If a product says "pore penetrating," I'm on it. Congested skin is something that has plagued me since moving to North Carolina over 2 years ago. I'm not sure if it's the humidity, hormones, age, water, the constant testing out of products... But I never remember my pores this filled up or my skin this oily.
So I'm always trying to clear out my pores and thoroughly cleanse my skin. My huge purchase of a Clarisonic Mia at the end of last year has helped with cleansing tremendously. However, my oil slick, not so much, but I will take what I can get.
What I found intriguing about AVON's Black Mineral Mask is that it contains Salicylic Acid 0.5% and my skin responds well to SA. So I thought I would give it shot!
I'm not going to sugar coat it, this product contains a lot of chemicals. In recent years I have preferred more natural products... Hydrated Silica is the 2nd ingredient which gives the product a gel like feel to it, rather than a clay like consistency. It spreads out nicely over the skin. Ethylhexyl palmitate is listed as the 3rd ingredient which is an emollient/fragrance.
Starting with the 5th ingredient we get to the "minerals." Bentonite (clay), magnesium aluminum silicate, camellia sinesis leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, some other skin conditioners, preservatives, colorants, more fragrance and witch hazel makes an appearance as well.
On to the review!
AVON Clearskin pore penetrating Black Mineral Mask is a comfortable gel-like consistency that glides on to the face. It is dark gray and dries to a light gray.
Exhibit A: Silly Mask Face
I did feel a slight cooling sensation but not anything more than the mask drying on my face. I did not feel any irritating tingling etc.
In terms of pore penetrating, it definitely absorbs oil as you can see in the photos above. It doesn't feel tight or overly drying. It feels just right. After I washed it off with the whitest towel I could have found (oops!) my skin felt clean and hydrated and my pores were left tightened.
I really like that it doesn't feel like your skin is stripped of all it's oils. I have found after using Queen Helene's Mint Julep mask which I do love, my skin fights back with major rebound oil, which I find really annoying but would just put up with because it did a great job of clearing out that dirt and oil.
This mask didn't miraculously eliminate all my blackheads after one use but I will definitely continue using this 2-3 times a week as instructed on the package and I will update my final results when I finish the tube!
AVON Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask contains 7.5mL (2.5 fl oz) of product and will have an introductory price of $3.99 in Campaign 18 (next month). After C-18, this product will retail for $6.99.