Product Type: Eve Lom body care
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Rescue Me From This Price
Eve Lom Rescue Masque
Member Name: luxuryliner
Eve Lom Rescue Masque
Advantages: Really works - my face was visibly brighter and some blemishes had reduced.
Disadvantages: The price and some of the dubious ingredients.
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!
Summary: A great product but a really extortionate price - there's no need to pay this much!