Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review - Boscia Luminizing Black Mask vs. The "Softball Game Face"

I don't envy any product going up against this face:

That's me, no makeup, after a whole day of work, and a 2 hour softball game in which I play catcher. That means wearing a dirty face guard mask, rolling around in dirt, taking off dirty mask, putting dirty mask back on... And don't get me started about the hair. I should be reviewing shampoo too! But this is about one of my new loves: The famous Boscia Luminizing Black Mask!

I had been waiting for a long time to get my hands on this. Finally Sephora got it back in stock, so into my cart it went!

What Sephora's Website Says About It
This innovative treatment dramatically improves skin clarity, radiance, and texture. The unique peel-off action offers gratifying physical exfoliation—as you peel, you actively remove dirt, toxins, and dead skin layers. Exceptional deep-cleansing and exfoliation draw out impurities, bacteria, and excess oil, refining and minimizing pores. Recover smooth, even skintone as pre-existing melanin levels diminish, fading the appearance of dark spots. Inflammation, roughness, lines, and wrinkles fade, revealing younger-looking skin.
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77499).
This is a thick STICKY mask that can go on the skin in a thin streaky splotch if you're not careful. You DO want to go heavy with this mask.

$34 at for 2.8 oz.  I would say this price is totally worth it, but I don't think you'll get as many applications out of this mask as you'd like for the price because of how much you have to use.

My Experience
Are you ready for some silly pictures? I wanted to give you a really good idea about this mask so I took pictures for almost every step in my process. I will say this: working with this mask is just plain fun!

Step 1: Take a shower you stinky woman! 
After a game like that any sane person would.

Step 2: Start with a clean face.

Clean Face - post shower.
Wash your face! The directions say to do this. I used my toner after. While it wasn't specified in the directions, but it seemed strange not to.

Step 3: Apply the mask. 
Make sure you are putting it on thick enough! If you don't then you won't have an easy time peeling it off. Rule of thumb: make sure you can't see your skin through too many places As you can see, this is easier said than done.

I must admit the color of this mask is a little off putting. It reminds me of horrible racial jokes and the "blackface" practice. But I wonder if Boscia considered this at all. Maybe they could have made it purple. Or neon green. I might be too sensitive here.

Step 4: Make a funny face because you look ridiculous. 
(Got this tip from KraseyBeauty and her review)

Actually make more than one as long as you're being a freak.

Step 5: Wait 15-20 minutes.
I've found I have to wait about 20 minutes because of how thick I put this mask on.

Step 6: Peel the sucker off!
MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE DRY!!! If they aren't the mask will start dissolving and you won't be able to peel it off.

Start at your forehead. Wrinkle your forehead if you have to, sometimes it helps with removing the mask. I found it easiest to remove by wrinkling my forehead and dragging my fingers in a downward motion. Once you get a part of the mask to peel the rest will come. For any pieces remaining just rub your fingers over it until it comes up.

Something I haven't seen on anyone else's blog reviewing this... sort of gross!
Step 7: Dispose of mask. 
Now I tried this a couple of ways. You can toss it out. Or you can let it dissolve in your sink. Just add water. What was once gelatinous becomes gelatinous again.

Step 8: Wash your face again!
The remaining mask will come off at this time if you have any stray bits.

Step 9: Moisturize!
Believe me you will want to. You skin will feel a bit tight and dry after this.

Step 10: Inspect your pores!
Yes, unless you have awesome skin, I suspect you'll see an improvement. Most noticeable for me was my nose.

Clean Skin, Post Mask
I think my skin tone is minimally more even. Here's the thing though: I don't find this to have "Illuminated" my complexion. I don't think it should have been marketed as "Luminizing". It certainly doesn't illuminate the way the Ling Instant Oxygen Recovery Mask does for me. But it does get rid of a lot of dead skin and, well, crap in my pores!

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is like a giant Biore strip for your whole face. If you've ever wanted something like that, pick it up. I can't be the only person who fantasized about a Biore strip for the face. I suspect it'll be part of my beauty routine on a weekly basis at least. Maybe they will start selling this in a larger size?

Bottom Line
Definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet. Anyone who needs to exfoliate could benefit. That's probably all of us. Plus, it's fun!