[REVIEW] Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

I received this product from Althea, thank you for sending this over! I actually wanted to try a new exfoliation mask for some time but never got around to doing it, but Althea seems to have read my mind HAHA. Read on for my review!


Product Description

Give your skin a big gulp of hydration with the refreshing peeling powers of Althea’s Milk Peel Cream Mask! Containing both AHA and BHA extracts, this gentle but effective exfoliator transforms from a clay to a whipped cream lather, whisking away dead skin cells to prevent flakiness. It’s also formulated with casein protein from milk to revitalize and moisturize the skin. The result is radiantly smooth, healthy skin that’s bouncy to the touch!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearicacid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titaniumdioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*

Key ingredients

Kaolin: Detoxifies and pulls out impurities from the pores

AHA & BHA: Gently exfoliate away dead skin cells for a smooth complexion

Milk protein extract: Moisturizes and strengthens the skin


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Packaging: What I love most about this packaging is that it comes with a hygienic pump, so I can pump out an appropriate amount of product as required without creating a mess.

Texture: I was quite amazed by the fact that this clay mask actually foams into lather even though it comes out in a clay-like texture. I’ve never seen a product like this before, and honestly it makes it even easier to apply on the face. After all, clay can be a little hard to apply because it can be rather thick and less viscous. The lather feels very comfortable on my skin, and doesn’t feel at all like my skin is getting clogged up, which is something I’ve experienced before (slightly) with some clay masks.

Effectiveness: It certainly does this job well as an exfoliation mask. After following recommended directions and rinsing the mask off after about 1 minute, I can immediately feel the difference it made on my skin. It definitely became softer & cleaner, and only a slight bit tight.

If you feel that your skin has become taut after using an exfoliating product, it is not always a good thing as it could mean that your skin is dry, hence the tight feeling. A slightly tight feeling could mean that your pores are cleaned without being forcibly opened – large pores mean you can get more junk clogged there in future!


Final Verdict

I honestly think this is such a steal at just SGD12.50 for an innovative and effective peeling mask. It’s great for most skin types, and also good to use even if you have sensitive skin.

However, be careful not to overuse this mask! As with all exfoliating products, you shouldn’t be using this everyday, or even the gentlest products can really strip your skin of all moisture. I recommend using it once a week, but if your skin is really very sensitive, you can consider using this every fortnight.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy
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[REVIEW] Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

If you are a K-pop fan, especially one of Wanna One (I sure am!), you would probably have heard of this clay mask already. It was all over social media and arguably one of the most anticipated products last summer, thanks to Wanna One’s endorsement. I happened to be in Korea at that time and just kinda got carried into the craze as well, so I managed to buy two. It was out of stock in many of the Innisfree shops I went to, you had no idea how tough it was to get my hands on these two – blue for hydrating, purple for calming.

Just to clarify, I had previous experience using Innisfree’s volcanic clay mask and I really did like how it effectively unclogged my pores, so I was more than happy to try this out even if Wanna One didn’t endorse them.


Product Description

A color clay pack that is available in 7 different colors to address different skin concerns

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13

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Ingredient List

Blue: WATER, KAOLIN, PROPANEDIOL, SILICA, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VOLCANIC ASH, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, POLYSORBATE 20, CELLULOSE GUM,XANTHAN GUM, MICA, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)

Purple: WATER, KAOLIN, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BENTONITE, POLYGLYCERIN-3,HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PANTHENOL, VOLCANIC ASH, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT,XANTHAN GUM, MICA, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, DIMETHICONE, POLYSORBATE 60, POLYSORBATE 20, DISODIUM EDTA

I’m quite tickled by the volcanic ash ingredient – just imagine actually using ash, sprouted from volcanoes, on your face!

One ingredient that worries me quite a bit is the presence of alcohol in the purple clay mask. It’s a bit ironic that purple is supposed to help calm your skin, but this ingredient has the potential to inflame a lot of people’s skin.


