This masks seems to rehydrate my skin, but I don't know if it does much for redness and irritation like it advertises. I personally think Crash Course in Skincare works the best out of all the Lush masks.
I am not a weekly mask user. Part of what makes this mask great is the expiration date. Because I knew I only had a month, I used it as often as I could - almost bi-weekly. I wonder if any other masks used with that kind of regularity would be just as good. What I noticed was generally improved clarity of my skin. Having dryer skin, this was not particularly drying. Rather it was calming. But it was also not particularly moisturizing.
The other great thing about this is the combo of the coolness (I kept it in the fridge) and the relaxing fragrance. The sensory experience is awesome.
Finally it does tend to separate into a watery element and chunkier paste. So i always mixed it well with a spoon and sometimes added a touch of water so the paste would be the right texture to stick to my skin. And as long as I rinsed it off with an exfoliating cleanser (like St. Ives microdermabrasion cleanser) I did not have any trouble with residue.
I'm going to refrigerate my other mask and see how it goes with that this summer...perhaps add some essential oils to it as well.
This product is one of my fav. face mask. It's good for acne prone and oily skin. 1 lippie off for it being extremely messy and the actual weight inside.
I think this is great. Great smell and is so gentle on the skin. I keep it in the fridge so it is realy cooling on my face. My skin is oily and it gave me a smooth and matte finish after washing it off. It felt realy calming and my skin was realy clear and bright after it. I leave it on for 10 minutes and use it about once a week. I'm glad to say it didn't irritate my skin at all and I love all the natural ingredients in it. It realy does reduce inflamation as it makes my spots and blemishes less red and my skin tone more even.
My skin gets oily throughout the day, and I would say it's combination skin with blemishes (blackheads and the occasional cystic acne breakout from hormones and stress).
The mask smells great, applies smoothly and feels nice as it has been refrigerated. I kept it on for 10 minutes, but by the time I stepped into the shower, moistened my face (to allow the dried mask to wash away more easily), I probably had it on for 15 minutes.
After using this fresh face mask from Lush, there was no redness on my face AT ALL. I was very impressed, but after looking more closely in the mirror, I realised that my face had a slight greyish tinge to it, and, like some other reviewers noticed, the skin was very, very matte. Unnaturally matte.
My skin felt a bit tight and not quite right, so I scrubbed my face with my finger, and off came bits of grey. The mask had left a residue which was hard to get rid of, so I tried using my exfoliator (St. Ives apricot scrub) to remove the residue. This is why I didn't really like this mask.
Next time I use Catastrophe Cosmetic, I'll try to wash it off earlier, but for me, the residue is really off-putting. I'm not sure what it consists of, and I hope it can only be beneficial.
This was an impulse purchase, introduced to me by the Lush shop assistant, when Cosmetic Warrior (a mask better suited to my skin) was out of stock. Perhaps I'll be more careful in selecting a suitable mask for my skin type in the future.
Hope this was helpful :)
[EDIT: One thing I do like, however, is that after using the mask in conjunction with my St. Ives apricot scrub, my nose feels MUCH smoother! It is still dotted with blackheads but it doesn't feel rough anymore. I'm not sure if it's because I used a mask before exfoliating, but I like the result.]
Would only use once a week- needed to spray my face with thermal water for a little moisture after- felt like it blanked my skin out if that makes sense? Like there was no oil, but it was so matte it didn't look right. Once the water set in, liked the results after.
Note to those with tendencies to allergic reaction- my younger cousin flared up for a whole day afterwards from using this... obviously an ingredient that did not agree with her. She looked sunburnt-thought I would mention.
i would always recommend using lush face masks, especially this one! i have purchased this a few times and i am always pleased with the result. it makes my skin very soft after i have used it. also, it gets rid of any oily bits on my nose, forehead and chin, as well as moisturising my cheeks.
the product is kept in the fridge so when u put it on ur face it feels so cool and fresh. leave it on for about 5 to 10 mins, u wont need to leave it any longer. i apply it generously after cleansing, then i tone and moisturise. i use the face mask 2 to 3 times a week because i dont need to use it every day as it is too rich. plus, it also needs to be used up within a few weeks because it has fresh ingredients.
the face mask is thick and smooth. it is very easy to apply, it dries quick and settles into the skin, and it smells delicious! there are bits of blueberry in it, which is a great antioxidant.
i generally have combination/sensitive skin and i found this worked very well for me. i have tried other face masks, such as cupcake, mask of magnaminty and an oat face mask (which i cannot remember the name of!) and i find this is one of the best so far. i am willing to try new ones, but for now i will stick with catastrophe cosmetic.
if u shop at lush regularly u can bring back five black pots and get a free mask. they are arounf £4-5. i think this is a good offer and i try to take advantage of this as often as i can!
I love the smell of thiss! =)
I got this mask after trying out Sacred Truth, because i really didnt like the clay base that they used in that. I prefer the base that they used in this mask over the one in Sacred Truth. This mask didnt leave my face feeling dry and tight and weird.
I liked how when i washed the mask off, my skin felt nice and smooth, and sorta calmed and moisturized at the same time.
However, the bits of blueberry peel/skin/whatever was annoying. And this mask isnt a miracle in a jar. i was expecting a bit more out of it, but the day after, my skin didnt feel like i had used a mask at all. Not too moisturized or anything. That was a bummer.
Oh, I love this stuff!! My skin was doing some weird break out all down the side of my face. Unsure if it was my ususal makeup routine or cleansing routine, I tried out some new things from Lush. (Well, new to me!) This was one I purchased. I had used it before, but my skin was dry and sensitive at the time, so I was unsure if it would have helped this time around. I was amazed this morning when I woke up and this rash down my face was gone! My skin had calmed down, and it was back to normal. I think it was a combination of things, but this has been wonderful in helping!
I have dry, sensitive and acne prone so i was recommended this mask or crash course in skin care
When I got home and opened the tub, it was somewhat watery, the consistency was almost like half way melted ice cream. And since you put this product in the fridge, the chilling sensation feels SO good when you first put it on your skin. It goes on my face slightly watery, but when the mask hardens, it has adds a nice tightness to my face. My mask did not drip nor flake all over the place like most reviewers have said it did.
It wasnt hard to wash off, but while washing it, it felt like there was this rough layer on my face that I could never scrub off. A little spectrojel did the trick.
All the redness in my skin is completely gone. (I usually look like a tomato after showering) My skin felt slightly moisturized. I cant say my skin felt smoother. it felt the same, if not maybe even a bit more rough.
This morning when i woke up, my skin tone still looked completely even. Not even a tinge of red. so I am really happy. It did make one of my pimples surface to the top but it wasnt very red like it usualyl would be. But other than that, It got rid at least three pimples that were growing on my chin.
Extremely happy with this mask :) I do want to try all the other ones eventually!
Edit: THIS MASK IS AMAZING. I only used it once and my cystic acne has disappeared and became significantly smaller!!