Back in November of last year when I reviewed the Laneige Water Bank Serum, I vowed to review more Korean beauty products. Fast forward to now and this is only my second Korean product review, BUT it is a goodie! I could not resist trying out the latest in Korean skincare entertainment and picked up the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask! This is a detoxifying charcoal clay-based mask with an extra fun property - it BUBBLES!
I don't normally purchase clay masks because my dry-normal skin usually finds them quite stripping of moisture, but after seeing this mask on a number of Youtube channels, the fun factor was something I just had to experience! I also do not know why there is a pig as a mas(k)cot. Granted, seeing a pig with a mask does make me smile!
The mask comes in a plastic container with a spatula which is very much necessary as it is a thick jelly that can be messy to apply with the hands. The shape of the spatula also made it very easy to spread the mask accurately all over my face. The product description on Memebox says that this mask is deep cleansing makeup remover and pore cleanser, but I would remove my makeup and have this mask do its work on clean skin. In fact, I don't think I would leave my makeup on before ANY mask!
As for the scent, you would think that this mask would smell like the inside of a volcano, but it was actually surprisingly good! A little floral even!
I won't talk too much about ingredients as this mask is more about fun than "treatment" per se, but there are some ingredients that I like and others that could be a problem for some. The infamous bubble-action is due to Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which can be a skin irritant so even though this mask is intended for all skin types, sensitive skin types should be cautious.
There is also a higher concentration of methylparaben as it sits in the middle of the ingredients list instead of at the end which I can understand as I picture this moist jelly of a mask to be the perfect breeding ground for moldy fuzzies.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, White Clay, Acrylate Copolymer, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramide DEA, TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate, Green Tea Extracts, Glycerine, Dipropylene Glycol, Bentonite, Collagen, Charcoal Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Flavouring Agents, Carbonated Water, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Lavender Extracts, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extracts, Peppermint Leaf Extracts, Freesia Leaf Extracts, Chamomile Flower Extracts, Rosemary Leaf Extracts
Starting with a clean, bare face!
The instructions say that the bubbling will start in 5 minutes, but it actually can start while you are applying the mask! It can get messy when you go over the same spot to reapply and the bubbles are already there. As the foaming action begins, what the instructions fail to mention is how ticklish the sensation is especially around the nose and forehead! I am glad this wasn't a 15-20 minute mask because by the end of the 8 minutes I was ready to take it off!
The bubbles grow quite a bit so be careful with how close to your eyes you apply the mask or bubbles will start to fall off or get into your eyes. After about 7 minutes, massage the mask with your hands like you would a cleanser and rinse off with water. I would suggest scooping the bubbles off first and then rinsing off the remainder with a facial sponge.
Also, this is a highly amusing mask so warn your significant other or raucous laughter will ensue. Mine said I looked like a stuffed bear the "plushier" I got and he could even hear the bubbles forming!
Final verdict: I did not expect this mask to agree with my skin, but surprisingly enough my skin was not dry. In fact, it felt very clean, detoxed and smooth! The only area that felt a bit dry was the area underneath my eyes, but everywhere else felt really good! This is Korean beauty entertainment at its best and I love that there is always an element of fun to Asian cosmetics in general. Prices range from $8-$15 USD with free shipping most of the time so for the price, fun factor and laughs I got out of using this mask, I would totally say, "go for it".
The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask can be purchased from a number of reputable sellers on ebay as well as Roseroseshop. Just make sure there is an Elizaveccca Original sticker on the side of the box as I have heard there were some fakes floating around at some point!