Elf hydrating bubble mask

Hydrating Bubble Mask

I bought this a few weeks ago but had been waiting to try it out since the instructions say to use for about 5-10 minutes. Well, maybe i put it on wrong or applied too little, but by the time i got the mask applied to my face, it was already in the foaming process! I saw a review on ELF that stated you had to work FAST with this mask – and that’s the truth! After i washed my hands, the bubbles were already gone and my face was drying up! Didnt make sense at all to me, since after the bubbles dissipate, you are to then massage the mask around on your face? I couldn’t even do that- the product had begun to dry to the touch (it was like, a minute!!) . I rinsed it off, and was a bit confused- but my face felt good. Soft. The scent is ok- a clean scent, but a bit strong. I’m usually sensitive to scents, so will see if this bothers my sensitive skin. I rinsed the mask and then washed lightly with my cleanser and can still smell the scent, which tells me its pretty scented 🙁 I did my normal face routine of applying acne gel and i can say that this mask isn’t as near as moisturizing as ELF’s exfoliating scrub. I’d 100% prefer the scrub over this mask, hands down- both for scent (scrub is so much better and not so strong) and moisture; my skin felt way more amazing post-scrub vs mask. Skin post mask feels the same but scented. Bummer. Even after applying my regular moisturizer – my face is no where near as soft/smooth vs when i use ELF’s $5.00 scrub. I thought about using it up but bc the scent lingered enough to bother me I’m returning it bc it didn’t do anything for the $14.00! I wont repurchase. For the $14.00 i spent on it – id rather buy 3 more scrubs for $5.00 each to equal the same price !!!! I say skip this and buy ELF’s exfoliating facial scrub. So much better and the scent is much softer. Edit to add: the next morning, I had no skin irritation from this mask nor from the scent, but I did return it. Didn’t want to take any chances. I used my ELF exfoliating scrub that next night – SO MUCH BETTER GUYS. So much cheaper, too. Ugh, this mask was a dissapointment for $14.00.

So, I posted about this mask a couple of days ago on my Instagram and I know several of you are looking forward to the review so here it is!

First, let me start off with the price, so the mask is $14 at Target or Walmart, and I’m sure that you can find it at any store that sells ELF products. Personally, it is slightly pricey to me being on a medical school student budget. I try to keep my beauty product purchases down to $10 an item at the moment. Also, as a disclaimer, this product was sent to me for free through the Influenster program, so I did not purchase it myself the first time. I did but it again after I finished the first one, and I will tell you why.

Most beauty masks are at least $10 or more and if you go for more higher priced products at specialty cosmetics stores like Ulta and Sephora, they would be 20 dollars or more, so with that in mind, I thought it was a good buy, but for an ELF product, mmm I was a little iffy on if it should have quite reached 14, I feel like $8-$11 would have been more reasonable, but that’s besides the point!

What is a bubble mask used for?

The mask is actually double duty – it is both cleansing and moisturizing! Personally, I would use the mask after I have washed my face and then do it. However, if you didn’t wear makeup that day or wore very light makeup then I would say it is appropriate to use the mask for both, other than that the mask will not wash off a full face of makeup on its own. Nevertheless, masks are not supposed to be really used for cleansing so I was not disappointed by this feature.

How do you use the mask?

Okay, so after a long night of studying, I would wipe my makeup off my face, wash my face with cleansing soap with my Clarisonic Mia ( I have the Mia 2), and then use the mask. So, I make sure my skin is fully cleansed before applying the mask. Then the directions are fairly straightforward on the container, so you dispense the product in your hand and rub it on lightly damp skin. You don’t actually rub it in your skin, but you spread it on your face. It starts to fizz immediately, so you want to spread it rather quickly. Then, you let it sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes, THEN after all the bubbling is over, you massage and rinse with warm water. 🙂

What is your final verdict?

