* Prices may differ from that shown
Many years ago at a sleepover, me and my friend used the Lush cupcake fresh face mask. I recently decided to repurchase this when I went back into the shop for the first time in years. The product in itself is exactly the same as when I had purchased it over 8 years ago, however the packaging has change slightly. The lid used to just be cardboard that you would pull off (like the Ben & Jerry's ice cream) however they have now changed it to a thin plastic screw on lid which I much prefer. The packaging states that the product is for oily teenage skin and helps to absorb any excess oil and calm breakouts.
I started by spreading a thick layer of the mask over my face evenly. The texture is smooth however there is a very fine grit within it as well which I liked as it gave a mini exfoliation when washing off. I also really liked the smell of it - it is named cupcake however I think that it smelt like a very dark chocolate - not too strong.
After leaving the mask on for ten minutes, I washed it off gently with warm water and my hands. I dampened my face and then rubbed it off in a circle motion. This did take a bit of time to get it all off however that is the case with most face masks. As it is quite a dark colour, it can also be quite messy so if you do decide to use it, make sure you don't use any pale or white towels.
Overall I really like this product and I will definitely be repurchasing. It really left my skin feeling smooth and fresh. It is quite a small container however you get at least 6 face masks out of it even though you can spread it quite thickly. It retails at around £5.95.
~ Why I Bought It ~
I was given a Lush gift card last Christmas and one of the products that I bought with it was the Lush cupcake face mask. I had been wanting to try this for so long, but the price really put me off!
~ Price ~
A 75 gram pot of this face mask costs £5.95. This might not seem that expensive to some people, but considering that I usually use the cheap £1 face masks it seemed really over priced to me. It actually worked out to be really good value though as I got around six uses out of my pot of it.
~ My Opinion ~
I have heard a lot of good things about this face mask over the years and although I really wanted to try it I didn't want to spend nearly £6 on a face mask when I knew there were cheaper options. I finally bought it when I had a gift card and I'm glad that I did as my curiosity was satisfied. To be honest I don't think that I will buy it again because I didn't really see a big enough result, and it isn't really what I was expecting.
The face mask comes in a small, round, black plastic pot. The face mask itself is a slightly unappealing shade of brown and it has a very thick, mud-like consistency with a slightly lumpy texture. It also has a slightly greasy, wet feel to it which I wasn't too keen on, and I found the overall texture of it a little strange.
Because I read a few reviews before I bought this face mask, I was expecting it to smell delicious - like chocolate brownies or something, but it is actually horrible! I was really put off by the smell and so confused because I'd heard that it smelt like chocolate. The smell is strong, minty scent which has a really bitter under tone to it. It became a bit more bearable after a few uses but it definitely isn't a nice smell in my opinion.
When I first used the face mask I was confused - should I use the whole pot? Should I use half? In the end I just used enough to cover my face and applied it as thinly as possible as it glooped up and felt heavy on my skin otherwise, and all in all I got around six uses out of it. The face mask was quite hard to spread over my skin as it felt like as soon as I put on my skin like it kind of just stuck to it (if that makes sense).
The face mask dries quickly and each time I used it I would leave it on for at least ten minutes. Then I'd just wash it off with warm water and surprisingly it wasn't too hard or messy to remove. After using the face mask my skin always felt soft and smooth but no more so than any of my cheaper face masks. My skin didn't feel moisturised after using the mask, but it didn't feel dry either. I also didn't see any improvement in my skin (didn't look clearer/brighter) however at least it never irritated it and it never made me break out.
~ All in All ~
This is quite a basic face mask and not what I was expecting. I like the fact that the ingredients are mainly natural and that non of the ingredients have been tested on animals but I don't think I'll ever buy it again. This is mainly because I don't like the smell but also because I didn't see any improvement in my skin other than it feeling smooth and soft. It is quite good value considering that I got six uses out of it though so it isn't as expensive as it initially seems.
I am usually really careful about what I put on my skin because it is fairly sensitive and prone to getting spots. I know that when I eat chocolate (which is all the time) my skin gets worse so a chocolate face mask is probably the worst thing that I could put on my face... but on a recent trip to Lush, I smelt the Cupcake Fresh Face Mask and I knew I had to have it.
What does the product do?
The mask has been designed to moisturise the skin, while absorbing the excess oils from the face and cleansing it. It also promises to tone the skin, while also nourishing and softening the face and it claims to do all this using natural ingredients such as Cocoa Butter, Linseed and Mint. Rhassoul Mud is included to cleanse the skin. It has been designed for those with younger skin (which mine is not!) and those who are new to face masks.
How do you use the product?
You need to apply the product to your cleansed face, so that the ingredients can really get to work. You need to spread the mask onto your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. You don't need to apply too much as the product is quite thick. You then need to leave the mask to get to work on your skin for around ten minutes and then I remove the product with a damp flannel to get the large majority of it off and then I rinse away the rest with cold water. You can then apply your moisturiser and make up in the usual way. It can be used once or twice a week.
Packaging and Price
The mask is contained within a black tub which is common with Lush. There's no decoration on the pot other than the name and some extra information on the pot in white writing. The product will cost you around £5 for 75 grams of the mask and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website.
Aroma and Consistency
This was the main selling point for me as I am a complete chocoholic. It is the most deliciously sweet chocolate cupcake smell that I have ever smelt and it almost better than the real thing! It is gorgeous and to sit there with it by your nose for ten minutes, makes it a difficult experience to not lick it off! It may be too sickly for some but it is right up my street. It looks like gooey sticky chocolate cupcake mixture in the pot and it is a deep brown chocolate colour. It has a really thick consistency and so you'll find that a little bit of this goes a really long way.
