A Review Of The Shills Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask

You have probably seen all those beauty vloggers raving about the magic of charcoal black masks and all the nice things the masks do to the skin. Black masks are all the rage but the question is do peel off masks really work?

Charcoal has long been used for medicinal purposes. Today, many cosmetic brands use activated charcoal in their products to purify, cleanse, and restore balance to the skin.

One such product is the Shills Purifying Peel Off Black Mask, which everyone is talking about. We are sure you have some questions about this popular black mask and our Shills Pore Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask review will give you the low-down.

What Is Shills Purifying Peel Off Black Mask?

The purifying peel-off black mask by Shills is a facial mask that is supposed to detoxify the skin, cleanse pores, and eliminate acne around problem areas such as the t-zone, chin, nose, and cheeks.

This carbon-based facial mask is made from ingredients such as charcoal, grapefruit, calendula, and rosemary, which aim to get rid of facial impurities, leaving your face that much healthier and evenly toned.

Being a peel-off mask, Shills deep cleansing purifying peel-off black face mask is a little bit different from the common wash-off masks.

As the name suggests, this one involves peeling the dry product off your face, which literally pulls out facial dirt and unclogs pores.

It is important to differentiate between the different Shills Mask products just to be sure that you are using the right one for your needs. The various products available, and which can easily be confused for the other are the:

Black Gel Mask

This Shills facial mask has a gel-like consistency and unlike the Shills Peel Off Mask, this one is washed off a few minutes after applying on the face.

Ultra-Fine Particles Black Mask

This one is different from Shills black purifying peel-off face mask in the sense that instead of applying it using a brush, it comes in the form of a sheet that you can just stick on the face. The main similarity is that both are peel-off masks.

Purifying Peel Off Mask

You will come across two types of shills black purifying peel-off face masks. One is labeled as the Purifying Peel-Off Mask and the other reads as Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask. Here, we are reviewing the first one.

The purifying and the acne peel-off masks are applied and removed the same way but they claim to do different jobs.

The purifying mask helps to boost the skin’s vitality while the acne one claims to improve skin complexion. You definitely want to keep in mind these differences to be sure that you are buying the right item.

How Does Shills Purifying Peel Off Mask Work To Detoxify Skin

The Shills purifying black peel-off mask is specially formulated to deeply penetrate the pores to remove pore-blocking oils, blackheads, acne, and other deep-seated impurities. The main detoxifying ingredients in this mask are:

Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo charcoal is made from dried bamboo branches. This type of charcoal is characterized by tiny pores that absorb impurities, leaving surfaces clean. That is exactly how it works in this mask—the charcoal extracts deep-rooted facial dirt, leaving you with a clean, glowing complexion.


Rosemary is packed with essential vitamins and minerals including calcium and iron, which act as antioxidants to slow down the aging process. Rosemary also boosts blood circulation, which helps to extract excess water from the skin, therefore, minimizing puffiness.


Grapefruit is a staple in many cosmetic products and is an excellent antioxidant that keeps skin tight and looking young. It is also a natural source of Salicylic acid, which helps to deep cleanse the skin and heal acne breakouts.

Packed with vitamin A, grapefruit also does an amazing job of boosting collagen production, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Derived from marigold flowers, calendula oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties that help to fight against breakouts and to soothe sensitive skin.

How To Use The Shills Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask

This facial mask comes in a thick liquidy consistency, which goes on easily. While you could use your fingers to apply the mask, using a soft foundation brush makes for a less messy application.

You will also be able to get to those hard-to-reach places such as around your nose with a basic makeup brush.

Using the brush, apply the mask all over your face but just be sure not to touch your hairline or eyebrows to avoid pulling these off when the mask is dry. The mask dries off pretty quickly; you want to move fast but conscientiously.

The liquid is quite thick so you will only need to apply a single layer for full coverage. A little sure does go a long way with this mask and you can use it more than once.

Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Keep checking to see that the mask has hardened evenly. Applying a nice thin layer also ensures that the liquid hardens evenly on each spot.

The last step is peeling the mask off. Brace yourself for some pain here. Instead of trying to peel the mask slowly or bit by bit, you might want to just rip it off your face to get over and done with the pain already.

The Good

The Shills Purifying Peel Off Black Mask comes in a nifty, squeeze tube bottle with a flip-top, which makes for easy and mess-free application.

The liquid mask itself has a nice manageable consistency so you can just squeeze it onto a basic semi-tampered makeup brush and easily apply all over your face.

A common issue with many black masks is that they start to crumble as they dry down which takes away from the intended effect of pulling out the mask.

This is not the case with the Shills activated charcoal purifying peel-off black mask—it stays on dry without flaking, allowing you to peel it off nicely.

Another plus for this mask is it is one of the more pocket-friendly peel-off facial masks you will come across. Value for money is always a good thing.

For the most part, this purifying mask helps to mattify oily, acne-prone skin. It also leaves the skin feeling tighter.

The Bad

The biggest downside to the Shills purifying peel-off black mask is the pain when you peel off the dried stuff. This mask really sticks to the skin so if you have very sensitive skin or existing breakouts, it might not be a good time to use this product.

The painful pulling effect can agitate your skin condition (and cause unintentional tears). Applying some moisturizer might help to ease the redness and pain.

Going in, there was a lot of hope that this mask would eliminate blackheads and minimize the appearance of pores. However, even after enduring so much pain, the results were not that noticeable.

The mask does help with making some pores look smaller but whether it completely eliminates acne and blackheads is an entirely different issue.


The Shills Purifying Peel Off Black Mask has a lot going for itself. It does a good job of cleansing the surface of the skin and minimizing the appearance of pores. That being said, we’d recommend going into this with the expectation that the results might not be as mind-blowing. Still, being one of the inexpensive black masks on the market, trying it out will not set you back as much.