Fab or flub: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque

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When it comes to beauty routines, it’s essential to have at least one good mask in your skin-care rotation. Masks, when used weekly, can offer multiple benefits to the skin, including hydrating, reducing the signs of aging and detoxifying.

Having tried many masks myself, I’ve found that the hardest part is finding one that is a) good and b) suited for particular skin types. Some masks that are great for dry skin might not necessarily be great for skin like mine, which is somewhere in the middle of normal and combination.

As a current fan of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, I was excited to try out the brand’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque. Retailing for $23 (available at Nordstrom), Rare Earth is made with natural ingredients like Amazonian white clay, oatmeal and aloe vera.

Clay-infused beauty products have always intrigued me because of their potential ability to draw out excess oil from the face. While Rare Earth does claim to draw out oil, dirt and toxins, it also touts that it visibly minimizes the size of pores.

First impression

The first thing I did was smell the product. Since the mask contains Amazonian white clay, it did not surprise me that it smelled quite earthy. The fragrance was subtle and almost unnoticeable after I had applied the mask to my face. The formula is reminiscent of gray pudding and was not greasy or sticky. Like the majority of Kiehl’s products I’ve tried, you don’t need to use much each time you apply it; a little goes a long way, making the $23 price tag seem not so bad.

With my skin clean and damp, I took a small amount of the product on my fingertips and began smearing it all over my face. (I looked like a member of the Putty Patrol from the original Power Rangers.) Rare Earth’s instructions call for the mask to be left on for 10 minutes to allow it to dry, then removed with a warm, wet towel.

As the mask dried on my face, I noticed a slight tingling sensation, which I quite enjoyed because I assumed that meant the product was working. Afterward, I removed the product from my face with ease and little mess.

Fab or flub?

Fab! Kiehl’s has continued to impress me with its skin-care products, and the Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is no exception. Immediately after my first use, I could see that my skin looked brighter and felt softer. When the label says that it detoxes your skin, it’s definitely not lying. My face was left squeaky clean and refreshed.

After about two weeks of using the product twice a week, I started seeing fewer blackheads on my nose. Though the mask hasn’t completely cured me of my pesky blackheads altogether, I remain optimistic that with continued use, they could be gone for good.

I think Rare Earth is one of those masks that is great for all skin types. A rare find, indeed.

If you do end up purchasing this product, I suggest grabbing the limited-edition Earth Day version, which features special lids designed by actors Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie. Not only does it retail for $23 just like the original, but every sale of the product benefits Recycle Across America.

A beauty product that helps both your skin and the earth stay beautiful? Sounds like a win-win.

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