Clinique’s City Block Purifying™ Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub Review

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Clinique’s City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub


Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

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What It Is:

A 5-minute dual-action detoxifying – exfoliating clay mask. Rejuvenate your complexion with the City Block Purifying Charcoal Mask and Scrub from Clinique. Specially formulated by dermatologists to combat the harsh effects of city lifestyles, the dual-action treatment works to purify and polish skin in a revitalising deep cleansing process whether used as a mask or scrub.

Skin Types:

All skin types, especially suited to Oily Skin.

What It Does:

Purifies and polishes your skin. This dual-purpose exfoliator gives a delightful deep-clean treatment.

Natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay help to remove pollution and impurities, while natural silica beads gently refine texture.

Suitable for extra cleansing; if you have oily skin that can benefit from the use of a clay mask; City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub is for ideal for you. This highly absorbent and fragrance-free product helps make skin look smooth and refined in just five minutes.

Once applied this clay mask/scrub hybrid goes on as a medium gray shade that turns light blue as it dries, indicating its time to rinse.

You’ll feel the clay become progressively tighter as it dries, but once you rinse, the skin doesn’t feel taut or overly dry. This clay mask product would not be suitable for someone with dry, dehydrated skin.

Ingredients: Click To SeeWater, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Charcoal Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sucrose, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

How To Use: City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

Use 1-2 times per week.

Leave on for five minutes or until mask turns pale blue.

Read – Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Conclusion: City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

Combines cleansing of a scrub with the oil absorption of a clay mask.

It will help reduce pore size and clear blackheads.

Leaves skin refined and matte, not tight or dry.

Works in five minutes and rinses off easily.

Contains gentle, plant-based soothing agents.


Not only will it remove dead skin, but it also removes impurities and pollution from your skin. This allows for the new skin to appear with a healthy, glowing appearance to it.

When you are washing the mask off, you gently work it into the skin and get the scrub effect but without the harshness of some ‘scrub’ exfoliants, this is perfect as we don’t want to be ‘tearing’ at our face to achieve good results! The other thing I like about this mask is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling too dry or tight.

It’s not a deep clean, but it helps to keep skin looking good, and it is an important part of your skin management program when applied twice a week.

The reviews for this product have been excellent.

I like that this product has a clean ingredient list, no added fragrance or irritants.

I would recommend this product.

Have you used any Clinique Products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.


7 Replies to “Clinique’s City Block Purifying™ Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub Review”

  1. This sounds like a product I could benefit from. I have noticed a change in my skin since the hot summer we have just had in the UK. And being a women of a certain age, I can’t let those fine lines get out of control! I will let you know how I get on with it.

  2. I really like this mask for the oily parts of my combo skin, it really helps to keep the black heads under control. I use it twice a week on my forehead, nose and chin. It dries quite hard and…blue:) but the best part comes when you rinse it, as it doubles up as a scrub and I use it all over the face but concentrating on the oily parts. The skin feels really smooth afterwards but make sure you follow with your serum and/or moisturiser.

  3. Jo, this sounds like a product I could benefit from. As I get older I have noticed a change in my skin and since living in Hawaii and the hot weather almost year around I need to use lotions. My wife use’s Clinique, I will let her know about this also. Products very well described and your conclusion very detailed on what the products can do. Many Thanks

    1. As this is not a really deep cleansing scrub, it is not too harsh on the skin and it won’t dry it out or leave it feeling tight. It helps to absorb the impurities on the skin, and will leave the skin feeling smooth, clean and refreshed. The good thing about this product, it has a ‘clean’ ingredient list, with no fragrance or irritants to aggravate dry skin. As with using any type of ‘face mask’ it is important to always apply a good moisturiser afterwards.

  4. Hi I have found this clay mask leaves my skin feeling refreshed & with a healthy glow without leaving my skin tight or dry, which I used to find with many other brands. I would recommend it.

  5. My skin really feels like it could benefit from this clay my skin has changed so much over last year due to my age!

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