Few beauty brands ever release a product that can truly be called a “classic”, but Sand & Sky did just that with their now-famous Australian Pink Clay Porefining Mask back in 2017, a product that has accumulated hundreds of five-star reviews, not to mention a handful of knock-offs.

And so any new launch from the cult Aussie skincare company, which is a favourite amongst influencers, was bound to get us excited. And their latest – Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish, available here for £44.90 – doesn’t disappoint.

Promising “next-level exfoliation without next-day sensitivity”, this is a dry powder that is shown to transform into a pretty lilac-coloured foam when water is added (making it destined for TikTok fame, surely). Papaya enzymes gently remove dead skin cells, while a trio of antioxidant-rich berries plus kakadu plum – a powerful source of vitamin C – adds to the glow-giving effects.



Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish

And if you’re worried about irritation, don’t be – it contains a host of other anti-inflammatory and skin-nourishing ingredients and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.

We weren’t the only ones looking forward to this – the product had accumulated a waiting list of over 20,000 on its website before it even launched.

It has caused plenty of excitement on social media too. “So excited gonna need this,” “This sounds bomb af,” and ‘Sounds incredible” are just some of the comments written on Sand & Sky’s Instagram page.

They’re also selling it alongside the Dreamy Glow Drops as part of their Mega Glow Kit for £71.80, saving you 20%. This bundle sold out within 48 hours, but keep your eye on the site for its return.

But is it actually worth the hype? OK!’s beauty editor Laura was one of the first to get her hands on it – here’s what she thought…

Laura says…

As per the instructions, I poured half a spoonful of the powder into my palm then added a splash of water, which turns it into a lather. After a couple of attempts I found you can tailor your level of exfoliation by the amount of water added – a few drops makes it a coarse paste, whereas a bigger splash creates a thinner, lighter foam.

Anyone hoping to achieve internet fame through a hilarious selfie of themselves slathered in something brightly coloured might be disappointed, as the colour of mine was more white-with-a-slight-tinge than vivid violet (although the thicker the consistency, the more purple the colour).

It feels gentle and non-scratchy as you rub it into the skin – the feeling is of a foam with the occasional granule, much more like a face wash than a typical scrub.

After rinsing off, my skin felt baby-soft and looked significantly more glowy with pesky patches of dry skin gone, and the effects lasted for a couple of days (Sand & Sky recommended using this 2-3 times a week). My skin can react to some potent products – strong acids or anything overly fragranced, for example – but there was no feeling of irritation whatsoever from this. It did leave my skin feeling borderline “squeaky clean” though so I definitely needed a moisturiser afterwards, but it created a brilliant base for make-up.

This would be perfect for anyone who dislikes a harsh scrub but isn’t confident using acid exfoliators. For a fresh-faced glow, I’ll definitely be lathering up again.






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