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Eve Lom is a brand that has always been waaaaay out of my price range, but even more so now that I'm desperately trying to save money, so I had mixed feelings when I received a generous sample tube of the productto try. On the one hand I was excited to try a brand I could never normally afford, but on the other I was hoping it wouldn't be great and make me want to buy it! This mask costs £35 for 50ml or £55 for 100ml.
The mask comes in a white plastic tube (or a pot for the larger size) with a screw off lid. It's quite a simple, plain design which I don't personally feel reflects the high price tag, but it does the job.
The mask is a pale browny colour with a slight green tinge. You need to be sure to shake the tube before using it to mix it up or it separates and comes out all watery. Once you've shaken it up though, it comes out as a fairly thin clay mask texture, but it's really lumpy which makes it seem thicker in places. It also has little blue bits in it. It has a herbal type scent to it which is not too strong and I don't really notice it when I'm using the mask.
To use it you need to apply an even layer to the whole face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before removing it using upwards strokes, then rinsing away any residue. I mostly find it easy to get a nice thin, even layer, though the lumps and bits in it are not remotely evenly distributed so sometimes I do end up with areas that are much thicker than others.
As soon as I apply the mask it begins to tingle and when I first used it I was a little worried that I would react to it, but it's actually fine and doesn't get uncomfortable at all. The mask starts to dry pretty quick and I can feel it tightening, though again it's not uncomfortable. After leaving it on for 20 minutes the mask is easy to remove, it simply comes away in little bits as I rub it with my fingers, then all that's left is a slight powdery residue which is easily rinsed away.
After using the mask my skin does feel really soft and smooth and has a little glow about it. I also feel like it refines my pores and makes them less noticeable, particularly around my nose. I've also used it on a couple of occasions when I've had big spots coming and it's soothed them and calmed the redness and made them a lot less noticeable too.
Overall I do think this is a good mask, it definitely has a positive impact on my skin, but I'm not sure I'd pay £35 or more for it.
I like a good face mask and am a long-standing devotee of the mud mask from the Dead Sea Spa Magik range, but when I was handed four free samples of the Eve Lom Rescue Mask by the enthusiastically over-generous lady at the Eve Lom counter in Liberty (along with a whole host of other free goodies) I thought I could probably be persuaded to give it a try!
So who or what is Eve Lom? It's a skincare range developed by a woman called - surprise, surprise - Eve Lom, a Czech facialist who opened a salon in London in 1984 and has been the queen of skincare pretty much ever since developing her cult product, a wax cleanser which you scrub off with a hot cloth.
This product, the Rescue Mask, is much-lauded, part of the InStyle Hall of Fame (for beauty products I imagine) and is supposed to be the "ultimate deep cleansing treatment mask" (according, of course, to the Eve Lom website), as it "clears congested skin, enhances the overall skin condition and boost complexion". As with all beauty products and the surrounding marketing-speak, I always think it's worth taking all this guff with a pinch of salt.
Some of the ingredients in the Rescue Mask are quite nice, though: the base is kaolin clay, which has been used to absorb oil and treat skin for hundreds of years; it's got camphor to decongest and give a boost, plus almond extract and ground almonds to reduce redness and exfoliate. It's not totally good news, though - there are still plenty of chemicals in there too, a great long list of names such as "methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben" which frankly doesn't look all that nice or natural to me.
As I've said, I was given four sachets of the mask, but I saw both sizes of full-size product so can comment on both the freebies and the actual things. The sachets are standard sized and white with the gold Eve Lom name on the front: I'm a great fan of the packaging as they're so classy-looking. The 50ml tube is white, quite thin and with the Eve Lom name in gold horizontally down it; the 100ml jar is round, white with Eve Lom written around the side of the jar - it also comes with a spatula for more hygienic application. All look great and have clearly been designed to add a bit of gravitas to your bathroom counter.
If you have sachets, I recommend snipping them open rather than ripping them, as they're plastic lined and the mask is very thick, so it gets caught on the plastic and you lose some. The mask is matt white and speckled with little chunks of what looks like gravel and turns out to be almond meal. The overpowering smell is of camphor, and I must admit it's a bit strong on first whiff; it takes some time to get used to but once it's on it really is quite refreshing!
I squeezed out all the mask from the 4ml sachet (I'd kind of hoped to be able to save some for another go next week, but as it turned out 4ml was only just enough to cover my whole face) and spread it all over my face. It wasn't a generous coating but it was enough to cover up all my skin. I followed the instructions and left it for a good 20 minutes, during which time I felt it dry up completely - though I didn't notice any bits start to flake off as they sometimes do in other masks. Once it was dry and really tight-feeling, I did what it said on the packet and rubbed it off with a muslin cloth dipped in hot water. Eve Lom is really big on the muslin cloths, they're an essential part of the routine for removing the cleanser and I actually think they might be the best bit about it. Certainly they give a nice gentle exfoliation effect and got all the mask off effectively. Once I'd got all the mask off, I did as the packet said and splashed with cold water.
