[Review] Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask

So today I went to Sephora a few days ago and you know how it’s the closest thing to Heaven. Well… makeup and skincare heaven. I mean once you go in there, you can never leave. And even if you try to leave, you will most definitely will be leaving with huuuuuge purchases. I mean who can resist all the products calling out your name and seducing you. So of course, I made big purchases which, honestly, I do regret. Welp… YOLO LOL. What caught my eye was Boscia’s Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask. It had the magic word: matcha. I remember I resisted buying the mask the first time I saw it. I don’t know how but I was just able to fight off the temptation. But today was a different story. I immediately grabbed it and made a dash to the cash register before my brain was able to register what was going on. So now here I am blessing you guys with this review HAHAHA jks… I’m a skincare slave lol.

Boscia Background: Boscia is a North American skincare line under the parent company FANCL, a well established Japanese cosmetics company, and was launched in North America in 2002. They use ingredients that are derived from nature and their products are designed with sensitive skin in mind. All of Boscia’s products are vegan and 100% gluten free, however, they are not cruelty-free. They currently sell their products in China and China requires all imported cosmetic products to be tested on animals. Boscia products range from $30 to $50 so it’s not too expensive. I would say it’s mid-range in terms of price and affordability.

PhotoGrid_1527476296080I’m sorry for the RBF… I need to learn how to smile and take better photos of myself LOL

Product Details: Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask (2.6 fl oz) is a face mask that helps detoxify and decongest the skin with antioxidant properties in matcha. It has a really smooth, creamy, and glossy look, almost like Nutella but a green Nutella. The smell really threw me off. It smells like chemical… There’s no matcha smell whatsoever.

This product is dermatologist tested and free of artificial fragrance, color, gluten, and ethanol alcohol. The mask has a Sephora Clean seal which means it’s made without ingredients that Sephora shoppers would like to avoid. (Clean at Sephora™ is formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.)

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bukachiol, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citric Acid, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Laureth-7, Beta-Sitosterol, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77499)

CosDNA analysis of the mask ingredients here.

Main Ingredients Analysis: 

Matcha – Helps reduce oil and brightens up the skin, reduce redness, calms inflammation, gentle enough for all skin type

• Bakuchiol – Comes from edible seeds of Indian origin, it is a natural Retinol-like functional compound that promotes collagen and elastin.

• Willowbark Extract –  A natural salicylic acid that combats acne and reduces redness

• Willowherb – Helps calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation

• Jojoba Seed – A natural moisturizer that improves skin softness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Price: Compared to LGH Grow Matcha Clay Mask which contains 3.88 fl oz and costs $20, the Boscia matcha mask is on the pricier side. It contains 2.6 fl oz and costs $38. The price range is definitely $$.

How to use: Using the small spatula that comes with the mask, apply and evenly distribute the mask around the whole face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse clean with warm water.

Performance: The clay was applied smoothly on my face. A lot of clay masks have a cooling sensation and this one is no different. It felt cool in the beginning but however, after 2 minutes, it started to feel a tiny bit warm especially around my cheeks. It dries real fast and around the 10 minute mark, the mask was completely dry on my face. I left the mask on for 20 minutes and it wasn’t difficult to rinse off. It rinsed off faster than LGH matcha mask. There was no redness in my face and my skin looked brighter and healthier. Since I’m combination skin, it felt a bit dry so I immediately moisturized my face. As for pores, they pretty much stayed the same size but, honestly, I don’t expect masks to minimize pores in just one use. BUT I did notice my T-zone was less oily. My T-zone tends to get oily after about 30 minutes after I use masks but after using this mask, it looked like my T-zone was under control.

Conclusion: Like I said, the smell really threw me off. I didn’t expect the mask to smell so much of chemical. I thought it would smell maybe a little bit citrus-y like LGH but nope, a blast of chemical scent slammed my nose. Honestly, I like LGH matcha mask way better than Boscia’s. It’s cheaper and smells more decent. I don’t think I’m going to repurchase this mask again.

  • Pros:
    • Reduce redness
    • Brightens the skin
    • Reduces and controls oil on T-zone
    • Feels refreshing on the skin
  • Cons:
    • Didn’t really minimize my pores
  • Rating:
    • 1: omg it was horrible just no
    • 2: hmm ya no
    • 3: eh it could’ve been better
    • 4: just missing that last 2%
    • 5: it’s a keeper hun

Where to buy it:
Sephora – $38
Boscia – $38

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