Skincare

Product Smackdown: Boscia Black Face Mask vs. Origins Clear Improvement Face Mask

June 3, 2014

Product smackdown-masks For The Wink’s second installment of Product Smackdown, I decided to test out two of the latest face masks on the market: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask versus Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. Check out my thoughts below and find out which one I liked more!

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: After showering, I slathered on this tarry mask and waited about 20 minutes for it to harden. Unlike other masks that lighten as they dry, this one stays extremely black (fun to scare your cat with) and you must wait until it turns smooth and plasticky to peel off. Underneath the mask, my skin felt tight and dry. This mask provides mechanical removal of impurities (as opposed to chemical removal), so it was quite painful to peel off my skin. After removal, my pores looked clearer but my skin was red and slightly irritated.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask: Right after applying, my skin felt tingly and cool. The mask had a different consistency than the Boscia one and was easier to spread across my face (less sticky/tarry). The mask went on a shark blue color and dried to a dark gray. Once it had fully dried (about 20 minutes), it was very easy to rinse off with warm water and left no residue behind. I felt that it cleared my pores and brightened my complexion immediately.

The verdict? Origins Clear Improvement Mask won hands-down over Bosica Luminizing Black Mask. Not only does it ring in at $10 less for more product ($24 for Origins’ 3.4oz vs. $34 for Boscia’s 2.8oz), my skin felt softer, looked brighter, and was much less irritated than after I’d used the Boscia mask. The Origins mask has become a weekly skincare ritual for me and helps keep my skin looking its best.

Have you ever tried these products? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments section below!

XO, J

  • Tabby Mae Rosales

    GREAT blog. Thank you for the comparison. I was considering going with one of these two brands. But so many conflicting skin ailments. My skin is red and blotchy with hyperpigmentation, I am very oily and breakout often, but its fairly sensitive (if i use soapy cleansers, salycilic acid or any other ingredients geared toward oil absorbtion my skin will become flaky) any suggestions as far as these brands?

    • Julianne

      Thanks, Tabby! I have a recurring column on The Wink called #askjulianne – would you mind if I answered your question in a post?

      Let me know! xo

      • Tabby Mae Rosales

        yes of course! just send me a link maybe, so I can go right to it? :)

        • Julianne

          Will do – I’ll hopefully have the post up next week! :)