The product is easy to apply to the skin and it does smooth onto the face quite nicely. I do it over the skin as bits can drop off and then you'll get into a mess. It doesn't take long to get a good coverage and it does feel completely comfortable and despite it containing mint, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. This product is a bit of a nightmare to get off. It has stained my flannel so I use that one for this product only now and you do get splashes of brown around the sink so you need to be careful when removing the mask, especially if your bathroom is white like mine!
After use my skin does feel really clean and less oily. It feels soft and smooth, if a little dry, and it looks quite healthy. It doesn't cause any redness and it hasn't caused me to develop any blemishes. The mask isn't like changing but it's a nice little treat for the skin and it does make my face stay oil free for a bit longer than usual on the day that I use it.
This is a good face mask in that it softens the skin and leaves it feeling clean. It's ok if your skin is in a fairly good condition already but it won't work wonders on problem skin. This is more of a fun product that would be good to give as a gift and it's worth using just to smell the aroma which is completely delicious.
I've been a huge fan of the Cupcake face mask from Lush for years, it was developed for problem teenage skin but has continued to work wonderfully on my skin through my late twenties and I still use it now at 36. It's part of their Fresh range which means you need to keep it in the fridge and adhere to the suggested use by date, obviously as you're not eating it you don't have to be too strict as it's not going to kill you if it goes a couple of days out of date but the ingredients will begin to deteriorate over time so I suggest you try and use the pot up as quickly as you can.
Not that this is an issue for me as when I purchase Cupcake I let my two teenage daughters know it's in the fridge and they use it too, this is about the only time I give them free reign with my cosmetics as I'd rather it gets used up than thrown away as often used to happen before they were old enough to enter the world of face masks.
Cupcake isn't the nicest looking face mask you're ever likely to use, being a muddy brown colour with the sort of consistency that makes it look like you've taken part in a dirty protest all over your face. It's very hard to get a smooth finish upon application as the consistency is so thick and claggy, I suppose it doesn't matter too much but as this is such an unattractive mask to wear I usually apply it just before getting into the bath so no one sees me with this gloopy brown stuff smeared across my face!
The main ingredient, and reason why it's such an 'eugh' colour, is Rhassoul Mud which has been infused with Cocoa Butter for it's skin softening properties and Cocoa Powder to make it smell and look as much like chocolate as possible. The chocolate angle was the whole inspiration for the development of Cupcake as a Lush product developer wanted to create a face mask that would give the user the impression of a chocolate bar, I think they've done a brilliant job with the addition of Spearmint and Peppermint Oils giving it a more grown up feel as you use it and also countering some of the sweetness of the other ingredients. The smell actually reminds me of melted down mint Viscount biscuits, it's delicious and a very relaxing scent as I lie back to allow Cupcake to work its magic.
So, I love the smell but dislike the appearance. What does Cupcake actually do for my skin that has led me to make it a regular purchase for the last nine years or so? Well, quite simply it makes my skin feel wonderful. After relaxing for half an hour with this face mask on I'm always surprised at how soft and smooth it leaves my skin feeling, my face feels incredibly clean afterwards despite the fact that this isn't sold as a cleansing mask - in keeping with it being designed for teenagers, the Rhassoul Mud acts to absorb grease from your pores and in turn this will eventually prevent outbreaks of spots or help to rid your skin of age related blemishes that are already occurring. Last year Charlotte had an appalling break out on her forehead and across the whole of her left cheek, we were both beginning to think it was the start of acne but as she already has sensitive skin I was loathe to start buying her the highly medicated lotions and potions that she really needed to use. We tried Cupcake as a last resort before bothering the doctor with what was likely to be a simple teenage breakout (albeit a bad one) - by cleansing with water only and using Cupcake each evening she was able to control the problem and amazingly within two days the inflamed look of the spots had died away completely and after another two days her skin was perfectly clear.
This amazed me, it really did. Despite my love for Cupcake I'd never before acknowledged the fact that it would work so well on the type of skin it was initially developed for. It's been a long time since I've had to worry about spots and skin blemishes so I was absolutely over the moon that it worked so well for Charlotte as there's nothing more likely to bash the confidence out of a teenage girl than having lots of spots. While she doesn't tend to use Cupcake too often herself these days, she prefers Montagne Jeunesse, if she feels a spot starting to rear its ugly head she'll dab a small amount of the face mask on and around it and it works just as well as if she went to the trouble of applying it to her whole face. At thirteen, Alice is very much into the girliness of using such a delicious smelling face mask and although her skin is currently pretty clear I do credit that in part to the fact that she's been regularly using Cupcake for a year or so now. She does tend to get a few small spots when she's due her period (and how Alice would kill me if she knew I'd shared that little nugget!) but they clear up quickly if she uses the mask at the point where they're beginning to develop, and this prevents them turning into a mass of hormone related bumps.
Despite my glowing recommendation I do have an issue with Cupcake, or to be more specific with the removal of Cupcake after it's worked its magic. The issue is that it's a horribly messy mask to use due to both the consistency and the colour - application isn't too much of a problem as once you have the knack you can get it on your face without smearing too much brown stuff everywhere. It's when the time comes to rinse it that the problems arise as the slightest splash of Cupcake infused water will send murky brown splatters everywhere - I find it's best to remove the excess with a damp flannel before carefully rinsing your skin with water, this prevents most of the splashes and as this mask will stain certain fabrics you do need to be careful.
£5.95 for a 75g tub.
I love this face mask!
The thing I love the most about this face mask is that it's made with REAL chocolate and it smells like real chocolate too, yum! The scent is divine and it lingers on your skin after use too! The face mask comes presented in one of the usual Lush black pots and it needs to be kept in the fridge as it is made with fresh ingredients and essential oils. The face mask costs £5.25 and I work out that you can get around six decent masks for that, which is good value in my eyes.
