22 Jun 2015

Review: Coni Beauty Beauty Whitening Black Jelly Mask

I bought this black jelly mask from Watsons Malaysia after reading some good reviews about deep-cleansing products made with charcoal. Charcoal is getting more popular nowadays especially in the Taiwanese deep-cleansing mask market. Quite a lot of brands actually carry them: Coni Beauty, DMC, Bonanza, Hanaka, Shills, Annie's Way, EJG and so on... just to name a few. According to my research, charcoal is a good absorbent and is safe to be used on your skin. One teaspoonful of activated charcoal USP has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet, which makes it a powerful dirts absorbing substance. Charcoal is also known to disinfect wounds too! Does that sound exciting? Let's get started!


So why did I choose Coni Beauty instead of DMC, Hanaka or Bonanza? 

>> it is featured in the famous Taiwanese beauty show "女人我最大"
>> it contains black rose extract, which claims to be a rare and precious beauty ingredient
>> it is endorsed by Ady Ann (安以轩) so I guess some quality assurance??



the design: simple, black and white to echo its content


it comes with a lid and a spatula (which I put separately with my other spatulas). I think the spatula is not that convenient or even messy to use. So I just use Hanaka's spatula for scooping and spreading purpose.


The jelly mask is SOOO black in color, very concentrated and thick. 


The texture: it is easy to apply and glide smoothly but can get quite messy at times. Also, the black jelly cannot be washed off once it taints your shirts so be extra careful when handling it. 


You should apply a layer of 0.3 cm on your face. All charcoal mask I encountered requires that you apply a thick layer. I don't know why exactly but maybe they work on the thermal reaction theory (better dirts-absorbing power due to thermal effect)? If you are wondering about its duration, this big jar of black jelly mask can last you some 3-4 months on a twice per week basis.

CLAIMS

This black jelly mask uses black-absorbs-black strategy to remove all dirts and impurities within your skin. After using, your skin becomes smoother, fresher and brighter. The black rose extract inside the mask also serves to brighten up your skin. 

#remove dullness ✓
#brightening ✓
#deep-cleansing ✓
#sebum control ✓
#pore tightening ✓
#increase smoothness and elasticity ✓

PS: All claims are met (✓) but only temporary (less than 1 day)


INSTRUCTION

After cleansing your face, apply an approximately 0.3 cm layer of the black jelly on your skin evenly and leave it on for 30 minutes. Remember to scrape the jelly off with the spatula before washing it with water (otherwise it will take forever to remove the black jelly using water only). It is recommended to apply thrice a week. 

INGREDIENTS
(CosDNA analysis)

Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Propanediol, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Alba Flower Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mineral Oil, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Urea, Charcoal Powder, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Phenoxyethnol, Glycerin, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Sorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Panthenol, MannitolAmmonium Glycyrrhizate, Caffeine, Zinc Gluconate, Aesculusnhippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Carbomer, Tranexamic Acid, Arbutin, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil


INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

Underlined are preservatives and active/good ingredients are bold whereas ingredients with moisturizing properties are highlighted in blue. This black jelly mask uses a lot of botanical extracts, but mostly are exfoliant with skin brightening or purifying properties.

I did not see where the present of the black rose extract as advertised. A simple google search of Rosa Alba shows mostly white roses whereas Rosa Damascena are mostly pink roses. I didn't see any other roses here. I tried google search "black rose" but article with "does black rose even exist" come up! So, the fancy black rose as advertised are merely a marketing strategy then??? Woah! I appreciate if someone who knows further to clarify on this.

I like the facts that this jelly mask contains a few good ingredients such as sunflower seed oil (emollient, antioxidant), vitamin E (controversial but powerful antioxidant), urea (moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, leave-on exfoliant), algae extract (antioxidant, exfoliant, brightenor), horse chestnus seed extract (anti-inflammatory, anti-aging), sea fennel extract (anti-blemish, anti-aging, soothing) and so on.

Of course, this contains a lot of harsh ingredients as well. There are a lot of preservatives here. Also exfoliants that are potentially irritating. A lot of surfactants (cleansing agent) are present too. Running through CosDNA also reveals a lot of problematic ingredients (rated 3/5 on hazardous score). So, this might not be the best option for those with sensitive, thin and dry skin. 

BEFORE VS. AFTER


Let's present the lab rat Mr. Terrible Skin: see the difference? 

<< smaller pores (sorry that the "after" picture is a bit blurred)
<< brightened (maybe that is due to 30 minutes of soaking in water jelly)
<< cleaner (okay, maybe normal cleansing can do that)

Packaging ★★★
Texture ★★★
Application ★★
Scent ★
Ingredients ★★
Performance ★★★

CONCLUSION

Let's get straight to the point. What I like about this deep-cleansing mask? It deep-cleanses, it removes dirts that you can't usually get rid of with manual cleansing, it gives you that "ahhh, so fresh, all laki is gone" kind of feeling. But what I dislike about it then? It irritates (maybe I can convince myself that it is cleansing my pores), it strips moisture off my skin, it smells awful (image cheap plastic rosey smell), and it is messy to apply (one of my plain white t-shirts has now become a zebra t-shirt). 

Basically, it just strips strips strips so you NEED a moisturizing mask after that. Do make sure that you sooth and calm your skin after your deep-cleansing product then you will be fine. Again, that's what a deep-cleansing product does right? One of my friends with sensitive skin doesn't have any major problem with this mask so I think it is OK for those with sensitive skin. However, I think individuals with dry skin won't like this.

Update 21 December 2015:

She has major problems after using this jelly mask several times. Her skin has sensitive reactions to this mask and she experiences flaking, itchiness and redness after using.

Anyhow, if you take a serious look at the long list of ingredients, a whole lot of them are preservatives and fragrance. Top two "beneficial" ones are exfoliators, and only the bottom ones are ingredients for soothing. So do not expect soothing from this mask, it will definitely exfoliates and strips more than soothes.

I have finished the whole jar and am now switching over to DMC. Will post an update after I finished trying the DMC one to see the differences between the two.

Update 21 December 2015:

I have used 50% of DMC Deep Cleansing Mask and would definitely prefer the DMC one better. DMC was more moisturizing, gentler and cleanses better. Coni Beauty, on the other hand, was much more stripping, harsh, and drying. Of course, Coni Beauty prices slightly cheaper than DMC so it was up to your own discreet choosing the One for yourself. 


Would not repurchase after I finish this. I find it too dehydrating, too messy and smells weird with not-so-nice ingredients used.


You can get this from: Watsons Malaysia | Hermo 
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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