Ok so i got this mask to try and calm down my awful breakouts which tend to rape my mouth area. It says its for Oily to acne prone skin. The smell was ok but did hardly anything for my skin. Im fact i think it just made it oilyer.
I HATE the best before dates on these things...only lasts like 2 weeks, so alot of it goes to waste. Forget that, i carry on using it after its use by date.
Not a good mask. Prefer Cosmetic Worrier!
God bless Lush! I went into a lush store the other day to buy something and I told the sales girl that I'd only been using lush products for about 3-4 months, and in that time, my personal lush regime transformed my very dry, flaky, cystic acne all-over and generally out of control skin. I started using lush to repair damage done by acne products like benzoyl peroxide and other severely drying topical prescription meds. I still get pimples here and there (i'm taking doxycycline) though, and she recommended the cupcake mask. Since I had just dropped some major money on moisturizer and ultrabland she gave me a slightly used tub of cupcake mask for free (though i'm thinking i should have gotten a full tub for free considering how much I spend in there every month. I think other stores do that when you spend a certain amount, but I don't know how often they do that). But there's a lot left in the tub and I'll probably have it for at least a month. Someone else reviewing this product said it smelled like a chocolate scraff-n-sniff sticker and that's exactly right. I personally don't like the smell nor do I want something vaguely smelling like chocolate cake on my face. But I've been using it as a spot treatment on some painful zits that popped up. I leave a dab on the spots overnight and in the morning the area is not dried out and all the pimples were reduced in size and were no longer painful. Awesome. I'd say this works way better than any topical blemish cream i've ever used. UPDATE: After using it as a mask and spot treatment off and on for about a week I have developed huge painful pimples where I had clear skin before using this mask. I've used this as a spot treatment on those areas and have seen no improvement. In fact, it seems everytime I use it I get new spots. I will have to stop using for awhile because this may be irritating my skin.
The good thing about this mask is that it makes your skin soft and smells yummy. But it didnt seem to do much for me, I was still getting my regular breakouts. :( I'll be trying LUSHs other masks and see how they work.
Holy crud. I was initially wary of these masks due to all the essential oils. I finally caved in and bought Cupcake. Wow. Even though it took a while for my face to get used to it my skin always feels so soft and firm after use. I cannot sometimes believe the skin that I'm looking at in the mirror afterwards. I use vitamin c, niacinamide, retinoids, etc, but this mask actually makes my skin look great. The fact that it's vegan and the chocolatey scent doesn't hurt. After a couple of weeks I've been consistently having good skin days and needing less foundation because of the biofresh masks.
All this does is strip oils from the skin, maybe exfoliate a bit.. for my dry skin, it's too much. People think this smells delicious but it smells like dark mint chocolate on crack, lol!
I had walked in wanting to buy Brazened Honey and Catastrophe Cosmetic, but the SA recommended Cupcake, so I picked that up with Brazened Honey instead of CC. I ended up hating Brazened Honey, but Cupcake was WONDERFUL! It left my skin feeling so smooth and my skintone was evened out. I absolutely adored the way I felt afterwards. It's also my sister's fave mask so far, and we have fairly different skin types -- I'm oily and blemish prone, while she has super sensitive skin, broken vessels under the skin, and mild rosacea. It worked like a dream for both of us! This is definitely our HG mask! Oh, and the amount in the tub is good for about 8 uses!
A little bit drying, but I slathered on Clinique moisturizer afterwards and now my skin feels good. A pretty good purifying mask but it will strip your skin of all oils. I tried Crash Course in Skin Care a couple years back and remember being amazed by it. However, I think lush face masks are fun as all heck so I'm going to keep trying them until I find the perfect one for my skin type.
wow! i am really suprised that i like this mask. i am not a big chocolate cake fan so i did not think i would like this. well the smell is really nice. and i have noticed this leaves my skin so clean and soft. this mask is supose to help with problem prone skin which i have. what is also pretty cool is that if you collect 5 containers i believe you can bring them back to lush and get a free face mask. this is the first fresh mask i have tried and i am going to try the others ones because they are such a treat for your skin.
