Monday, July 11, 2016

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks Review

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks Review

Hey Dreamers and Creators!

Memebox's house brand, Bonvivant, has been coming out with lots of new masks lately. First there was the Illuminator Age Cover masks. Then last month, they introduced these 3 Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks which I will be reviewing today. This month they will be releasing a new line of sheet masks, the Botanical Pure Mask Packs! It'll come with 6 different types, (and actually it looks like they are already on the site, although their official release date is set to be July 12th ^^).

Anyways, I was super excited for these Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks. There were a ton of previews about them and since I've been really into the multi-masking trend (or rainbow masking trend), these seemed like the perfect addition. The Botanical Mellow Clay Mask line comes with 3 types of clay masks and they are the Jeju Volcanic, Mint Tea Tree, and Hawaiian Pink Clay. Let's get to know them!

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks: Hawaiian Pink, Jeju Volcanic, and Mint Tea Tree.

The Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks aren't your typical clay masks. What makes these clay masks unique is that they are also known as jelly masks. They have this jelly-like texture that's bouncy, see gif below. Neat huh? This texture makes the masks easier to spread and apply. The jelly clay masks are also 50% more hydrating than the traditional clay masks as well.

jelly mask bouncy gif

Each of the 3 clay mask target specific trouble spots and can be used separately or together. Hence the rainbow masking idea. (Wouldn't it be real awesome if someone created an actual rainbow clay masks with all the colors of the rainbow and each color targeting a different skincare issue? I'll wait, so someone please make it!)

Anyways, the idea of rainbow masking is the same as multi-masking, just a different name. Rainbow masking is a method to target different skincare issues for different parts of the face. For example, I have combination to oily, acne prone and sensitive skin. My T-zone is generally the most oily area of my face while my apple zone has slightly enlarged pores and it's also the acne prone areas, the outer areas of my face is sensitive. So rainbow masking allows me to apply different kinds of masks to treat the different skincare issues I have at once. It saves quite a lot of time if you think about it.

sticker seals

Before we get to the individual clay mask reviews, I want to share some information that pertains to all 3 of these Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks.

Packaging: All Botanical Mellow Clay Masks comes in box packaging with its featured color being the main theme. The designs are simple and the information is mostly in Korean. Each mask also comes with a sticker seal on the outer box. Once opened, you'll find the clay mask containers. Each mask has a twist off lid and an inner plastic lid as well. Unfortunately, these masks don't come with spatulas so I ended up using one of my spares. The expiration dates can be found either at the bottom of the box or on the back (see image below for reference).

expiration dates

I was super excited to try these clay masks but with everything patch testing came first. As you guys know, I have quite an extensive testing process because you can never be too safe with sensitive skin. So while I wanted to share these with you guys sooner, I had to wait until it was all good to go. 

I tested each clay mask separately before using them together for rainbow masking. I started my testing with the Jeju Volcanic clay mask, since I've used other Jeju Volcanic clay masks before. Then, I tested the Hawaiian Pink clay mask and lastly the Mint Tea Tree clay mask. When all 3 clay masks passed my patch tests, I was ready for rainbow masking. 

You'll find below information about each Botanical Mellow Clay Mask and how I feel about them.

Hawaiian Pink clay mask box packaging

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks - Hawaiian Pink Clay
70g, $14,

Product Description: An unique jelly like clay mask specifically formulated to calm and relief the skin while it cleanses the pores. The clay mask contains calamine that helps to relief red, dry, and flaky skin. It can also hydrate the skin while detoxifying it to create clean, moisturized, and supple skin.

To Use: Cleanse the face first. Apply an even layer of clay mask onto the face or targeted areas and leave it on to 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Calamine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Papain, Maltodextrin, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Volcanic Ash, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Please Do Not use if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.

Scent: No scent, or at least I didn't pick up anything.

Color: Well, it's pink.

Hawaiian Pink clay mask

Michelle's Thoughts: So, this is my first ever pink clay mask and I have to say I love the color! This Hawaiian Pink Clay mask has the bounciest texture out of the 3 clay masks and in my opinion, it also has the thickest texture of the 3. It's not super thick though, and comparably its texture is similar to that of pudding. I was surprised to find that this clay mask doesn't really have a scent, or at least none that I could pick up. There's no fragrance added to the mask either, so this mask could be great for those sensitive to scents.

