- Brand: Skin
Name: Egg White Pore Mask [에그 화이트 포어 마스크]
Price in Korea: 8,000KRW
Basically, this wash-off mask claims to do two things to your pores: 1) cleanse, and 2) shrink. They say: It penetrates deep into your pores, binding to and removing any blackheads and pore-clogging oil. The albumin-rich egg white extract promotes firmer skin and smaller pores.
The container might seem modest in size at first, but it actually holds quite an abundant amount inside, enough to last me at least 7 months or so! Inside you'll also find a thin, plastic inner lid: ▼
Off-white in color, this is a creamy, soft, and buttery paste that smells of flowers. It’s quite moist for a paste, though not in the least bit runny. (It dries up once you apply it, actually!) The moisture-shine is a bit exaggerated in my photos...it's actually quite matte in real life! Me bad~ ^^;
Application is very smooth. It practically glides onto your skin! Soon afterwards it begins drying. It dries into a soft, powder-like veneer over your skin.
It feels very gentle on my face. Sometimes I get a "spicy" warm feeling, but it's benign. I have normal/dry skin and I don’t find the mask drying for my skin, nor does it make my skin feel tight. I mean, I do feel *the mask* drying up, but not as though it’s taking moisture from *my* skin, you know?
So how well did it live up to its claims?
1.) Cleansing/Blackhead Removal: It does indeed noticeably pull out my blackheads! See how in the After photo my blackheads look like they're peeling a bit? Those are actually the heads poking out!
This time there was only a slight difference, but back when my pores/blackheads were ginormous it would pull them out about a 1/4 or 1/3 of the way! It was enough to see them poking out with the naked eye, yet not enough that they could be easily removed with mere exfoliation. Plucking maybe... It's a double-edged sword I suppose~
2.) Shrinking: Again, back when I had larger pores, I saw very noticeable shrinkage (about 30-40%), but lately I've noticed less change since my pores are smaller now (although I can't say that's due to the mask though, since I don't use it regularly).
So instead, here is a photo of my boyfriend's results, since his pores show up better on camera:
Usually within a day or so my pore size returns to normal. As of right now I can't comment on possible long-term results, but I'll update this post once I reach a conclusion!
[Update 8/17/12: Two months later, my pores are noteably smaller, even on bad days. (Of course, I can't be compleeetely sure this is due to the mask though!) Also, as I mentioned before, with smaller/less clogged pores, come smaller results. You'll also want to make sure you exfoliate for maximum effectiveness!]
[Update 9/23/12: Yep, it's affirmative! Now that my pores are smaller and much less clogged--they used to be over-the-top clogged, but now they're only about halfway clogged, if that makes any sense--I see barely any 'pulling out of blackheads' and just a wee bit of pore size shrinking.
So in conclusion, bigger pores, blackheads --> bigger results! smaller pores, blackheads --> smaller results]
I really really like it! This is the first mask that actually visibly reduces my pore size and removed my blackheads! (Well, kind of removed.) You know how all these skin products always talk about minimizing pores, but meh, I never notice anything...! And even though this doesn't fully remove my blackheads, I still think the partial extraction is a good prep to complement any subsequent methods of blackhead removal! :)
Whew, hope that helped! So what do you think? What's your Pore TLC regimen?
*PS, just a reminder to join my giveaway! I can't believe most of my followers (prior to the giveaway) haven't joined! You're practically already in, you know! What, you no like my choice of goodies? :(