Review: SkinFood Black Sugar Mask (Wash Off)

1.27.2011


Purchased at: I got this it in Korea but you can get it at Sasa or YesStyle

Price: $12.90 at Sasa or $17.00 YesStyle. Obviously, I have my preferences ;)

Description:
SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off contains black sugar ingredient, which contains rich minerals, vitamins and glycolic acid, for removing aged cuticles.  It ensures better absorption of the following skin care products. Skin is revitalized and hydrated. Bright and tight skin is resulted.
A leave-on mask with generous moisturizing and effective exfoliating ingredients. Grainy sugar granules slough off excess oil and grime, while a self-heating formula opens up pores, allowing skin to fully absorb the rich minerals and vitamins.
Directions: After cleansing, apply the mask to lightly wet face (avoid eye and lip area). Gently press and massage. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse well with water.


Suitable for: All skin types. (Though I don't agree, I think those with sensitive skin/acne shouldn't use it).


Experience: I tried a sample of this and it was a very generous amount, good for 3-4 uses, honestly.  I didn't like how large the sugar grains were, it felt too harsh on my face even though I didn't massage very much.  When I washed off the mask after minimal massaging (not scrubbing), my face felt very clean and there was no residue left.  However, I forgot to put on lotion once after I used it and my face felt very parched.  This isn't really surprising though since it is an exfoliating mask ^_^

Overall:
Scent: I thought this would have a sugary sweet scent but it was a lime-soap scent O_o More lime than soap so it smelled quite clean and I liked it - but it startled me a bit.

Texture: Very large sugar granules!  You should use a very small amount of this with plenty of water or another cleanser.   Those with open lesions or active acne shouldn't use this since it'll be harsh on your face I think.  And I have to add how utterly....feces-like this looks xD


Claims:
Contains rich minerals, vitamins and glycolic acid, for removing aged cuticles.  <-- aka remove dead skin? Well, yes it does though it definitely should considering how large the granules are xD
Skin is revitalized and hydrated. <-- Revitalized, yes.  Hydrated? Not so much though my freshly exfoliated face did soak up moisturizer faster.
Bright and tight skin is resulted. <-- Yes indeed-y.
Generous moisturizing and effective exfoliating ingredients. <-- Not so much on the moisturizing, yes to the exfoliating.  
Grainy sugar granules slough off excess oil and grime. <-- Yep.
Self-heating formula opens up pores, allowing skin to fully absorb the rich minerals and vitamins. <-- I did not experience any self-heating :\  The Skinfood Black Sesame Seed Hot Mask (which I really like btw) does this really well, this one not so much.
Overall results: This is a very well-loved mask (MUA Rating: 4.2/5.0), I have come across almost no negative reviews about this product.  As for me I have to say....I wasn't crazy about it ^^;;
Good:
- I liked the lime scent but it might be odd for those expecting something sweeter.
- Exfoliates decently enough.
- My skin felt very refreshed and revitalized afterward.
- No residue left behind, skin feels clean and tight.
- Very reasonable cost on Sasa.

Bad:
- No self-heating effect.
- Large (possibly harsh) granules. They don't melt over time either I don't think :\
- Not moisturizing.
- Tub setup is very unhygienic :P You'll need to use spoon to get this stuff out.
- Skin will be temporarily red afterward.
- Looks like poop in the tub ^0^ but on your face it's just fine :)
Overall, I'd say you could give it a try if you do not have active acne/open lesions on your face.  I personally would not purchase the full size of this - it's not because I think it's a bad product, it's just not for me.  Also I suspect you could get the same results with a DIY brown sugar mask ^^  I'll be sticking to my good ol' SkinJourney Microdermabrasion Scrub, which has much smaller/gentler exfoliating beads and is more moisturizing.

24 comments :

  1. Elle you amaze me each and everytime with your great reviews. I'm a horrible reviewer. Now I've been following your blogs for a while now and you always mention that you get your beauty items in Korea. I'm assuming you stock up when you're there?

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  2. You have awesome reviews.

    ~Sherine
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  3. wooo black sugar yummy! love your review!

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  4. i'm dying to have fece-like products on my face =D
    lol!!! actually... MAYBE... if it REALLY worked =p

    i'll probably skip this product...it might clog my drain with big chunks of sugar
    but it sounds like it would work as a body scrub too~

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  5. thanks for this review =D !! the mask doesn't really look pretty at all xD lol.. looks like poop UHU =.="

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  6. I had the same sample and loved it when I used it too! Great review I wish I bought it in Korea :(

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  7. Lol i skipped skinfood entirely when i was in korea...somehow i was more intrigued with missha, etude house and laneige haha I was waaay too overwhelmed when i was there so many cheap cosmetics XD

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  8. I love SkinFood! :) It's a good thing that they opened a branch here so I won't have to order online :D

    Great review btw :)

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  9. Feces-like! LOL It looks like a great exfoliater and at a reasonable price. Since the granules are so huge, I imagine this product can last for a long time :) Yay for the review! I am adding things to my Sasa list for when I purchase:D

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  10. Did you get any facial peels when you were in Korea? I read about the Strawberry peel from Laneige but I have no idea how it's like! :p

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  11. Elle, Your reviews are awesome!^__^* I wanna try something from SKIN FOOD in the future!~

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  12. im surprised to hear the granules are pretty large, looks are definitely deceiving! unfortunately SF has never worked for me. greta review, sorry it didnt work out so well for you!

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  13. thanks for your review! i agree the particles inside this mask would be too harsh on some skin but i've heard this mask is excellent for removing oil and sebum...!

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  14. nice review, hmmm seems like an okay thing, I'm not very tempted to try it after reading your review about the cons, thanks & you're so informative! :)

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  15. love your reviews :)

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  16. Ooo I wanted to try this actually, because a lot of people gave such good reviews on it. But you're right about it looking like poop - it looks really gross in the container lol. I kinda prefer smaller granules in exfoliating masks - I feel like larger granules are more rough on my skin.

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  17. this is a wonderful review(: and reminded me that i need to give my skin some TLC as soon as possible ~ haven't done a face mask in agess(:

    maebell(: lovely blogg!

    www.maebellx3.blogspot.com

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  18. really? i didn't know that^^ thank you for the information:); because some people didn't told me that way, that was linked to the pigmentation lol^^

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  19. Did you get any facial peels when you were in Korea? I read about the Strawberry peel from Laneige but I have no idea how it's like! :p

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  20. this is a wonderful review(: and reminded me that i need to give my skin some TLC as soon as possible ~ haven't done a face mask in agess(:

    maebell(: lovely blogg!

    www.maebellx3.blogspot.com

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  21. You have awesome reviews.

    ~Sherine
    Check out my blog and follow if you like!
    Confessions Of A City Girl

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  22. Feces-like! LOL It looks like a great exfoliater and at a reasonable price. Since the granules are so huge, I imagine this product can last for a long time :) Yay for the review! I am adding things to my Sasa list for when I purchase:D

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