If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with Korean cosmetics and I’m obsessed with curing my pores of all evil. I like Dr. Jart+, not only because it’s Korean, but it’s more accessible to us Westerners, being sold in Sephora stores. I’ve only tried a few Dr. Jart+ products (BB creams, duh) so I wasn’t even aware they had a pore minimalist mask. Now I am.
Also, y’all have no idea how enamoured I am with BLACK MASKS. I’ve tried so many charcoal ones that I’ve had high hopes for, but the majority of them are white and boring. The only other actual black one I’ve found was the My Scheming Hyaluronan Hydrating Black Mask, but that’s simply hydrating and not concentrated on pores and minimalism. As soon as I got this in whatever month’s Birchbox, I knew it was meant to be.
OR WAS IT.
Pore minimalist, design minimalist.
English and Korean. THANKS DR. JART. +.
-Good for oily/troubled skin
What it is:
A black sheet mask featuring activated Korean charcoal, spearmint extract, and arginine for superior detoxification and pore-tightening benefits.
What it is formulated to do:
This soothing sheet mask purifies pore and removes excess sebum without irritation. Activated Korean charcoal detoxifies, spearmint extract improves elasticity, and arginine clarifies pores. Good for blemishes, large pores, and oily skin, this powerful must-have mask is for anytime, anywhere use and is certain to produce a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and free of phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, triclosan, thymol, diazolidinyl urea, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, and cyclomethicone.
-Spearmint Extract: Improves pore elasticity.
-Activated Charcoal: Tightens and detoxes.
-Arginine: Clarifies pores.
-Moroccan Lava Clay: Removes dead skin cells and firms.
Water, Glycerin, Dimethyl Sulfone, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-32, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Charcoal Powder, Alcohol Denat., Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay, Polyphosphorylcholine, Glycol Acrylate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate.
As black as the night itself.
Super packed with essence, as most sheet masks are. Drip drip drop. There’s plenty leftover in the packet to massage into your skin afterward, if that’s what you’re into.
Aside from almost being some sort of blackface, I liked wearing this. I think my cat was a bit apprehensive though. The fit left much to be desired. Seriously, do these maskmakers even TRY fitting them on an actual human before designing and manufacturing them? I mean I don’t have the ideal perfect face by far, but damn. Usually sheet masks fail me around the nose area. I’ve come to expect that. But this one… this one had so much extra material around the chin, I couldn’t even smooth it down. Thus, my stunning goatee.
The mask did feel soothing and cooling while on. You’re supposed to wear it 15-20 minutes, but I usually wear mine until it starts drying out. Maybe that was my issue here. This mask didn’t lend a visible difference to my pores, but it did moisturize the hell out of my face. And although it’s touted to be balancing, about 30 minutes after wearing this my skin felt oily and heavy. I had to follow up with some of my Kiehl’s toner to combat that, and I usually don’t touch my skin after a mask night.
The scent of this mask is herbally-charcoal. It’s not too intense, but after wearing it for awhile it smells like you’re giving yourself a home perm. Not so pleasant, but at that point it’s probably time to take it off anyway.
Pros: It looks cool, yeah? Easier to access for us Westerners.
Cons: Didn’t show noticeable difference after one time. Over-moisturizing. Expensive at $7.50 USD for one, and $35 USD for five.
Final Verdict: I didn’t really care for this mask, obviously. It sounded perfect in theory, but it left my face feeling heavy and didn’t seem to do much else. It could be more effective when used multiple times, but who’s going to spend that much to find out? Sorry, not me. Interested in trying it? Grab one at Sephora.