First Impressions of Shills’ Black Mask


Hi guys!

I’m being brave and trying out a facebook trend. This mask has been going around my facebook page for about a month, so I looked it up on Amazon and bought it. I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same one, but all the Facebook link said was Deep Cleansing Black Mask. And this one looked identical.

This is the Shills’ Deep Cleansing Black mask for Acne Purifying. It cost me £6.99, although the price is now £7.99 on Amazon. Although I don’t have any issues with acne, I do get weird little black heads and whiteheads around my face. They’re quite annoying.

This mask claims to:

Clear pores and purifies. Specifically formulated to unblock clogged pores by lifting blackheads, dirt and spot-causing bacteria away. Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out the most deeply-rooted impurities leaving the skin looking clean and clear. Naturally derived ingredients, calendula, rosemary and grapefruit help to rebalance and restore a glowing complexion. 

So here’s hoping that it works. I mean, for the price of it, I’m hoping that it works, because it seems a lot cheaper than some other charcoal masks on the market. In general I do prefer peel-off masks, just because I’m lazy, and don’t like washing stuff off my face and getting product in my hair.

This is my first attempt using it, so even if things go bad, you will know about it. Here’s hoping all goes well though!


The mask comes in quite a nice squeezy bottle, so I don’t feel like loads is going to squirt out at once. It’s a really thick consistency so it wasn’t very spreadable, which I found brilliant because I could control where it went a lot easier than some other peel-off masks that I’ve tried in the past.

I applied it on clean skin, having removed my makeup with a bit of Botanics Micellar Cleansing Water, and avoided my eyebrows, hairline and upper lip. To be honest, I don’t get blackheads there anyway. The thick, tar-like consitency meant it was really easy to maneuvre around the areas that needed avoiding; I can just imaging this acting like wax strips, and removing all my eyebrow hair in a sweep! I don’t want that!

This actually felt quite cooling on the skin, which is a good sign. Usually if my skin feels a burning sensation, I’m having a reaction to some of the ingredients.

It didn’t take long to apply, but took ages to wash off my finger! Now I just need to wait thirty minutes for it to dry.

Whilst Drying

Okay, so the mask still felt okay. It has a nice cooling sensation, although I’m very aware of things being pulled out of my skin, especially around my nose and chin. It feels weird, but weirdly satisfying. I really don’t think that this will disappoint me.

I can feel it getting tight as it dries, and that’s only after fifteen minutes. Goodness knows how tight this will feel nearer the thirty minute mark!

I’m just going to watch Youtube whilst this dries.

Little tip whilst waiting for this to dry; don’t chew gum! Everytime I chewed too enthusiastically my face pulled on the mask and it hurt. Oh god; I’m not looking forward to taking this off!


Thirty MInutes Later…..


OW! OW! In all that is painful… ow! I have never known something hurt so much! It felt like wax ripping every little hair off my face. I really regretted applying this to my entire face; two graham norton videos played in the time that it took to remove!

However, the pain was worth it. Although no visible gunk could be seen on the mask, apart from the odd dead skin cell, my skin does feel cleaner and some of the whiteheads have reduced and look less angry.

I may just apply this to problem areas only in the future; to relieve my skin of unnecessary pain.


So it didn’t give me the gunky, icky pore stuff that I saw on facebook, but that probably means that I have clean skin. Something else must cause the bumps. I will keep trying it, but as a first impression, this mask was alright.

Have you tried it out? Was I being a baby with the removal? Please let me know.

Bye for now!



About jennywren7

I'm Jennifer; northern beauty blogger and Starbucks addict. I enjoy blogging about various aspects of my life and throwing the odd review and tutorial into the mix. Hope you enjoy reading my various ramblings.
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