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Boscia Luminizing Black Mask Review

August 20, 2010

I was THRILLED when I found out Boscia is launching the new Luminizing Black Mask! 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 dried to a glossy black film in roughly 10 minutes. During the process, I felt 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.

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

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  • Reply sofia August 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    This concept seems really similar to this:

    I wonder if it’s the same thing 🙂

  • Reply Phyllis August 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm


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

  • Reply EAST August 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    You probably did not put on enough product. Okay Philistine shows a similar mask on her website (below), with before and after shots. You might have better results with more product. I think I might be picking this up this weekend.

  • Reply J September 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

    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.

  • Reply Sherry October 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

    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.

  • Reply Hisa November 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

    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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