Product Reviews: QV Purifying Mask & QV Day Cream with SPF 30+

QV Skincare have done something marginally wonderful in recent years: they’ve branched, and reinvented, and started to carve out a place for themselves beyond the moderately daggy babies-and-skin-problems niche.

QV Purifying Mask

This mask is a creamy, very pale brown, smells faintly of clay (surprise) and is one of the maybe three masks I’ve ever used that didn’t immediately have some stingage as it went onto my skin. It’s so mild I can actually layer it on right up to the edge of my nostrils, i.e. one of my really sensitive areas.

It does this thing, initially that makes me squirm like an idiot – it tickles. Luckily this stage passes fairly fast, and when it dries, you’ll have a vision of your older self when you look into the mirror. It dries sort of translucent, but hugs into your wrinkles and dries you out. With this mask on, I can guarantee you’ll look older – but not bad enough for it to immediately register that you’re wearing a mask. This mask has spooked the bejesus out of my boyfriend, lets put it that way.

I find it’s best removed with a wet flannel – lukewarm water is fine, warm would be nice in winter – and be prepared to rinse that poor towel within an inch of it’s life. Kaolin clay clings to material like you would not believe.

The mask seems to operate primarily as a neutralizer – on my oily, blotchy and occasionally pimply skin, it calms, de-oils, reduces inflammation and leaves my skin soft and smooth. In drier gals, it seems to add some moisture and plump up the skin. It’s also so incredibly hypoallergenic you could use it every day, and wetting your face beforehand will ensure you need very little for a lot of effect. Awesome stuff.

QV day cream with SPF 30+

Oily ladies have a perpetual issue – sunscreen. Because we have to wear it, especially us Australians, especially us ultra pale motherland Australians. And sunscreen, by design, is oily. And because it’s loaded with zinc oxide (the bit in sunscreen that does the sunscreening) which blocks the pores it can cause breakouts, blackheads, and make your poor face sweat horribly. And no one wants a sweaty face. No one.

I’ve been battling the sunscreen issue for years now, and seem to have sidestepped it totally by just not going into natural light between 10am and 4pm, but I know it’s not addressing the issue, and ultimately I need a sunscreen. I have met the occasional marginally successful foundation with a 15+, which is probably fine for most parts of the world, but for Australia? You really need to start at 30+.

So QV’s day cream with SPF 30+ is a small miracle. It’s not 100% there – I do need to point that out – but it’s damn close, doesn’t irritate or break me out, and leaves no white cast. And it doesn’t interfere with my makeup application, and in fact I struggle to put on makeup properly without it. It leaves just the right amount of slip on my skin for easy application, and a little bit goes a long way. For those with facial sunscreen issues, I’d suggest giving this a whirl. It’s a cheap gamble and I guarantee that at the very worst, nothing bad will happen. Bless these baby-friendly products.

If you’re in the unenviable position of being sensitive skinned, or excessively anything (oily, dry, you know), I can’t stress how much it’s worth paying some attention to QV and their Face line. And even if you’re not – sometimes you need a basic scentless, cheap, stable product, and these are totally that.

Surely I’m not the only oily-as-sin pale lady? How have you coped with your skincare as the months have gotten warmer?

Review by Suzanne from Don’t They Know Who I Am? A highly silly and irreverent beauty and skincare romp. Come and visit Suzanne for indie, drugstore and high-end cosmetics and skincare. And the occasional unrelated rant. Or else follow on @HogSandwich for daily tomfoolery!


  1. Anai says:

    Oooh, sounds like I’ll have to try that mask out. I’m using a Nutrimetics one at the moment and while it sure does get rid of any breakouts it leaves my skin incredibly dry, and I don’t seem to be able to find a moisturiser that counteracts it enough 🙁

  2. Dani says:

    Thanks for such an informative blog- I’m a long time fan!

    I’ve been looking for a new mask so your review couldn’t have come at a better time. I brought it today & looking forward to trying it our tonight.

  3. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Yay, hi Dani! Thanks so much for being a fan, I really appreciated it 🙂

    Let me know what you think of the mask xx

  4. Dani says:

    I tried the mask out whilst relaxing in the bath. I also have pale and sensitive skin and find it hard to find a mask which feels like it cleans without stripping my skin. For the price I was really happy with the results – my skin felt plump and hydrated afterwards… even my husband gave it a try!

  5. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Dani that’s awesome, I will let Suzanne know! I hope your husband liked it too 😀 x

  6. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the awesome comments, guys! So glad I’m not alone in my QV mask love. Such great results and such a low-key, reliable workhorse of a product.