sephora, damn you to hell!

Anyway, I purchased three mini Glamglow Masks about three months ago and the Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment was one of those smaller sizes I indulged in. Now it does deserve to be mentioned the biggest thing preventing me from a purchase was the $69 price tag for 1.7 oz. It just seemed a bit steep to me. Lord knows, if it works I’d pay $500 for it but having never tried it I was kinda skeptical to dish near $100 on a mask. Plus, I’m pretty happy with my the Asian Sheet Masks I use and have never found a cream mask that has the same benefits!

So Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is supposed to deliver instant and extreme hydration. You can imagine as someone who has dry skin I was all, “Oh hell yeah! Extreme hydration! Bring it on!”

I dunno what I expected but for some reason I thought this would be some sort of heavy creamy spearmint smelling mask that made my skin all tingly like Noxzema! Technically it’s more like a soft gel-like consistency that’s creamy and it smells delightfully like coconuts. I like the fragrance a lot! It’s a very nice soft coconut fragrance although I’ve heard a lot of complaining about it. If you’re sensitive you might want to sniff it in store prior to purchasing.

According to Glamglow this mask is supposed to give your skin an extreme boast of hydration thanks to something they call Dewdration that locks in moisture and instantly leaves skin moist. There are a few ways of using the mask and one way is as a sleeping mask. Simply apply it on your face, head to sleep, and in the AM the brand promises a super hydrated complexion. Or you can use it as more of a traditional mask that can be applied, left on for 20 minutes, and either rinse off with water or tissued off. I tried it both ways and neither did much for my drier skin but the way I thought worked best and liked the most was using it as a sleeping mask.

Thirstymud contains a nice cocktail of fatty acids, silicone, and even real coconut and of course it contains glycerin and triglyceride which is where most of the moisture stems from. You shouldn’t be paying near $70 for triglycerids and glycerin in my opinion though so I’m pretty happy I got the smaller pot (which was still way too expensive). Again, it does deserve to be said if it actually worked I wouldn’t rant the price but the problem is it really didn’t do much! I feel like I should have known this would be a bust since I tried Glamglow Bright Mud Eye Treatment in the past and thought it was awful (and over hyped).

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I have fairly resilient skin so I experienced absolutely no break outs or issues after using my entire pot. But also experienced nothing in the way of moisture either. It’s ok, I mean it provides some light moisture but the way they promote and market this I thought I was going to come out of the experience completely rejuvenated and so slick I’d glide.

If you want a moisturizing mask and one that won’t set you back $70 I’d highly suggest Philosophy Back to Nurture Deeply Replenishing Beauty Sleep Mask which does in fact deliver some fabulous moisture to my skin. Or better still get a box of My Beauty Diary or My Scheming Sheet Masks as these are Asian Sheet Masks are available in a variety of moisturizing formulas that actually do soften and smooth skin while locking in moisture.

Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is a sad skip for me. Don’t waste your money!

But if you must try it go with the small size which is $19 and available now at

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  • anna

    Thats too bad I really wanted this. I was eye balling it the other day at sephora. Glad u helped me save my money. I also like the my beauty diary masks. They r the only thing that helps my nasty dry skin during the winter, and weirdly they sell them at…

    • Isabella Muse

      Anna, don’t. It’s $20 bucks you could use on a ton of sheet masks that work much better! 😀 yeah haha I did a post a while ago about them being available at try the my scheming shea butter ones they are AWESOME!

  • Sarah

    I grabbed this in the smaller size earlier this year…just to try. Like you, I have desperately dry skin, pretty much all year round, but it gets especially cranky this time of year and I fight with tightness and flakey patches all winter long. I’m constantly in search of miracle creams and oils. I’ve tried so many, and have found some pretty great ones. Thirsty Mud was not one of them. Thanks for validating my opinion…I need to look into the Philosophy Mask. That’s a line that hasn’t worked wonders for me, but if it works for you, it might just do the trick for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      Glad to hear this Sarah as sometimes I’m nitpicky when the rest of the world is all “OMG can’t live without it” so I think I’m nuts. You have validated my opinion as well as I can’t understand the hype and raving that surrounds this product. It’s really expensive and does nothing. DO try the Philosophy one, it’s quite lovely stuff!

  • Moda31

    I had a sample sachet of this, and I wasn’t wowed by it. It was kind of sticky, and not that hydrating. I have a couple of other glam glow samples to try, we’ll see if those are any better.

  • Linda

    I like the Flashmud in the orange jar. These Glamglow masks are totally overpriced for me.