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You will see that each colour is meant for a different skin concern, and you’re encouraged to buy more than one colour (great marketing strategy btw, getting people to buy many of the same product) to multi-mask, because different areas of your face may have different concerns. This is especially relevant for people with combination skin or targeted acne areas, I suppose.

Blue: The volcanic cluster blue mask for sebum control and moisturization. [Contains Jeju volcanic clusters and hyaluronic acid]
– The blue mask corrects the skin balance of moisture and oil to cleanly refine the skin while leaving it non-greasy.
– With its water gel clay texture, it is thinly spread and rapidly dried on the skin.

Purple: The volcanic cluster purple mask for sebum control and soothing purposes. [Contains Jeju volcanic clusters and panthenol]
– The purple mask soothes the skin becoming sensitive after being exposed to external irritants.
– With its soft cream-type clay, it is mild enough for all skin types.

Packaging: This is my first time using squeeze tubes for masks, which I thought was quite fascinating, and at the same time really efficient. This is great for packing along while travelling – in fact, much better than a bulky tub which clay masks usually come in. I also like how I can easily squeeze a suitable amount without worrying about the rest of the product being contaminated whenever I open a tub. I do feel that more skincare products should come in this kind of packaging, to be honest.

Texture: The blue and purple masks have different textures – blue was more watery, and purple more creamy. I personally like the blue, watery texture more than the purple one. It felt almost like my skin was absorbing the clay, which was a very fascinating feeling. Both textures are easy to apply and spread smoothly on your face, although you have to do this fast because they dry up very fast.

Effectiveness: I’m a bit lazy about the multi-masking part, but what has worked for me so far is using the purple clay mask on my acne-prone zone (the cheeks), and blue for the rest of my face. In this way, you get to ‘calm’ the irritated skin areas, while providing hydration to the rest of your skin. After just 5 to 10 minutes you can already feel your skin tightening, and that’s when you wash the mask off (which I do have to add here that these masks can be a little tough to wash away completely). What you notice immediately is that your skin feels absolutely soft and supple – not exactly bouncy or dewy, just taut enough to make you wonder if you just went for Botox.

However, I’m a bit skeptical about whether it really cleans your pores thoroughly because I sometimes still see blackheads on my nose even after using the masks. Another word of caution is that if you have large pores like me, you might want to be a bit careful about using these because my pores sometimes appear to have been enlarged after I wash the clay mask off. I advise using cold water to try and close your pores back, and I recommend that you do not immediately slab on other skincare products such as moisturizer. This could really clog your pores in the long run.


Final Verdict

Multi-masking is not a new concept that was created by Innisfree, but I do think that this K-beauty brand helped to popularize it quite a fair bit.

These masks are great to add to your skincare regime, but they are not something that you want to, or should, use more than once a week. They can be a little too rough on the skin, based on personal experience. The alcohol present in some of the masks is especially worrying, so make sure you carefully check the ingredients present in each colour before you buy them.

I wouldn’t say this is a must-buy item, but a good-to-have. If you want to try multi-masking or simply get a taste of how clay masks feel like on your skin, give this a shot.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Innisfree Special Care Mask – Foot

I never thought that I would buy a mask for my feet – of all body parts! I bought this partly because I was curious, but mostly because I needed to hit a certain level of purchase in order to get free shipping on Shopee HAHA. I just thought this might be fun to try out. The skin on my feet are also quite dry and, idk, not in great condition, so why not? I may be a skincare fanatic, but clearly that skincare doesn’t extend to my feet. Whoops.


Product Description

A special treatment mask that enhances vitality for healthy skin

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 4


Ingredient List

Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract. Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100

I got rather curious about the presence of grapefruit extract, so I went to research if it’s supposed to bring any benefits to your skin. Well, it seems like that is not the primary purpose. According to Paula’s Choice,

Labelled as Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) seed extract, this is often claimed as a natural preservative when added to cosmetics. However, research has demonstrated that it is not an ideal preservative agent, as it cannot protect against both the most common forms of growth—even in sealed, pump-style packaging.

🤔 what really helps in providing moisture to your feet would instead be the ingredient Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, an “oil-like liquid that functions as an emollient to defend skin against moisture loss”.


