Mask Noir, Demystified

by Emily R | 20 Comments

In October, we’re releasing a peel-off cleansing mask called Mask Noir. It looks like this:



What’s with the name?
We call it Mask Noir because it’s a pitch-black mask. Jet black. Mystery 8 Ball black. Blackest black.

How is it jet black? ( + ingredients)
The gorgeous color comes from hectorite clay — a derivative of black volcanic ash.  Hectorite draws out pore-clogging debris and other impurities, then gently lifts them away.

Other star ingredients:

  • -Kaolin clay – great for removing excess oil.
  • -Power Cell Complex™ – our proprietary blend of green coffee bean oil (promotes cell turnover), Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ (hydrates immediately), rosehip seed oil (bonds moisture to skin), and grapeseed oil (protects skin from free radicals).

The mask does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Yay!

Can it be used on the neck as well?
Sure! But please avoid eyebrows and hairline.

What if I get it on my eyebrows/hairline?
Don’t fret. Rinse the mask off of eyebrows or hairline with warm water. Don’t peel it off of eyebrows or hairline–it’s very uncomfortable. (I tried it to see what would happen after Product Development told me not to.)

How much to use, and how long should it dry before peeling off?
The mask spreads across skin easily so you should only need about a nickel-sized amount for your entire face. Use sparingly on the apples of your cheeks–we aren’t as porous there so it doesn’t have much work to do, and therefore doesn’t dry as quickly.

The tube will tell you to wait 15-20 minutes before peeling. Do that. In fact, up to 30 minutes of waiting is fine. Do *not* peel before 15 minutes, as the mask won’t be dry enough so you’ll end up rinsing some of it off with water which defeats the purpose.

How often can it be used?
Once or twice a week is perfect.

BONUS: Mask Noir is a great spot treatment for decongesting/minimizing pores. Use it on your t-zone, around your nostrils, on a top-o-the-morning pimple, wherever your unique treatment spots may be. My coworker likes to use it like this:

Upper lip and chin: problem areas. (Also, she's a good sport.)

We have no fun at the office.

Not quite the t-zone. More like the goatee-zone.

Who’s excited for a peel-off mask? Let’s hear about it, in the comments!

  • peggy

    Sounds great can’t wait to try peel off mask with volcanic ash.

  • Aisha

    Definitely getting the Modern Beauty box this month.
    Btw, that picture is a great pick-me-up. Can’t stop laughing!

  • Connie

    Uh oh. I’m allergic to caffeine – how much is in this from the green coffee bean oil??

    • Emily

      Hi Connie,

      We can’t guarantee that the green coffee bean extract has no caffeine–so our Product Development team suggests you avoid ALL Julep products that have our Power Cell Complex (like Mask Noir).

      Good news though–if a Julep product has our PCC, it will always be clearly called out in the ingredients list, and usually in the marketing as well.

      I hope this answered your question — please let me know if there’s anything else we can help with.

      • Connie

        Thank you so much! I am bummed that I shouldn’t try it but I’m glad to know that I can easily identify any products that I might react to.

  • Alyssa

    Does it remove blackheads? It is similar to the black peel off masks?

    • Emily

      It *is* a black peel-off mask!

      The ingredients are definitely strong warriors in the battle of blackhead removal… Be sure to let us know what you think.

  • September

    Was wondering, is there fragrance in the ingredients?? I am allergic , have really sensitive skin. Did well with the cleaning oil since it doesn’t have artificial fragrance

    • Emily

      Hi there,

      Here’s the complete ingredient list. Mask Noir does indeed have fragrance.

      Water/Aqua, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Kaolin, Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Alcohol, Glycerin56-81-5, Polysorbate 20, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hectorite, Potassium Sorba, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

  • Amy

    Ha, love this very informative and humor-laden post! I’m looking forward to trying it soon.

  • Frannie

    Very excited to try this after falling in love with the cleansing oil this month!

    • alexa

      how much of it do you use? I’ve tried it twice, and both times it felt too thick for my liking. I tried 2 pumps at first and then 3. I’ve done OCMs with holly oil before and maybe because it’s a thinner oil, it didn’t feel so weird on my skin.

      • Emily

        Hi Alexa,

        I think you’re talking about Bare Face rather than the Mask Noir on this post…

        I typically use three pumps. My skin is dry so I adore the thicker consistency of Bare Face. It makes my skin feel luxurious. It’s definitely a matter of personal taste though. All oils vary in consistency so it makes sense that oil cleansers would do the same thing.

        Hope this helps!

        • alexa

          the one with rosehip seed oil. I’m a bit on the oily side anyways, so I don’t really like the consistency of it. It feels like it has less slip than the holly oil. I might bring it in to my skincare teacher and see what she recommends I do with it. If not, I know a few people with drier skin who would like the product.

  • I am wearing the mask as we speak. I don’t know if it’s me or if I just need practice, but putting on the mask was kind of a pain. I used more than a dime for each cheek, chin, and forehead. (maybe i used too much) I started with my chin (I hadn’t read this yet) and put one big stripe, but when I went to do the cheeks (like to make one big mask) it kept peeling off the chin where I had just done. I kept going but had to be real careful when doing the next areas. You guys should do a demonstrative video or something.

  • alexa

    I received my Oct beauty box today and was happy to see this! I tried putting it on with a facial brush – bad idea. Much better application with fingers. I liked the way it dried, no tingling or other weird feelings. Peel off was good, didn’tget a full face peel, but not bad formy 1st time, I think. My ostia looked smaller, there was less oily shine to my face, no redness, because sometimes with enzyme and clay masques I’m a bit pink in the cheeks after. Continued with my routine of toner and moisturizer after, and my skin feels baby soft and a bit tighter. One of my fav products from you so far!

  • Jessica

    i love this mask! I agree with some of the comments above about it being difficult to apply, and it seemed harder to apply in oily areas, but other than that I fell in love!

  • Nicole

    The formula was very thick. Which I like but it took almost the wne bottle to cover my face.

  • lindsay

    I also used a ton of it to cover my face. It’s already super thick and dries quickly during application. When I tried to spread it around it just peeled off.

    I definitely enjoyed it though!

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