Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (Peel-Off)

After trying it at Sephora, I was very fascinated by this mask but I never had the justification to purchase it since it was $42 for 80g! Luckily, I recently received this mask as a gift, and absolutely adore it.

The mask claims that it contains Montmorilloite Clay to absorb the excess oil, dirt, and toxins, Pine Bark Extract conditions the skin with its antioxidant properties, and Vitamin C to brighten the skin. 

This mask also guarantees to be preservative-free, artificial colour-free, gluten-free, and ethanol alcohol-free, although its second ingredient is Polyvinyl Alcohol. When applying the mask, I could feel my eyes stinging from the alcohol, so be sure to not apply it too close to the eyes.

You are suppose to apply a thick, opaque, even layer to clean, dry skin. It is especially important that your skin is dry before applying this mask, or it prolongs the duration of the mask and dilutes the solution as you are spreading it around your face. I recommend using your fingers for this mask instead of a spatula since it is a bit sticky and it is difficult to maneuver using a tool. 

Many has warned that this mask will rip your facial hair out, so you shouldn't apply it too close to your eyebrows. Although, if you accidentally got some on your eyebrows, a scrub (any facial scrub) will easily remove the mask.

Depending on the person, the drying time will vary, but the mask should be dried around 30 minutes. It is easy to tell if you don't want to use your hands, a sure-tell sign is that the mask has turned matte and more flat.

Above is the various mask pieces taken from my face, along with three zoomed-in shots. Although the pieces have bubbles on them, unfortunately they are not whiteheads. From the forehead piece, you can see whiteheads that were removed. If you look at the right cheek piece, there were tiny fine hairs removed (but you really have to squint to see it). The chin piece also had some whiteheads stuck to it. The different amount of bubbles (as you can see on the nose piece) are not

The mask also contains witch hazel water, honeysuckle extract, rosemary leaf oil, jojoba leaf extract, and all sorts of good stuff, so it is actually fairly nourishing to the skin. The peeling off process is definitely not painful, similar to removing dried Elmer's glue from your hand.

- easy removal (no washing required)
- cleans fairly well
- instant results (whitehead removal)

- too much alcohol that it stings my eyes
- messy application
- the price tag ($42/80g)

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this mask because it is a game changer from all the current masks on the market right now, although it does have a few areas to improve on. 

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