Product Type: H & M body care
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Vanilla Fudge face mask
H & M Vanilla Fudge Self Warming Face Mask
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H & M Vanilla Fudge Self Warming Face Mask
Advantages: smells nice, cleansing, skin felt smoother
Disadvantages: not moisturising
I like to treat myself to a pampering session once a week where I will give myself a mini facial and manicure. I get through a lot of face masks, and this H&M Vanilla Fudge Self Warming Face Mask is the one I've used most recently. The H&M beauty range is available to buy exclusively from H&M, and can be found in their high street stores or online at www.hm.com/gb/. It costs 99p for a 15g sachet.
This item is described as a pore cleansing mask with Mediterranean clay and vanilla fruit extract for clearer skin. H&M say: "Rich Mediterranean Clay and Vanilla fruit extracts gently warms open pores and deep cleans; drawing out dirt and grime to leave skin beautifully radiant."
Recommended directions for use: Cleanse face and leave wet; apply evenly over face and neck, avoiding eyes and lips. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with water.
I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and this yummy Vanilla Fudge concoction sounded like a nice indulgent treat. To begin with, I made sure that all traces of make-up were fully removed and I then went about applying the mask. The packaging has a tear-off strip across the whole top section of the packet, which did make it a little tricky to handle as the mask was spilling out in a rather uncontrolled fashion.
The masque itself has a thick consistency, and I did find it a bit hard to spread evenly over my face. In fact, I did not even have enough to apply over my neck as I ended up with a thick layer of coverage on my face that was very sticky and hard to spread out. As I was putting the mask on the heat from my fingers against my face seemed to activate the heating properties of the face mask, and this felt quite hot to start with. It was quite a weird sensation, but thankfully did not last long as when the mask was fully applied and I stopped rubbing it over my skin, the temperature dropped and did not leave a particularly hot feeling for the rest of the time. The liquid did not seem to set at all, but it stayed in place well thanks to its thick texture.
The mask had a pale caramel colour which went well with the vanilla fudge theme, and it had a lovely sweet scent that smelled just like the real thing. The scent was not particularly strong but it was enjoyable when I was wearing the mask and was perfect for me as I love beauty products that smell of food, especially sweet things.
This should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. I left it on for the full 15 minutes and by this time the mask was still wet and sticky just like it was when I had first applied it. I was expecting it to be a real pain to clean off based on how thick and gloopy it was, but to my pleasant surprise it was actually incredibly quick and easy to wash away and did not take much effort at all. There was no excess mess created either, which was nice and my skin felt squeaky clean afterwards.
Afterwards I really noticed the benefits of the deep clean from the heating effect, which opens pores and draw out impurities to give a clearer appearance to skin. My skin certainly looked and felt crystal clear. In addition, my skin also felt lovely and smooth and was given a nice soft, smooth finish, almost as good as using an exfoliating product. The only downside is that the mask did not seem to be hydrating at all, and even with my combination type skin I did not notice any moisturising effects. In fact, my skin felt a little dried out afterwards and I made sure to apply my night cream to follow up from using the mask.
I usually buy Montagne Jeunesse single use face masks as they are a brand that I trust. I have used MJ's Fudge Sauna face masque and this is very similar to the H&M Vanilla Fudge mask I am reviewing here. To compare the two, I think they are quite similar but the H&M version was slightly better for me as it was less messy and easier to clean off. The MJ masque also left my skin feeling hot and uncomfortable, which was not a problem with the H&M mask. Overall, the results weren't perfect from either version, but this H&M mask did give a better experience all-round.
This face mask was nice to use and did leave my skin feeling cleansed and smoothed. However, I was disappointed that it did not provide any moisturising benefits. Overall, I would recommend this mask and think it's a reasonable product from H&M's beauty range. I would definitely consider purchasing from their beauty line again.
Summary: Vanilla Fudge face mask