Best/Worst GlamGlow Products

GlamGlow is a brand, founded in 2010,  that has been taking over the beauty world with its famous mud products, fab packaging, and hefty price tag. But is it worth the hype? I've spent the past year reviewing each GlamGlow product.

This first set of GlamGlow products are mud masks that are $69 for 1.7 oz. GlamGlow is known for its mud that helps with clearing skin, which is actually clay. Pictured above is an example of its famous Supermud, reviewed below.

  • A tingly clay mask that exfoliates
    • Skin did tighter and softer
    • If you have sensitive skin, skip this! The tingling is almost a burning sensation. 
2: GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment
  • This changes from mud to oil and is used to cleanse skin from dirty, makeup, etc.
    • This tingled as well and was too dry for my already dry skin.
    • Ask for a sample and try before buying.
  • The product that made the brand successful and is still the best-selling product.
  • Apply this mask for 10 minutes (the others are 10 min as well) to remove impurities and lead the way to clearer skin.
    • Oily skin will LOVE this. Everyone I've recommended this to has loved this. 
    • I feel my DIY clay masks I've been doing for years are just as effective and cheaper, so this one I would skip (for me) but so many love this, that I think you are safe in buying it.
4: GLAMGLOW Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment
  • Promises glowing, brightened skin and is a newer product to the line
    • This is my FAVE of all 10 products. Normally anything that "brightens"the skin has citric acid or vitamin C in it, and my skin doesn't react well to those. But this worked.
    • Will repurchase
5: GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment
  • Hydration mask for instant hydration to dry skin
    • This one did nothing for me, but everyone else who has tried this LOVES it. 

  • A 3 min mud mask you place under eyes that minimizes puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines while brightening and hydrating the eyes
    • This didn't do anything for me. I even tried using it longer than 3 minutes and nothing. 
    • Skip it.
7-10:  These are mud-to-foam cleansers that dissolve oil, makeup and impurities that are $39 each.

  • I really liked it, but it is so pricey for a cleanser
GLAMGLOWYOUTHCLEANSE™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Exfoliated my skin but again, that price and it is not advertised as paraben-free like other products
  • This cleanser helps hydrate skin but for me, it left me drier than before
  • This reminded me exactly of the mask version, but without the tingling. It never really got that foamy for me.
  • Most of these are heavily-scented to the point of headaches for me, so keep that in mind if you or your skin are sensitive to fragrance
  • Many of the masks contain bits of leaves, like tea leaves, peppermint leaves, or eucalyptus leaves. These little bits are annoying and I feel could be smaller.
  • The directions aren't printed on a lot of the products, and can be hard to find how to use.
  • The price! $69 for a clay mask? $39 for cleanser? While many of the products worked, I haven't repurchased most of them. I would suggest asking for samples at your local Sephora.
Have you tried GlamGlow products?

Extra Elle:
  • It's been a tough week around here. My good friend's mom passed away last night after a brief illness. She was a great lady and is missed and loved so much.
  • I'm ready for fall. Yes, I said it. Bring on the cooler weather, sweaters and leaf piles. And pumpkin everything.

*the recently-released PoutMud has been unavailable for review


  1. I am right there with you on the fall thing. I am ready for cooler temps. And loving this review. I've tried several of the GlamGlow mud masks and I think we had the exact same results!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Aye, so expensive!! Some of the products may be worth the money but I still wish they were a bit cheaper! Sorry to hear about your friend's mom :(

  3. This is a new brand to me,and I am looking for a mud mask for ages! I liked very much the cleasing products, but number 3, the Clearing treatment seems to be the one I would love to try, although number 4 is your favorite - I believe, but would really love to try number 3 to remove impurities!

  4. The brightening mask is the next one I'd try - I was not a fan at ALL of #1 the tingling was just too much! I felt like my face was going to melt off! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Oooo...the brightening treatment sounds promising:) And please don't say you're ready for fall....waaaaaaah!

  6. I completely agree! The hydration mask was a total disappointment!

  7. I definitely need to try the hydrating treatment! I have super dry skin and with fall just around the corner, I need to start preparing. Also, totally with you on being ready for fall. I want a pumpkin spice latte!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  8. I've never heard of GlamGlow, very intriguing.

    I'm so sorry about your friend's mom. :(

  9. I'm totally with you on the mud masks -- it's so expensive, and I make my own mask with just bentonite clay and it does wonders for my skin. Every time I've thought of trying out the GlamGlow masks, I just can't bring myself to cough up that much money! Thank you for the comparisons!

    Katie // FromMyVanity.com

  10. I've never used it and probably never will just based on the price tag! The one that's good for oily skin is intriguing...I would totally do a DIY clay mask if it's cheaper and works too!

    So sorry to hear about your friend's mom. :(

  11. Prayers for your friend :( Heartache everywhere it seems.
    & I'm with you. Bring on FALL!!!!

  12. I've never used these and probably wouldn't, given the price. They're just too costly for me. My deepest sympathies over the loss of your friend's mom. Hugs!

  13. I really want to try the Flashmud- I have a deluxe sample of the Thirstymud and really like it; it goes on smooth and doesn't leave my skin super greasy. Dig that you can sleep in it, too!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  14. Thanks for your honest review! These are all pricey products and unless others saw huge results I wouldn't be purchasing. So sorry to hear about your friend's mom!

