Beauty Product Review: Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

Masks are a funny thing to review because you never know if something worked until way after the fact. I’m talking usually within a day or sometimes a week. You need to see how your face reacts to it, if there are any funky ingredients you didn’t realize you were allergic to, and if it’s a brand you’ll keep using. Sometimes, 24 hours isn’t enough to make that conclusion.

It’ll do for this post, though.

I test drove Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask (good grief, does the name need to be that long, SM?) recently. Let me keep it one hundred – I test drove it yesterday. And while I liked the results, I can’t for sure say with certainty this is a new fave. I would need to update this post next week.

Let’s talk about the mask itself. It’s by the Shea Moisture brand and despite the controversy they were in a short while ago, they’re still pretty reputable. I still regularly use their products and have no complaints. The mask, however, was the first time I’ve used a mask by them so I was curious about what the hype was (many of my girlfriends just lurve it!)

Of course, before I put anything on my face, I need to see if it’s something I wouldn’t break out like a pepperoni pizza:


I was taught that the major ingredients are usually listed first, and the least ingredient listed last (makes sense). That being said, I advise everyone to always check the labels of any beauty product and see if it matches up with what you like and ultimately, want on your body. (I always make it a point to show the list of ingredients here).

So, now that we know the ingredients, what does it look like?


To be perfectly frank, I’m not sure what color this is. Dark green? Grey? Grayish-green? I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but hey, I will say this: It went on very smooth and it didn’t smell at all! I kept it on for the recommended 10 minutes before I took it off.


And this is the mask as it dried and right before I rinsed it off. Yeah, my face says it all doesn’t it? Like, what the hell is this on my face? LOL.

I will say I was impressed my face didn’t feel tight like a Beverly Hills housewife’s face.

Of course, the after pic:


Easy breezy! I should also note I did put some moisturizer on my face. Despite rinsing off the mask, my face felt tighter than a penny-pincher’s wallet.

So, let’s review!


  • Shea Moisture is a reputable brand.
  • The mask was very inexpensive. I paid less than $5 for this.


  • Mask is available just about everywhere – CVS, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Ulta.
  • It didn’t make my face all tight.
  • It was super easy to rinse off.
  • No funny smell.


  • I’m still not sure if it really worked. 24 hours later, my face feels fine but I think I would need to use this a couple more times to really see if there’s any improvement.
  • Some might be put off by the color. I know I was at first, but quickly got over it.

Bottom Line:

I do recommend – for now. I would need to see if it’s worth the hype!

If you tried the mask, did you like it?



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