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Every so often I feel the need to go out and purchase something a little extravagant & pricey.
My preferred choice would be a nice spanking new pair of Jimmy Choos, buuut seeing as my budget won't quite stretch to that; I settled on picking up a new moisturising mask whilst in Boots - the shop kind, NOT the Choo kind unfortunately.
Yes, yes, I know it is not quite the same in comparison!
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I am generally quite a fan of Lancome products, and have always been of the opinion that although a little pricey, they have always appeared good quality.
Scouting round the Lancome counter, amongst the various lotions and potions, I spotted the 'Hydra Intense hydrating gel mask'.
_ _ _ _THE PRODUCT:
The packing is exactly that of the dooyoo picture; a pale blue squeezable tube with a twist-off lid.
The RRP is £29.50 for a 100ml tube, and can be found at most Lancome concession counters (in Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis etc).
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The product is a thick, sticky, white gel (which goes on clear when applied to the skin), with a flowery perfumed scent to it.
It is designed for occasional use (as most masks are), such as when your skin needs a good dose of moisturisation.
The brief instructions on the back of the tube tells you to "apply in a thick layer to dry skin. Leave for 5 minutes then remove the surplus product with a tissue (do not rinse). Avoid eye contours".
It also mentions that it is for 'normal to combination skin'.
_ _ _ _USAGE:
When actually using this, you will find that it is very thick, and does not appear to be absorbed into the skin the way a light moisturiser would.
Although it felt slightly odd applying a thick coating of this to my face, I found that I became used to it very quickly. It is not advisable to be TOO sparing with this, otherwise it will start to dry and tighten your skin whilst leaving in on to work.
Trial and error led me to find the right amount to use for my skin, but I certainly do not use so much that I have to remove largely excessive amounts of it, the way the instructions recommend.
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On application the gel is very refreshing, however, my skin can be sensitive at times. This means that if my skin is particularly dry when applying this, I find it can sometimes sting slightly, which obviously isn't particularly desirable!
I tend to get round this by waiting a couple of hours after showering before trying to apply this. This seems to avoid any stinging sensations or blotchy patches occurring.
Having left the mask on for a few minutes, I then blot any slight residue off with a tissue.
The problem with doing this is that because the gel is so sticky, it is quite easy to end up with tiny fibres of tissue becoming stuck to your face! Using cotton wool is obviously going to be a no-no, unless you are considering a career as an abominable snowman lookalike.
The best bet is to use an old flannel, which hopefully won't leave you feeling too fluffy!
_ _ _ _ RESULTS:
The end result for me is beautifully smooth and moisturised skin. I do have to emphasise that I was VERY impressed with the end result the first time that I used this, hence persisting with it.
After the mask had completely dried, my skin did have that (cliched I know, but true), baby-soft feel to it.
The perfume also left a pleasant scent on my skin that was not too overpowering.
_ _ _ _OVERALL:
Having had this for a while, I initially followed the usage instructions to the letter. However, as I was smothering my face with excess product, I couldn't help but think of how much I was wasting (especially when considering the price of it).
I did have to question whether you really need to use so much, or whether it is a sneaky way for Lancome to sell more of this!
This led me to try using less of the product per application (not needing to 'remove surplus'), and in doing so, I didn't feel in any way that it affected the results that I achieved.
I have mixed feelings over this product, as it definintely has both pros and cons.
Has lasted me a very long time
Is not really suitable for someone with sensitive skin (possibly due to the perfume)
Leaves you with a sticky face for a while (can be 20 or so minutes before it has been completely absorbed)!
I'd also say that although the product states that it is suitable for normal to combination skin, I find that it can occasionally bring me out in a few spots if used too regularly (there are no recommendations on how often to use it).
This leads me to wonder how suitable it'd actually be for anyone with slightly oily areas, or skin that becomes sensitive sporadically (as mine seems to)!
My personal suggestion would be to use it once or twice a week maximum for the best results.
All in all, I will continue to buy this regardless of the niggles I have with it.
I have yet to find an intense moisturiser or mask that works better than this.