Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Review

When I first found out Boscia is launching a new Luminizing Black Mask, I was *thrilled*! After all, my all-time favorite black facial mask, MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, was limited edition and I am running low on my backups and dying to find a replacement.

The Luminizing Black Mask claims to deliver deep-pore cleansing, exfoliate, draw out impurities, bacteria, excess oil and deliver antioxidant protection to prevent future free-radical damage. Key ingredients are Calcium Montmorillionite Clay, Maritime Pink Bar Extract, Vitamin C, Witch Hazel, Rosemary Leaf Extract and Eucalytpus Extract.

Unlike the MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, this is meant to be applied on dry skin. It has a much thinner texture and spreads very easily (those who complained about the MAC being too thick, you will definitely love this!) The mask does not heat up and dries up to a glossy black film in roughly 10 minutes. During the process, I can feel a tightening sensation but none of that unpleasant “cracking” associated with traditional mud masks.

Me fresh out the shower with the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask



As for the results, all I can say is FANTASTIC! My skin felt instantly softer, cleaner and the blackheads on my nose seemed a lot less noticeable. I did not notice any changes in my hyper-pigmentation but the mask gave my skin a very nice glow. The effects also seem to last a good day or two so I would recommend using the mask at least twice a week.

My only complaint is peeling the mask off. No matter what I do, the mask peels off in tiny patches and never in one piece. You also need to slather on a rather generous amount in order for the mask to even peel, so chances are you will go through the product pretty fast. Plus if your hand has the slightest amount of moisture, the mask will turn wet again, making it impossible to peel. I ended up resorting to rinsing it with warm water and using my favorite Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief – which is perfect for removing all cleansers and masks btw – to remove any residue.

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The Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is available at Sephora for $34.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Sofia,

    Yes they are similar and both manufactured by Japanese companies. The ingredients are different though.

  2. I can tell in your photo that you didn’t apply it thick enough to peel off in one piece. Also, rinsing it instead of peeling with dull the exfoliating results you would get from peeling it. I get the glow from the peel.

  3. I have this Boscia mask and I don’t like it. It takes FOREVER to dry since you have to lay it on so thick, and it still doesn’t peel off in one piece. It feels good while it’s on but when it comes off i have black spots in my large pores that this product does not help to make smaller. My face has been breaking out quite badly, and i think this is a huge waste of $34.

  4. I use Seikisho Mask White by Kose. It seems very similar to Boscia’s Black Mask. I had that problem too when peeling the mask, but I realized its much easier to take of when you apply a thicker coating of the mask. Nevertheless, the results are fantastic.

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