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Packaging: The external packaging is fine but I got a real good laugh when I saw the actual masks inside the packet. They looked exactly like rain boots, but made of a material that strongly resembled plastic bags. I felt like I was wearing plastic bags on my feet, and I strongly recommend not trying to walk in these while you’re masking your feet.

Texture: The liquid inside the bags, which are meant to moisturize your feet, felt a lot like the kind of liquid you usually have on your sheet masks, so it gets easily absorbed by your skin. Out of curiosity, I went to google the ingredients in Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Masks, and it turns out that the top few ingredients are the same (yes, including the grapefruit extract). The only stuff missing from this list are the countless extracts that you would normally get from your natural ingredients (e.g green tea).

Effectiveness: I expected that trying this once wasn’t really going to give me amazing results, and frankly I didn’t feel much of a difference after using this. Sure, my feet felt quite moisturized and I liked that pampered feeling (like self care, ya know), but other than that my feet were pretty much the same. They didn’t feel particularly soft or supple.


Final Verdict

I enjoyed the novelty more than anything, but frankly I don’t really think this mask does much for your feet. You could try having the masks on at least once a week, or maybe everyday, but from other reviews given on Innisfree’s website, I highly doubt you are gonna have your feet magically transformed just from using this.

I would, however, recommend using this if you want to relax after a long day, because it feels very good and indulgent (yes!) to be caring for your feet. Bonus points if you’re using a facial sheet mask at the same time.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask

Mediheal masks rose to popularity in recent years, and I’m guessing it may be in part due to the cute LINE Friends packaging they run for a few of their masks. I tried some of them but didn’t really consistently use Mediheal – that is, not until I tried this N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask.


Product Description

MediHeal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask is a water system of N.M.F (Natural Moisture Factor) which helps provide & pumps abundance of moisture to your skin instantly moisturized.

Solve dry skin problems, contains hyaluronic acid & ceramide that have excellent power of locking water inside the skin, 3 times more effective than average products.

It contains “Natural Moisturizing Factor (N.M.F) system, a variety of moisture ingredients that have outstanding moisturizing results such as LS8865 & witch hazel. It tightens loosen pores, regulates sebum as well as provide abundance moisture. Long-term use can solve any allergies caused by dry-skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 42


Ingredient List

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Propylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Fomes Officinalis, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Allantoin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract, Chondrus Crispus, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Ceramide 3, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Carbomer, Triethanol Amine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Parfum/fragrance, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid Prolines

A few ingredients that caught my eye:

Rosa Damascena Flower Water: an aqueous solution of the steam distillate obtained fromthe flowers of Rosa damascena (Damask Rose). I was quite surprised by this as it is not heavily marketed/advertised as one of the key ingredients, which would usually be done by other brands.

Fomes Officinalis: This is actually a mushroom extract, that is apparently a natural astringent shown to improve skin tightness and firmness. Definitely surprising, but good to have.

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract: yellow to light-tan loose powder with an odour of fresh almonds. Another great ingredient that I feel should have been highlighted.


Packaging: These are usually sold either as one piece on its own, or in a box of 10(?). This mask is slightly on the pricey side, so I usually just buy a few pieces as a pampering treat. It’s the same as most other masks, where you just tear at a small incision made in the packaging.

Texture: Rather than describing the texture, I have to say that I am super impressed by how well this mask adheres and fit to my face. And it’s not just my face – I was initially recommended this by a friend who felt that the perfect fit of this mask spoke volumes about the quality. I’ve never had a mask that fits my face so well. Made of cotton, this mask is so comfortable to use that it truly feels like a spa treatment every time I use it.

Effectiveness: Some things that this mask claims to do is tighten loosen pores, regulate sebum as well as provide abundance moisture. I would say that the mask does tick all three boxes. My skin always feels amply tight, moisturized, and soft immediately after using, and the effect continues to last to the next day.

Although I’m a heavy user of moisturizers, I admit that I sometimes skip that step if I know that I will be using this Mediheal mask, because my skin is always so well-moisturized that any other skincare step feels so terribly redundant.


