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Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask
Member Name: pink_glitter
Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask
Advantages: several applications from one tube, skin feels better to the touch
Disadvantages: hard to find, redness for some time after use, no real visible improvement
I spotted the Elizabeth Arden Hydrating face mask online a few months ago and couldn't resist trying it, as it was going for a bargain price. As well as the low price, I was also attracted by the fact that it was a hydrating mask as I have particularly dry skin on my face, which is often in need of a moisture boost.
This product is an intensive hydrating treatment, which claims to maintain suppleness of the skin, as well as give younger, firmer looking skin with regular use. I have used quite a few products from Elizabeth Arden in the past, and whilst the majority have been of very high quality, like most brands there have been one or two duds along the way. To be honest, the fact that I got hold of this so cheaply worried me slightly as I thought perhaps they were trying to get rid of it because it wasn't selling very well.
The mask comes in a smooth white tube, with plain black writing, and although simple, the look of the product is quite effective and looks luxurious in a very understated way. The lid on which it stands has a silver band around it, which adds to this subtly expensive look. Instructions for use are clearly printed on the back of the tube along with an extremely long ingredients list. I do like masks that come in tubes as opposed to sachets, as I find them less messy and there tends to be less wastage. Also I find it more practical to store just one tube than several small sachets.
Amongst other things, this mask contains:
*Shea butter -widely used as a moisturiser
*Kiwi fruit extract - contains high levels of anti-oxidants which are thought to have anti-ageing properties
*Cucumber extract - high in vitamin C
*ginkgo biloba leaf extract - boosts the formation of collagen in the skin to help retain elasticity
*hops extract - claimed to soften and smooth the skin.
To use, you simply apply to the face, leave for five to ten minutes and then either rinse or tissue off.
The mask is an off-white colour which is verging on being grey. It has a thick consistency and comes out of the tube in a thick worm-like line! Despite initial appearances however, the product goes onto the skin very easily and smoothly and you don't feel like you're dragging your skin as you apply it. In fact, applying it almost feels like you're applying a thick moisturiser. I apply it to my whole face avoiding my eye and mouth area and I find that I can spread a small amount over quite a large area of skin which makes me feel that I am getting my moneys worth.
The mask does have a scent to it, although I find it difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is. I'd say it is a sort of fruity/floral mix and whilst it is noticeable I wouldn't describe it as being strong or overpowering, which is a plus point for me as I'm not generally comfortable about applying highly scented products to my face.
During the time the mask is on my skin I find that it feels very cooling but also quite tingly. Whilst I acknowledge that the tingling sensation is probably just the product working, there is always a worry for me that the tingling is actually the mask giving me some horrendous allergic reaction and that always takes the relaxation side of using the mask away!
I always leave this mask on for the full ten minutes as I go by the philosophy that the longer it is on the skin the more chance it has to work. During this time I don't find that the mask goes tight or hard on my skin, it seems to stay pretty much the same consistency as it was when it was applied.
Despite being quite thick the mask is easy to rinse off, and I usually use a wet face cloth to help the process. I have never tried the other method of removal Elizabeth Arden recommend which is to 'tissue off' the mask, but I can't imagine that would work at all. The mask is, as mentioned rather thick and I think you'd need a hell of a lot of time and tissues to remove it!
Like many face masks I have used, this one seems to leave my skin looking quite red immediately after use. My skin has a very reddish tone to begin with (a problem I am forever trying to solve/cover up) but this product really worsens the problem, so it's not one I would recommend for use immediately prior to a night out or special occasion.
The feel of my skin after use however, is immediately improved. It feels slightly softer, but more importantly not quite so dry. I am not going to lie, the improvement isn't huge, but there definitely is one and the usually dry areas on my cheeks and forehead feel much more hydrated and comfortable.
Once the redness calmed down - I would say approximately 30-45 minutes after use, I couldn't really see any improvement in the appearance of my skin. The fact it felt more hydrated to the touch would perhaps lead you to assume that it would look better, but unfortunately having used the mask several times now, I have failed to see any significant visual improvement.
I bought this mask from www.cheapsmells.com for around £6.99 a few months ago. Having just checked the website unfortunately they are no longer selling this product. In fact, having done a search it seems that there are very few places with this in stock, which leads me to think it is probably a discontinued product. I have managed to find it at the following online stores should you want to give it a go:
Straeberrynet.com - £14.50
fragrancemad.com - £8.99
fragrancex.com - £11.09
As the tube holds 100ml, I think you should be able to get between six and eight applications from one tube.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this mask. It definitely made my skin feel better to the touch, however there was no noticeable difference to the appearance of my skin. I do like to use this as a weekly treat, but whilst it's OK, I don't think there is much to make it stand out over cheaper face masks, and it's not one I would go out of my way to purchase again in the future.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
Summary: OK but there are better around