Let me start out by saying, I love Lush as a brand. I love their high quality products as well as their campaign to end animal testing. I also like cupcakes. And chocolate. And hey, they have a chocolate mint “cupcake” face mask for spotty skin-like mine! Do you see where I’m going with this? I knew as soon as my trusty Yes to Tomatoes Mask ran out, I’d be heading to the mall to pick this up. So what’s my verdict? Keep reading.
What It Claims To Do: It claims to cool, calm redness and deep cleanse.
What It Does: After leaving on for the recommended ten minutes, I noticed my pores looked, well, gone. I am fairly certain it didn’t actually tighten my pores, but rather sucked all the dirt and oil right out of them to make them invisible. I didn’t really find that it cooled my skin and I don’t have a problem with redness so I can’t test that, BUT I will say that despite the deep cleanse, my face didn’t feel dry afterwards. In fact, my skin felt softer and more moisturized than it normally does.
Application/Waiting Game: When it comes to facial masks, I know a lot of people also have concerns about how the product will feel on application. Unlike other masks I have used, this did not harden my face past the ability to make a facial expression. There was a little stiffness, but much less than other masks. It was also a bit flaky, so beware. I had a bit of trouble applying it evenly, so my recommendation is to just slather it on thick since it has a fast expiration date anyway.
The Expiration Date: This deserves its own paragraph. As much as I enjoyed using this product, we have to address the expiration date issue. This product expires a mere 3 weeks after it is made. If, like me, you apply masks on a weekly basis, that is only 3-4 uses per jar, when there is enough product for maybe 10 uses. Factor in that you might not purchase the mask on the day it’s made. At the store I went to, the newest masks were 6 days old, bringing my total time to use this product to 2 weeks. There isn’t a ton in the container, but darn will I be wasting a lot if I don’t find another way to make use of this product fast!
Price: $6.95 for 2.1 oz.
Cruelty-Free: Naturally, plus it’s vegan!