“ Brand: Lush / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes, „
For those of you who regularly read my reviews, you will know what a huge fan I am of Lush products. I literally cannot get enough of them and if I only had to ask for one thing every Christmas, it would be something from their store. Sometimes I buy Lush products as a treat but more often than not I go in looking for a product that will solve a particular problem. In this case, I had wandered in to find a fresh face mask that would resolve my stress-related skin problems. I also just happened to have 5 cleaned out Lush tubs from other products which meant that I got this mask for free!! The actual price for Catastrophe Cosmetic is £5.95. This price might sound steep but I managed to get 4 or 5 (can't remember exactly) masks out of one tiny little pot and this was with a generous layer of product, so evened out over cost per use I think it is pretty good considering it is also freshly made using fresh ingredients. There are some rather random ingredients in this mask, for example Irish moss, not something I would have ever attributed to good skin. There were plenty of fresh blueberries in my little tub, a super food that I eat frequently as they are an anti-oxidant which also benefits your skin as well as your insides. There is also rose absolute and chamomile which are said to reduce redness and irritation. Rose absolute was also used in a toner that I previously purchased from Lush and it definitely helped to reduce the visibility of my spots. I have such a pale complexion that they already look really red as it stands, so I really do need all the help I can get. I applied the mask after I had cleansed on an evening. The mask has to be stored in the fridge, so it was lovely and cool when I applied it. Texture wise it is very thick and mud-mask like, so I didn't feel cheated by the quality of the product, yet it went a long way at the same time. I did not expect to get at least 4 masks out of such a small tub. It looked and smelled like a tasty little super food dessert! I sat with it on for about 10 minutes - anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes is fine - then I washed it off with a cleansing cloth and warm water. It came off pretty easily and as soon as I had dabbed my skin dry it felt instantly smoother than before. Obviously I did not notice any drastic change in my skin straight away - it's a face mask not a miracle cream after all! I then toned and moisturised as normal. The next morning, I had noticed that the spots did look less red and more "contained". There didn't appear to be any additional skin breakout over the next few days and my skin did look calmer. I used this face mask twice a week during the first week then once a week after that. The Lush advisor recommended keeping the face mask in the fridge for 3 weeks maximum as the product would be past its best after that. I definitely kept it for at least 3 weeks, maybe an extra week (I lose track of time easily). Catastrophe Cosmetic was packed with gorgeous blueberries and lots of other fresh and effective ingredients that helped bring my skin situation under control. It did not clear my skin completely, but I did not expect this and bought it merely to calm my skin down. After the first 2 applications, I saw a notable difference but continued with it until the pot was finished. Almost £6 for a face mask might seem a bit steep, but for several applications and visible skin improvement, I would recommend it for that alone. Catastrophe Cosmetic suits troubled skin the most, but there are several options available depending on the problems that you are experiencing with your skin so I would highly recommend asking a Lush advisor to help you choose the best one for your skin. What did I get from this face mask? Several luxurious face mask sessions that improved the general condition of my skin. It felt lovely, smelled gorgeous and it was packed with fresh blueberries which reassured me it was well worth the money. It calmed my skin down on the whole and as a result I felt more relaxed about my appearance, meaning any further impact on my skin was minimised. I would definitely buy this mask again. I have actually tried to purchase it twice since I finished it but it has been sold out at my local store, so I am guessing everyone else has discovered how effective it is, shame!
