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I got these 'Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Firming Facial Masks' as a present for my birthday. It was nice to try these new facemask clothes since I have always used facemasks in the form of lotions and clay before so it was good to see how these compared. I have to say I have mixed feelings about the masks after trying them. I do like the 'Elizabeth Arden' range so this was a really nice present.
The masks are meant to cleanse and tone your face and make it feel firmer. It is meant to be like a spa-quality treatment. This sounded really good to me! I like putting on a facemask after I finish work on a Friday to get me ready for the weekend ahead.
Each of the masks are single use. It is not possible to open the pack and then store the mask as it will just dry out.
To use the masks you simply take the individual mask out of the packet (there is only one mask per packet), unfold it and place it on your face. You leave it on for 10 minutes after which you remove it and then rub in any excess lotion that is left on your face.
Each mask comes in a tan coloured packet with 'Elizabeth Arden' written in black letters at the top and then at the bottom of the packet 'Ceramide Plump Perfect Firming Facial Mask'
The mask has a ml size on it of 15ml, and I'm guessing this is how much liquid is put on to the mask since there is no loose liquid in the actual packet.
Once I opened the packet of the mask, it was quite hard to unfold the mask. Since it has some notches at the top of the cloth so that it moulds to your face better and because it has been quite compacted in the actual packet, you have to unfold it really carefully because there is a high risk of actually tearing the cloth of the facemask.
There was no excess lotion dripping off the facemask when I opened it so I didn't spill any or make a mess.
The mask itself is like a large circular cloth, it is made out of the same type of material as baby wipes or face wipes, and it has circular holes for the mouth, nose and eyes. It is moist and wet, but not dripping with lotion.
Since the facemask just comes in one size, it actually didn't fit on to my face very well. The mouth part hung down to low and if I tried to speak or move my mouth it actually went on to my lips and I got some of the cloth and lotion in to my mouth which didn't taste very nice!
Another thing with this mask is that you have to be lying down, or at least lying back to use it. If you are sitting up or walking around with it, since it is only placed on the skin and not attached, it may fall off which would render it pretty much unusable.
You also look very silly wearing it. The mask looks a bit like a cloth hockey mask, or a strange cartoon characters face. Its probably best you use it when no one else is home, I saw some pictures of me wearing it that my boyfriend sneakily took and I have to say I did look very scary and silly!
The mask was a little bit uncomfortable to wear since it was not really the right size for my face and sometimes I needed to itch the mask slightly where there was a bit too much lotion and because the mask was slipping or not hugging my skin.
After I removed the mask after the stated 10 minutes there was a little bit of lotion left on the skin which has not been absorbed yet but you just have to rub it in like it says on the packet and it absorbs really quickly.
I was really surprised with how soft my skin felt after I had taken the mask off, it was really, really nice. My skin also felt a bit tighter and the lotion had not made my skin oily in the slightest.
The thing I quite like about this mask is that there is no mess of smearing actual lotion on to your skin. With this particular face mask you simply place the cloth mask over your face.. and you don't even have to rinse it off afterwards! There really is no mess involved with this at all.
The facemasks are available from Boots at a price of £35 for four masks. Personally, although it gives you a 'spa-quality' treatment, I don't think I could justify spending this much money on just four facemasks all the time.
The mask didn't make my skin feel sore or irritate it at all and my skin felt really soft and moisturised afterwards. The thing I didn't like about it was that it was a bit uncomfortable to wear. The mask just didn't fit on to my face properly, which made it quite annoying to wear. These are really nice to try and do give good results, as long as you are willing to put up with it being a bit uncomfortable for the 10 minutes whilst wearing them!
(Also on Ciao)