** i have tried love lettuce and brazen honey and i got awful results. so i will not try any others. im sticking to cupcake. this mask helped clear my skin up. i love it!!
I'm a mask virgin. Other than... whatever Yves Rocher uses for their Sensitive Skin facials, I have never tried a mask. After reading several reviews, I decided to try LUSH's Cupcake. Given that it didn't seem to be overzealous in it's skincare approach [not a zit blaster, or a moisture-rich depositer, or a strong oil tamer], I decided to try it. I didn't want to irritate my sensitive skin with a very concentrated mask.
It's late Spring, early Summer-ish weather here, but for whatever reason I have been dry. Very dry. Considering I'm used to being a sensitive skin, normal cheeks, forehead and chin, with an oily nose, generally not acne-prone except for time of the month pimples, it's been quite an experience to be dry. My forehead - especially between my brows -, chin, nose [apart from the tip], the skin around my nose, lips, and cheeks have been dry. My undereye area has been dry. Of course, the very tip of my nose - is shiny. Not overly acne prone, but very oily.
I'm not going to school or lecture every day either, so I haven't been washing my hair everyday. Combined with sunblock. So, I'm at a complete loss as to why my face is dry.
First, the smell - to me - isn't that horrible. It isn't that chocolate-y though. It instantly made me think of what a very enterprising, hiking & nature enthusiast Starbucks barista would think up if they were enlisted by LUSH to make a mask. It smells like chocolate, coffee, and... grass. Not marijuana. But freshly mown grass. Horrible? No. Particularly good? Not really. Forget about wanting to lie back for a 1/2 hour long nap. You will want to take this off after the reccomended 5-10 mins.
Second - the effects are average. If you have sensitive skin, no worries. This isn't overdrying. Immediately, the slight ruddyness in my chin, cheeks and nose was gone after washing. Maybe with continued usage the effects will be long-lasting [I've used the mask twice so far], but this isn't overdrying or too strong IMO.
Speaking of dry skin, this mask has given some much needed moisture into my skin. My nose - still with some oil. My chin, temples, and cheeks all feel much softer and less scaly. The area from brow to brow, and directly between my brows is still dry. But given how dry I've been for the past six weeks - this is thrilling.
I've used this twice, and 1/2 of the small $7.50 is gone. So using it up before it goes bad doesn't seem to be a problem.
That said, I've kept in my fridge since buying, and it doesn't go on that cooly. I didn't flinch or anything will putting on.
In addition, I found it a little difficult to spread evenly. It would blob up in areas that weren't problematic. I also found it took a good 10-15 to get the mask off. Fun fact though - my nails were still clean after putting this mask on and washing it off. It's thick, but it isn't sticky.
All in all, I think it's a good mask for the bargain and I'll probably buy again.
ETA: I have to knock this down to three stars as it is more of a 3 star product. I can't use it as often as I'd like to finish up the jar - twice per week lasted a full 2 weeks - but it goes bad before being finished if I use it once per week. Once per week keeps my skin balanced; 2 times per week dries my skin out and tends to cause little white-heads a day or so later. 2 weeks - for my sensitive, slightly dry, prone to period pimples - is too much; once/week is gentle enough. That said, the value goes down when it goes bad after three weeks; really 2 and a half by the time it gets to a LUSH store.
If this product dint have Rhassoul mud in it, I would be sitting on sofa with a spoon and scooping out that rich chocolate lol. Ok in all seriousness, it is great mask for oily and acne skins. Smells fantastic. However, the only drawback to this mask is one of its ingredient called Talc. I had to stop using this mask coz of this particular ingredient as its not good for acne prone skins and I tend to break out due to talc.
PS: People with acne conditions need to be mindful of Talc. Quite a few of LUSH masks have Talc :(