[REVIEW] LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask

LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review:

Leaders is one of the first brands I discovered when I got into Asian beauty. Everyone seems to looove the brand. This is the first mask I’ve tried from them so I’m pretty excited hehe. Of course, I’ve got my hopes very high because of that and fingers crossed, it’ll be great.. I specifically chose this one because it looks fun, not because of the ingredients.


+ Leaders say this mask is “superior than other masks” because this type if mask, transfers an excellent amount of serum onto the skin.

+ This sheet mask claims to be an intense brightening mask, as it contains noble black pearl and the sheet is made of active charcoal which helps treat dull and uneven skin tone.

+ It also claims to give clearing results but don’t clearing and brightening come hand in hand? Leaders’s description seems to focus on the brightening part which is not something that bothers me. Usually products have multiple different claims and they end up doing just 1 or 2 of them on the skin. By focusing on brightening, it’s most likely that the mask will be able to do that. If not, well…. Let’s be optimistic. To add to the claims, this mask is also made of cotton, which is hypoallergenic, non-irritating and it’s an ingredient that’s able to absorb liquids well.


Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Pearl Extract (2000ppm), Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein (45ppm), 1,2-Hexanediol, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Triethylhexanoin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Fragrance

LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review

The ingredients really back up the claims of the mask and here’s how:

Pearl conchiolin- 1% of core protein from pearl, brightening (aha!)/ lightening, anti-wrinkle, clearing, lifting and hydrating abilities.

Black pearl (specifically from Tahiti, I don’t know how ethical that is)- brightening abilities (aha!!)

Black Charcoal- clearing abilities. Cleaner skin is brighter skin so… aha!

NMF- hydrating effect

Top quality cotton (for the mask part), specifically “Bemlises”, is dense, comfortable, eco-friendly and soft.

How to use:

1. After cleansing and toning your face. Open the package of the mask and gently adherence it onto the skin.

2. Leave it on for ± 20 minutes or until you feel it’s drying (you’ll never feel like its drying so take it off at the 25th minute to be sure).

Volume: 25ml

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My Skin type: acne prone, kind of oily, with p.i.e.

LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review:


How cute! One of the reasons I was excited to buy this was the holographic design. It didn’t disappoint me.
I don’t like that the mask’s package is so tall because I can’t reach to get the mask that easily. Even though I hate that, because that gives less space for the mask to move around, it keeps the essence more in the mask so it makes a lot of sense.

Also, I have to admit that it was pretty hard to open it haha. At first, I thought it had no essence but after getting the mask out, I realized it was drained in it.

Mask quality:

LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review

The material of the mask is probably the one characteristic the brand analyzed the most on their description of the mask. I personally feel like I’ve taken a class about sheet mask materials after their description of the mask so I totally recommend checking it out.

The texture of the mask obviously isn’t your typical sheet mask texture. It feels like it’s made of microfiber and neoprene material (it’s not, it just feels like it a bit when you touch it). The mask always looks dry but it stays moist! I was curious and kept it out in the open to see if it’ll dry but weeks passed and it still has some moisture left. I’m definitely buying more masks with this material.

Texture and smell of essence:

The smell is quite strong. It smells like grandma cologne, no better way to describe it, it’s not annoying as it goes away fast. The essence is white and appears thick however, it actually is very thin and it spreads easily.


LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review

It is relatively OK, there are not many improvements to make to it. Because of the material, it feels kind of heavy on the face; like it pushes against my skin (Newton’s third law, now used to describe sheet masks too). The mask isn’t that slippy; you can move around with it. It has a tiny tingling sensation while I’m wearing it.

Generally, it is a very comfortable mask as it stays moist and it doesn’t dry the least bit however, there’s one thing that’s bothering me. The mask is very warm. Not the good kind of warm but the annoying kind of warm. It was the only unpleasant thing of this mask. On another note, while wearing it, you get to look like Mr. pool from Dragon ball!

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I don’t know why all masks are big for me vertically. While horizontal they fit me OK. Guess my face shape is weird?


LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review

After using the mask there were some differences on my skin. It became very smooth as it had almost no bumps. It’s not like I had that many before using it but there is a difference. There was no difference when it comes to my redness, it stayed pretty much the same, unfortunately. On top of that, my complexion became a bit dull (oh the irony, this is a brightening mask). My pores shrunk a little however, no significant change could be observed.

At first the skin looks very oily and also it feels very greasy. That made my face look incredibly shiny but in a wet way not glowy, sadly. I continued with the rest of my skincare routine, using less products since- as I mentioned, it has a pretty thick texture. After that, somehow it feels like there’s less products on my face; previously I kept wondering if I should rinse it but the texture immediately went away, without coming back.

LEADERS Clinic Step Solution Shining Effect Brightening Ex Black Pearl Mask Review

Lastly something important that really have to point out. Once again, a line formed on my face like the one that formed when I used the Innisfree BHA mask. It wasn’t as bad as that one but again, I really don’t want new lines on my face.

This time I can’t really find out why that happened; the fit was very good and the mask was soaked nicely. The line did go away but it scared me a lot haha.. Lately this keeps happening and I have no idea why so I think I should go get is checked hmm.


This mask was so-so. It was a lot of fun to use however it was quite uncomfortable and the results were very poor. I loved the sheet quality itself but it didn’t deliver what it claimed to my skin. I won’t repurchase this exact mask again but I’ll look more into the blemishes ingredient and the rest of the leaders masks!

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