Product Type: Lush body care
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Designed to calm those Catastrophe
Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask
Member Name: sammy00
Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask
Advantages: Smell and looks nice, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Calms current spots but doesn't stop them returning
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
Chamomile Blue Oil
Sweet Wild Orange Oil
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.
Summary: A nice mask, but not one of my favourites from Lush