Friday, June 27, 2014

REVIEW: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Hi everyone! I'm back with a review of this mask that I hauled from my Seoul April 2014 trip. Out of all the things I purchased, I'm most impressed with this particular product, which is the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask! 

I've only ever tried sheet masks and the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack (which I still use today), so I was really excited to try this one. It claims to control sebum and clarify pores (because of the volcanic materials in the mask). I did get to study a little bit about scoria in my Earth Science class, and it is definitely quite good for the skin. This is one of their bestsellers, so I did have high expectations.


There is a jar variant and a tube variant of this particular mask, and I bought the jar one because it was quite hectic in the Innisfree store when I went, and I totally forgot about the tube version. The jar contains 100mL of product, which is a pretty decent amount and will last me about around half a year. One thing I don't like is that it does not come with a spatula, so you would have to get your own. I have tons from my old Laneige products so this was not a big problem for me. Once uncapped, there is a plastic that is covering the product which I appreciate, but I'm not too sure if it really helps in preserving the product and keeping it germ-free. 

The box is made out of recycled paper, and the ink used in printing is soy ink. I also heard you can return the bottles and jars of any Innisfree products to their Korean store, which goes to show the environmental-friendliness and awareness of the brand as a whole. Definite plus points for that!

Consistency-wise, it is rather thick and appears gray in colour. I use about a heaping coin-sized amount, sometimes more, but you would need to gauge during your first few uses on how much you need. Application on the face can get very messy and though it goes on smoothly, it can get a little difficult to work with. 

This is relatively unscented, unless you really stick your nose in the jar. It smells a little bit like glue? But it's definitely not overwhelming, and goes away a minute or two after application.

I usually slather this on my face, and leave it for 20 minutes. I wouldn't go beyond the 20-minute mark as it really hardens, and gets more difficult to wash off the longer you leave it on. After 20 minutes when it is dry, it does get a bit tight on the skin and appears sort of like elephant skin, emphasizing lines and such.

I've been using this weekly for almost three months and I can easily say that I love it! I find that right after I wash the mask off, the redness on my face has been greatly reduced. It also makes my other products absorb better, especially those that leave my face a little dewy. I've also had less pimples with prolonged use, and it has never dried me out, which I was initially scared of when I first tried this. I have also been using this product as a spot treatment for my pimples (for the stubborn ones that do appear) and after just one use, it greatly reduces the size of my pimples and makes them appear less red. 

One thing I find is that this product is not one of those that have instant effects that disappear in an equally fast amount of time. It begins showing its results with prolonged use and I am very happy about this.

It is priced at 12,000₩, which converts to about P540 or less than $12, which is a very good value for the amount of product given. This is good to keep in mind when you're buying online, as I find it can get very expensive.

As I mentioned with my Canola Honey Serum review, we do not have Innisfree in the Philippines as of yet, but this is available in most online stores specializing in Korean beauty products such as W2Beauty.

All in all, highly recommended!


(+) Environmental-friendly packaging
(+) Reduces redness
(+) Clarifies pores
(+) Not drying
(+) Can be used as spot treatment for pimples
(+) Inexpensive
(-) No spatula
(-) Jar packaging in general is not hygienic
(-) Messy application
(-) Not available locally

Repurchase? Yes

Rating: 4.3/5

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