This may be a bit of a reheat, as according to Innisfree it’s their #3 seller, but Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a winner-winner-chicken-dinner. Sorry to cut to the chase there, but that’s what you’re here for, right? Here’s why: Continue reading “Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask: Mini Review”
Like sheet masks? Or maybe you just want to try them out at a low price and see what the hype is about? Korean beauty brand Innisfree is doing their ‘Buy 10, Get 10 free’ promotion on the It’s Real Squeeze masks for a limited time. The deal nets you some pretty nice masks for 60 cents a pop! Additionally, if you sign up for their email program, you immediately get (no waiting a day or two) a promo code good for 15% off. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the It’s Real promotion, but it can make rounding out your cart to get free shipping less painful.
Innisfree focuses on natural botanicals and sells a few k-beauty cult favorites that make pretty much every ‘must have’ list. Many of their products feature ingredients from Jeju island, including their massively popular clay mask.
If you decide to try this out, they’re offering FREE shipping (everybody’s favorite!) at $60 USD orders and up. Your order will ship from Korea, not a U.S. outlet, so keep the longer ship times in mind. Innisfree’s website will NOT ship to P.O. Boxes, which includes APO/FPO addresses. If you are stationed in Japan, you can still take advantage 0f free shipping by utilizing your local Japanese address at the same price point. You also will likely get your products much faster that if they were shipping to your APO address.
Keep in mind two things that come up when you use your Japanese address though:
- An alert will come up in Japanese that gives you a heads up on customs fees. Americans are quite spoiled with our mail system and not paying import duties. The alert says you will incur customs duties if your order is 16,500 yen or more (that’s a LOT of It’s Real Sheet masks!). Keep your order sane (or split it into multiple orders if you’re laying down Oprah money, and you should avoid duty.
- A second alert will come up in Japanese saying that a few prefectures strictly prohibit import of certain natural items (which Innisfree uses in some of their products), and they will contact you if they cannot ship certain items to you. Okinawa was not included in their example prefectures, so if you’re out here, you should be fine.
I want to know–did you take advantage of the sale? If so, what did you buy? The cucumber mask is apparently their top selling It’s Real Squeeze mask, and the rice ones are pretty awesome, too.
Remember Biore strips? Of course you do! You’ve probably been seeing and hearing about clay nose masks, perhaps like the Hell Pore mask, which goes on like a pack or mask but cleans out the pores like a Biore strip. It’s also oft-mentioned as “the most painful mask on the planet” (dying to hand over your cash yet?!).
I recently picked up a similar product, Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel-Off Clay Nose Mask, from a The Face Shop outlet in Cambodia. The Face Shop is a Korean beauty company that sadly doesn’t yet have any outlets where I live, so I feel like a kid in a candy shop whenever the opportunity becomes available to shop at one.
I found it in the “men’s care” section of the store. It has no discernible fragrance and the clay nose mask consistency is very thick and white. It has a very shiny finish.
After double cleansing, I applied the mask rather thick over my nose and alongside, where my pores tend to get most congested (aka where the old biore strips would sit).
I like to double mask, especially when using a more drying mask like clay masks typically are. I usually apply a very hydrating one under and around my eyes to sit while my nose is cooking. This one is from Paula’s Choice.
It takes 10-15 minutes or so for the clay nose mask to set all the way. Your experience will vary depending on the humidity level of your house. When it’s completely dry, start at one side and start gently peeling it off.
When you have it off, flip it over and see what kind of goodies you’ve fished out of your pores (be honest, this is the best part, am I right?).
The Lowdown on The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel-Off Clay Nose Mask
Pain level: low, for me slightly less uncomfortable than Biore strips
Pros: with a clay mask, you can customize the fit to your own nose and needs. The skin under the mask felt very soft after I peeled this off. Also, I found this to be more effective than the black peel off masks I’ve found in Japanese drug stores.
Cons: for me, not available locally so must be purchased online or while on vacation.
Cost: around $7 USD plus shipping/tax as applicable.