Review of LUSH Cupcake Mask by PaleIsTheNewTan
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.