I have used the Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask on a number of occasions, the first time being when I was in the United States and I was surprised to be able to find the same product here because I have had problems finding Lush products that are available in the US being available here. A tub of Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask currently costs £5.95 in my local Lush store. Each tub contains 75g of the product and there is enough there for about four face masks and so I think that £5.95 is an okay price as this works out to be about £1.48 per face mask - which seems about a standard price. The Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask comes in unexciting packaging (like all Lush products) and so it's just in a black plastic tub. It is best to keep the tub in the fridge between uses because the product is made of natural and fresh products and so it seems to last longer if it is kept in the fridge as I find it does have a tendency to dry out quickly if it is kept at room temperature. The face mask is a purpley-blue colour as the main ingredient is blueberries and it's actually possible to see little bits of blueberries in the product - which gives the face mask a natural and fresh feel to it. The blueberries have lots of vitamins and minerals in it which help to feed the skin and make it healthier. There are also various oils in the face mask (almond oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, and Sweet Wild Orange Oil) which are there for moisturising the skin. There is also irish moss gel, calamine and talc, which are there to sooth and soften the skin. Using the mask is easy and simply involves spreading the face mask on my face and neck. It is okay to spread this face mask quite thinly as the thickness applied doesn't really seem to have any difference. I tend to leave the mask on for about 15 minutes. The mask does dry out quickly once it is on my face, and so any smiling or frowning will make the mask crack and flake - although again this doesn't seem to diminish the effects of the mask. However, I do feel that once the mask dries it feels quite uncomfortable and it actually makes me feel a little claustrophobic and I can't wait to remove it at the end of the 15 minutes. The face mask removes easily. I use a damp flannel and then just wipe all of the face mask off of my face and then rinse it will cool water. The effects of the face mask are immediate, which is why I like the face mask so much. Basically my skin always looks healthier and more hydrated, and there is a nice healthy glow to my skin that wasn't there before. I find these effects last about 4 -5 days. On the whole I will put on the mask about once a week and this tends to keep my skin looking healthy and blemish free. I always put on a good moisturiser once I remove the mask and this seems to improve the overall effects. I do find that initially after removing the mask my face feels quite flushed for about 30 minutes - and I don't really know the reason for this, but it only lasts 30 minutes and then it diminishes quickly. Overall, I would recommend the Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask to anyone. It simply does what it is designed to do.
As a general rule my face is relatively spot free. I tend to go a few months completely spot free and then, every once in a while, I'll get four or five pop up at the same time. Typically I get those bright red spots that come up from under the skin that cannot be popped or squeezed so, short of plastering them in concealer, there's nothing I can do to distract attention from them. I was in the middle of one of those spotty phases when I was last browsing my local Lush store. I'd intended to pick up a few bath ballistics and ended up returning with this Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask as well. This face mask is described as a 'deep cleansing' face mask which should be used to maintain clean and clear skin. The mask isn't designed to get rid of spots already there but rather to prevent them from popping up in the future. This sounded pretty good to me. I'd much rather be spending money on products that prevent spots than products that get rid of them. The face mask comes in a little black recycled plastic pot, clean out five of these pots and take them to your local Lush store and you'll get a fresh face mask for free! Otherwise this will cost you £5.95 for the 75g of face mask. Personally, I don't find this price to be too bad, I managed to get seven uses out of my pot which works out at just over £1 per use. That's about the going rate for a single use face mask in the supermarkets and I don't find them to be anywhere near as high quality as this one. The screw on lid of this pot contains the Lush logo, product name and little description which states this face mask if 'your best mate in a pot'. There's also a little 'V' symbol on the side showing that this face mask is suitable for vegans and, as with all Lush products, this hasn't been tested on animals. The main ingredient in this face mask is fresh blueberries. These not only give the face mask it's blue colour and sweet, fruity scent but are also an antioxidant and thriving in vitamins and minerals, exactly what you need for a clear and healthy looking complexion. Almond oil is used to moisturise and Irish mosh gel softens the skin. To reduce redness of any current spots and blemishes there's chamomile essential oil and rose absolute and, to finish, a mixture of calamine and talc sooth the skin and provide it with that 'deep cleanse' promised by this product. As with all fresh face masks from Lush this one is preservative free so must be kept in the fridge. When I bought my