The face mask spreads easily onto the skin and it only needs around five minutes to work. My advice would not be to leave it on any longer than that as some of the chocolate flakes fall off your face and end up all over the floor! The mask is easy to remove as it just washes off with warm water. You may need to scrub your face a little bit but it doesn't take long to get it off.
After use my skin is left looking healthy and radiant. The mask transforms dull skin and it leaves you with a much brighter complexion. It's a great mask for teenage skin as it helps to control acne and/ or teenage spots and it also reduces excess oil to leave you with a more matte complexion.
A great face mask for dull and spotty skin!
==Price and Availability==
I love a little bit of pampering at home and I often have face masks in, but as an added treat I occasionally buy a pot of Lush's fresh face mask which cost £5.75 for a 75ml tub. Now, this is quite pricey so I don't buy them all the time but Lush have an ongoing offer that enables you to get a free face mask every time you bring back five of their little pots once you've emptied them. The fresh face masks are available both in store and online but I usually buy them in store to ensure I pick the mask with the best use by date.
==Cupcake Fresh Face Mask==
As with a lot of Lush product their face masks come in their trademark little black pots and you get 75ml of face mask in your pot. Cupcake was designed for oily skin whilst still being suitable for a younger, teenage audience as most of Lush's face masks tend to be more for adult skin. Obviously Cupcake can be used by anybody though and although my skin isn't particularly oily the gorgeous smell of the mask made up my mind that this was a must buy. The mask contains linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint which tones, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse. Along with these there's cocoa powder, vanilla absolute and spearmint oil which gives the mask its cupcake name.
As I said before, the mask smells absolutely delicious, obviously the main scent is that of chocolate but the spearmint oil also gives a nice hint of mint. It's worth mentioning that because the face masks are fresh they do have a use by date and have to be kept in the fridge, this is usually just under a month after purchase. The face mask has a lovely smooth consistency but it is still quite thick and you don't need to use much to get good coverage all over the face. Obviously as with all products like this it's important to apply the mask to clean skin, avoiding the eyes. I usually find the mask, when applied liberally, takes about ten minutes to dry and works its magic.
I found the mask quite difficult to get off as it was so thick, the colour also meant that every little splash of face mask water made a great big brown mark. My skin didn't feel particularly any better after use, but this was mainly due to me having to scrub the mask off which isn't what I want when having a relaxing pamper. I got about six or seven uses from then tub and with continued use my skin did look in better condition and I noticed a few less spots.
Although Cupcake is a good face mask I don't think it's the best available from Lush and for this reason I'd be unlikely to use it again. The smell is gorgeous and it does feel nice when on the skin but it's hard to remove and leaves my skin feeling a little agitated because of scrubbing it off. The price across all the Lush fresh face mask range is the same and I enjoy using these as a treat, especially as they work out cheaper than face mask sachets provided you use your entire tub before it goes out of date. Not one I'll be buying again but it's still a nice product.
This was the first Lush fresh face mask I tried. Before purchasing I got a sample in a small plastic tub with one of my purchases after asking the staff there. I'd walked past the fresh face masks and smelt this one - it just smelt too good, but I didn't know whether it was worth the money.
Currently 'Cupcake' is priced at £5.75/75g, which is the same price as the other masks that they sell. I would recommend getting a sample first just to make sure you like it and to also do a small patch test in case you're allergic to the ingredients. As far as I'm aware, they are still doing this deal (in the UK) where if you bring back 5 black tubs, you can pick out a fresh face mask for free. (Great opportunity for trying out new products!) I picked the mask not only because it smells like delicious, rich chocolate cake, but because it is meant to absorb grease.
I have combination skin so I'm not too greasy, but I wanted to try it all the same. I didn't notice huge changes after using it, but it did make my skin feel nicer immediately afterwards and felt soothing when on my face. I don't get spots often, so I can't say whether it will improve acne prone skin. (From reviews I read when I first started using it, people do report that it helps to reduce redness of spots.)
It's easy to remove - you can just use a wet face towel, but I prefer to use cotton pads since it is a bit messy! At this price I seldom buy it, but it is quite a lovely product to have for pampering. The product doesn't last very long, especially if you want to apply generous amounts of chocolatey smelling goodness on your face (please don't eat!) Please note that since these are fresh, they need to be stored in a fridge.
Overall, it's a product I use to feel happy and pampered - the smell is lovely and it puts me in a good mood, but I wouldn't purchase this often since it is far too much for the amount of use you can get out. It's only 75g and the expiry date for these fresh products aren't as long as for other Lush products!
I would give this product 3-4 stars since the price does drag the rating down for me!
=== The product ===
This is a fresh face mask from Lush. This is sold, in store, stored on ice to keep it cool and there are samples available in store.
=== The packaging ===
This face mask comes provided in a small circular black plastic tub. This tub has a screw top lid and if you keep this, wash it and return it to store with 4 other tubs from Lush, you will be rewarded with a fresh face mask for free!
=== How to use this ===
Apply this to clean, dry skin and allow it to set for around 10 minutes. Once finished use a warm wash cloth or even just your hands to remove this although be careful not to get this in your eyes.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Lush stores, Lush mail order by telephoning 01202 668 545 or from Lush.co.uk and a 75g pot will set you back £5.50 (price correct October 2011).
=== Overall opinion ===
I adore this face mask. As soon as I first spotted this in store, about two years ago, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to get a pot home to try! My face mask lives in the fridge, as all truly fresh Lush products should, and I then take it out when I am having a bath.
I usually apply my face mask and leave it on for around 15 to 20 minutes by which time I can feel my skin tightening and I really feel like my skin has received lots of nourishment and a good soaking. I then use a wash cloth to remove this and it takes a good minute or two to ensure that all of this is removed and that my skin is left clean and dry once again.
