Whether it’s walking through the natural beauty isles at Target or through scrolling through a beauty influencers profile, we’ve all seen or heard about Nugg Beauty at one point in our lives. Personally I always saw it as another one of those Instagram gimmicks that I wasn’t really convinced would work. So, naturally when Nugg Beauty reached out to me I was more than eager to review their masks and see if they lived up to the hype, for my sake and for yours. Let me just say after trying three of their most popular masks my opinion has slightly changed, to say the least).
what is nugg beauty?
Nugg Beauty is a skincare brand that is committed to using (mostly) natural ingredients and technology. I say mostly because their products are typically contain 90% natural ingredients or higher. What makes Nugg Beauty unique though is the innovative technology behind their products, called natural oil dispersion technology. This technology utilizes the natural physical properties of the ingredients rather than harsh chemicals, leading to effective but gentle skincare.
Natural oil dispersion works by using a high pressure technology to equally combine both water and oil particles in micro amounts to allow for natural oils to be effectively delivered to the skin. This process eliminates the need for chemical emulsifiers to bond to the ingredients which can sometimes irritate the skin. That being said, Nugg Beauty is dedicated to using no chemical emulsifiers, no fragrances, no synthetic chemicals, and no parabens. They don’t test on animals AND their masking cups are made from PETG, being completely recyclable. Their masks also come in confident travel sized pods, perfect for single use and on the go masking, keeping the product fresh until use.
The three Nugg Beauty masks I had the opportunity to try are:
*Below are my reviews on each specific Nugg Beauty mask, the claims surrounding the product, and a rating based on overall effectiveness*
Nugg Beauty Detoxifying Charcoal Mask 4/5
This mask is recommended for those who have oily skin, combination skin, and acne prone skin. Charcoal has the ability to absorb 100-200 times it’s weight in excess oil and gunk, leaving your face super clean and balanced feeling while oatmeal is great for calming irritated skin. This mask also contains aloe juice which is great for soothing, and oddly enough, it also contains zinc.
While I did enjoy this mask, I don’t think it did anything for my acne. It left my skin feeling really insanely soft afterwords but I felt my pores appeared the same size. I didn’t like the texture at all, it was gel like and super sticky even after drying down. Because of the texture though, it was easier to remove than a clay based mask. It didn’t make me breakout but it didn’t help with my breakouts either. I think perhaps I would I need to try the mask out a few more times but to me, personally, I didn’t find it to be super amazing acne busting product. If you’re looking for something to soothe your skin and give you a nice soft texture, this is definitely it BUT for fighting breakouts- not so much.
Nugg Beauty Deep Cleansing Cucumber Extract and Jojoba Oil Mask 5/5
This mask claims to be for deep cleaning and “shine free” skin, recommended for all skin types. It works to absorb shine while also hydrating and soothing the skin. It’s extremely gentle and hydrating containing both Cucumber Extract and Jojoba Oil to naturally tone and soothe the skin. This mask also uses 98% oil dispersion technology for optimum gentle and effective hydration.
This mask is sooooo good. It’s no wonder it’s a third time award winner in Allures best of beauty. I didn’t exactly find this mask to be deep cleaning, but again it was so great for hydration. My skin was insanely soft for about three days after using this mask and where my usual dry patches vanished in thin air. The proof is definitely in the pudding on this one.
It doesn’t have a strong overwhelming scent, but rather smelling slightly clean and fresh. I also like that this mask didn’t have a sticky or over drying texture, it was rather creamy which I found to be interesting for a mask. It’s sort of like putting a lot of moisturizer on really thick then after about 15 minutes rinsing it off. I don’t think I’ve ever used a mask that is so hydrating but also didn’t leave a greasy or oily residue on my face. If you suffer from dry skin or just looking to amp up the moisture levels I’d definitely give the Cucumber Extract mask a go, you won’t regret it!
Nugg Beauty Exfoliating Cranberry Seed Oil and Jojoba Beads Mask 3/5
The Cranberry Seed Oil and Jojoba Bead mask is targeted towards exfoliation to reveal brighter, healthier looking skin. It is recommended for dry, dull, combination, and aging skin. The cranberry seed oil works against aging by protecting the skin from free radicals while the jojoba oil beads allow for a slow release of moisture without over irritating the skin like most scrubs. It is 93% natural with a gel based formula that uses natural oil dispersion technology.
In my own opinion, I wasn’t crazy about this mask. I think from this whole experience what I’ve learned is that I don’t like gel based masks or ones that dry super sticky. And I especially don’t like the feeling of beads on my skin, it wasn’t harsh or irritating but rather a bit sticky and messy. I didn’t notice any immediate results after using it in terms of balancing tone, texture, reducing spots or even calming redness- but again, like the other masks it left my skin sooooooo soft.
I gave this mask a 3/5 because I didn’t feel that it lived up to the claims of an exfoliating mask. Typically what I like to see is a reduction in redness, acne, or an overall consistency with skin tone which I feel this mask did not provide. Again, it’ll leave your skin super soft but maybe not the best for exfoliation!
Have you tried Nugg Beauty before? How did you like their products? Leave your thoughts below!
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Kali Kushner, known as the Instagram alias myfacestory, is a natural beauty advocate in the greater Cincinnati area who is passionate about using organic skincare and holistic remedies to heal acne from the inside out. Her dedication lies in her own chronic acne struggles as she continues to restore herself while helping those around her.