face mask I didn't anticipate just how long I would be out shopping thus mine was left out of the fridge for about four and a half hours. I got home to find my face mask had separated somewhat. There was a layer of liquid covering the more the solid part of the mask and I thought I'd ruined it before I'd even used it. I mixed it all back up and set in the fridge again over night and, thankfully, it was fine again the following evening so all hope isn't lost if you do the same thing! Although in future I'll definitely be making sure my face mask is the last thing I buy when out shopping and recommend anyone else buying one does the same thing. I love applying this face mask. It's a pale shade of blue with bits of blueberry mixed up in it and has a very subtle but nice and fresh blueberry scent to it. I find the scent to be very relaxing and because the face mask has been in the fridge the cool temperature of this on my skin is very soothing. That's probably the thing I love most about Lush's fresh face masks actually! It's easy to apply and completely mess free. I just dip my fingers in the pot and run them across my face and the mask transfers to my face easily and quickly. I find I only really need a thin layer to get the full effects of this too. Applying the face mask takes about two minutes and then I'm free to relax for ten minutes whilst this works its magic on my skin. The mask is a clay one and dries really quickly, it only takes about a minute and half to dry completely. I do have a few issues with this once it has dried though. Firstly, I find this makes my skin feel quite tight and itchy although this is something I experience with all clay face masks and not just this one. I'm just not a massive fan of this type of mask in general. Secondly, this crumbles off my face once dried an awful lot. I have to sit there imaging I've had botox almost. Any facial expression will cause this to flake off immediately and it's these bits of blueberries which are the worse for it. By the time I get to actually washing this off there's no blueberry bits left on my face, they're scattered around my house instead! Thankfully these bits of flaked off face mask do not stain. I've had them on clothes, the sofa and even my laptop keyboard and the initial marks left by them come of really easily. Wiping down my fabric sofa with a damp cloth does the trick and washing my clothes gets the marks out first time. So, whilst this isn't a massive worry, I'd still prefer it if wasn't so messy! It's quite hard to relax when you're concentrating so hard and not creating any lines in your face and who wants to clean their house when they're trying to pamper themselves!? When I do actually want the face mask to come off this is easily achieved. I just wet my face cloth and rub it over my face. Taking it off takes even less time than putting it on and doesn't require constant scrubbing. I then just have to give my face cloth a quick rinse under the tap and all of the mask is taken out of it so it doesn't ruin or stain this either. The face mask does have pleasing results. My face instantly feels smoother, softer and more supple. It doesn't really have any skin brightening effects which is a shame as this is one of the main things I look for in a skincare product, but it does reduce the redness of my spots quite a bit and makes my skin look healthier and clearer. I do believe this mask is playing an active part in keeping my skin clear too. Once I'd managed to clear up those spots I had at the time my skin has been left even clearer than usual since I've been regularly using this. I've definitely noticed an improvement in my skins condition. All of the changes it has made are quite subtle and it's hard to pinpoint exactly what improvements this has made but my skin just looks healthier. I do have extremely sensitive skin on my face and have experienced no reactions to this face mask whatsoever which is obviously a massive bonus and I feel confident in saying this mask is safe for sensitive skin. The vast majority of the ingredients in this mask are completely natural so unless you're allergic to a specific ingredient included in this then I can't see what there is for your skin to react with anyway. I can't say the fresh scent of this mask particularly lingers but I don't mind that so much, it seems to do as it claims and that's the most important thing (and quite a rare thing to find too)! All in all, a recommended face mask. Used regularly this really does make an improvement in the skins condition and if you are prone to spot outbreaks then I think this would do wonders for you.
Catastrophe Cosmetic is just one of the Fresh Face Masks made and sold by Lush. I regularly use the face masks from Lush and I tend to chop and change between the few they have on offer depending on what my face needs on that particular day. Each Fresh Face mask caters to different needs. As I wear make up 5 days out of 7, I occassionally get the odd spot or two. And when I say spot, I mean something that could rival a witches wart! They are huge. When I popped into Lush and explained my dilemma, the sales assistant said to me it was because the make up I used was blocking my pores and I needed something to cleanse my face. And that was when she recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic to me. For £5.75 you get 75g of product in a little black tub. If you collect 5 of the black tubs you can take them back to Lush (provided you have cleaned them!) and they will give you a Fresh Face Mask for free. The Fresh Face Masks contain no preservatives so you have to store them in the fridge and use them before they best before date. You usually have 3-4 weeks to use them. If you don't think