Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

A while ago, I recorded my first impression on this mask. I put off publishing it, because I wanted to release it on my channel at the same time as this blog post. So I put video editing on the back burner. And since the video wasn't edited, I put blogging on the back burner too. Long story short, it's been over a month since I recorded the video and finished the whole tub of mask. I am now forcing myself to sit down and get everything wrapped up so I can move on to the next mask! 

The Pros:
  • Price. I did get this free as part of Lush's recycling program - trade in five empty/clean pots and get one Fresh Face mask free. If you don't have five pots to trade in, it's still only $7.95, and I got four uses out of it. That boils down to basically $2 per use. A lot of single-use masks are around that price point. So to me, that is a good deal.
  • Effective. It left my skin feeling clean and looking mattified. 
  • Natural ingredients. Lush is known for fresh & natural ingredients. Because it's so fresh, it does need to be refrigerated, and it expires fairly soon after it's been made. I like that it expires so quickly, because it reminds me to use it often. If you don't like to mask very frequently, the Fresh Face line of masks may not be for you. Or if you tend to forget about things that aren't in plain sight, that might also be an issue for you. Because these are stored in the refrigerator, you do have to remind yourself that it's there.
  • Washes off easily. I hate when I have a mask that I have to scrub so hard to get off, that my skin ends up feeling irritated instead of refreshed. Although this looks absolutely disgusting as it washes down the drain, it does come off very easily. And I find that the cupcake smell comes through a lot more as it's washing off than it does while applying or while it's on.
The Cons:
  • The scent. I bought this mask thinking and hoping that it would smell like cupcakes. It does have a faint chocolate scent, but more than anything, I smell roses. Rose scent is probably my most hated smell in the world. It's one of the main triggers for migraines for me. The first use, I definitely noticed the smell a lot more. After my first use, I almost didn't want to use it again. But I gave it a shot anyway, and with each subsequent use, I noticed the smell less and less. 
The Verdict:
I'm on the fence with this one. I probably will give it another shot at some point. There are definitely more pros than cons. But with the rose fragrance being so strong, especially at first, it'll be hard for me to talk myself into it again. I'm still not quite clear on what causes that scent, since I didn't find rose or rose water listed anywhere in the ingredients. But I wish I knew what it was, so I know what to stay away from in other products!

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