Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask Review


In today’s edition of Sheryll Went Crazy at the Shinsegae Department Store Before She Left Korea, I’m here to bring you a review of the Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask.

We all have our basic skin care items: cleansers, toners, moisturizers. But sometimes, you want to add a little oompfh to your routine, and that’s where the Sulwhawoo Clarifying Mask comes in. It’s a peel-off mask that’s designed to hydrate, smooth, and brighten the skin, along with detoxing and minimizing the appearance of  your pores. Basically, it’s supposed to give you that ‘I Woke Up Like Dis’ skin in about 30 minutes. Like all Sulwhasoo products, the clarifying mask makes great use of traditional Korean herbal medicine ingredients. I’ve never been into the whole peel-off mask thing, as I feel like none have ever worked for my skin and they’re a bit gimmicky, but again, Sulwhasoo knocks it out the park. They are the truth!

The mask is packaged in the same type of tube as the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask I reviewed earlier, but in a light golden color. When I went to my local Shinsegae counter in Korea, the saleswoman gave me a deluxe sample sized version, which is why there are 2 pictured. The sample size has 50ml of product, while the regular size is 150ml. I haven’t even touched the regular sized version, and actually had to take it out of the box for the photos. I’ve been using the deluxe sample sized one for about a month, twice a week, and I’ve barely made a dent in it, so know that one tube will last you ages.

The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask has a thick, brown, honey-like texture that is slightly gloopy. It’s also quite sticky, but that’s to be expected. When you spread out the product, you can notice tiny little brown dots. It’s slightly hard to spread because it’s so thick, but you only need a little bit of product for it to be effective.

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It smells like the Overnight Vitalizing Mask, which means that it smells like a candied ginger and medicinal herbs. I LOVE the scent, but I know of people who are put off by it since it’s a bit heavy. And yes, the scent does linger while the mask is drying on your face, but I’m obsessed so I don’t care.

First, this is a nighttime product. To use, make sure all of your hair is out of the way. It’s extremely sticky, and will most definitely pull out some hair, so make sure to avoid that at all costs. I normally use a terry cloth hair band when I wash my face at night. Starting from your forehead, apply some of the product to your fingertips and slowly smooth all over. I try to make one smooth pattern, so it’s easier to peel off. You’ll feel it start to dry and harden quite soon, so make sure you apply enough product in the beginning, as once it starts to dry, you can’t apply anymore. This definitely isn’t a slap on, rinse off kind of mask, so make sure you devote a good chunk of your nighttime skin care routine to it when you use it. You also need to make sure you have at least 20 to 30 minutes for it to dry completely, so watch an episode of Parks and Recreation and grab a snack while you wait.


After your 30 minutes is up, slowly peel away the mask from your face, starting from top to bottom. It should all come off in one peel, but if it doesn’t, the remaining bits of the mask easily come off with a bit of water. And then, BAM! Bright, smooth, clear, plump, skin! I’m not exactly sure how it works, but somehow, once you peel off the mask, it’s like you have a whole new set of skin. For me, there’s quite a visible difference immediately. My skin is smoother, brighter, and somehow slightly hydrated and plump. And unlike most masks where the effects are immediate, but don’t last, the Sulwhasoo mask results last until the next day. I always wake up the day after I use it and marvel at how smooth my skin looks. And if you’re looking for a holy shit my skin looks like it’s been airbrushed type of situation, use this mask on the same day you use the Overnight Vitalizing Mask. Thank me later.

Now, the one thing that confuses me about this mask is when to use it. In a typical Korean skin care routine, a mask is normally used after you wash your face, sometimes before or after your toner. With this mask, the instructions state to use it AFTER your emulsion. WHAT?! So that means you cleanse, tone, use a serum, maybe an essence, your emulsion, THEN the mask, then apply your creams and night packs or what have you. I don’t understand it. And it seems a lot of people on the internet are confused by it too. I’ve tried it both ways, and both ways still give me awesome looking skin afterwards, but I do find it a bit easier to peel off when I use it after the emulsion step.

Coming in at an affordable $39USD, the Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask is a fantastic mask for those looking to get smooth, hydrated skin with a little bit of detox action thrown in the mix. It’s a firm staple in my nighttime routine and the results are definitely worth it!

If you are in the US, you can purchase the mask from Neiman Marcus. It’s priced at $39USD.
If you live in Korea, you can pick it up from any department store counter! It’s 42,000W.
If you are outside of the US, is selling it for $39.99. First time orders can use my sponsor code 05632401 to receive $5 off!

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