you are going to get through a pot you can stick it in the freezer and it will be just fine when thawed. Catastrophe Cosmetic is made from fresh blueberries as they contain antioxidents and vitamins which are good for your skin. As you apply the face mask you will find little bits of blueberry which do feel really nice on the skin! It also contains rose absolute and chamomile essential oil to reduce redness and irritation caused by spots. The mask is a purple/grey colour. It is very easy to apply - you just take it out of the fridge, scoop a little bit on your fingertips and apply a thick and generous amount all over your face. You can feel it set on your face but it doesn't affect what you are doing though little bits do tend to drop off so it is probably best to do it in the bath. I leave my masks on for 15-20 minutes. You then easily remove it with warm water. I absolutely love Catastrophe Cosmetic. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and it really does reduce the redness of spots. I always find my spots to have shrunk or completely gone the dy after using this. The blueberries leave a lovely subtle scent on your skin which is very nice. Highly recommended
This face mask from Lush is designed to be part of your regular facial routine to deep clean and prevent spots returning. Lush claim it to be your best mate in a tub! It costs £5.75 ofr a 75g tub that claims to last around 5 applications The mask is part of Lush's Fresh Face Mask range so has to be kept in the fridge to keep it in tip top condition. As it is full of fresh ingredients it also has a 1 month use by date. As with the other fresh face masks, the Cosmetic Warrior is sold in 75g pots. The pots are black plastic with white writing. They are quite sturdy bots with a black plastic screw on lid. The pots are basic but do not look cheap and nasty. They look simple and stylish and are strong enough to be re-used. If you return 5 clean empty pots to Lush they will also give you a free face mask in return. The Catastrophe Cosmetic contains a whole host of fresh wholesome ingredients including:- Irish Moss Gel Fresh Blueberries Almond Oil Rose Absolute Chamomile Blue Oil Sweet Wild Orange Oil Calamine Powder Talc Each ingredient has its own job to do in the mask and I like the idea of the mask being natural. There is the Rose absolute and chamomile oil to reduce any redness, inflammation of irritation. Lush then add Talc and Calamine to soothe skin as the mask deep clean. Then there is the 2 main ingredients of Irish Sea Gel are there to soften your skin and fresh blueberries. The blueberries are fresh and add essential vitamins and minerals to your skin. They also act as an antioxidant. The mask is a grey/purple colour which comes from the blueberries and you can really smell both the blueberries and Calamine. I couldn't really pick up on the Rose Absolute, and wasn't sure how the Irish Sea gel would smell. However, the fragrance is nice and fresh and quite light. The mask is runnier than other lush masks I have tried like the Cosmetic Warrior, and mine seemed to have a bit of water sitting on top of the mask, whether this was just mine I am not sure. Lush instruct you to apply a generous layer to the skin for 5-10 minutes. It spreads over your face easily and feels instantly cooling - probably partly due to the fact it is always just out of the fridge! The pot says it will give around 5 masks, but I have managed to 10 out of my first tub and 12 out of my second tub. As the mask is a thinner consistency if you apply a very thick layer it does tend to run a little so I have begun to apply a light layer over my face and just being more generous on my problem areas - chin and forehead. The lighter the layer you apply the quicker the mask dries out and I have found that with this mask 5 minutes is enough. The fact that I use a lot less than recommended may be the reason my tubs last so much longer but it does mean the masks are better value. After the 5-10 minutes I then wash off with warm water and a flannel. It comes off easily and you don't have to do too much scrubbing. Lush claim that the mask will give skin "good deep cleanse without causing puffiness - leaving the face cool, clear and calm". So when I washed the mask off the first time I was expecting some good results. However after the first use my skin didn't look much different. It felt very clean but also very tight. With other masks form Lush my skin had always felt nourished afterwards but with this I felt I needed lots of moisturiser. The next morning my skin had lost the tight feeling and the 2 spots I had didn't look as angry and red so I was quite pleased. This made me persist with the mask, as anything that helps my spots is a bonus. I began using the mask once a week, using my love lettuce and warrior mask once each in the week. I found with regular use the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask seemed to improve in results. As I continued using it, my skin felt less and less tight and more nourished after use. I do still need a good moisturiser afterwards but the tight feeling seems to have gone. Whenever I use it my spots get lighter even within a few hours after use. They look less angry and soothed so the mask defiantly works on this problem area. My sin does always fell very clean after use as well. The Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask is designed to be used regularly to "keep the skin clean and clear". I can't really see that with regular use it has stopped any spots forming but it does help in their appearance and keep skin clean. It is a nice mask to use but after giving it around 3 months to see the benefits I do prefer the other Lush masks to help my problem skin.