      • Linda

        I really noticed the brightening in the beginning. I used it three days in a row. Now, I use it once a week, and find a brightening effect, just not as drastic. I leave it on overnight, and like how my skin looks and feels in the morning.

        • Isabella Muse

          I might try that one! It was the one that tempted me the most actually!

          • Linda

            You should! I had a sample from Sephora that I used for the first three daily treatments. After that, I HAD to have it – in spite of the price. I will likely repurchase, as well. Some find this a bit drying, but have used a moisturizer following the mask, and are okay. Enjoy – and please share your thoughts.

            Also, really like the changes you made to the site!

          • Isabella Muse

            brightening totally sells me! If Sephora does reward cards this year that might be my haul! oh you know I’ll totally share or rant lol! 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on the formula! you got me curious! Aw thank you! let me know if you have any issues?

  • Dot

    Have your tried the Elizavecca carbonated clay mask? It’s kind of a pain to wash off and can be drying because of the number of rinses it requires, but that stuff makes my skin glow the next morning! I look so rested, and my skin is moisturized and clear. For ten bucks, works well and much cheaper than Glam Glow, *and* I know how much you like Asian cosmetics 😀

  • Katherine T.

    Oh no, sorry it did’t work out for you. I have this and really love it, but it is very pricey, like all the Glamglow products. I find the mask very soothing and hydrating, and the coconut smell very natural. My skin is dry/normal during winter. Now I’m also curious about the Philosophy one you mentioned

    • Isabella Muse

      Just didn’t quite do it for me Katherine! Def try the philosophy one, it’s really really hydrating! 🙂

  • Carolyn2

    Never tried the mask but I’ve used the cleanser version. I use it every couple of weeks for a deep cleanse and I like it. It smells good and I’m not a coconut fan

    I won’t buy glam global masks, they’re too $$$

  • Jen R

    I have oily, acne-prone skin and I LOVE this mask in the winter! Although I think that half of my affection for it is due to the smell alone. 🙂

    I usually leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse most, but not all, of it off so that some stays on as a moisturizer. I’ve found that it does help with the dry patches I occasionally get around my mouth/jaw/cheeks in the winter.

    FYI, Sephora has a nice kit right now where you pay full price for the mask ($69) BUT you get a generous mini of the coordinating face wash AND a mini pot of the white mask for free!

    • Isabella Muse

      I love the smell too Jen 🙂 Yeah they have quite a few Holiday gifts this year from Glamglow which def save a good deal of $$$!

  • Jenna

    So far I have been very underwhelmed with GlamGlow. I totally agree with you on this one and the eye mask. I also had the black jar, and it didn’t do anything very special for me and made a mess with the little seaweed bits. Also, the jar packaging – my mask dried out so fast! So disappointing, I mean for that kind of money I was keeping it for “special occasions” but ended up having to rehydrate it myself to make it work again. I can get much better masks for much less basically.

  • Maddy

    I am wondering if they tweaked the formula on this. I bought it last year at Costco and loved it!

    • Isabella Muse

      Mmmm possibly? But I doubt it? Probably just my dry skin that it doesn’t quite work for!

  • Molly

    Ugh….I bought the full sized jar!!!! So disappointed!!! I saw it on QVC ( if I recall).
    I used it in the summer as a mask for my poor dry, sensitive skin. It was ok, eh.
    But, this time of year when the moisture is just literally non-existent in my skin due to forced air heat (good old NE), it does very little if anything!!!
    I do love Philosophy so I may try your recommendation (thanks)! I also used a humidifier blowing directly on my face, otherwise m skin is soooooo tight.
    Thank you again for your recommendations!! I LOVE YOUR NEWSLETTER.
    I am older than you but have similar coloring and am a total beauty, lotions and potions junkie like you

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Molly! HA! I’m glad someone else agrees! Just not seeing the moisture factor from this at all! Do try the philosophy! It’s amazings! 🙂 Aw thank YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

