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Shills Purifying Black Mask Review- Does it really work?!

There’s been lots of talk about the Shills Purifying Black Mask with many mixed reviews. Some say it’s the best mask out there, raving about its pore-cleaning abilities and that the mask does a great job of removing blackheads and other impurities, leaving the skin feeling smoother and more radiant.

However, some have not been quite so keen. Like you, I was confused as to whether it really works. To solve the confusion, I bought the mask and tried it out myself. Hopefully, this will help you decide if the Shills Purifying Black Mask is the charcoal mask you need.

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What is the Shills Purifying Black Mask?

The Shills Purifying Black Mask is a peel-off mask that contains activated charcoal. Charcoal is known for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins, making it a popular ingredient in many skincare products.

This mask takes this one step further by also containing natural ingredients such as aloe vera, witch hazel, and vitamin E to soothe and nourish the skin.

shills purifying black mask

Designed to remove blackheads, whiteheads, and other impurities from the pores, the mask leaves the skin looking clearer and more radiant. It also claims to help improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin health. Let’s find out if it actually lives up to all these claims!

How to use a charcoal face mask

Using the Shills Purifying Black Mask is simple. Start by cleansing your face and patting it dry. Then, apply an even layer of the mask to your face, avoiding the eyes, eyebrows and lip areas.

Don’t apply it too thin or it will be hard to remove and don’t apply it too thick or it will take a really long time to dry.

Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes, or until it is completely dry. The mask will then become a film that you can peel off gently, starting from the edges. If it’s too painful you can actually wash it off with water and it will come off easily. It can be used 1-2 times a week.

It is important to note that the Shills Purifying Black Mask is a peel-off mask and can be quite strong, so it is not recommended for those with sensitive skin.

Always test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t react with your skin. They recommend applying toner after to tighten the pores.

My Honest Review of the Shills Purifying Peel Off Black Mask

shills purifying black mask

I followed the instructions on how to use it which were pretty simple. I applied a layer of the mask to my skin and waited for it to dry. After about 25 minutes when I felt the mask was dry, I began to remove it.

I have quite a high pain threshold, so I was surprised that removing the mask stung as it did. If you have a low threshold of pain, I don’t recommend using the charcoal mask.

The reason it is painful to remove it is that the mask pulls out all the tiny hairs that are on your face. The hairs on my face are so tiny and light, I don’t notice them. Removing them is unnecessary for me and certainly not something I look for in a skincare mask. My motto in general is that if something doesn’t bother you, don’t mess with it.

After removing the mask I expected to see it full of my blackheads. This was not the case, there were some whiteheads but it was not full like the images used to promote it.

However, after examining my skin I noticed two things. Firstly my skin was really soft, smooth and silky and secondly, my blackheads were definitely lighter and less prominent. I used the mask again the following week with again the same results – my blackheads were getting lighter every time I used the mask.

Pros and Cons of the Shills Purifying Black Mask


  • Reduces blackheads
  • Cleans pores
  • Leaves skin feeling soft


  • Can be hard and painful to remove
  • Not good for the skin barrier
  • Doesn’t remove all blackheads
  • Removes facial hair

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Charcoal Powder, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, PEG-8, Arachidyl Propionate, Panthenol, Fragrance, Ethyl Linolenate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Zinc Gluconate, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

Final Thoughts On If It’s Worth It

While I’ve read so many reviews of people who can’t get enough of the Shills Purifying Black Mask, I do not share their enthusiasm. While the mask does absorb the dirt leaving your skin cleaner and feeling softer, smoother and silkier, there are too many disadvantages.

Firstly, it does not pull out all your blackheads as it claims. Secondly, it’s rough on the skin, I prefer a product that tackles blackheads in a gentle way, like the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. A charcoal mask may get rid of some of the bad stuff, but it also strips the skin of it’s good stuff and can damage the skin barrier.

There are loads of gentle face masks for blackheads that don’t feel like they’re ripping your skin off.

Exfoliating doesn’t need to be rough or painful. I have loads of exfoliator recommendations for dry skin and exfoliators for oily skin. I know it’s common to think that if your skin doesn’t feel different immediately after using a product, it can’t be doing anything good. Let me reassure you, the best products often take a bit of time to see results with.

While some see good results from the Shills Purifying Black Mask, using a gentle mask will have better long-term results on your skin.

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

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  1. Riaz Shah says:

    Hey Hollie,
    I was actually pretty curious so I read through the whole thing and it got me pretty interested. I was surprised that it was a mask for removing hair, because I thought its for facial hair.

    I was surprised that it’s for blakhead but just out of curiosity though, blackheads aren’t hairs right? They are connected to the skin in some way.

    1. Hi Riaz,

      It is a facial mask and they don’t mention that it removes hairs- it happens to do that as well! Which I do find rather annoying.

      Blackheads are clogged pores in the skin which are often black because of the dirt in them. They’re mostly found in the T-zone where the skin is oilier.

  2. Hey,

    I have seen some videos about Black mask and I was wondering if it really works. I am very curious to try it and see if it works on my face. Do you know what are Its ingredients? Is it safe to use to sensitive skins? Also, is it painful to remove the mask?

    1. Like I said in the article it was not an instant result. It took a few times for me to notice a result. However, after each use my face did feel cleaner.

      I always recommend that you try out new products on a small patch of your skin to see if it’s ok for you.

      It is slightly painful. Personally it didn’t bother me so much but everyone has different pain threshold is different!

      Good luck:)

  3. Blackhead is always female’s number one enemy when it comes to skin care. I wish I had read this article sooner because I just went all over my nose yesterday, pressing out every single black/whitehead I could see on my nose.

    Now, I look like Rudolph. Been trying hard to use concealer to make the redness less obvious and using natural ingredients to soothe the pain I induced upon myself.

    In the next round, I think I will give this Shills Black Mask a try instead.

    1. That sounds painful:( I do think most people make that mistake more than once in their life. Its so tempting to squeeze them out even when we know its not good for our skin.

      Good luck!

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