While using this face mask I feel like my skin is being treated incredibly well. This starts to tighten up on my face without actually making me feel uncomfortable. The scent of this is wonderful, it is a rich cocoa scent that is peppered with delicious vanilla. There is a minty undertone to this and my skin feels like it is really refreshed while using this and afterwards to. I would say that this smell does remind me of chocolate cupcakes, particularly ones I make with a peppermint icing - delicious!
I have found that I can get about 5 or 6 weeks use out of one pot of this and that is with me using a small layer two or three times a week. I usually use this while I am relaxing in the bath and this works fine, as long as I don't get any water on my forehead as getting this in your eye is not very pleasant and will sting a little! I am pleased with how many uses I get from this small pot and I really do find that a little goes a long way with this.
I would firmly recommend this if you have problematic skin, or if you have teenage style spotty skin. I have suffered with breakouts quite regularly this year, worse than I've ever known, around my chin and lip and I have found that this is fantastic for keeping my skin smooth and clear of spots. This is particularly noticeable when I stop using this for a few weeks and either switch to another brand or stop using one altogether as I end up with a cluster of spots that seem to stay for weeks despite me using spot products, cleansing wipes and various other products too.
The Lush Cupcake is a personal weakness of mine - I love it and I can't help but treat myself to tub or two whenever i'm in my local store or browsing there website. The lush cupcake is a fresh face mask and is by far my favourite face mask in the Lush range. The face mask is quite expensive at £5.50 per 75 gram tub however I personally get 4-5 uses out of each one so it's not too bad overall. The tub that it comes in is pretty basic and pretty much the same as tubs that other Lush products come in. It is black and made out of thick plastic.
On the lid is the Lush logo, a brief product description and a brief rundown of the main ingredients, explaining what each does. It also includes directions of how to use the product - "Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes, then rinse away. Keep chilled." On the bottom of the tub it has a lengthy list of ingredients which ofcourse, like all Lush products are 100% vegan and vegeterian which is great. The ingredients is all natural and there is no sinister chemicals in it which is great, all of the ingredients are nice sounding as well (cocoa butter, fresh mint, peppermint oil etc). There's also a cute yellow sticker on the bottom near the ingredients which has the excact date your tub of Cupcake face mask was made and the best before date.
My tub's best before date is 20 days from the date it was made, so obviously this is not a long lasting product so it's best to use it up well before the best before date. It also has the name of the person who it was made by (the name of the person varies on each tub, mine was made by Sara) and a picture of them which from a distance looks like a photograph but it's actually a drawing. I think it's a very cute addition to the product and reminds us that Lush products are all made by hand to an extent. Overall, the packaging is simple and unisex. It also states on the lid that the face mask is aimed at teenagers or people with oily skin. I do not have oily skin and although I am technically a teenager (19) I am well past the teenage breakout phase so you're probably wondering why I buy this. The anwser is simple - it smells gorgeous and makes my skin feel amazing!
Once the lid is off (this is achieved by simply screwing the lid off), the smell hits you straight away. It's amazing! It smells like a mixture of chocolate and mint and is extremely strong but not to the point where it's unpleasently sweet or overpowering. It smells completely natural, it doesn't have that horrible chemical undertone to it like alot of face masks do. The consitency of the face mask is thick and gooey looking (but not to the point of been too gloopy) and when in the tub it looks just like thick chocolate cake mix. It's a lovely shade of chocolate brown in colour and extremely yummy looking - it really does smell and look good enough to eat! I keep mine in the fridge just as Lush reccomend (to keep it fresh and chilled) so that does harden it up a little but it is still soft and smooth in texture. It doesn't have gritty bits in it like alot of Lush masks do which I like as I hate the gritty ones. It's not sticky either which is good.
Using this is simple. I personally apply mine onto bare skin after cleaning and toning and I make sure there is no makeup at all on my face. I then tie my hair up which I would reccomend doing to ensure that none of the product gets into my hair. Then I simply scoop a medium amount of the mixture on to my fingers and apply it evenly onto my face, carefully avoiding my eyes. Application is really easy due to the smoothness of the mask and although it is thick it isn't overlly heavy or hard to smooth out. If you don't smooth it out it does go a little lumpy so it is important to smooth it before it dries. Once applied it feels very refreshing and really wakes me up which is more than likely because it is quite cool and also the strong smell. It's quite stimulating and tingly too which I presume is from the mint but the feeling is lovely because it's not the type of face mask that is so tingly to the point where it's almost unpleasent - it has just the right amount of tingliness lol.
It has a very gentle feel to it and is quite lightweight until it starts drying. Once it is dry it does noticeablly feel heavy and tight, but as I said before is not uncomfortable. I left mine on for 10 minutes while laying in the bath, and by time I rinsed it off it was solid. I rinsed it off with a damp flannel. It was quite easy to get off initially but the last few bits of it were quite stubborn so I resorted to using damp cotton wool to ensure no residue was left. I would never use this face mask if anyone was around in the house (apart from family) because of how noticeable it is, it's not a very discreet face mask and looks a bit like a mud mask. It definetly doesn't look as nice as it smells and feels.
My face felt so soft afterwards and looked softer too. It made me feel much better about myself - I generally felt much more fresher and cleansed, and it made my face feel so smooth and I felt much better about my skin. I've got sensetive skin and it doesn't irriate me at all nor make me break out. My skin does go a little red after use but it soon fades. I found that it made my skin tone look more even aswell and much more healthier - almost glowing. My skin also felt tighter which I presume is a good thing lol. My skin did tingle a bit for around 20 minutes after the face mask was removed which wasn't unpleasent but I would of preffered it not to of done and for it to of stopped tingling once the face mask had been removed. I have also used this face mask on my boyfriend as he has got quite oily skin and he liked it, he said it smelt really nice and made his skin feel softer, although he did say it felt quite itchy but he isn't used to face masks so that is probably why. His face definitely looked much more fresh after the mask and i'd say this is definately a unisex face mask so any guys reading this don't be ashamed to have a try of it!!
