I’m finally back to making reviews and I would like to talk about this product from Skinfood, Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Mask! I’ve decided to make a review about this because my opinion slightly differs from the ones I’ve read prior to my purchase. And! I want to compare this with the original Black Sugar Wash-Off mask.
So we’ll start off this review from its price! For 100ml this may range around SGD20-30? I have not checked out the local retailing prices but it is an expensive product in Taiwan. However, my friend bought it from the Korean stores and apparently it is way cheaper and it’s only like SGD10 or so? So I would say it’s definitely a product value for money!
Next, appearance, it is cutely packaged in a tub. Some people are slightly unhappy about the absence of a spatula, but I’m not that clean and hygienic of a person so after cleaning my hands I just dip my finger in and scoop it backwards so that none get into my nails, and scoop a fair amount so I only have to do it once. It works too, I guess? Haha still rather hygienic.
So down to its job efficiency. I think it is pretty good for its price, it does exfoliates and smells amazing! It smells like strawberry and looks like strawberry jam with these strawberry seeds in it. I believe its main exfoliating ingredient is sugar granules and to be honest I think the strawberry seeds were hardly helpful. Perhaps more for gimmick? This is where I would compare it to the original black sugar mask. Despite not smelling as attractive, I think the original version definitely contained more percentage of sugar granules. Now of course, from the articles I read, the strawberry version is supposed to be gentler as an exfoliating mask, therefore it may be why they reduced the percentage of sugar granules. So do consider if you want it original(black sugar) or gentler(strawberry version).
They are both useful, but I would just like to make further comparisons between the two.
Black Sugar (original)
- Higher percentage of sugar granules (or at least by feel)
- Leaves skin feeling clean and soft
- Produces a heating effect as you exfoliate
- Slight black sugar smell
- Looks black and weird on your face as you leave it on
Strawberry black sugar (new)
- Less percentage of sugar granules, addition of strawberry seeds
- Leaves skin clean and soft, with a slight moist feeling (perhaps the addition of strawberry oil)
- Produces a heating effect but not as obvious or strong as the original version
- Heavenly strawberry scent
- Looks better on your face when you leave it on, slightly pinkish and radiant colour
Adding in to point 2 about the after-wash feeling, I would think strawberry version is more moisturizing and perhaps if your skin is on the oily side, the normal version would have been good enough. Otherwise it is also alright to add on sebum-control toner after everything. Just my 2 cents of opinion.
Overall I think I like this product! Maybe 8.5/10 I would give the original 9/10 just because I’m not so concerned about packaging and scent and stuff. Sure they’re a bonus, but I would prefer a product that does its job better 🙂 If I find a better product in the near future I would definitely switch to give it a try. So while this product is a pretty good buy, I wouldn’t say I love it and repurchase.