  • LoveleeKaren

    I tried this last night ! I bought it as part of a mask value set from Sephora JCP during the VIB Rouge sale. I really loved the smell! The consistency was nice. It wasn’t difficult to apply the gel on my face. I left it on for almost an hour. I had no clue you could leave it on overnight lol. I’m trying that next time. After washing it off I noticed my skin was softer and supple. For reference, I have combination skin-normal with oily T-zone. Currently due to the weather my skin is dry and in need of extreme hydration. My goal is to bring my skin back into balance so that I can apply my makeup smoothly and avoid flaking and tighteness due to dry skin. Overall, I feel that I have to try this a few more times to make a final decision if I’m going to buy a full size. From my first impression I feel that I would only be reaching out for this when I desperately need to add moisture to my face. For example, after going for a swim since the chlorine water dries it out horribly. Overall, I think it’s nice that it’s part of the kit I bought buuuuuut I’ll save my pretty pennies for an all star product. Thanks Muse for this awesome post and well your overall awesomeness. I’ve been following your blog for yearssss and it’s amazing ! Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Karen! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!! Sounds like it worked better for for you than me but we have different skin types totally so doesn’t surprise me 😀 Awwww thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

  • Renu

    I have this theory that GlamGlow is specifically targeted at oily, problem skin. I haven’t tried thirsty mud, but purifying mud (the white one) and the original black one work okay for me – by drying up the oil on the skin. They should totally have a “for oily skin” sort of angle to their marketing.

    • Isabella Muse

      This one thankfully wasn’t stripping or drying but it wasn’t terribly moisturizing either 🙁

  • Amy

    I know I’m a little late to the game but I wanted to jump in and say that I just bought my third small jar of this mask. I bought my first one in January and my second in September. The only reason I had to purchase a new jar so soon is because my toddler painted the wall with my second jar. This stuff lasts! I have crazy dry, flakey skin and I love this mask! It hydrates like nothing else I’ve used and I’ve used a bunch of stuff. I don’t use it as a mask though. I put on a thin layer and leave it alone. I never wash It off. I’ll sometimes put it on 30 Minutes before my makeup and rub in any extra. It makes a world of difference

  • Amy

    This didn’t work out for me either.
    I have dry to combo skin and let me tell you, my regular face sheet masks are waay better than this. The only pro I can give this is it smells nice.
    It also has (2) types of alcohol ingredients in it which irritates my eyes and skin.
    Anyone whose sensitive to alcohol needs to avoid this product at all cost, it’ll dry out your skin AND it will give you red eyes.
    Nothing special about this product, just overhyped and a waste.

    • Isabella Muse

      I completely agree yet everyone raves on and on about how great glamglow is.

      • Gigi

        Gotta say I love glamglow, I have the glamglow supercleanse (white cleanser) which turned my world upside down in a good way! I always had ance, redness and breakouts so once I tried this tho, omg it has been nothing short then a miracle! My face instantly was softener, not red at all, the breakouts stopped. I used the thristymud mask from a bad reaction to the thirstycleanse (that cleanse burned my face so bad that I couldn’t put nothing on my face for two days, it was red and dried out and flaky). I decided to try to moisturize my face after two days with nothing on it since it was flaking (which never happened to me I have oily skin). And this did the trick, instantly the flakes redness everything went away, like that burn never happened which was weird since it was the thirstycleanse that burned my face! I use the thristymud mask as a moisturizer and sleeping mask (only at night) now, I mean I like it, it hydrates my skin and I feel like it has helped with my oily skin (oily skin tents to product oil from dehydrated skin so that’s why it’s important for us to keep it hydrated) but I’m not at an awe like I was with it when I had flakes and very dry skin from the burn, however right now I am loving this more then the supermud mask which like this mask I was at an awe with it when I only used it once before and immediately felt how soft and smooth it made my skin, however I have been using this day and night as an all over mask and some night as a spot treatment, and my pimple is still on my face!? So I guess for now I love the supercleanse the best then the dream duo (which actually made me hydrated and have more of a glow then thirstymud$ then thirstymud (more hydration, not as much glow as dreamduo but dreamduo goes quick for 1.7 oz of one product separated into two) and then the supermud. I want the setting spray which I said I would t get I wasn’t excited for it until I tried it at Sephora and it is so heavenly, the mist is so light and it smells amazing! And I also want the flash mud and try that with the dr jart milk peel, and gravity mud, I think I am so excited for flash mud and gravity mud I hope I am not disappointed, but I hear raves from someone who does the milk peel from dr jart then the flash mud mask which I want to now try lol!

  • Amanda

    I looove this mask… I live in montana, and have very very VERY eczema prone, dry, tight skin. My skin is also extremely sensitive, and allergic to a lot of the cheaper masks (sheet masks, etc) out there, and glamglow is the only brand that has never caused a reaction in my skin besides Clinique. It’s definitely not the most hydrating mask I’ve used, but I usually slather it all over my face and sleep in it and it does help my skin out a lot. Everything works for everyone differently, definitely try a sample before you spend a pretty penny on it!!