Overall a very refreshing, pleasant to use face mask which I can not reccomend enough.
If you have read previous reviews of mine, you will be aware of how much I love Lush products. Especially face masks. They might be a tad expensive at £5.50 for only 75g but they do work wonders on skin. I'd much rather splash out than buy cheap products which do nothing for my skin.
I try to save money by keeping my little black pots. Not only do they come in handy for storing stud earrings and belly bars, but if you take 5 back then you get a free mask - which in the long run saves you quite a bit! I have tried them all now but my favourite when its almost my time of the month is Cupcake.
Cupcake is designed for oily teenage skin - perfect for when your skin becomes spot prone at period time. My friend finds it best in summer as this is when she breaks out, although my skin tends to clear at this time.
The mask contains Rhassoul mud which is for cleansing skin and it also contains peppermint, spearmint, sandalwood oils and cocoa butter. All of these are to help draw out impurities and cleanse the skin.
The mask smells like mint chocolate which I find delicious!
To apply the mask, Lush recommends that you wash your face and remove any make-up before application so the mask gets its best effects. You should then apply the mask to your entire face and leave on for 5-10 minutes (I tend to forget and leave it for 15).
With Lush masks you do need to use them quickly as they are fresh, but if you keep them refrigerated they tend to last up to 5/6 weeks. Do be careful though, I'm not sure if the mask will still work when the products have gone off.
On my skin the mask was very cool and gentle, it spread easily and there wasn't really gritty bits only lumps of the mask which I hadn't blended properly. After about 10 minutes you can feel the mask tightening slightly but it doesn't go dry. It does get a bit itchy but I think thats more because you know you can't touch your face. To remove the mask it says to use warm water, you could wet your face over the sink but I much prefer jumping into the shower as it stops it getting everywhere!
Afterwards my skin felt quite toned and moisturised. It also looked radiant and I felt that my skin was completely clear - but everyones experience is different. I have used the mask twice a week for the last 2 weeks with no foundation due to being fresh from holiday. It definitely feels a lot better and the effects lasted a while. I have been spot free since using the mask and intend to carry on using it for a long time to come.
I am pleasantly surprised as whilst on holiday my diet consisted of chip butties and alcohol with lots of sun - but my face has done me proud! I would recommend this mask to anyone who has spot prone skin and has the occasional break out. It isn't very hard on the skin but gets the job done.
For the price, I managed to get about 6/7 masks out of it. When you work it out that means I'm getting more for my money than if I brought 6/7 of the individual 99p.
I love Lush's fresh face masks, but as they are expensive (£5.50 for 75g) I tend to only obtain them via the special offer, which is, bring back 5 black pots and get a free face mask. I'm working my way through all the face masks trying to find my favourite. The latest mask I obtained, a few weeks ago, was Cupcake.
Cupcake (which is suitable for vegans) is the mask designed for oily and teenage skin. It is meant to remove excess oil and calm breakouts. As I normally suffer from combination skin which gets slightly oilier in the summer heat, I thought this would be ideal. The mask contains rhassoul mud, which is meant to cleanse, soothe and draw out impurities. Linseed, cocoa butter and cocoa powder soften the skin, while peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils help to balance the skin.
The instructions for use of this face mask are the same as for any other fresh face mask. You are meant to apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area, leave for five to ten minutes than rinse. Fresh face masks should be kept in the fridge when not in use, as their ingredients can go off. They have a short shelf life - my mask's best before date was about three weeks after purchase.
The mask smelled absolutely delicious - chocolatey with a hint of mint - and I couldn't wait to use it. I cleaned my face as instructed and scooped some of the mask out of the pot. The mask was thick, but smooth and I didn't have to use too much. It felt lovely and cool on my skin. It wasn't too difficult to spread over my face, even though it was so thick, because there weren't really any bits in - only a few small blobs of what I imagine to be cocoa butter.
I left the mask to dry for around ten minutes. My skin felt tight and slightly itchy in parts, particularly around my nose, but not overly so. I washed my face over the sink after this time, which was difficult as the brown mask got everywhere! I managed to get it off eventually, and toned and moisturised my face as usual. I did find that my skin felt quite tight even after moisturising.
Normally when I use a Lush face mask, my skin looks radiant and I can see a difference immediately, an effect which continues until some time after I have finished using the mask. I'm sorry to report that this wasn't the case with Cupcake. My skin didn't look radiant, and in part it was slightly red. I also ended up with a few more spots than usual, to my dismay! Perhaps this was the mask 'drawing out impurities' from my skin. This happened every time I used the mask for a couple of weeks, until I went on holiday to Portugal. When I got back after a week, I still had some of the mask left and it didn't seem to have gone off despite being a week over the best before date. Therefore I was able to use it twice more. I didn't suffer such bad effects this time. Though the mask still didn't make my skin look incredibly healthy, it didn't actually give me spots this time, and in fact my skin was practically spot-free by the end of the week - not bad considering I'd come back from Portugal with dreadful skin including spots in places I never normally get them - possibly the result of a dreadful diet, drinking alcohol every day and using suncream spray designed for my body on my face (oops).
I probably wouldn't buy this mask again as I wasn't keen on it. It didn't make my skin look as radiant as most Lush face masks do and in fact it seemed to make my skin worse in the short term (not in the long term to be fair). I suspect the mask is simply too harsh for my skin. I would recommend it only to people who have incredibly oily skin which isn't sensitive. I thought parts of my skin were oily/combination but the dryness I felt after using this mask, even after applying moisturiser, suggests I rather overestimated the oiliness of my skin!
