December 05, 2010
***be warned there are some grossness in this post, just don’t eat anything while you read***
I have actually known the existence of this mask for quite some time, but never had the courage to try it out, because it’s from a 2 dollar store. 2 nights ago I found someone selling this on ebay for $7.99US (yes you didn’t see that wrong). So I decided to look it up. I found some reviews that loved it, and some that hated it. But none that had actually gotten a bad reaction to it, so I decided to give it a try, since it’s cheap as hell. So I went to a local Diaso store (Japanese version of a dollar store where most things costs $2) near my work and got this for $2.24CND after tax. I have always been intrigued with charcoal masks (much like the Origin’s charcoal mask – Clear Improvements, which I have also tried.)
So here’s what the bottle claims to do: “Formulated with the natural ingredients from Oak trees, it removes oils and all dirt and deeply clean the pore, leaving your skin clearer with less visible pores.”
The ingredient list is in Japanese, what I can make out (which is in Kanji, so Chinese characters which I can read) is water, charcoal, and fragrances. The good news is that fragrance is the last item on the list (meaning there’s not much of it), the bad news is that the scent is quite strong. It’s not a repulsive smell, but fairly noticeable.
The instructions on how to use it: “After cleansing your face, evenly apply on the nose area and let it dry for 10-15 mins. If completely dried out (I think they mean once it completely dries), peel it off starting at the bottom, pulling toward the top. Do not use more than twice per week. For sensitive skin apply facial essence before using, and slowly pull it off starting at the top toward the bottom.”
Unfortunately, I did not read the instructions first,so I pulled from top to bottom, I am not sure if that affected the result. I will try pulling from bottom up next time and see if that works better. I put this cream on my forehead, chin, nose, and areas around the nose, because that’s where my black heads are.
What totally surprised me was that it actually had a sealed tip for hygienic reasons (did not expect this for something worth $2) Hopefully you’ll be able to make out the seal in the picture, this was the best I can do, because it kept reflecting my flash.
Here’s the consistency of the product. It’s actually quite liquidity, but does spread nicely and you can definitely build up the layers.
So I am not quite sure how long I waited, but I did wait till the entire mask dried. It’s not too hard to pull off the mask, and there wasn’t much pain involved. It always gives me a sense of satisfaction when I peel things off my skin, so it was very much fun. Did it pull off anything? well…let’s take a look.
This is from my nose and chin area. I didn’t keep the forehead one, cause I actually don’t have much on my forehead. Anyways…does it look like nothing was removed? let’s zoom in and see.
ok I know this is kind of gross, but I don’t know how else to show the effectiveness of the mask. I circled the more obvious spots, the white stuff are all my black heads. This is only one area of my chin. There were also some obvious grossness around the corner of my mouth. What disappointed me was that it didn’t pick up anything on my nose (odd). That being said, I have the most issues with my chin, so I actually do like this. For something that costs $2, I think it’s good enough. I didn’t really have high hopes for it anyways. I will continue to use this, if only for the satisfying sensation of peeling it off my face (haha).
Results? I do feel that my forehead has been less greasy through out the day, and I do see less bumps on my chin, which I like. I would say, if you are not looking for amazing results go for it!
Anyways, until next time live well and shop LOTS!