  15. Thanks for sharing this review! I don't like heavily fragranced products so these are probably not for me. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends mom!

    Doused In Pink

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's mom *hugs* gurlie.

    Thank you so much for this post! I was looking into one of these with my next Sephora purchase. Definitely want to try out that brightening mask :-D

  17. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends mom. I know you'll be the best support she needs through this. I currently have two different Pumpkin spice creamers, and I'm burning a leaves candle. Need I say I'm ready? (;

    I've only ever tried one sample of Glamglow and it was FOREVER ago. The prices totally turned me off. I do remember a burn and not a good burn. I haven't used their products enough to know, but a good friend, and fellow beauty maven swears that the line Perfectly Posh is so similar to Glamglow it's insane. Have you ever tried any Perfectly Posh items?

  18. I was given one of the glamglow eye treatments and I didn't get what all the hype was about? It has kept me from basically trying anything else of theirs. Especially cleansers. Sorry, but you are washing it down the drain...invest that money on serums and treatments is my thinking!!! Glad to know the real deal on some of these other products of theirs, the brightening one sounds interesting since you said it works!

    So sorry to hear about your friends mom. I am sure you can totally relate with her emotions right now. I will be sending best wishes! I am so ready for fall, cooler weather, football and did I mention cooler weather???

  19. great review!! so helpful since i have been looking at buying a few of these. i think i'll skip them now since i have pretty sensitive skin and i hate overly fragranced facial products. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  20. People rave about this brand but the prices are just insane to me. The only one I've tried is the mask that burns like crazy. I agree that a DIY mask prob would work just as good and is wayyy cheaper. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.

  21. Thank you so much for this, Elle. Like you I personally think this brand is crazily overpriced. While the mask and cleanser are great and love by many, I think there are other options available for a small fraction of the price. Thank you again for your honesty.

    ps: Sorry to hear about your good friend's mum, sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  22. I really liked the YouthMud and the eye treatment. I don't have sensitive skin so the tingling didn't bother me. Sorry to hear about your friend's Mom.

  23. Thanks for your opinions on this. I stay way away from GlamGlow because I honestly feel the prices are highway robbery sometimes. Especially with clay masks. I have a less than five dollar one I love!

  24. I'm not a glam glow fan either. People swear by the eye treatment, and it does nothing for me. I

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  25. That Thirstymud also didn't do anything for me--and so many bloggers and youtubers rave about it. I thought it was just me. I may have to try that brightening one but I think there are cheaper products out there that do a good job. Great reviews!

  26. I was only aware of the masks, two of them, to be honest. And based on the ingredients I was never that tempted - not because they aren't good, but because I can DIY my own... And a bit pricey for what they are... On the other hand, WOW for testing everything - seriously WOW... x

  27. I've been wanting to try the Super Mud Clearing Mask for forever, but $70 is so steep. I've never thought to ask for a sample at Sephora. I got a sample of the Youth Mud before and I didn't love it. I'm going to look up your DIYs too. I love how thorough you are in your testing. I love being able to come here and good, honest reviews before purchasing. You're awesome!

  28. Wow this does sound like something I'd like to try...but that's super expensive for a mask. How many makes do you get from one bottle? I'd love to try the brightening one.

  29. I've tried most of these (they used to have a sample pack on their site that gave 2 packets of each)... my fave was actually Thirsty Mud!

  30. never heard of this product before. Thanks for sharing it


  31. I totally agree with you on Thirstycleanse! I cannot wait for Flashmud to be this side of the Atlantic because I am dying to try it! xx


  32. i will have to try some of these! thanks for sharing.


  33. The heavy scents would be one thing I really don't like about GlamGlow products and the prices as well. I just got a sample of the Flashmud Brightening Treatment and I can't wait to try it.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  34. I did a similar post a while ago, I am one who loooooves GlamGlow and I'm willing to pay the money for it. My fave is the SuperMud and then the YouthMud. I like the ThirstyMud but only use it as a regular moisturizer after I use the other masks. One of the small jars has lasted me almost a year. I was able to try the FlashMud before it was released and I didn't like it b/c it was hard to rinse off. It didn't rinse clean and was hard to get that slimy feeling off my face. But I'm one who likes a nice squeaky clean face at night.

    Also, shhhhhhh about fall! I'm NOT ready! :)

  35. This is a new-to-me brand! Muy interesante!

  36. I tried a sample of a mask from sephora, I can't remember which exact one but I didn't like it. My face felt like it was burning lol! No way is pay that much for a mask though, but the eye mask sounds interesting!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friends mom!

  37. I've been toying with the idea of getting one of the cleansers for awhile so I'm really glad I read your article. Thanks for posting it, Elle! XOXO Emma

  38. I really dislike that they don't print the directions right on the container! I've only tried 2 of these, but I really love the YouthMud. Thanks for reviewing all of them.

  39. I agree with you. I've tried their mud mask and I hate the chunky leaves in the product. It clogged up my sink. I've only tried 3 products but none of them impressed me enough to spend that much money on a full size. I'll enjoy a sample in my box or something. Thanks for the reviews!

  40. Sorry about your friends mum! So sad :(


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