On the plus side, the mask lasted very well and I think I got about 8 masks out of it, making it better value for money than the price would suggest.
Three stars from me - the lowest score I've ever given to a Lush face mask -simply because it was too harsh for me, but it would probably suit some skin types.
Don't worry, you haven't been mistaken, this Lush product is not of the edible variety. Unfortunately, Lush has certainly not started selling baked goods in their stores - but they sell something which is almost as good as the real thing. Whilst browsing the Lush website online, I came across their range of fresh face masks. I hadn't used a face mask in years and thought this sounded like a splendid way to treat both myself and my skin. I was immediately drawn to the face mask which shared its name with a delicious baked treat and knew that I had to get myself to my nearest store to make a purchase!
I'm sure there are a few people out there that are not aware of Lush or what they do, so I'll take this moment to fill you in. As a company, Lush produce a whole range of products for the bath and body that are as natural, eco-friendly and fun to use as possible. Lush do not test their products on animals and do not purchase ingredients from anyone that tests on animals either. Lush only test their products on humans, and do their (rather large) bit in the battle against animal testing. Lush use only the freshest, best quality and fairest ingredients they can. Lush strive to source fair trade, locally grown and organic ingredients to pack into their healthy, luxurious and animal/world/skin friendly products. Lush try to use as little packaging as possible to remain as eco-friendly as possible - and the little packaging they do use is all recycled and recyclable! If you want to find out more about Lush, you can visit their online website at www.lush.co.uk.
If you would like to purchase this "Lush Cupcake" face mask, you will only find it in Lush stores, so don't go looking anywhere else! If you're lucky enough to live near to a Lush store, you can simply pop in and pick up your face mask. The fresh face masks are all kept together on a bed of ice to keep them chilled - if you're having trouble finding them in store, simply ask one of the very helpful members of staff and they'll be sure to point you in the right direction. If you don't live near to a Lush store, they also offer the option of an online web store, mail order and over the telephone sales. To find your nearest Lush store, visit their web store or find details on how to place an order via mail, you can visit their official UK website at www.lush.co.uk. To speak to a Lush employee about placing a telephone order, you can get in touch with them on 01202 668545.
The price of this "Lush Cupcake" face mask may be somewhat of a shock if you are used to purchasing small packets of face mask products for less than a pound. A 75g pot of this product will cost you £5.25. When looking at the size of the pot, this does seem rather expensive for what it is, however each pot will give you a minimum of six full face masks. This works out at around 88p per use, which isn't so bad after all and is quite possibly cheaper than most other face masks out there.
By now you may be wondering what the heck "Lush Cupcake" is. Well, to put it simply, it is a face mask that is made from the freshest and most delicious ingredients to help pamper and treat your skin. Lush sell a small range of fresh face masks which are made from wonderful, fresh ingredients to help combat problematic skin and breathe new life into your face. Their fresh face masks are just that - fresh! These masks are made from ingredients which need to be kept chilled to stop them spoiling, and have a three week time limit on them before they expire. According to Lush, this "Lush Cupcake" face mask is perfect for oily or teenage skin. However, I am no longer a teenager, and have combination skin, and this face mask still works wonders for me!
When it comes to packaging, Lush try to keep things to a minimum. Their fresh face masks come packaged in plain black pots - nothing fancy, but certainly nothing to be sniffed at either. There is a plain black label on the side of the pot which states in the trademark Lush white font what the product name is, what it is used for and the luxurious, fresh ingredients list. The pot is fitted with a screw on lid which also bares a plain black sticker on the top and the Lush white font stating the product name, what it does and ingredients list. The packaging may be minimal and nothing fancy, but it is what is concealed inside this outer packing that counts! The good thing about these black pots is that they can be recycled and turned into new black pots. Lush encourages you to bring your black pots back to their store to be recycled by offering a fantastic incentive - for every 5 clean, empty black pots you bring back, you will receive a free fresh face mask!
In all honesty, the look of this "Lush Cupcake" face mask can be quite off putting at first glace. Imagine someone scooped up a fresh cowpat and packed it in a black plastic pot, and you're pretty much there! As the main ingredient in this product is Rhassoul mud, and with the addition of the cocoa powder, this fresh face mask takes on a thick, mud-like consistency and is a medium to dark brown in colour. Certainly not something you'd want to slap on your face if you weren't aware that it was a face mask! Don't let the appearance of "Lush Cupcake" put you off though, the mask is a breeze to use, has instant results and your skin will certainly thank you for it.
The smell of this "Lush Cupcake" face mask is certainly what sealed the deal for me in store. A mixture of chocolate and mint is the aroma that this face mask gives off - certainly far from unpleasant. Imagine the mouth watering scent that wafts from a freshly opened box of After Eight mints and you've hit the nail on the head. The cocoa and mint ingredients used in this fresh face mask are what produce such an inviting, delicious fragrance. I've read a few reviews on this product in which the reviewers have said that the mask smells like dirt or is unpleasant - this is certainly not the case with the numerous pots of this product I have tried. If you do purchase a pot of "Lush Cupcake" face mask that does not smell absolutely delicious, like a platter of After Eight chocolate mints, then please do return it to your Lush store, as they are always more than happy to replace any products you are not completely happy with.
