I have been testing out the Elf Clarifying Charcoal Bubble mask. This mask costs €15,- or $14,- and in return you get 50 grams of product. It promises to gently remove oil and dirt from the skin for a clearer complexion. But before I want to tell you about the formula, I first want to talk about the packaging.
I really like the look of the packaging and it kinda comes across as luxurious. However, I hate the way you get the product out of the actual packaging. In order to get the mask out, you need to press the white part vigorously. I don’t mind an arm workout, but not when I am trying to put on a mask and have some me-time haha. Maybe its just me, but I find it really difficult to get the product out.
The Clarifying Charcoal Bubble Mask is not only vegan and cruelty free, but also free from Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates! As said before the mask promises to gently remove dirt and oil for a clearer looking complexion.
The mask itself has a liquid/gel like texture, that quickly turns into firm bubbles that last on the skin for about 5-10 minutes. I personally apply 1,5 to 2 times as much of the amount of the mask that you can see in the picture above. You only need to apply a thin layer.
What I like about the mask is that it feels rather nice on the skin compared to other bubble masks. I often find them a bit ticklish, but I don’t have that with this one. After 5-10 minutes you need to massage the mask into the skin (I like to wet my hands first and then message it in) and then rinse it off with warm water. I find that the mask does what it promises. It cleanses the skin very nicely without dehydrating my skin.
I made before and after pictures, but sadly there was no difference visible. Nevertheless, I do believe that it cleanses the skin. I do think that you can get the same result from a normal facial cleanser.
So, I like the mask, but I am not in love with it. I don’t find that it aids in my skincare routine as I already have a cleanser that I love, plus I much prefer the 2 minute Pep-Start Bubble mask by Clinique. Moreover, I am starting to hate the packaging and therefore probably won’t reach for it.
If you want to experience the fun of a bubble mask while on a budget, then I would recommend to buy this one. But if you are able to splurge and want a mask that can actually benefit your skincare routine than definitely get the one by Clinique!