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Minus 417 Recovery Mud Mask- reviewed and rejected

February 16, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
I have finally met a facial mask that I don’t like, Minus 417 Recovery Mud Mask ($110 for 1.7oz). Minus 417 is a brand that boasts a “scientific combination of rich minerals of the Dead Sea” (the lowest place in the world and, hence, the name). The best I can say about this is that Dead Sea minerals must be the new black. Because that it the dominant ingredient in this over-priced pot. Yes, literally, black pigment.

Iron Oxides (CI-77499) is black pigment and, to give it the benefit of the doubt, I did a search online to see if there are any benefits that iron oxides might impart to the skin. I could find none. But this mask is indeed black. It is also nearly impossible to apply and smells like chewing gum.

The directions instruct spreading the mask over the face. This simple task cannot be done. On either dry or damp skin, the product refuses to spread evenly resulting in lumps here and there, patches of bare skin and bits that fall off. It is messy and frustrating and by the time I was ready to remove it with the supplied magnet (an unhelpful oblong with sharp corners that tear through the tissue that you are supposed to wrap it in, I had dismissed Minus 417 Recovery Mud Mask as overpriced, gimmicky and tiresome.

The silt (Dead Sea Mud) appears towards the end of an ingredients list which isn’t terrible. There’s panthenol (a vitamin B5 derivative) that improves skin hydration and reduces irritation, cocoa seed butter and fatty acid-rich evening primrose and borage. I also like the inclusion of borage. But ultimately this is underwhelming considering that this mask is over a hundred bucks and I didn’t get the promised “bright and glowing appearance”.

Or perhaps like the magnetic field of the removal device that Minus 417 Recovery Mud Mask comes with, its effects are invisible.

Ingredients: Iron Oxides (CI-77499), glycerin, butylene glycol, isopropyl myristate, panthenol (pro B5), titanium dioxide, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, cocoa seed butter, dimethicone, perfume, evening primrose oil, silt (Dead Sea Mud) extract, phenoxyethanol, kaolin, borage seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, chamomile flower oil, citronnellol, hexyl cinnamal
  • May 14, 2016

    by Irene

    I absolutely love this product! It leaves my skin smooth and soft, the magnet needs to be wrapped with a tissue before removing the mask, this just lifts off my face and sticks to the tissue, it is wonderful!

  • April 9, 2014

    by Carol

    I think it's a cheap hoax. Oops, expensive hoax. I looked at it under magnification only to see small B Bs, some kind of ground metal in a clear base. I found it odd that no mud residue was left on my face after the magnet removal. Vaseline would do the same moisturizing trick.
    I feel scammed and wish I'd had given it some logical thought before the spontaneous purchase. What I spent was equal to a car payment.

  • March 9, 2012

    by Cristina Navarrete

    I use a similar dead sea product by seacret that is amazing. I did a little demonstration video to show you guys how i use it. Check it out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAWvDNQUhEc

  • February 26, 2012

    by Liesl

    Hi Marta
    Sorry, I forgot to mention, once you have removed the mask with the magnet, and most of the traces of the mask is off, you will find that there is a trace of oil on your skin. Now gently massage your skin in small circular movements, this will give your face a radiant glow. Wait a few minutes and apply your moisturizer. You may use the mask 2x a week. Enjoy your treatment.

  • February 21, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks for the tip Liesl. I will try again and Nisha is also going to give it a try.

  • February 21, 2012

    by Liesl

    Hi Marta
    If I may, when you use the mask you apply a small amount into your hands and mix it with the spatula. This will create the mask to warm up. Than apply it to your skin in upward movements. When you use the magnet , remove the mask horizontal, you will find that the corners of the magnet will not break the tissue. TRY AGAIN

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