It took a couple of tries for me to find the right amount of mask I should apply on my skin each time. For my first full face test (after patch testing), I applied a thin layer and it was a bit too thin in my opinion. So, on my second try I applied a thicker layer, but made it too thick (lol). It took over 20 minutes to get to the just-starting-to-dry stage. Ah, I had a few trials and errors but now I can apply the mask close to perfect each time. The clay mask is really easy to apply. I use my spare spatula to scoop out the product than use my (clean) fingers to apply the mask onto my face. I did try to apply it with my mask brush before and found that for me, it's easier to use my fingers to apply this clay mask. The Pink clay mask provides a slight tightening feeling as it dries down. This is normal for clay mask and it's expected. I like to remove my clay mask while it's in its drying stage but before it completely dries and becomes flaky. I use a facial sponge to help with the clay mask removal and I use circular motions to wash off the mask as well.

The Hawaiian Pink Clay mask contains Calamine, which is known to help calm and relief dry, red, and flaky skin. It's often used to treat sunburn and rashes, and it's also used as a brightening product as well. I've found that after I use this mask, the redness on my face is reduced. My skin looks a bit brighter and the clay mask seems to help bring out the skin's natural glow. My skin felt soothed after each use as well. The clay mask also left my skin smooth and soft after each use, which is super nice. This clay mask claims to hydrate the skin while it draws out impurities from it. However, while this clay mask is the most hydrating out of the 3 in its line, I don't find it that hydrating. It's more like a tiny after effect, that's there but hardly there. Still, this clay mask already offers a lot of amazing skincare effects and I have to say I really enjoyed using it so far.

Michelle's Rating: ❤ ❤   

Mint Tea Tree box packaging

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks - Mint Tea Tree
70g, $14,

Product Description: A jelly clay mask that treats troubled and oily skin. It contains mint and tea tree to help control excess sebum, remove dead skin cells, minimize pores, and cools the skin. Leaving the skin with a refreshing sensation.

To Use: Cleanse the skin first. Apply the clay mask onto the entire face or on troubled areas. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes then wash off.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Papain, Maltodextrin, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Mentha Arvensis Powder, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Montmorillonite, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chromium Oxide Greens, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77492, CI 77499, Fragrance.

Please Do Not use if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.

Scent: The Mint Tea Tree clay mask smells like mint. I was wondering if there would be tea tree scents as well, however, all I could really pick up was mint scents. Which I don't mind. It smells quite refreshing.

Color: Despite the clay mask's blue packaging, the mask itself is actually greenish-gray in color.

Mint Tea Tree clay mask

Michelle's Thoughts: The Mint Tea Tree clay mask turned out to be the one I'm least impressed with out of the three. It's not bad or anything and it's mostly due to personal preference, however, I just don't like it as much as I do with the other 2 masks from its line.

There are several reasons why I don't like this mask as much and 1 of those reasons is its texture. This is not a jelly mask. I repeat, not jelly like! It's really an almost watery like texture, and it's actually the most watery mask of the 3. I was slightly confused by its texture at first because it's so unlike the other 2 masks. Its texture makes it slightly difficult to apply. I have to apply this mask with a brush as it just doesn't apply as evenly with my fingers. I found the almost watery texture can also make application a bit messy when I do rainbow masking with it. So yeah. The next reason is more personal and that is the mint ingredient. Don't get me wrong, I like mint in food and drinks. However, when it comes to beauty products with mint in it, I'm a bit more picky. I love the mint scent of this clay mask, it's very relaxing, but the cooling sensation it provides on the skin is the slight issue here. The cooling sensation is expected, but for someone like me with sensitive skin, the cooling sensation can borderline unpleasantness at times. It's similar to that tingly feeling a mint lip balm might provide that might be slightly unpleasant for some as well. I can handle the tingly/cooling effect but it's just not as a relaxing feeling for me as the other 2 clay masks in its line.

