Packaging, texture, and fragrance
Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x comes in a 100ml dainty brown metal jar. Because its metal container is densely packed with the formulation, it’s a bit weighty for its size but it’s still portable enough to carry with you when you travel. The formulation is thick yet creamy but the Volcanic Cluster Spheres aren’t as uniform and abundant as I expected. I even mistook it as grains that resulted from clumping of clay. The scent, on the other hand, isn’t overwhelming. You could only really take a whiff of its fragrant and earthy scent when it's on your face.
The creamy formulation makes the mask quite easy to spread on your skin, even with just your fingers. Take note though, the mask dries quickly, especially if you apply it too thinly, so be sure to work quickly if you don’t want uneven patches. The clay provides a cooling effect that persists throughout the whole application. You can feel it tightening your skin just a bit, but it’s not tingly at all. However, I did feel an unpleasant burning sensation on my upper lip every time I tried the product, no matter how little I applied. After the 10 minutes of application, you’d see the mask turning into a lighter shade of blue-grey and clinging to the crevices of your skin.
The first time I used the product, I didn’t see an improvement with my pores at all. I continued using it at least once a week and I’m happy to say that at least, after three weeks, my pores finally looked a bit smaller. This Volcanic Pore Clay Mask doesn’t help with pimple breakouts though, but it doesn’t dry the skin and it leaves my skin feeling softer and refreshed after every use. Once, I mistakenly left it on for more than 10 minutes, and it didn’t do anything bad to my skin at all.
Overall, Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x delivered pretty good results for me. It also worked on cleansing and the pore tightening pretty well. My dry combination skin also appreciates that it cleared up the grease in my T-zone yet left the dry parts of my skin more moisturised. Because of its smooth texture, there were barely any leftovers of the mask on my finger after application. If you have dry skin, however, I wouldn’t recommend this one to you as it might be too harsh.
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Meet Clinique iD
When it comes to healthy, hydrated skin, most women are hard-pressed to find one product that suits their skin’s specific needs. Many of us have resorted to tailoring our skincare routines by way of trial-and-error to cover all our problem areas — be it dryness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or a combination of different skin concerns. But what if there was a product that combines your hydration needs with the targeted treatment of a serum? Meet Clinique iD™.
Clinique iD™’s unique approach enables you to personalise your skincare product by way of a custom-blend hydrator targeted specifically for your skin’s needs. This revolutionary serum-meets-moisturiser features 15 different combinations to hydrate and treat skin concerns. It’s taken a tour through five destinations — from Morocco to Japan, and now it’s finally landed in the Philippines. With the extreme heat and humidity we face in a tropical climate, it can be difficult to nail that balance between lightweight hydration and heavy treatment but Clinique iD seems to be up for the challenge.
Customising your hydrator takes only two steps. First, select your moisturising base by picking either the moisturising lotion, the oil-control gel, or the crowd favourite hydrating jelly. Next, pick your serum/actives cartridge, which you insert into the moisturising base as part of the blend. For this there are five choices precisely tailored for a variety of skin issues: lactobacillus probiotics to soothe and calm skin irritation, taurine for combatting fatigue and a reviving glow, AHAs to smooth out pores and uneven skin texture, whey protein to blur fine lines and wrinkles and plump out the skin, and finally, Japanese Angelica Root to brighten and even skin tone.
Combined with the base, the custom hydrator delivers ample hydration and nourishment to your skin as it receives sufficient treatment for problem areas. While the skin may grow more sensitive and irritated under Manila heat, Clinique iD™ still retains the qualities that make the brand so appealing: it contains no parabens, phthalates, or fragrance making it gentle but effective for even the most delicate skins.
Find your Clinique iD™ at a Clinique store near you soon.