5 Jan 2017

Review: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

I rarely review about clay mask, or deep-cleansing mask. But that's because I rarely find any clay mask that meets my needs with the right texture, ingredients and performance. But now, I think I've found the One. This Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is one such functioning deep-cleansing wash-off type mask that does all without stripping the skin off moisture.

I have tried a lot of deep-cleansing mask, from Innisfree, Too Cool of School, DMC, Coni Beauty, The Face Shop, Neogence, Nano White to Goodal, to name a few. Most of them are clay mask. And I personally find clay mask to be the most effective physical deep-cleansing mask. Chemical deep-cleansing products, like BHA is in my opinion more effective than physical deep-cleansing mask in the long-term, but its results are not as immediate and it may not be as gentler on the skin as the physical deep-cleansing mask. Hence, I still use physical deep-cleansing mask from time to time. My bf who hate to use sunscreen and has overactive sebum glands finds clay mask to be more convenient and effective as well!

According to Kiehl's, this masque uses White Clay from the Amazon River in Brazil to eliminate debris and dead surface cells that can clog pores and leave the skin looking dull. It is also rich in minerals and will get rid of surface toxins from the skin. Basically, a wash-off type mask with skin purifying, pores minimizing, deep-cleansing and detoxifying properties.

You'll smell a very strong clay (fermented microorganism) scent when you open the jar. Like pure clay sort of scent. The masque looks like some greyish paste that resembles white clay you can find in swamp or riversides. It spreads out smoothly with creamy consistency.

I like to apply this at night during weekends before cleansing my face, but my bf prefers using it after cleansing his face. I just find less-hassle removing this in shower so that you won't wet your shirts. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it with water. The mask will turn into a warm and solid paste on my skin that is not too drying. The skin is left moisturized, clearer, smoother with cleaner pores after washing.


Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Propanediol, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Starch/Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa Flour/Oat Kernel Flour, Allantoin


The formula as a whole is aimed to control sebum production, soothe the skin and instill some anti-oxidizing benefits. There isn't a lot of this and that added to provide any other skin-benefits since the masque is essentially made to suck out the baddies on your skin without compromising its natural moisture protection. And I think it does a great job at achieving the purpose with its selected ingredients and of course good technology used.


Actually, when it comes to clay mask, there is really nothing much to talk about. It is either effective or not. And Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is by far the most effective deep-cleansing clay mask I've ever used. It cleanses thoroughly without drying out your skin. The masque remains in its good creamy condition and will not dry out within a few months unlike the Innisfree Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. I love it, my bf loves it. There is nothing to complain about. It is an effective, non-drying deep-cleansing clay mask with quality ingredients used.

About: clay mask, deep-cleansing mask, wash-off mask
Properties: soothing, moisturizing, deep-cleansing
Best suited for: normal/combination to oily skin
May not suit: very sensitive or dry skin

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★★ (holy grail, best clay mask used so far!)

You can get this from: Kiehl's Malaysia
[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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