Today is Victoria Day, a holiday here in Canada, in celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Colloquially, we call it “May two four long weekend” due to the approximate date (May 24th) and to describe a case of beer (‘two four’). The popular activity to do during this long weekend is to head up to the cottage to open it for the season and there are usually fireworks and drinking… Me? Not doing any of that. Relaxing at home and doing some cleaning and decluttering. I’m LONG overdue for a makeup purge! 😉
Onward to a review of this LUSH Fresh Face Mask:
I picked up the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask 2 weeks ago and have been diligently using it – here are my thoughts.
LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask is a product that can only be purchased in-stores because it must be refrigerated. They’re hand made using fresh ingredients and have a short shelf life. Mine was made on May 2nd with an expiry date of May 23rd – I purchased it on May 10th so I only had 13 days to use it up!
It’s a milky greyish periwinkle coloured clay type mask with little bits of actual blueberries. Its first ingredient is calamine powder, which means it’s great for calming skin. I presume the blue tint is from the blueberries.
When I first applied it, I found the consistency to be slightly crumbly and dry, which made it challenging to spread smoothly onto the skin. I was applying to freshly cleaned, dry skin. On my next application, I decided to moisten my skin with water before applying the mask, which helped greatly. To further help spread the mask evenly, I smoothed it with wet fingers.
Due to its drier consistency, I found the best way to get the product out of the pot was with a butter knife – I basically cut little wedges out – about a teaspoon full – for each application.
It’s a classic clay type mask where while it dries, there’s a tightening feeling. I’m not able to make any facial movements at all – no talking, eating, smiling – nothing – until it is rinsed off or else I risk the mask cracking and flaking. I rinse off with warm water after 10 minutes (I’ve kept this on for upwards of 30 minutes 😛 ) – I found the mask rinses off easily and cleanly, leaving no residue.
The mask is described as the “blueberry-packed balancer” on LUSH’s site. I definitely agree that this is a balancing mask. I find that some clay-based masks can be very drying but this one doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dehydrated. In fact, my skin feels extremely smooth and supple afterwards – the inclusion of glycerine and almond oil help in this regard. The ingredient list is short and sweet:
Calamine Powder, Talc, Irish Moss Gel, Fresh Blueberries, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, *Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Fragrance.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The only thing I don’t love about this mask is the scent. I thought it would be like fresh blueberry, but instead, it’s a floral type of scent mixed with a rubber eraser smell. I was surprised to see that LUSH added fragrance to this mask (listed as the last ingredient). Why did they feel the need to do that?
The mask expires tomorrow and I’m doing my final mask tonight. I was able to get 8 uses out of this pot which I think makes the cost of the mask quite fair (even better that I traded in my empty containers and got this for free!) The pot costs $8.95 for 60g so it worked out to be $1.12 and approx 7.5g of product per use.
I got this mask to help calm some of my allergy-related bumps / hives on my skin (especially on my forehead and cheeks) and it has helped to alleviate them. I’ve only tried one other LUSH Fresh Face Mask before, The Sacred Truth (review here) and I’ve enjoyed both very much. I actually like Catastrophe Cosmetic just a touch more based on the results.
• Smoothing on sensitive skin
• Leaves skin smooth and supple
• Fresh natural ingredients
• Reasonably priced
• Container can be redeemed as part of the 5 Pot Program (free mask!)
• Very limited lifespan, must be refrigerated
• Only available at LUSH stores, not online
• Smell and inclusion of fragrance
Stash worthiness: 8/10
I would recommend Catastrophe Cosmetic for all skin types, especially if you’re looking to calm irritated skin. Thanks again to Dannii of A Beauty Thing blog, who was the first to recommend this to me! ❤
Have you tried LUSH Fresh Face Masks? What are your favourite face masks – LUSH or other brands?