Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

Don’t underestimate the power of a good facial mask!  I’ve been on the hunt for a few varieties to tackle my particular skin concerns — a good one to absorb excess oil and to help clean out my pores and also a good one for when my skin needs hydration.  For my first concern I found the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal mask works really well for me.


On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A mattifying mask that absorbs oil, impurities, and environmental pollutants to help detoxify skin.

What it is formulated to do:
Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask absorbs oil, impurities, and environmental pollutants for a clear, refreshed complexion. Charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while mineral clays soak up excess oil. Recommended for dry combination to oily skin types, the oil-free formula leaves skin feeling renewed and smooth with noticeably refined pores.

This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

For $29 Cdn with 3.4 oz. (or 100 ml), I think this is a really great price for what you’re getting.

I’ve tried a few charcoal/clay masks over the last year — Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal mask, The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay mask and the Glamglow Supermud mask — they’re all really great at making my skin feel refreshed and cleaned out, but the Clinique mask seems to be more gentle than the others, while working just as well as the others.

This works like your typical clay mask.  About two quarter size globs is what I use to cover my entire face to get a semi-thick layer. After about 20 minutes, it dries and I removed the majority with a few water-soaked cotton pads first and then rinse the remaining off with warm water.  I’m left with skin that feels super soft and my pores look and feel cleaner.

I used this mask once a week (sometimes twice) in the warmer months when my skin is oiler and now, in the winter months I use it once every 2-3 weeks depending on whether I feel like my face needs a good pore-out.

And the fact that this comes in an easy, squeeze tube is also a win in my books — way less messy.  I’m not a big fan of masks in a tub that you have to dig your fingers into to get.

I really like a lot of Clinique products and as I look at my skincare arsenal right now, Clinique is a brand that stands out. I’m glad to have added this mask to my collection!

I give the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this mask?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite pore-refining mask?

Thanks for reading!!