I bought this clay mask because almost everyone is raving about it from beauty bloggers to Reddit AB community, and even those who leave reviews in online shops. They say it can purify pores, can reduce blemishes, etc., etc. And at that time I was also desperate to fight acne and blemishes on my face so yeah, I I’ll buy anything that people say can help me. But did it live up to my expectations, did all those claims happened? Keep reading my Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask review to know more.
WHAT IS IT?
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a 6-in-1 clay mask that claims to minimize pores, control sebum, exfoliate, deep cleanse, brighten skin tone and cool down the skin. This baby contains volcanic extract and “super volcanic capsules” that burst upon application, removing dead skin as it pampers your face with its goodness. It doesn’t contain any mineral oils, animal products, artificial fragrances or imidazolidinyl urea so it won’t irritate the skin.
APPLICATION: After cleansing and toning skin, apply an even layer on to the skin avoiding the lip and eye areas. Leave on for 10 minutes, enjoy the cooling effect, then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
SCENT: It’s scentless but I smell a little alcohol scent in it.
PACKAGING: As expected from Innisfree, it is packaged in an eco-friendly box printed using soy. While the jar isn’t made of glass, but it is kinda heavy although I think the thick texture of the clay has something to do with it. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t have a scoop/spatula so you either use a small spoon, use a spatula from another cream/clay mask, or use your fingers.
FORMULA: This is a clay mask so expectedly, it is thick. However, the formula of this product is really too thick (the thickest clay mask I ever used) and not that creamy unlike Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, so it’s kinda hard to scoop even using your fingers. And if you use a spatula, make sure you use something sturdy. Also, it’s kinda hard to spread into your face and I like spreading the product on to my face gently. So it was a little bummer.
RESULT: As a mask, it dries on your face and feels tight. But not the kind of tight that feels bad on your skin. And despite the thick formula, it’s easy to wash off especially with warm water.
It truly did absorb and help temporarily control the oily areas of my face. I also did felt my face was really clean because my face became soft and smooth after using this, but despite that, I think this product is all hype. All the claims such as purify pores, reduce blemishes, etc., etc DID NOT HAPPEN AT ALL. And trust me I did all possible ways to use this: as a mask, cleanser, using a hot towel before applying this, and even applying this on the blemish like a spot treatment and leave it overnight. NOTHING worked.
I did not expect this product to work in a week, but two, three and a month has passed and I still did not notice any real change in overall skin tone. If it purifies pores, well, it’s not true either because I still had whiteheads that turned into pimples. In fact, I don’t recommend this for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin because it kinda broke me out as well.
PROS: Absorbs oil, controls sebum in your face, cleans your skin and despite the thick formula, it’s easy to wash off.
CONS: It didn’t really purify pores, and reduce blemishes. It kinda broke me out too.
WILL I BUY IT AGAIN? Despite the pros, the cons really turned me off because I have ordinary facial cleansers that also absorbs and controls the oil on my face while cleansing it. And this is a clay mask so I was really expecting it to work more than that. I really want this product to work on me, I bought many Innisfree products before this and loved it but unfortunately, this is not one of those. This is ALL HYPE for me and will not repurchase.
However, there’s a chance it didn’t work for me because I’m allergic to some ingredient with it or whatever. After all, we all have different skin and just because some products that don’t work for me doesn’t mean it will not work for you and vice versa. There are some really good reviews of this product like this one from Fishmeatdie.
WHERE TO BUY?
You can buy Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask in Style Korean for $15. They ship directly from Korea and offer free international shipping on certain orders.
But if you live in the Philippines, you can also buy this in Althea for around Php600. They offer free shipping on orders above Php999 and they also ship to Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.