What a face mask this is!! The face masks from Lush are not exactly cheap - this mask retails for about £5.75. I tend to find that if I use the product sensibly then I can get about 3 masks out of the pot which makes the higher price a bit more worth it. This mask smells amazing, lovely blueberries which are a natural antioxidant along with rose absolute and chamomile essential oils this mask is so good for your skin. It will moisturise calm and cleanse your skin. It's a lovely blue/purple colour with real bit of blueberry in. Simply apply to your face and leave on for about 15 minutes. The mask will actually deep cleanses your skin and I find this mask particularly good during winter months, particularly when i'm getting over a cold and my skin is in particularly poor condition. I also love the lingering smell of blueberries after I use it. One thing I should mention though is that this face mask really needs to be kept in the fridge and unless used up within about a week you might find it dries up. All in all, if you try only one face mask from Lush, make this the one you try. It's also worth mentioning that if you have 5 empty pots from Lush, if you clean them and take them back you can get a free face mask! The pots are also really good because all the labels come off and you can re-use them to decant other products you might want to take on trips and things.
I received this face mask as a freebie. It was free as I returned my five black pots back to Lush. The mask is a light purple colour and it smells quite fresh and fruity. The colour is nice and the smell of the mask is lovely. It's quite a subtle scent, it's certainly not overpowering or anything. I find the mask easy enough to apply, although sometimes it can drop off your face, ending up on your floor! The mask is best used fresh as it tends to dry up quickly. Also, it needs to be stored in the fridge at all times due to the fresh ingredients used in the mask. The scent of the mask lingers on your skin for a short while after washing off. Washing the mask off is easy enough, although I would suggest washing it off with warm water as cold water doesn't seem to wash it off all that well. After use my skin feels so much softer and smoother and it looks a lot brighter too. This mask brightens up my dull winter skin to leave it glowing and looking much more radiant. I love it! You will get around five or six masks out of the 75g pot. I use mine every three or four days until the mask has all beed used. I would recommend using it more often for dull and/ or tired skin. The blueberries in the mask can sometimes fall off your face so be careful where you sit when the mask is drying!
I have suffered from teenage problem skin throughout my teenage years and into my adulthood. As anyone with bad skin will tell you this makes you an easy target for any product aimed at clearing problem skin and for so many years now I have been approaching every such product with a sense of 'maybe this will be the one!' (my skin has since cleared up and ironically this wasn't linked to any particular product moreover to better general health - and now I'm thinking of all the pennies spent down the years on 'miracle' products - sob!!!) But hey ho...anyway, it was with this in mind that I was drawn to the face mask counter in lush and picked out this face mask mainly because of the lovely purple colour from the lavender in it. It was £5.25 but was assured I would get 4 masks out of it (which was true) so I thought it was quite good value for money bearing in mind the ingredients etc are supposed to be fresh and the products handmade. I am lushes biggest fan I love the smells and the black packaging and the whole ethos is very appealing when you keep reading in magazines that chemicals are so bad for you etc etc etc. This face mask was no exception to that ethos - the ingredients are by and large natural, The facemask is far more 'solid' than you would expect and, without making it sound really unappealing, I would liken the texture to cement or similar! It has pieces of lavender in it so is not smooth in texture. It is easy to apply though, and quite quickly dries solid. Washing it off is a nightmare - expect your whole sink area to be covered in purple goo, and it really is stubborn to actually get off your face. When my face dried, my skin was soft but this lasted for abotu ten minutes after which time I felt the same as I did before. I used the mask 5 times over the next couple of weeks but it didn't have any lasting positive effects on my skin. My minor problem with it is is that I perhaps don't take Lush seriously enough, and I know many of my friends don't either. We buy things from there such as facemasks and bath bombs etc for treats/luxuries, or for presents for people. However, as products which we use on a day to day basis, I think perhaps the nearest I get is a Lush lip balm. I'm not really sure why this is, and I don't think it's down to the cost of the products as many of my friends and I will happily buy expensive skincare ranges from higher end brands. Perhaps people just don't put faith in 'natural' brands, or try them for long enough to see results. Personally, as enjoyable an experience as using this facemask was, my skin didn't improve or even slightly change and in this sense the product can't really warrant a high rating. However with many lush products I can't help feeling that it's more about the whole experience and what you're buying into that the actual practicalities of the product? I don't know..I'm on the fence, I just know that the product itself doesn't really do anything except smell nice.
Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic fresh face mask Right now I have my 5 black pots all washed and clean ready for a trip into my favourite Lush shop in derby in order to select my FREE face pack. In case anyone isn't aware of this wonderful eco idea. Lush will exchange any 5 of their black plastic pots that you bring back washed and clean for one of their fresh face packs. Over the years I have tried most of them but this time I thought I'd have the 'Catastrophie Cosmetic' one. The price of this face pack is usually £5.25 for 75g so I am always quite delighted to get any of these fresh face packs as a freebie. This may seem quite a lot to pay but I always get at least 5 uses from any of the packs so it isn't too bad and compares with most other face packs I have used and this is made from yummy fresh ingredients. Ingredients: Calamine Powder, Talc, Irish Moss Gel , Fresh Blueberries , Glycerine, Almond Oil , Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil , Sweet Wild Orange Oil , *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 18050, *Occurs naturally in essential oils Lush say "This classic mask was created for those who think that the world is ending when they get a spot. The antioxidant blueberries, cleansing talc and soothing calamine stop spots before they become a problem. Calamine powder reduces the redness of growing spots." Lush advise you to: 1. Put your mask on when your face is clean and don't get it too near your eyes. 2. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 3. Rinse off with warm water. You can usually get 3-4 uses per pot - just make sure you keep them in the fridge. The Packing: This comes in a small recyclable black pot with the name on tthe top in white and underneath is; "When disaster looms, Catastophe Cosmetic calms and cleanses the skin" After this in smaller white print you have the ingredients and underneath on the bottom is the sticker to tell me who made my mask, Kamila in this case and when I should use it by 14/03/2011. I bought it in February on about the 14th so you get about a month before you should use it. Having said that I have never had one go mouldy on me and have kept others for at least 6 weeks and at least a month beyond the use by date. I have also frozen one before as I was given it in the shop just prior to going away one time so I shoved it in the freezer and hoped for the best. It was fine. How I use it I have used it twice now and found it very easy to apply as it is one of the smoother pastes. It looks a bit like a blueberry desert as it is a lovely purple colour. Sometimes I have found bigger lumps of the fruit but this one only had blended fruit which made it easier to apply. I put it on reasonably thinly as I feel that there is no extra benefit from a thick application. I usually take the opportunity to have a bit of a relax at this stage and either pop into my bath or lie of my bed with my feet up. Lush recommend leaving it for 5 to 10 minutes but I have left it as long as 20 before (my book was really exciting that I was reading on the bed) and didn't have any negative effects. Washing off is always a bit of a trial as it does stick in places around my hairline. I usually use warm water and a facecloth until I feel I have it all off then I use a toner to seal my pores and finish off with a moisturiser. How does your face feel after using it? Often after using a face pack my skin feels tight and rather dry but this one has some lovely calming oils in the ingredients and I found that my face was not at all tight or dry. It felt clean and smooth and moisturised too which was nice. It calmed my skin too as I have a strange rash on my neck at the moment and it seemed to calm that too which was a bonus. I just put a little on that area to see if it helped as blueberries are supposed to have healing properties in their anti oxidants. Now you don't buy a facemask for its smell but despite saying that I do really like the smell of this mask. It has a definite sweet smell and I can also pick out the rose absolute and orange oil too. It is fresh fruity and sweet smelling and has the consistency of a thick paste. I can recommend this for all skin types as I am of mature years and it suits me fine but my daughter has also used it and she has much more oily skin and it was good for her too. It leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and also helps to clear up any minor blemishes and spots too. I wouldn't say it clears up spots if you have really bad skin but does help calm irritated red places if you are having a minor problem. Would you recommend this and buy it again? Yes without a doubt it is one of my favourite fresh face packs from Lush. It is suitable for most skins and leaves my face feeling lovely and soft and freshened. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday