Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Erno Laszlo Pore Cleansing Clay Mask Review

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I have fairly balanced skin, but I do have some activity in my t-zone. While I seldom have breakouts, I do get the occasional blemish. Given that I do get some excess oil in my t-zone, I do tend to use clay masks, and have since I was a teen. During my recent glut of Erno Laszlo purchases, I received some impressive gifts with purchases, and among them was the Erno Laszlo Pore Cleansing Clay Mask. While this was not on my potential list of purchases, I am happy that I receives a tube nonetheless.

I am most struck by the fact that while this clay-based mask dries down, that it is not drying on the skin. So many clay masks get tight as they dry, if not uncomfortable, and they often leave the skin a bit parched. However, this one does not. In fact, skin feels comfortable and clean, and clogged pores are purged. My skin feels lightly hydrated because of their unusual use of Calamine, as it soothes and hydrates, and therefore it would also be suitable for a wider range of skin types beyond combination to oily.
According to Erno Laszlo,

This detoxifying clay mask harnesses the natural benefits of Bentonite Clay, attracting dirt and oil from pores without drying. Skin is left refreshed and infused with moisture and nutrients.

Formulated to purge pores of toxins without drying out the skin. Enriched with detoxifying Bentonite Clay and soothing Calamine. Bentonite, a clay formed from volcanic ash, is rich in essential minerals and one of the most oil-absorbent of all clays, drawing out impurities to cleanse skin’s surface. Diverse hydrator Calamine acts as a moisturizer for dry skin, an oil-controlling agent for oily skin, and clarifies to help even tone and minimize pores.

Directions: After cleansing, apply a thick opaque layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid hairline, eyebrows, eye area and lips. Leave on for 5-10 minutes or until the mask is dry. Rinse thoroughly. Use once or twice a week. 

WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive skin. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Test a small area first to determine sensitivity. Discontinue use if irritation occurs and consult physician.

Formulated Without: Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, or Urea

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Calamine, Kaolin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Bentonite, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Polyacrylamide, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Parfum (Fragrance), Red 4 (CI 14700), Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Red 33 (CI 17200), Tartaric Acid, Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Octanediol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol.

Overall Assessment: I am pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of this mask, and I love that it is non-drying.

$52.00 for 3.3 oz. and $20.00 for 1 oz. from Erno Laszlo, Violet Grey, Saks Fifth Avenue, SkinStore and Net-A-Porter (Affiliate Links). GWP. All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2021 All Rights Reserved.


  1. Your Erno Laszlo haul has brought you an amazing amount of new skincare that you weren't aware of. It's great that so much of the line is so wonderful.

    1. It definitely has, and I have absolutely no need to buy anything else for a VERY long time!

  2. This sounds like a good clay mask with Bentonite Clay and calamine that even I could use. Decades ago, I used to use the Georgette Klinger pink powder mask that I mixed up with a bottle of solution that came with it. It just occurred to me know that it must have had calamine in the formula.

    1. Yes, it really is. It is not in the least bit drying, and I think that you would actually enjoy using it! Interesting that the Georgette Klinger pink powder mask likely used Calamine as well. I was pretty surprised that they used that ingredient in this mask!

  3. I need to ask my SIL if she's still using Erno Laszlo and see what she likes too.

    1. I would be very curious to know if she still uses any of their products! I am really enjoying using EL again!


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