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So I discovered this amazing discount store near my boyfriend's flat and along with a whole load of rubbish they sell amazing beauty brands at knock down prices. Among these I found a load of Elizabeth Arden products at bargain prices and decided to try a few things I'd never used before.
This was one of the products I picked up on my first visit. I do have to explain that in this store there are no fancy beauty tables and therefore no samples. everything is boxed and sealed so you really just have to read the back and hope it is worth the discount price. I tend to think with branded products like this you can't really go wrong but I honestly had no idea what to expect from this before I opened it. The box said it was a skin revitalising face treatment so I imagined some sort of face mask type thing. I wasn't far off but I definitely wasn't expecting what I found.
The product some in a shallow round shaped glass pot. The outside of it has been coloured a shimmery pink/aubergine colour which is quite pretty. There is write writing and branding on the pot as well as a white plastic lid with silver metal rim. On the top of the pot there is a little clip and in this the brush that accompanies the product goes. The brush is basically a small application brush which has a clear plastic handle, metal cap and fine brush (similar to an eye shadow brush). There was a plastic cover that the brush came in but it won't fit in that and clip onto the lid so I discarded it pretty quickly.
Inside the pot is what is best described as a pink coloured goo. It has the consistency of treacle or golden syrup and has a very rich winey/berry smell to it - almost like concentrated ribena. The colour of the gel is similar to the outside of the pot, though obviously transparent.
The purpose of the product is basically as a mask. You apply like goo with the brush provided, smoothing on a layer across the entirety of your face. You then let this dry and once it has you can peel if off in one go. The first time I did it I didn't really know what to expect and wasn't anticipating the whole thing drying and peeling off like something from a prosthetics course. That said, this part is actually super fun - though I do have a couple of issues with it.
The goo is very hard to apply, much like golden syrup it is hard to get out the pot without creating a mess. you have to be quite patient because it does take a while to get your face covered. Once it is coated it feels really weird, kind of nice weird but it definitely isn't as relaxing as other masks I've used. I tend to find that as it dries you skin can feel a little itchy, especially if any parts begin to peel off. I've actually found it best to be in quite a cold room and to only apply a thinish layer otherwise it doesn't dry properly and can make a mess. When it does dry it makes your face very stiff and you have to be careful not to move it too much. I personally love this feeling because it really does feel like it is doing something, but others might disagree.
Though I love how easily it comes off, all in one peel, it can be a little annoying when it comes to hair. I do apply it over my eyebrows and it hasn't ever pulled hairs out but it can be a little sore and is far harder to pull off successfully from hair. Also, because of the rather pungent smell, you have to avoid getting this near your eyes as it can make them water. I have also found that once used the brush is never quite the same again and you have to be careful to wash it thoroughly after use.
All that said, I do really like this product. I only use it when I have a decent amount of time on my hands and want a relaxing and pampering session. I do find though that it is really fun to use, my skin always feels great afterwards and I like the feels of it as it dries. I've also probably used it 4 times since I bought it 6 months ago so it will last me for absolutely ages!
I've definitely had better masks in terms of what it does for my skin, though it does leave it feeling soft and supple. However, I really enjoy the process of applying and peeling off this mask and it does overall create less hassle as you don't need to wash anything off (this is always my least favourite part).
I paid £10 for mine and having had a look online it tends to retail at around £20+. This is a pretty decent saving and for something that I'll probably never need to replace it really is an absolute steal.
Elizabeth Arden's Peel and Reveal comes in an elegant-looking maroon-coloured jar with a white lid, clipped to which is a little applicator brush. You are instructed to apply a thin layer with the brush and leave for 20-25 minutes, then peel off from the jaw upwards. The product claims to reveal tighter and more radiant skin after this treatment and recommends use once or twice a week.
The first time I used Peel and Reveal I followed the instructions to the letter, using the brush supplied to apply the product. However, I found this to be quite fiddly as the mask is a very thick, jelly-like substance which is pretty viscous. It was hard to get any to stick to the brush and even harder to transfer it from the brush to my face! So, since then I've been using my fingers to apply the product and found this much easier as it's sometimes necessary to grab and pull it out of the jar! This way it also seemed easier to control how thickly I applied it, bearing in mind the jar instructs you to apply a 'thin, even layer'.
Once the product is on, it begins drying, although not in the same way as other masks I've used (clay ones, generally, where you start shedding dry powder everywhere, particularly if you try and talk while it's drying!) - it is not an unpleasant sensation, but you can feel it drying and tightening. You can tell when it's dry enough, as it no longer looks like you have jelly all over you! (No, now you are sporting dried jelly! It's not too attractive but it is worth it!! You probably won't want to answer the door with the mask on though!) I leave it for 20-25 minutes, like the instructions say, and then it's time for the fun part - peeling!
It must be the child in me but I find peeling off the mask strangely satisfying... starting from your jaw, you get hold of the dry film and gently pull upwards until it's all come off, rinsing any residue with warm water.
Personally, I find this product fantastic and it's definitely my favourite face-mask. My skin really does look "glowy" and - dare I say it - radiant afterwards and my pores definitely seem tighter and less obvious. This is what I'm after as my main skin concerns are oiliness and blocked pores. I'm not sure that the long-term result is noticeable but it certainly makes me feel good about my skin after using it, and it makes me feel like I'm pampering myself and doing something to care for my face.
The only drawbacks are that it's not cheap - the price depends on where you buy it, although it generally seems to be round the £30-mark for 50 mls... and that it doesn't seem to be available on Elizabeth Arden's UK website so I'm not sure if that means they've discontinued it. I really hope not! But it's available from beauty stockists such as hqhair.com and lookfantastic.com.
I hope this is useful and thanks for reading.