I’m a sucker for a good facemask, if you couldn’t tell by this. Lush, world renowned (kind of) for their natural and 100% vegetarian (and mostly vegan) products, offer a range of beautiful facemasks. The company, as well as supporting various charities with their Charity Pot campaign, also refuse to buy from companies that carry out, fund or commission animal testing, opting instead to test their products on human volunteers. So, as you can see, they’re pretty damn great.
Here is a guide to their most popular facemasks, tried and tested by yours truly.
All fresh face masks can be bought for €9.95. Mask of Magnaminty can be bought in a small size for €8.75 or a large for €15.50 and Cup of Coffee is €9.25 for a small and €17.25 for a large.
Mask of Magnaminty
One of the non-fresh ones, this is my go-to facemask; I can’t express how much I love it. I have super problematic skin; I get breakouts and redness and my dull skin makes me look constantly exhausted. The peppermint oil in this refreshes my
skin and it pretty much exfoliates my spots away (if that’s possible). Since my skin is dry, I opt for the self-preserving version of this because of the added honey, which is incredibly moisturising.
But, honestly, the best thing about this mask is the smell. Get it for the smell. It smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream!!!!!!!!!!! The dream.
Cup o’ Coffee
If coffee wakes you up in the morning, get this one; just the smell alone will revive you from your zombified sleep state. Unfortunately, this is a little too strong for my ultra-sensitive skin, but it has similar properties to Mask of Magnaminty. If you don’t have incredibly sensitive skin (like me), love the smell of coffee (unlike me) and are in need of something to revive dull skin (definitely like me), give this a go. Why have I been cursed with perpetually-new-born-baby skin? Why? I’m like a spotty baby. Unlucky.
Ah. My new-born-baby skin beckons this glorious fresh facemask. This is probably my favourite – the only negative thing is that it has actual bits of seaweed in it that get stuck in my drain, but you can’t always get what you want. These were probably most effective in targeting my hormone-related spots. Like I said, its got fresh seaweed in it, as well as ground almonds, rose absolute and aloe vera, which makes it the perfect mixture of moisturising and exfoliating, without scrubbing too hard at sensitive skin or leaving the skin feeling oily. I recently ran out and haven’t felt whole since.
When I ran out of my precious BB Seaweed, I decided to give this one a go (I’m actually wearing it right now). Cosmetic Warrior contains free-range eggs, making it non-vegan. This one is good if you can get over the smell of garlic. It’s full of garlic. Full of it. I, sadly, gagged while putting it on for the first time. But if you can move past that, it’s pretty nice! It leaves my skin feeling really soft because of the honey, garlic and grapes but I’d prefer something with a little more exfoliation. It also doesn’t target my spots that well. It claims to be super good at targeting spots but it’s not great on mine, although this could just be down to the type of spots I have. While it mightn’t work great for me, it might be perfect for someone else. Just, please, be careful; it stinks of garlic.
This was actually given to me as a sample when I mentioned to a Lush sales assistant that I have a fear of premature aging (despite that, as you well know by now, I have baby skin). I haven’t actually used this one yet, but I can definitely tell you it smells incredible. It contains honey, asparagus and kiwis, which brighten the skin, and fuller’s earth and witch hazel to tighten it. Honestly, even the smell just chills me out a bit. I can’t attest to its greatness just yet, but maybe if you give it a go, you’ll be able to instead.
So, these are the ones (mostly) tried by me. I love some more than others, but even the ones I didn’t love as much haven’t stopped me from being a super fan of both Lush’s products and their ethics.
Really, if you’re looking for a facemask, go in and talk to someone and they’ll be able to help you out more than I can. But hopefully you now have a clearer idea of what your skin needs. And, if you’re reading, please keep your fingers crossed that I eventually hit puberty and get some grown-up skin.
I'm Caoimhe, a 2nd year Contemporary Visual Culture student and I like face masks and the sun (not the newspaper).