Potayto Potahto? Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist and Pore Medic mask comparison

Sheet masks to me are hydrating masks. It’s hard to believe that leaving a sheet of serum soaking on your face for 30min to an hour is suppose to…..reduce oil? Well, that’s what these Dr. Jart+ sheet masks claimed. Both of them are suppose to purify pores, remove oil and tighten pores. Aside from ingredients, the only difference I can tell from the description is that Pore Medic ($6 per) hydrates as well while Pore Minimalist ($7.50) just focus on pore tightening/detoxification.

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Are they the same just different packaging? What justifies that extra $1.50 in price per mask? That’s what I’m trying to find out. Enlarge the following pictures for description and ingredients.

 Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Mask

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My take: Upon opening the packet, you will find a black cotton cloth sheet. It is soft, sturdy and thick but adheres to the skin well. The serum is clear and liquidy, more of a toner or very thin serum consistency with a gentle herbal scent. When applied, there is a mild cooling, tingling sensation probably due to the mint. It does contain alcohol, which I don’t mind in the summer when my skin is oily but may feel a bit harsh in the winter when your skin is dry and sensitive. I think I got it on the inner corner of my eyes and it’s a bit sensitive. I would not recommend this mask for sensitive or dry skin due to the combination of mint and alcohol, so no to the “soothing” claim.

Because it’s so liquidy, the mask dries pretty fast, well, faster than other sheet masks but it still took 30-60 minutes. There is also a lot of liquid left in the packet. They sink in well when you pat it on. It did make my pores look cleaner and slightly smaller, the latter might also be due to the fact my skin was not shiny, glowy or greasy after taking it off. I would not recommend this mask for sensitive or very dry skin due to the combination of mint and alcohol, BUT, it did make my pores look cleaner and face less oily (thus pores smaller) and still hydrates well.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask

Note: The Pore Medic single and set has been repackaged it seems, but it still seem to be the same mask inside from a glance at the description/ingredients.

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My take: This mask have no scent and no tingling sensation or anything on the skin, just wet. The essence is liquidy/thin and sinks in easily. The sheet is thin but sturdy and clings well. After taking it off, the skin feels clear, smooth and refined. I didn’t notice much of a difference in pores, but I only have one mask. The skin feel hydrated afterward and there’s enough essence for next day. You can pile it all on after taking off the mask but at some point it start to feel like it’s going to flake.

Both of those hydrates without being stuffy or greasy and make the pores look nicer, temporarily at least. I feel like the Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal gave me slightly better result, HOWEVER, it also contain mint and alcohol and other possibly irritating ingredients. While Pore Medic Pore Purifying is much gentler and appropriate for all skin types including sensitve, the result is slightly less noticeable. So if you are looking for a mask for pores and don’t have very dry or easily irritated skin, go for the Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal. But if you have sensitive skin, or prefer something alcohol/fragrance free, then Pore Medic Pore Purifying is a better choice. If you are unsure, Sephora carries singles of both masks for you to try as well as the pack:

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