Okay, aside from the downsides, this mask has some upsides too. For one, the clay mask has a relaxing scent of mint. It's really nice and refreshing. The mask provides a refreshing feeling after each use and can make the skin feel smooth and soft. It also helps a bit with controlling excess sebum and soothe troubled skin as well. The Mint Tea Tree clay mask also helps to cleanse away dead skin and impurities from pores while minimizing the appearance of pores a bit as well.

Michelle's Rating: ❤ ❤   

Jeju Volcanic box packaging

Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks - Jeju Volcanic
70g, $14,

Product Description: This clay mask's star ingredient is from Jeju's Volcanoes. It's known to clean out pores effectively, and can help to control sebum as well. The clay mask can also clean out blackhads, leaving the skin clear and radiant.

To Use: Cleanse the face first and apply a layer of the clay mask all over the skin or on targeted areas. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. While removing the mask, massage it off in circular motions for better effect.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Charcoal Powder, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Papain, Maltodextrin, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Volcanic Ash, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine,Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77499, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Please Do Not use if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.

Scent: Like the Hawaiian Pink Clay mask, the Jeju Volcanic mask doesn't have much of a scent either.

Color: Royal Blue-ish gray.

jeju volcanic clay mask

Michelle's Thoughts: Having used other Jeju Volcanic clay masks in the past, I was interested to see how this one would compare. Particularly to the Innisfree Super Volcanic clay mask which has been my go to for so long. I thought I'd never find a competitor for Innisfree's Jeju clay mask, but it looks like I was wrong. I think the Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Masks in Jeju Volcanic is on par with and might just be slightly better than Innisfree's. Which is a shocker, even for me.

The texture of this clay mask is similar to the Hawaiian Pink Clay mask, however, it's not as thick and not really bouncy either. It still applies easily and I can use either my fingers or my mask brush to apply it. It's really effective in cleansing all the junk out of my pores. In my opinion, it removes blackheads way better than Innifree's Super Volcanic clay mask. Which is a total plus, because the one thing I didn't like much about Innifree's mask was that it didn't do much to my black heads. The Bonvivant clay mask is still not a perfect blackheads be gone mask (as in it doesn't 100% remove all blackheads), but so far it's the best I've seen out of all the clay masks I've tried that claims to remove them. The Bonvivant Jeju Volcanic clay mask can help to control sebum as well and in my opinion, its sebum controlling ability is on par with Innisfree's. Like the other clay masks from its line, the Jeju Volcanic leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft after each use. It brings out my natural glow and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin either.

Michelle's Rating: ❤ ❤   

clay mask swatches, wet and dry

Final Thoughts: I really like the Jeju Volcanic and Hawaiian Pink clay masks. They are my go-to clay masks for rainbow masking at the moment. I add in the Mint Tea Tree from time to time but I don't use it as often as the other 2. I've also seen the most results from the Jeju Volcanic and Hawaiian Pink clay masks for my combination to oily, acne prone and sensitive skin. It's sad to say, but I think Bonvivant's Jeju Volcanic clay mask has taken the reign from Innifree's Super Volcanic mask. I didn't think it would ever happen, but it has.

Would I purchase these in the future? I am definitely going to get Bonvivant's Jeju Volcanic clay mask again. My skin loves it and it has been especially helpful now that the hotter months has arrived. It's helped with controlling my excess sebum a lot. I might get the Hawaiian Pink again as well but I think you all know my feelings on the Mint Tea Tree now. Do I think these are worth a try? Yes!! For all my combo to oily or just oily skin type friends, definitely try the Jeju Volcanic clay mask. In my opinion, Bonvivant's Jeju Volcanic clay mask is like an upgrade of Innisfree's Super Volcanic mask. It's worked wonders for me. I think the Hawaiian Pink clay mask is worth a shot too for those looking to calm troubled skin. As for Mint Tea Tree, well, that one is up to your preference.

Where to purchase:
-Amazon.com (Hawaiian Pink + Jeju Volcanic + Mint Tea Tree Set)

For my international readers who wishes to purchase these masks. I know Memebox doesn't ship internationally, however, you can still purchase these through shopping services. I'll list those below.

-Koreanbuddy.com (This is a shopping service that can help you purchase the mask through Memebox's Korean website. Use referral code: DTC to get 50% off KB's service fee on your first order!)

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Until next time~

~Michelle

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