I've been wanting to try this clay mask for a long time. I've heard lots of reviews about it being great and I've always wondered how it compared to my favorite clay mask, Origins Active Charcoal Mask at clearing my pores, brightening my face and preventing breakouts. I was lucky enough to find it at a reasonable price on eBay a few months ago so I purchased it!
Description (taken from the box that it came in):
- This Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask intensively adsorbs sebum and clarifies skin pores
- About Jeju volcanic scoria: this pure and rare ingredient, formulated with solidified java caused by volcanic eruptions in Jeju island, adsorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores
- Directions: after cleansing and refining skin with toner, gently smooth over entire face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. Use 1-2 times per week
I've been using Origins Active Charcoal Mask for the past 6 years at least and it has consistently worked wonders for me. I've probably used 4 tubes already and am on my fifth. So the bar is pretty high for Innisfree.
I'm also using Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask, which I find helps more with refining the size of my pores when they're already pretty clean. I bought a few samples of the Etude House Wonder Pore Clay Clear Pack/Mask but felt that it wasn't as effective in removing the impurities off my face.
Some have complained that clay masks dry up while on your face and are really hard to get off. Origins Active Charcoal Mask is one of them. The clay mask cracks if you try to move your face once it dries and it takes awhile to get everything off. I don't mind this part about the Origins mask but I agree that it takes time to get off. This mask definitely did not have that problem. It was easy to put on, it didn't dry up to literally become a mask stuck on my face, and I felt comfortable moving my face without cracking the mask. It was also very easy to rinse out afterwards.
As for effect, I once again feel that it isn't as effective at removing impurities off my face and clearing my pores as Origins. When I wash rinse off Origins, I see an instant brightening effect on my face. My pores are clean and when I touch my face I feel that all the cream that I put on (and whatever residue that may have accumulated throughout that week) are effectively taken away. With this mask, there wasn't that brightening effect when I rinsed my face and when I touched my face it didn't have that same clean feeling.
I haven't broken out since using this product, so it isn't INeffective by any means. But like I said before, the bar is set pretty high since Origins has been so effective for me.
I would say that this mask is less effective than Origins but more effective than Etude House Wonder Pore Clay Clear Pack/Mask and Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask at removing impurities and unclogging those pores from dirt and sebum.
Price-wise it's pretty good though. It's $13 for 100g on eBay whereas the Origins Active Charcoal Mask is $23 for 100ml on Sephora. But the difference in effectiveness it too much for me to be ignored. I'll finish this jar but I'll be sticking with Origins.
Helps clear pores and adsorb sebum (no breakouts since using this product)
Not as effective and no instant brightening effect that I see with Origins
Doesn't dry up and crack when your face moves, easy to rinse off
$13 for 100g on eBay
Quality: 4/5 because it works but isn't as effective as Origins Active Charcoal Mask, doesn't dry on the face making it uncomfortable, easy to rinse off
Value: 4.5/5 because it's a pretty good deal..almost half the price of Origins