According to the instructions, it says it's meant for applying to the nose only. If I remember correctly, the charcoal mask is meant for the whole face. At least that's what the little cartoon face on the bottle portrayed it to be for. I saw it for sale on ebay for a substantially higher price if you consider shipping and handling as well, but I'm not that desperate (yet).
Anyway, I tried it on the same day I bought it and it worked like a charm! When I first applied it on my nose, I noticed it was very pasty. A lot of it was stuck on my finger. But anyway, it dried after 15 minutes (exactly what the bottle said).
Peeling it off wasn't so bad. It didn't hurt as bad as some people described it. I had a really hard time getting my camera to focus on because the picture was taken at such a close-up and this is quite embarrassing, but here's a picture of the blackheads I pulled out. They look like little hairs - LOL!
To my surprise, it works just as well as those Biore pore strips and only costs a fraction of the price! If I remember correctly, it actually doesn't even hurt as much as the Biore pore strips (I haven't used those strips in a long time).
Remember to clean your face with warm water and pat dry it before you use it so that your pores open up. Also, I'd suggest using this maybe *at most* once a week unless you really need it because it can make your nose really dry. I noticed that I had to apply moisturizer right after I peeled it off.
But either way, this is product is great and it's only $2! Must stock up for sure!