Final Verdict

This is so, so good. I’ll go as far as to say that this is the epitome of Korean beauty sheet masks (besides those insanely expensive Dr Jart ones).

As far as my memory goes, I first bought this for 1500 won a piece during an Olive Young promotion, which equates to about SGD2. It’s not terribly expensive, but definitely pricier than those 10+10 masks you could get from other brands in Korea. It’s even more expensive in Singapore and Malaysia (those that I’ve checked), so I couldn’t really use these masks anymore after I finished the ones I bought in Korea.

I hardly recommend any sheet masks because I’m not always impressed by the quality, but this one from Mediheal is one that I wholeheartedly insist that you try at least once. I promise you won’t regret it. It’s great for all skin types, and great for your skin as well.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Despite my love of matte lipsticks and my occasionally dry lips, I never really saw the need to use lip masks, much less sleeping masks. However, Friend A told me that she used this quite a fair bit and it wasn’t too bad, so I decided to try out a travel-sized version that I bought on Shopee for just SGD2.


Product Description

Sleep-in mask for the lips; gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27


Ingredient List

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 15985, CI 15850, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract,  Rubus chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Extract, Chenopodium quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

I’m a little disappointed that shea butter doesn’t rank as high as I would have expected, as well as how low the fruit extracts rank in this ingredient list.


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Packaging: The full-size product’s packaging looks very similar to the Water Sleeping Mask, but I think the travel size one is also pretty good. In fact, the packaging + size are really very good for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so light and easy to pack into your luggage.

Texture: There was a period of time I suspected that this was just lip balm because it felt exactly like it!! The texture is really smooth and feels a bit like wax (probably because of the shea butter). It doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, and you might not even remember that you applied this mask the previous night when you wake up in the morning.

Plus point: I also love how it smells and tastes like berries!

Effectiveness: This lip sleeping mask promises to remove dead skin cells from your lips – while I’m not too sure about that claim since I haven’t actually seen the dead skin cells (LOL), I do think that my lips feel more supple in the morning after using this. I’ve also had no allergic reactions, a good sign since my lips are one of the fastest to react to irritants in products.

UPDATE: I tried this out in Korea’s cold & dry winter, and was super impressed at how effective this was out. In the past, my lips would dry out, crack, and bleed. However, using this lip mask had helped to prevent any of these from happening – am definitely recommending this to anyone going to a dry climate!


Final Verdict

If your lips are in dire need of care no matter how much lip balm you apply every day, this product will come in handy for you. On the other hand, if you have no major issues with your lips, I personally feel that it is a little difficult to justify forking out SGD27 to take care of your lips.

It’s also a tad troublesome to remember to clean off the sleeping mask the next morning. As of yet, I haven’t had the experience of not cleaning it off before, so I can’t tell you what will happen if you don’t.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Real Nature Masks

Korea is a paradise for buying cosmetics and skincare, and Myeongdong is the one place where you will find everything you want and need at the best possible prices. I bought 60 of these face masks for 29000 won (~SGD34.80) during one of their offers in one of TFS’ shops in Myeongdong this summer, which was about less than SGD1 per mask.

As these masks come in a variety of ingredients, I will be reviewing the ones that I have tried and tested individually.


Calendula

The mask sheet drenched in serum with soothing Calendula helps smooth dry, rough, dead surface cells.

I have had great experience with calendula as a skincare ingredient (thanks to my previous experience with Kiehl’s calendula toner), and had high hopes for this as well. This is also probably my favourite in this product line. I find that my skin feels very moisturized and smooth after using this, and it also helps that calendula smells pretty good. I am definitely repurchasing this.


Blueberry

The mask sheet with Blueberry essence (the gifted “super food”) replenishes skin’s moisture barrier to protect its energy and vitality and help create baby-soft skin.

