I have a review about a mask I had to try a couple of times before I was ready to give my review on it. The Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay mask is unlike any other clay mask I’ve tried, and it really threw me for a loop. This mask is one of the most famous Kbeauty clay masks on the market at the moment, and I couldn’t not try it. It comes in two versions, Jeju Volcanic and Super Volcanic. The one I have here is the Jeju Volcanic, which is considered to be the regular strength version of the two. I do wish I had got the Super Volcanic for reasons that I’ll touch on later in the review.
The mask itself comes in a cardboard box, containing a plastic jar with a seal AND a lid to keep the mask wet and smooth for use. However, it doesn’t come with a spatula so I usually use a couple q-tips to get the product out to use. The clay this mask contains Volcanic Clay from Jeju Island, an island in Korea famous for its volcanic mud healing properties. If you look at the mask closely, you can actually see little black specks of volcanic ash - so cool! The mask itself has a very smooth and easy to spread texture - the first thing that surprised me. I had been so loyal to the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask for so long that I had forgotten that not all masks would have the same lumpy, difficult to spread texture. I also found that this mask was SO comfortable to wear, another thing which confused me - I was so used to masks hardening very stiffly on my face. I realised that I associated this feeling of stiffness = the mask is working, which is why I had such mixed feelings about this mask when I first tried it.
The directions say to leave it on for 15-20 minutes - I found that the mask did dry in this time frame anyway. I found that this mask didn’t oil spot on me either, which I also didn’t like because it made me think it wasn’t working. When I rinsed this off, I realised just how emollient this mask was. You know when you have moisturiser on your hands, but you go to rinse them and it feels kind of slimy and slippery? That’s how this felt when rinsing off. However, the bonus to that is my skin didn’t feel as dry and parched as it normally would after using a clay mask. Looking at the ingredients list, there's definitely a lot of emollients present, explaining why this clay formula felt so rich and moisturising:
I was pretty shocked that this was actually able to reduce nose and cheek pore appearance, considering it didn’t seem to do anything that my other masks did: harden, oil spot, or dry stiffly. The only thing that this mask didn’t do, however, was to affect existing pimples. I do find that most other masks will draw out excess fluid/sebum from new/recently popped pimples, but this left them fairly untouched.
Overall, this is something that I would probably continue to use, but maybe not repurchase. I do prefer stronger masks for my oily, acne-prone skin - so maybe I’ll give the Super Volcanic Clay Mask a go! This gets a 3/5 from me.
Have you tried this? What’s your favourite clay mask?
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.
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