Using this "Lush Cupcake" face mask is really very simple. It is used the same way as any other face mask and doesn't require any difficulty at all. Firstly, you need to make sure that your face is clean. Remove any make up and give your face a good wash to get rid of any grime or dirt that may be laying in wait on the surface, and then pat dry with a towel. Scoop a small amount of the face mask from the pot at a time and apply in a fairly thin layer. The face mask is very thick but smoothes onto the skin with ease. Do not be tempted to apply a huge, thick layer, as only the product in direct contact with the skin will have any benefit to you, the rest is simply a waste! Apply the thin layer of "Lush Cupcake" face mask to your skin, being careful to steer clear of the eyes, nostrils and mouth. Once your have applied the mask to your entire face, simply leave the mask to work its magic on your skin for 5 - 10 minutes before rinsing off with clean, warm water. I do like to leave my mask on for a good 10 minutes, until it has almost completely dried and my face feels toned. Even if the mask has completely dried onto my face, massaging it gently with warm water using my finger tips always bring it away with ease.
Storing this "Lush Cupcake" face mask correctly is very important to keeping it fresh and prevent it from spoiling. The face mask has been made with fresh ingredients that require a chilled temperature to avoid them 'going off'. Between uses, keep your pot of "Lush Cupcake" in the fridge. The pot isn't very big, so won't take up much room, and won't interfere with any of your food products. As long as you keep your face mask chilled when not in use, the mask will last for three weeks. Remember to check the 'use by' date on the sticker on the bottom of your pot to make sure your mask is still good to use. I will say that I have used my "Lush Cupcake" face mask a few days after the official 'use by' date, and it has been absolutely fine. Upon first opening of the pot, and between uses, you may sometimes find that there is a brown, watery residue on the top of the face mask. This is absolutely normal and should just be mixed back into the face mask using your finger before use.
As far as ingredients go, you can always count on Lush to choose the freshest and most beneficial ones for your skin. Rhassoul is a Moroccan mud which is known for its high concentrations of magnesium, iron, sodium, silica, potassium and calcium which help to detoxify the skin. The drying action of the Rhassoul mud helps to draw out impurities in the skin and rid your face of excess sebum, dirt and oil as it is washed away. Although this mud does dry upon the skin, it also has moisturising properties which will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth after use. The linseed infusion, cocoa butter and cocoa powder in this fresh face mask not only make the product smell delicious, but also act as softeners, leaving your skin supple and stroke-able after use. Peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils are used to help balance the skin and regular the oils produced, as well as giving a wonderfully tasty scent! Every ingredient included in this face mask is there for a beneficial reason, working towards giving you a soft, spot free face to be proud of!
In my opinion, this "Lush Cupcake" face mask is absolutely wonderful. At first I was a little taken back by how pricey the mask was, especially for the size of the pot. £5.25 is a lot to pay for a face mask, but I don't mind handing my hard earned money over when I know the ingredients are all natural and good for my skin, and the pot will last me a good three weeks time span. This "Lush Cupcake" face mask does need to be kept chilled in the fridge, this is no bother or hassle, as it takes up hardly any space at all. I love the texture and the smell of this mask, and find that a little goes a long way. There is definitely enough product in one of these small pots to give coverage for at least six full face masks. I will point out that for the first two uses of this face mask I did have red spot break outs pretty much straight after, but this is due to the ingredients drawing out the impurities in my skin. If you do use this product and have a break out, don't let this put you off - it's doing you good! Once I have washed this product from my skin, my face looks smooth, clear and matte, and feels soft, supple and bump free. Having been using this mask frequently since January, I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin and my spot count has definitely decreased. I would now always choose to purchase this fresh face mask over a cheaper, synthetic product, as I know that the ingredients in this "Lush Cupcake" face mask are much more beneficial for me, my skin and the environment than a 99p packet face mask could ever be!
Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum), Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Mint (Mentha piperita), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Limonene, Perfume.
**Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **
Although I love Lush's fresh face mask range, I was initially put off by Cupcake as it's described as being great for oily teenage skin, and I don't have that. However, I decided to try it out because it smells so delicious - like double chocolate chip muffins!
According to Lush, 'Rhassoul mud cleans and soothes, linseed, cocoa butter and cocoa powder soften the skin. Balancing peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils complete this effective and delicious experience.' It has got a slightly sweet smell to it underneath the chocolatey scent, almost a lemony-floral smell. However, I would say the smell is fine for all ages, and I didn't notice it lingering for too long after I washed it off (then again I wash it off in the shower and had the smells of shower gel, shampoo etc.). This is fine by me because I don't want to smell like chocolate anyway - I work with a lot of men who already tease me about eating rubbish!
At £4.95 for 75g it might initially seem quite expensive. However, it is very thick, and I find I can get at least 4-5 uses per pot without difficulty. Under £1 per use doesn't seem that bad when the cheap foil sachet ones are around the same price and aren't as good quality. This facemask is also part of the Lush black pot recycling scheme, so for every 5 pots you take back, you can get a free facemask tub (basically, spend just under £25 and get just under £5 off). The packaging isn't that exciting - it's the standard Lush black pot with white writing, a sticker with a use by date and the list of ingredients. The face mask pot has a screw top lid.
One potential disadvantage of this face mask is that it does tend to have a use by date of four weeks as it's made using natural ingredients and no preservatives. If you have two or so people using it then that's fine. To be honest I've never completely finished a pot of this within the use by date, but it's generally fine for at least a few days afterwards. It's also good if you have a weekly night of pampering because it will last at least a month. I tend to be really busy and forget all about it! For the short use-by date, I recommend buying it in store where possible - you can also check to make sure it's filled up right to the top!
The face mask should be kept chilled, i.e. stored in a fridge. In Lush stores they are kept on a tray table of ice. To use, you simply dig your fingers into the pot and smear the mask all over your face. This mask is extremely thick and easy to cake (sorry) on. You can also use it on your neck. The instructions say to leave for 5-10 minutes, but Cupcake is so thick I tend to find it hasn't dried in this time. Sometimes I keep it on for up to half an hour whilst relaxing with a book. To remove, you just rinse your face in warm water - or so Lush would have you believe. This mask is harder to remove than others I've tried, partially because it is so thick. I washed it off in the shower and it still took a good few minutes.
