The site looked to be a pretty new company with a California address at the bottom. Seriously y'all, I searched high and low to find where the company was based from before I ordered. I also thought that $9.99 wasn't too bad for a product that may not work. So I said the hell with it and ordered one.
A few days later I received a confirmation that my package was sent...with a tracking number. Lo and behold...THE MOTHERFUCKING COMPANY WAS SHIPPING FROM CHINA!!!! *insert extremely pissed off face here*
Now, I get things from China, sure: my plugs, craft stuff...but with stupid ads on Facebook boasting "cute apparel for a small fraction of the cost" and you end up getting a piece of faux satin with half the seam coming out, I'm hesitant about clothing or beauty from overseas. And of course, their regulations are a lot looser than in the US...so then I'm thinking I'm gonna get lead poisoning or some shit...
So three weeks go by...and I don't get my product; I email the company. Immediately someone responds and asks me to wait another 2 weeks, which I'm like, "Okay, it IS Christmas time...they probably got overloaded" But theeeeen...two months have gone by, I have not received my product, I email them AGAIN and...nothing. Luckily I was smart enough to purchase through PayPal, so I put in a dispute with PayPal, the company refunds my money and suddenly "receives" and responds to my customer service email. I get my $14.95 back, though.
Well, last week I receive a package in the mail: it's the face mask. So yeah, I DID get it...and I ended up getting it for free...
That night, I decide to try the mask. I'm super psyched because I've been infatuated with all the awesome videos of it extracting like, the most disgusting shit in our pores and, well, I got this for free and didn't have to pay $40 at Sephora for a tube. This is what the product looks like:
So yeah, it's in Chinese. The box, the tube...just a few words in broken English. Thankfully, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out how to use a face mask. I washed my face, dried and applied.
I decided to only apply to a few areas instead of my entire face, just because I didn't know how it was going to turn out. It dried in about 10-15 minutes and actually has a very pleasant scent to it. So far, so good.
Once I took the mask off, though, I wasn't as pleased as I was hoping to be:
The mask dried a lot thinner than the masks I've seen online, and when you look at the mask afterwards...I don't see much. You can't really tell if something is a blackhead or a bubble. It does seem to pull a bit of peach fuzz with it, but I don't think it is too uncomfortable to remove. I will say that my face feels very smooth in the places where the mask was placed, but your skin looks very red and pissed off after removal. I either use skin moisturizer or oil immediately once it's off.
I'm not sure if it's just the brand OR just how these charcoal masks truly are. Either way, they're fun to use and it was free so...I don't have much as far as complaints.
Although I do not really recommend ordering through the company that I did, these charcoal masks are pret-ty fun. If you feel like giving yourself a spa day, there are numerous companies that sell these masks...and you can even make your own using activated charcoal powder and ELMER'S GLUE!!! Say whaaaaaaaat?!?!
Have fun ladies!!!!