The mask leaves your skin feeling super refreshed and hydrated, so I LOVED to use it after a long day. I have oily skin, and I feel like the mask helped with oil control the day after I used the product. It is AWESOME for sensitive skin, and your skin will be looking bomb the next day if you follow it up with an A+ moisturizer (I use Cetaphil). So for the quality, the price is worth it, of course there are other high class bubble masks, but for a medical student budget, this will do the trick!

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what you thought about this review! Should I change the format or include more topics? Tell me if there are other items you would like me to get to do a review on! 🙂


What the brand says: This hydrating and nourishing gel transforms into a bubble mask on the face. Watch as bubbles fizz and foam to remove excess dirt and cleanse pores for glowing, healthy looking skin.

Packaging: The mask comes in a really classy looking mint container with a press-on dispenser that dispenses the gel from the hole in the center. The transparent lid protects the opening. There is also a silicon button to close the opening to prevent bubbling of the product in the container.

Texture: The mask is actually a transparent spreadable gel that immediately transforms into foam/bubbles. This when massaged after 15 minutes works like a cleanser.

Fragrance: The mask has a very refreshing fragrance that I love.

How I use and after-effects: To use, push down on the sides of the top to disperse product and apply a thin layer to slightly damp skin. Formula will gradually transform into gentle, fizzing bubbles. Allow mask to sit on the skin for about 5-10 minutes until bubbles begin to dissipate. Massage face with fingertips and wash with warm water to remove. Pat dry and follow with a moisturizer. Recommended usage is 1-3 times a week.

This is not the first bubbling mask that I have used, I feel this is the best mask of its kind that I have used so far! I would say this is even better than the Elizavecca carbonated mask! Though the mask is recommended to be used 1-3 times a week, I make sure I use it every time I remove my makeup which is almost 4-5 times a week! Even if I do not use makeup, I like using this before bedtime and before I slather my moisturizer or night cream. The mask starts bubbling like a foam as soon as you apply it cleansing all the pores. It does tickle a bit while bubbling and settles in about 15-20 minutes. Simply wet your hands and massage your face; the foam turns into a foaming cleanser and rinse it off. Face feels very cleansed and hydrated! I apply my night cream or moisturizer after this and my face feels 100% hydrated and soft! I feel my blemishes have reduces ever since I started applying this and my skin feels more plump, soft and hydrated. The best face mask I have ever used that actually shows the effects in about 2 usages!


  • Unique and easy-to-use packaging
  • Cleanses the pores
  • Suits all skin types
  • Little goes a long way
  • Effectively cleanses the skin thus
  • removing any makeup or product residues
  • Makes skin soft and plump
  • Adds a boost of hydration to your skin


  • A bit expensive
  • not easily available



I have been testing out the Elf Clarifying Charcoal Bubble mask. This mask costs €15,- or $14,- and in return you get 50 grams of product. It promises to gently remove oil and dirt from the skin for a clearer complexion. But before I want to tell you about the formula, I first want to talk about the packaging.

I really like the look of the packaging and it kinda comes across as luxurious. However, I hate the way you get the product out of the actual packaging. In order to get the mask out, you need to press the white part vigorously. I don’t mind an arm workout, but not when I am trying to put on a mask and have some me-time haha. Maybe its just me, but I find it really difficult to get the product out.

The Clarifying Charcoal Bubble Mask is not only vegan and cruelty free, but also free from Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates! As said before the mask promises to gently remove dirt and oil for a clearer looking complexion.

The mask itself has a liquid/gel like texture, that quickly turns into firm bubbles that last on the skin for about 5-10 minutes. I personally apply 1,5 to 2 times as much of the amount of the mask that you can see in the picture above. You only need to apply a thin layer.

Excuse my poor dry lips

What I like about the mask is that it feels rather nice on the skin compared to other bubble masks. I often find them a bit ticklish, but I don’t have that with this one. After 5-10 minutes you need to massage the mask into the skin (I like to wet my hands first and then message it in) and then rinse it off with warm water. I find that the mask does what it promises. It cleanses the skin very nicely without dehydrating my skin.

