Pepto Bismol: Mask or Blush Tint?

Posted on December 12, 2011



I heard that Pepto Bismol is a great mask for dull skin and acne. The salicylic acid in Pepto Bismol is a key ingredient found in many beauty products to help with blemishes. So I took a deep breath and decided to try it out. My very first DIY mask. :)

Pepto Bismol Mask

How: Take a cotton ball or foundation brush, and generously apply Pepto over your face. Wait 5-10 minutes and wash off.
Pros: Cheap and face felt and looked tighter
Cons: Difficult to wash off and turned my face pink! (due to food coloring)

Since my entire face was tinted pink, I probably wouldn’t use Pepto Bismol as a mask again. But then I started thinking…  maybe I can use Pepto as a blush tint! So I decided to compare it to Benefit’s Posie Tint.

Pepto Bismol vs. Benefit’s Posie Tint


Top: Pepsi Bismol applied with foundation brush
Bottom: Posie Tint applied with applicator

Top: Pepto Bismol wiped off after 5 minutes. I had to leave Pepto Bismol on a bit longer than Posie Tint, but I got a very similar color to Posie Tint. A very subtle soft pink tint/stain.
Bottom: Posie Tint wiped off after 1 minute.

I have fair skin, so not sure how it would show up on tan or darker skin tones.

Pepto Bismol didn’t work as a mask for me, but I’m happy to have discovered a super cheap and natural tint for my cheeks (Posie Tint: $24 for 0.42 ounces vs. Pepto Bismol: $3.99 for 4 ounces).


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