The TIA’M Sebum Drying Black Bubble Pack is a wash-off clay mask. I am a huge fan of clay masks because I naturally have large pores and visible blackheads. This is one of the more effective clay masks I’ve tried, but I would not repurchase it for reasons that I will mention in this post. However, I can see why many people love this mask and I would still recommend it if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.
Application, Wear, and Removal
I am typically not a fan of bubble packs as I find them ticklish and the noise kind of irritates me. I tried the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask three years ago (check out my IG review here) and ended up tossing it because it annoyed me so much. Though this TIA’M mask also bubbles after you apply it to your skin, it doesn’t foam up as much and it stops after about a minute. (Note: the instructions say to massage the mask into your skin after it bubbles, but I personally didn’t notice much of a difference.) This is much easier to spread than other clay masks, and application overall is good.
Skincare enthusiasts may be put off by the word “drying” in the product name, but this is probably the least drying clay mask I’ve ever tried. I have forgotten about this mask, leaving it on for forty minutes, but the mask never really dried down and my skin did not feel dry or irritated at all. However, I have oily skin so I understand that this may not be the case for everyone. If you have drier skin, it’s a good idea to end the masking session after 5-10 minutes and/or mist yourself with the product of your choice. The smell is a bit off-putting (typical clay scent), but I don’t really notice it after a few minutes. It doesn’t crumble off my face, which is nice. It’s pleasant to wear, but I wouldn’t wear it just for the sake of wearing it.
Removal sucks. Most clay masks are tricky to wash off, but this one was especially difficult. You either need to use a wash cloth or remove it in the shower, and both methods will leave a mess. I like to use a cleansing balm to facilitate the removal process, but it’s always a bit of an arm workout.
So the user experience is good overall (easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and tricky to remove) with some room for improvement, but is it effective? Short answer: yes. Slightly longer answer: this clay mask does what it claims and I always notice a difference in the days after using it. It helps to tighten pores, decrease the appearance of blackheads, and even my skin texture. I often used this mask as part of my Fifty Shades of Snail inspired grits routine. However, I find the Innisfree Super Volcanic to be slightly more effective.
I used this mask about 1-2x/week from December 2017 to August 2018, though I took a few breaks in between. I enjoyed this enough to use it up, but I am quite relieved to be finished. I would not repurchase it, but I would recommend it to a friend if I think they’d enjoy it.
I purchased the TIA’M Sebum Drying Black Bubble Pack when it was included in Daint’s Box X last fall. If you’re interested, you can purchased the mask on its own from Daint, Jolse, RoseRoseShop, and a variety of other K-Beauty retailers. Note that TIA’M was formerly known as OST C20 (you may have heard of their popular Vitamin C serum – it broke me out, but a lot of people like it). There is also a pink version that seems to be popular.
Ingredients (via Daint): Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Charcoal Powder, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Albumen Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Alcohol, IsoHexadecane, Polysorbate 80, CI 77499, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
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