I am back with another edition of Sample Sundays, this time featuring Skinfood’s one and only Black Sugar Mask Wash Off! This is a bit of a Holy Grail product among Korean skincare fans, and I am (slightly) ashamed to say I hadn’t tried it until this week. How is this even possible!? I had a few samples of this one and the Strawberry Black Sugar Mask (which I am also dying to try) but had just been saving them… for no reason. Every time I went to Skinfood and received this sample, I was so excited and just sort of tucked it away into my stash, for ‘another time’. Well friends, that time has finally come!
This is what the sample looks like:
The samples from Skinfood are generally quite sizeable and I found this to include a generous amount of product. I got around 3 or 4 uses from one sachet, which I think is pretty impressive! It is nice when a sample actually lets you get a good feel for the product, so kudos to you Skinfood!
My first impression of the Black Sugar Mask Wash Off (which shall henceforth just be known as the Black Sugar Mask, phew) was that it smelled just like a lemon and honey coughdrop/throat lozenger. Seriously, it smells exactly like it to me! I was expecting it to have more of a brown sugar smell (which would be just fine in my books…) and was surprised by the strong citrus smell. The sweetness seems to come out after I started rubbing it into my skin, and upon further Googling I discovered that the bigwigs/scientists at Skinfood apparently added caramel to the recipe. It doesn’t smell caramel-y to me, but I can definitely sense the sweetness. It’s quite a fresh scent, not my favourite but not one I mind by any means.
I ripped open the sample and squeezed some onto my hand for y’all to have a peek at:
As you can see, this mask is really thick and quite grainy. The texture was something I was a teensy bit concerned about, as I had read that this mask was very granular and could be a little bit scratchy. Considering I have the world’s most sensitive, English-rose skin, this did not bode well for me! Upon application, I did feel that I had to be careful using it so as not to end up with scratches all over my poor face, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that when used with warm water, the granules dissolve and soften quite quickly.I was honestly so gentle when using this and pretty much dabbed it onto my face without rubbing too much, and this was fine for me.
After photographing this swatch, I returned some of the product back into the sachet, which is why the following picture looks light on product. Obviously, you will use more than this but I just wanted to give you an idea of how it looks/feels when it’s blended a bit more:
As you can see, it looks a fair bit smoother and less bumpy here – and this is without adding any water. It felt a bit sticky just by itself but if you apply to a damp face (as you would!) it’s not a problem.
Honestly, after using this mask for the first time, I could feel a difference in my skin straightaway. It felt so smoooth! I am a bit of a shocker when it comes to using exfoliants, and I often forget this step in my routine. I don’t always find it the most pleasant thing because my skin is so reactive and I have to be careful what I use, which might explain my obsession with face creams. But I really enjoyed and looked forward to using this product! Every time I washed it off, I could feel how smooth and soft my skin was, and it also didn’t feel dry afterward which is a big plus for me.
Overall, I enjoyed using Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask and would consider purchasing it. However, at this point I am keen to try their Strawberry version of the Black Sugar Mask, which the lovely Sample Hime reviewed and loved! I love all things strawberry and the smell of this is divine, so I will hopefully feature it in a Sample Sundays soon! If you have hardier skin than I, this is a great mask to remove the dirt and debris from the day and leave you with baby soft skin. And even if you don’t, just using a bit more care with this product should lead to the same, soft results.
Most importantly, I am glad I finally tried this bestselling Korean product! The Black Sugar line recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, which is nothing short of a miracle in the cutthroat world of Korean cosmetics. The good folks at Skinfood are definitely doing something right!
That’s it for today, thanks for reading and I hope you all enjoyed this post. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts below! My next Sample Sunday review will feature… Holika Holika‘s Good Cera Super Cream! This is a brand I have purchased a few things off of but haven’t had too much experience with their products (ie. I haven’t used them yet, d’oh) so I am really looking forward to testing this!
See y’all soon,