I have a real love/hate relationship with face masks. I either don’t see a difference after using them or they don’t do a great deal to improve my skin. One that I have repurchased time and time again however, is the Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Blueberry Face Mask. It’s the only one which has actually made a positive difference for me.
This is packaged in the standard small (75g) lush black tub. My favourite part of these tubs is that they are recycled, making them so much better for the environment. They have a great incentive for this too, if you return 5 pots (in one go) you receive a free fresh face mask like catastrophe cosmetic. As no one can resist a freebie, this is a great way to make sure the pots actually get recycled!
The pots themselves are a fairly plain matte black plastic with matte black and white stickers on the top, bottom and sides. These are quite minimalistic, but they do the job of putting across the necessary information and they are instantly recognisable as lush products. My only qualm with these pots is that I have had 3 or 4 at various different times, not always of this product but also others that come in this packaging, where the lid doesn’t properly screw up and it comes undone very easily. This makes it difficult to travel with them, or even get them home without leakage. I now test the lids in store before I buy just in case.
The first important thing to note about the fresh face masks is that they need to be stored in the fridge, otherwise they’ll go off because of all the fresh ingredients packed in the little pot.
Opening the tub, the mask looks a little scary. It’s a grey-toned blue shade with dark blue lumps of blueberry. The scent is a very soft, powdery blueberry which sort of reminds me of Parma Violet sweets in its softness. The smell isn’t too over the top or overpowering for me, it feels reasonably subtle and wearable while the mask is in use. One of my favourite parts of using this mask is how cooling and soothing it is. This largely comes from how cold it is after being stored in the fridge. It feels so soothing on my skin and reduces any redness and irritation I may have, making it good to use all over my face, even if my eczema patches are a little sensitive. If the eczema has properly flared and I still want to use Catastrophe Cosmetic, I avoid my eczema patches and use Lush Ultrabland as a mask there instead, which also works well as it’s more moisturising.
When I use Catastrophe Cosmetic, I have it on for about 15 minutes, in this time it dries out and becomes very flaky, so you may want to be careful where you sit with it on because it could flake off. Once dry, it doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable on the skin, just a little crumbly. To remove, it melts off very easily with warm water, especially if you hold a warm soaked flannel in place for a couple of seconds before moving it around to wipe it off. In the removal process, there is also a very gentle exfoliation from the little pieces of blueberry which just helps to make sure all the dead skin and impurities are removed.
Straight after using this, my skin feels so calm and silky soft. My skincare that I use after sinks in so much better and I feel as though I’m properly getting the goodness that I’m supposed to from them. I also don’t have any pain, redness or rough feeling skin on my eczema prone areas which is great. For a few days after this, I find that the oiliness I get on my forehead and nose through the day is greatly reduced and I don’t look like a shiny mess. I especially like that this lasts for a few days because I use the mask twice a week, meaning that the reduced oiliness pretty much lasts until I use it the next time. This means I mostly notice how well the mask has worked when I don’t repurchase quickly enough.
Catastrophe Cosmetic is meant to calm, soothe and cleanse the skin which I 100 percent agree with. The sales assistants in Lush often talk about this being perfect for getting rid of breakouts quick, however I’m not sure it’s really helped with that for me, I have other products which do a better job and actually, my skin has been amazing recently so I’m probably not the best person to say whether it does or doesn’t. Although, with how calming it is, I’m sure it helps reduce the redness of breakouts making them feel a lot smaller, while the cold can also reduce inflammation.
Overall, I very much recommend this to anyone whether you have sensitive, oily or acne prone skin, it seems to have properties which help all. At £7.50, it is a little pricey for a month’s use, but it really does work for me and it feels a little better when you can return 5 pots for a free one of these. I currently have 3 products stored in these tubs in my skincare regime, so generally 1 in 3 times I get this mask it’s free, making it feel a lot more manageable on my budget. If you have 5 pots to return, I definitely recommend you give this a go!
Let me know in the comments what your favourite fresh face mask from Lush is, are there any that you think I should try?
Thanks for reading,