I made before and after pictures, but sadly there was no difference visible. Nevertheless, I do believe that it cleanses the skin. I do think that you can get the same result from a normal facial cleanser.

So, I like the mask, but I am not in love with it. I don’t find that it aids in my skincare routine as I already have a cleanser that I love, plus I much prefer the 2 minute Pep-Start Bubble mask by Clinique. Moreover, I am starting to hate the packaging and therefore probably won’t reach for it.

If you want to experience the fun of a bubble mask while on a budget, then I would recommend to buy this one. But if you are able to splurge and want a mask that can actually benefit your skincare routine than definitely get the one by Clinique!

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I’m a fan of e.l.f.’s super budget-friendly makeup, but I’ve surprisingly never tried out their skincare before – until today. E.l.f. released a new hydrating bubble mask that I just couldn’t resist trying out…for the sheer fun of it. 😉 Here’s my review, along with a little demo and before and after.

e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask

After the rise in popularly of Korea’s oxygen bubble masks, e.l.f. has created their own version – the Hydrating Bubble Mask. What makes these masks effective is the fact that they bubble (thanks to ethyl perfluorobutyl ether), or more accurately speaking, fizz and foam. This supposedly helps deliver oxygen to the skin, while removing excess dirt and cleansing pores. (You can find out more about how these masks work over on the Lab Muffin.) E.l.f.’s in particular is formulated with moisturizing ingredients – glycerin primarily – to help hydrate and balance the skin as it cleanses.

Full Ingredients List: Water (Aqua), Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Ethyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Acrylates Copolymer, Decyl Gucoside, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Polyglutamate, Polyacrylate-13 Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyisobutene 1, 2-Hexanediol, PVP, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA.

e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask How-To & Demo

The steps are easy peasy:

  1. Push down on top to disperse product out the middle.
  2. Apply a thin layer to slightly damp skin, avoiding the eye area – it will burn! (You can use the e.l.f. Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool, but the fingers work just fine).
  3. Allow mask to sit for about 5-10 minutes until bubbles begin to dissipate.
  4. Massage face with fingertips.
  5. Wash with warm water to remove, then pat dry.

According to e.l.f., the recommended usage is 1-3 times a week.

Starts out as a clear gel

First 1-2 minutes when foaming beings

Maximum foaming action!

Foam starting to dissipate

e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask Review

The e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask comes in a generously sized jar, with a pump top that helps seal the product from the air until you’re ready to use it.

Straight out of the jar, the mask is a clear gel. When it comes in contact with the skin, it turns into a thick foam that feels a lot like shave gel. The ‘bubbling’ action then begins, and continues up and until the 5-8 minute mark, then the foam slowly starts to dissipate.

Throughout the foaming process, the formula did slightly sting and itch on my skin, but not to the point where it was too bothersome. However, if you have sensitive skin, the effects will likely be more intense, so take caution and keep it on only for 5 minutes or less.

After I rinsed off all the bubbles, there was an oily, slightly sticky film still left on my skin, which took a washcloth to completely remove. Afterwards, I waited a good 10 minutes before applying moisturizer just to gauge the mask’s hydrating benefits, and unfortunately, it left my skin feeling tight and dry – not hydrated in the least bit.

On the other hand, my face did feel like it got a nice deep cleanse, and also had a slight glow (which I’m assuming was a result of the skin-stimulating bubbles). For those reasons, I would use the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask again, but I’ll be sure to load up on a moisturizer immediately afterwards.

e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask Before & After

Overall, if you just want to have some fun and try out a bubble mask, then the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask is worth grabbing, especially for the price ($14 USD). When it comes to the skincare benefits though, expect more of a cleansing mask rather than a hydrating one. Have super dry or sensitive skin? Skip it, and opt for something less intense and more balancing like the Malin + Goetz Detox face mask.

Available at Target, Ulta, Walmart, Amazon, & e.l.f. Cosmetics

Have you tried a bubble mask?