I can honestly say that Eve Lom Rescue Mask worked wonders on my tired, stressed and congested skin. I've just finished finals at uni and as such my skin looks awful: after rubbing the mask off I noticed a visible difference in brightness and how glowing my skin was. It also seemed to shrink some pesky lingering spots I've had for ages around my mouth, the next day they were visibly dryer and the day after that they were gone. It really was the most amazing results I've ever had with a face mask.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
A 50ml tube is a whopping £30, which the website states quite innocently as working out as £5.60 per 10ml. Should £30 seem too cheap to you, the Rescue Mask is also available in a monster 100ml jar for the princely sum of £70. You can buy this and all other Eve Lom products on the website (www.evelom.com) or at department stores with one of their counters - I know Selfridges and Liberty have Eve Lom products, as well as all Space NK stores. There's a full list on the Eve Lom website, just click on "Stores" and you can find out.
Well, it's a shame this is so expensive as I'd like to go out and buy the huge jar! It's got everything I like in a mask - it's zingy and refreshing, reassuringly rustic looking, smells very medicinal and above all works a treat on tired or slightly blemished skin. Admittedly my skin tends to be good, so I can't try it on real problem skin, but I can say that for mostly good skin which occasionally has off-days, this might be the wonder cure for those off days. However, it's prohibitively expensive and frankly out of most people's price range. Maybe I'd best wait till my birthday and see if someone lovely will buy me one!
The first thing I noticed about this mask is the smell - I think it's a mix of leaf mulch and Vics chest rub. The second thing I noticed is that you really have to shake it before you use it otherwise you just get a handful of water. (Somehow I keep forgetting this part!)
The texture is of a thin clay mask with lumpy bits - it's really not attractive or luxurious. It's pretty economical though as you only need a thin layer. Then again, at this price it needs to be!
From here on in though I have only good things to say. It really does seem to work on clearing the pores and brightening the skin. Like many women I get spotty from time to time and this treatment does seem to make a difference. I leave it on for about 20 minutes, roll it off, and my skin looks visibly brighter, and for the next few days open pores and spots seem to be diminished.
I'm not using the whole range at the moment (I did love the Eve Lom cleansing ritual, but since then I've discovered OCM - not a commercial product but there's plenty of information about it on the web if you're interested). Anyway, my point is that while this mask works well with the rest of the Eve Lom range, for me it works just as well with my 'off-brand' cleansing routine.
I opted to buy a travel pack of Eve Lom primarily so I could try the cleanser without forking out £50
This mask was part of the travel pack. I do like to try out masks when having a bath so was quite excited at trying something new.
So, got in the bath, reached for the tube & squashed out some mask; well out came some liquid. Ok so you really need to mix the tube up either by shaking or squeezing.
This mask seemed to deep clean my face and at the same time provide it with nourishment - quite an achievement really! Afterwards my skin did feel like it had had a mask on and it felt really quite nice & soft.
Unfortunately I only have the travel size so I don't have as many applications as I would like, that will be easily sorted by going out & buying the full sized tube though!
Full size this costs £28 for 30ml
I am always a bit hesitant about trying facail masks as they always make my skin sting and I have to wash them off immediately so I was not expecting a miracle from Eve Lom. The recue masque has a very strong smell so I was worried it would irritate my skin so I almost gritted my teeth upon application. I was pleasantly suprised, it did not sting or irritate. The clay like texture is easy to apply, it is quite a thick paste so it does not drip while applying. You need to leave the masque on for about 15-20 minutes and it does dry quickly and makes it hard to talk or smile. It is quite easy to get off, it kind of just flakes away. I was really happy with the results, I have a strange skin type, sometimes very oily with breakouts, sometimes it is dry and sensitive so I would guess this would be good on all skin types, it gave my skin a healthy looking glow to it and seemed to have help close up open pores around my nose and cheeks, giving me a more even skin tone. I wouldnt say it is a miracle product but I will definately be using it again, especially as I am prone to breakouts.
Eve Lom is my hero. The cleanser's great, the moisturiser's fine, and this is seriously good stuff. It's not drying, it's not irritating, but if it's 'the time of month' or thereabouts this is a spectacularly effective product. I find that using the range decreases the frequency, severity, and life of spots anyway, but this really is a Rescue mask, SOS style. Apply it evenly over the face, leave for 15-20 minutes, it will dry in parts but this is ok. Just don't leave it too long or you'll leave a little trail of white dust every time you smile or speak or yawn. Don't even think about eating if you're in the final drying stages of the mask. Stand over the sink (this is important for dry particles detailed above!) and roll product off with fingers, using an upwards motion. Rinse any residue with tepid water. The very act of rolling the product off upwards gives you a lovely glow, and any nasties really do disappear in a few days. I find that spots may get slightly more visible the day afterwards as the gunk comes to the surface, but they do fade quickly after this. Good product, highly recommended. Try it in the starter kit (22.50) if you're not convinced. It's quite pricey (19.50 for 45ml) and it can be tricky locating the range. It's available from (very) selected department stores and salons, and Space NK. You can get mail order from Space NK but there's a £4 p&p charge. I haven't tried the website (www.evelom.co.uk) but that might be worth a look.
I tried a sample of this facial mask, along with the famous Eve Lom cleanser. Both have recently been rated No. 1 in their categories by the 2glow.com website. The mask was a winner for me, the cleanser wasn't. It's easy to use, but does have a bit of menthol and eucalyptus--sensitive skins be careful! I leave it on for twenty minutes or so, then I use the muslin cloth the company makes to remove it (they don't mention this in the instructions, but it really makes my skin glow doing it this way). afterwards, I'm left with extremely smooth skin. Simple and straightforward--really easy.
An emergency mask which aims to treat blotchy skin and reduce irritated and erupted conditions