***This review is not sponsored. Everything written is my own opinion, and if you are to use this product remember YMMV.
When I first became interested in K-beauty and was trying to find products to add to my routine, I knew I wanted to try a different clay mask. Clay masks have always been an essential in my skincare routine, even before my venture into K-beauty, because they are the only kind of product that really draws the gunk from my pores. Since starting my K-beauty routine my pores haven’t been as congested, but I still find it necessary to use a clay mask every 2 weeks or so. When originally trying to find my first Korean clay mask, I kept coming across reviews for the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay mask. There were somewhat mixed reviews about it, some saying they preferred the regular version known as the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay mask, which is best suited for those with normal or combination skin types. While others said the Super Volcanic version was their holy grail clay mask for acne, so I had to give it a try of course.
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Here are the magical ingredients:
- Jeju Volcanic Ash– this is really the star ingredient, it’s supposed to effectively remove sebum and other impurities from pores.
- Kaolin Clay– also meant to help draw out impurities and tighten pores.
- Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract– this is a skin conditioning agent, so it helps to soften skin.
- Orchid Extract– this is an emollient, so it helps to moisturize skin.
Here are the cursed ingredients:
- Butylene Glycol- Acne trigger rating of 1/5.
- Zinc Oxide– Acne trigger rating of 1/5.
- Cetearyl Alcohol– Acne and irritant trigger rating of 2/5.
- PEG-100 Stearate– Acne trigger rating of 1/5.
- Stearic Acid– Acne trigger rating of 2/5.
- Palmitic Acid– Acne trigger rating of 2/5.
- Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil– Acne trigger rating of 3/5.
Please read full ingredient list to make sure you are not allergic to anything. For the full list of ingredients and analysis, click this link.
How to use:
What Innisfree says to do:
- After cleansing, apply skin toner to refine skin texture and and gently smooth over entire face.
- Avoid the eye and lip area.
- After 10 minutes, gently roll using fingertips to rinse off with lukewarm water.
What I do:
- First I double cleanse and pat my face dry.
- Then I apply a layer of the mask all over my face or just problem areas.
- Once the mask is completely dry, I gently wash it off.
- After the mask is completely washed off, I continue with the rest of my normal routine.
- **When you first open the packaging, there is a plastic cover on the inside under the lid. Make sure to keep it, because it prevents the mask from drying out too quickly.**
How it worked for me:
I can understand why this mask is talked about so much in the Asian Beauty community, considering that is gentle enough for sensitive skin types and it’s easy to use. However, when I purchased the ‘Super’ version of this mask, I was hoping for a bit more of a deeper clean. This mask does leave my face feeling soft and clean, but the appearance of my sebaceous filaments barely change. The masks boasts about it’s ability to clean out pores and to tighten them, but I wasn’t really seeing that. Overall, I think this is a nice mask for those who have more combination skin types or those who don’t suffer from more noticeable sebaceous filaments. The only thing I can say that might change my perspective of this mask is maybe trying it before I oil cleanse, so it loosens up the sebum (this is method was introduced to me when I read about it on the blog Fifty Shades of Snail, find post here). All in all it’s a nice clay mask, but it’s just not the best one for me.
- Easy to apply
- Dries within 10-20 minutes
- Doesn’t harden significantly once dry (you can still move your face! yay!)
- Didn’t break me out
- Leaves skin feeling soft
- Didn’t draw out as much impurities as I had hoped
- Exfoliating volcanic capsules weren’t exfoliating
- 1-Bad, had a reaction, would not buy again
- 2-Did not work
- 3-Worked, but nothing special
- 4-Great product, but has the potential to be replaced
- 5-Holy Grail, it’s the cat’s meow!
It’s a nice and gentle clay mask but for those looking for a deeper clean, this isn’t the mask for you.
Where you can purchase it:
Innisfree for $15.00
Jolse for $13.58
Memebox for $14.00
Amazon for $12.74
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