I honestly didn’t like this one as much as the product description promises. I thought maybe it was just a one-off bad experience; unfortunately, it’s been the same with all the blueberry ones that I bought. My skin always felt very dried out and itchy after using this, and nowhere near moisturized. While I didn’t get extremely bad acne from this, I certainly won’t be buying this again, nor recommend this ingredient at all.


Mung Bean

The pore care mask sheet with Mung Bean essence purifies and helps tightens pores, leaving skin clean and smooth.

I have pretty neutral opinions on this. It’s not amazing, but not bad either. It really smells like green beans (which I do not enjoy), but it moisturizes my skin sufficiently. My skin doesn’t feel super smooth and tightened after using it either, but I do feel a slight difference. Not my first choice to buy again, but if it comes sold in a pack with other ingredients, I wouldn’t mind too much.


Cucumber

The moisture recharging mask sheet with Cucumber essence provides cool moisture to dull, dry skin to quench its thirst.

I’m no fan of cucumbers, but this is really good. My skin always feels super dry and dull, but it gets pretty moisurized after I use this. I like the nice, cooling feeling that this mask provides, and I would definitely stock up on this again.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

As a fan of sheet masks for their convenience and how good they immediately make my skin feels, I had my fair share of doubts about wash-off masks when I got a sample of  this with my Innisfree membership (go sign up if you haven’t!)

Frankly, it’s not often that I see very enthusiastic reviews about Innisfree – most are just okay with the products, some rather happy, but none as eager as the ones I have seen regarding this mask. I had seen so many raving reviews about this product all over the Internet that I thought I would just give it a go.


Product description

A 6-in-1 pore treatment clay mask containing super volcanic cluster capsules to effectively absorb sebum and cleanse pores

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.16

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Ingredient list

WATER, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, VOLCANIC ASH, GLYCERIN, SILICA, TREHALOSE, KAOLIN, BENTONITE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, PVP, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYSORBATE 60, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, XANTHAN GUM, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, SORBITAN STEARATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, MANNITOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, LACTIC ACID, POLYISOBUTENE, MENTHOXYPROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, POLYSORBATE 20, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL

I don’t do this for my reviews on makeup products, but I try to take special care when it comes to skincare – after all, I’m trying to save my skin, not kill it. As usual, what really jumps out from this list is how highly ranked Volcanic Ash is, which is a good sign!


I have very serious issues with my pores and oily skin – I could clear my black and whiteheads on one weekend, and have them appear again the next day. Thus, I’ve been on a hunt for any product that could help me keep this problem under control, and I’m so glad to find something that really, really works.

This is pretty easy to apply, even though it does take slightly more effort than your usual sheet masks. Just spread it over your face, wash it after 10-15 minutes of application, and you’re done!

After applying this on my face and rinsing it off, I can see the immediate difference. Gone are my white and blackheads on my nose, and my pores are significantly smaller than before. It works so much better than my Bioré Pore Pack, which only helps to yank out some blackheads (emphasis on some), but not help me to absorb excess oil off my T-zone. My face instantly feels refreshed and tighter after a quick mask session that I would use this everyday if I could – but it’s not recommended (!) and my sample is only 10ml worth, so I can’t afford to waste it, haha. This is really different from the sheet masks I usually use, because those do not target pores and oil control.

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Final Verdict

After just the first time I used this, I became so thoroughly convinced by its effectiveness that I’m extremely keen to get a full-sized product. I’m very fussy about the skincare products that I use, because I tend to have very oily, sensitive, acne-prone, dull skin (a ton of problems, I know), so it says a lot when I strongly recommend a skincare product.

I think the price is very justifiable as well. A 10ml sample is likely to last me for 5 months, with 1-2 applications per week, so a 100ml one is more than sufficient to cover your masking needs for very long. It’s almost as good as a cheap sheet mask you can get from Innisfree, but with targeted application.

The only downside I can find about this product is that it does not really moisturize your skin, nor feeds it with as much ‘nutrients’ as other masks promise to do, or at least make you feel like they do. If you face dry skin, this is probably not the mask you’re looking for. However, if you have skin that is really oily, and pores that need tightening and cleaning, you cannot give this product a miss.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