My face is quite oily and I get the odd breakout. Since using Catastrophe Cosmetic (two months now), I have not had a single blemish. My skin is brighter and looks great without foundation. This mask has become a staple. It does take a bit of rinsing, but it is well worth the effort.
I do think this is very calming and its my favourite Lush mask. It makes it feel really soft and look brighter.Oh, and it also comes off very easy.
This is supposed to help calm skin, but all it did was make it more red. Waste of money
When you smell Catastophe Cosmetic in the container, it smells nicely of blueberries, but after washing it off a subtle and beautiful rose scent emerges. It's a very nice and calming mask if you have agitated skin. The calamine takes the redness away, and it is one of those masks that feels so comforting and soothing while it sits. Anything with calamine should be washed off very well though or else you can get a filmy residue.
Quite unusual.. this is really different to any other mask I've tried. Bright purple, it has real blueberries in it, which I found amusing when you look in the mirror and there's bits of blueberries all over your face!
The mask has quite a dry texture, so I wouldn't recommend it for dry skins. Great for my combo skin though. I smoothed on a thick layer, left it for 10 mins, then had a shower and rinsed it off.
There is a very definite camomile-feeling afterwards, that sort of powdery finish. Oily skins will really like this. I found that I need to use toner to get rid of that powder residue though, as my foundation wouldn't spread over it.
I am one of those girls who believes that fruit belongs nowhere near dessert and that if cupcakes were to face blueberries in a head-to-head match-up until death, cupcakes would win. Oddly enough, this food-fight scenario played itself out once more in the battle of Lush BioFresh facemasks. Catastrophe Cosmetic reminds me of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory after Violet chews the three-meal gum and they have to roll her into the juicing room. It reminds me of that and the one night I went camping and had to put calamine lotion all over my face. Put those two images together and you’ll get Catastrophe Cosmetic. My mask flaked a great deal more than I thought it should. I also felt a residue on my face after use. It’s not horrible, but I was not amazed by it. “I told you not to eat that gum. It always goes wrong when it is at the dessert.”
Like all fresh masks, I think it is wonderful but I never seem to use them up before they expire. As far as the actualy product - great! It can be hard to spread but worth it. This is good for when you need to calm the skin down and even it out, especially after a late night or falling asleep with your makeup on.
In general, I love LUSH's biofresh masks (and was gutted when they discontinued the fresh body scrubs), but this one is just not a winner for me. It smells lovely, and contains mashed-up blueberries that give the mask a slight purple tinge, which also sold me on it. However, it is probably my least favorite of their masks as far as results. First, it is hard to get it to stay on your face when you spread it on--it tends to fall right off, or come off on your fingers if you overlap at all during application. This makes me wonder if it is even doing anything to the skin, since it certainly isn't 'soaking in'. When and if you can get any to stay on your face, it has a very powdery, calamine-like finish and kind of dried out my combo skin. Also, it leaves that powdery residue behind, and it was a devil to remove with toner. If you are considering a LUSH mask, I'd recommend several (Ayesha, Cupcake, BBSeaweed, Love Lettuce), but give this one a pass.