The single worst smell I’ve experienced in my life, as someone who has three younger siblings and has experienced all the wonders of infant body fluids, is this DIY pore strip from one of Michelle Phan’s videos. Part of this horrendous stench is due to the fact that it’s a pore strip, and therefore meant to go directly on your nose. If you’re fasting or dieting I would maybe recommend trying this recipe just because nothing turns you off food more than this gelatinous… I don’t even know what to call it.

Olefactoury senses aside, one benefit that my thirteen year old self realised about this DIY pore pack is that because it’s a liquid, you have the opportunity to customise the pore pack shape. I enjoyed being able to take the mask up the bridge of my nose to the space between my brows, where I am also prone to dark sebaceous filaments. I no longer make these DIY pore masks due to laziness and choosing to rely on professionals for my skincare products now, but when I saw The Face Shop’s Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel-Off Clay Nose Mask I immediately bought it–without even looking for reviews–because of the ability to customise pore strip shapes again.

This type of product doesn’t lend much to reviewing since it’s a short-term product and I have no long-term testing to do, but I’ve been using it for a few months and feel comfortable enough to describe it.

Product Name The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel-Off Clay Nose Mask

Product Size: 50g

Product Price: 8.20USD on Amazon / 8USD on Urban Outfitters

When I Use: After cleansing, before any hydrating wash off masks, and before any stay-on products. I do sometimes apply a BHA before using this mask to help the mask along.

Product Claims: Clear pores with this Jeju volcanic lava peel-off clay nose mask from The Face Shop. Controls excess sebum production + targets blackheads, impurities + grease with volcanic clay sourced from the Korean island, Jeju. (UO)

Product Texture: The product is a sticky, grey paste that’s really stringy and will stick to everything that’s dry. Though you should use it on clean skin for best results, you have to make sure to dry your face completely or else even when it dries it doesn’t work as well.

How it comes out of the tube.

When you spread it out you need to make sure there’s a completely opaque, relatively thick layer on. If it’s too thin instead of pulling the sebaceous filaments out it will end up just flaking off and being difficult to remove and pull–if you look at the second photo below, the thin layer on the sides won’t peel off. It’ll crumb up and stick to the skin, and I’ll end up taking it off with a damp washcloth.

Spread out and halfway dry–it doesn’t pull out gunk as well if you use a thin layer so you need a considerably thick layer.

After the mask completely dries it’ll feel a bit tight, and the top will be very glossy. When you peel it off, the bottom side will be matte.

when it’s completely dry the top will be very glossy

Product Effectiveness: Honestly speaking, compared to the paper pore strips by brands like Biore, and even compared to The Face Shop’s Volcanic Lava Ash Nose Strips from the same line, they’re not as effective in pulling sebaceous filaments out. I’ve gotten in the habits of using a Stridex pad (2% salicylic acid) before which helps a bit, but it’s still just okay. This doesn’t mean that it’s a more gentle pore strip by any means, as because of it’s more stretchy formula it feels like it pulls a bit more at the skin than a more stiff pore strip.

Overall: I would give this a 2.5/5. It’s not bad, but also not particularly good at what it’s supposed to do and requires other products to be more effective. I wouldn’t repurchase but I will use it up.