After using it, I was worried that my face would feel all dry and tight as the mask is designed for oily skin, but in fact my skin felt soft and a bit more nourished. I have noticed that using Lush face masks regularly over a period of time does tend to make my skin look better and I have far fewer of the small red spots I'm prone to. I wouldn't say this is a miracle product, but it's great as an inexpensive treat and you really do feel pampered and relaxed after using it. It's great for me because it forces me to lie down and relax - I'm on the go all the time and hardly ever switch off. Because Cupcake forces me to relax, I tend to use it before bedtime and sleep much more soundly.
The ingredients are: Rhassoul Mud and Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum), Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Mint (Mentha piperita), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Limonene, Perfume.
These ingredients are natural and lovely (with the exception of the perfume which is the smallest amount), and so I'm happy to buy this and put it on my face. I try to avoid Lush products with sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate and parabens because of the potential health risks and adverse effects on people and the environment.
As with all Lush products, the Cupcake face mask has not been tested on animals, and nor have its ingredients.
Overall, this is a yummy treat without the calories and I'd fully recommend it.
As many of you will no doubt be aware, I'm a bit of a Lush fiend, and have had the honour of trying the vast majority of their stock at one point or another. Fresh face masks are something I was initially very dubious about, as they seemed very messy, expensive, and quite a lot of faff for the results you get. However, Lush offer one for free if you take back 5 empty black pots, so it seemed rude not to give them a try...
There are quite a few (10ish) different fresh face masks in the range, I have tried two, this and 'Love Lettuce', which I will also be reviewing. Fresh face masks are available for around £5 each if you're not lucky enough to have 5 empty pots, and come with a range of colours and scents ranging from the delicious to the disasterous!
This one, for me, definitely fell into the latter category! I've seen may reviews on here RAVING about the scent of this product but I thought it was utterly disgusting. Not like chocolate at all and certainly not like a cupcake - mine was bitter, acrid and incredibly strong. I know there is some variation with Lush's products because they are all made fresh with natural ingredients but I cannot imagine how anyone could like this scent! The smell may have had notes of coco in, but there was nothing sweet or 'cupcake' like about it and I found it very very unpleasant to use.
The texture was also different to the other masks Lush produce - this one was far more oily and greasy to look at and to touch, which I thought was odd seeing as it was meant to be for oily skin types - surely putting more shine onto your skin is the last thing you need?!
Having brought this home purely on a recommendation in store about it being suitable for my skin type, I opened the packaging to be very put off by the look and smell of the product, but determined to get my money (or my pots) worth, I gave it a go. Using the masks are pretty simple - you apply all over your face (keep your hair out of the way with a band and avoid putting it in your mouth, eyes or nostris!), relax for 10 minutes and then wash off. I find the washing off process can be quite messy, especially with the darker masks like this one, so I tend to do it in the shower - combining the face mask with a glorious mud body mask if I'm feeling very indulgent (the glorious mud body mask DOES smell amazing btw). You don't need huge amounts of the cream on your face, I certainly wouldn't use more than about 1/5 to 1/4 of the pot for each use, even less probably, most pots last me 6-8 masks.
So...results? Well...I wouldn't say there was NO result, my skin did feel tingly and tighter after use which can only be a good thing, and I think my face was slightly less oily for a couple of days, but no where NEAR the result achieved with Love Lettuce, which is meant to be for all skin types, and have nothing especially good for oily skin!
So in conclusion I would NOT recommend this product; I HATED the smell and I thought that the results were no where near as good as those from other Lush masks. It worked better than nothing at all, but I wont be rushing out to repurchase.
Since coming back from my holiday this year the skin on my face has been in a terrible state. This is because I spent two weeks in South East Asia and the heat and humidity meant that I had to subject my generally dry and sensitive face to tons of suncream which, when you are constantly sweating, clogs the pores terribly.
As a resuly my skin has had constant breakouts for the last few weeks despite being dry in patches where it usually would be. For this reason I picked up a pot of the Cupcake face mask from Lush. This product is aimed at combination skin and also specifically at teenage acne prone skin, I thought I would give it a go to see if it could settle and sooth my current problems.
As with all Lush products, this face mask does not come cheap, at £4.95 for a 75g tub which for me is around 3/4 face masks. As it is fresh you are supposed to use it within a few weeks of opening (strictly speaking they suggest within 4 weeks of manufacture, the date is shown on the side of the tub on a sticker) and it has to be kept in the fridge. In store they are kept chilled to maintain the validity of the ingredients.
Now, I have used this three times over the past ten days and I can honestly say that my skin is a whole lot better than it was. I can see the worst breakouts have settled and my skin looks more balanced than it did.
This product smells lovely, like melted chocolate with a hint of mint behind it, it is quite nice to rub it into your face and feels slightly grainy which I do not mind at all. It dries quite quickly, the suggested time for keeping it on is 15 minutes but I tend to keep it on as long as I can bear up to around 30 minutes.
Washing this off is my one bugbear as it is not an easy feat. The moment you add water this will start sliding off your face and making a bit of a mess, make sure you do this over a sink and dont wear clothes you don't want staining.
Almost straight away, once the mask is off, my skin feels incredibly soft and looks slightly flushed, as if circulation has been improved. Within a few hours I can tell that my skin is soothed and it certainly looks less inflamed in areas.
The claim is that the Rhassoul mud contained in the mask is a natural de-greaser and has shampoo qualities, this is balanced by spearmint and cocoa to cleanse and refresh the skin.
You do have to use this product up quite quickly but with around 4 masks in the tub it is not too bad on the value for money side, around £1.25 per application. Considering the effect this has had on my skin and the fact it has done exactly what I hoped it would do, this is a product I think it is worth investing in if you are having problems with your facial skin.