I have always had a problem with oily skin and, being a big fan of many Lush products, decided to try this one. I asked the shop assistant what would be suitable for my trouble t-zone and she recommended Imperialis.
It comes in a 45g tub and at £10.75 is not the cheapest of moisturisers, but taking into consideration what you would pay for a premium brand, is acceptable. On the plus side, a little goes a long way with Imperialis, I found that covering the end of my finger was enough to do my whole face, with another small dab needed to smooth into the neck.
It is unusual in that the colour is unappetising and it has an odd scent - by no means unpleasant, much less overpowering than some face creams I've used in the past. It also contains lavendar, and as I use it as a night cream I found it a very soothing smell to drop off to.
I did find that it was too heavy for an oil-prone-skin cream, especially around the eyes, where even a slight excess left the skin feeling thick and greasy. I used it at night so it had plenty of time to absorb into the skin, but could imagine having problems if I was using it as a morning cream, or as a base for makeup, as it simply dosen't absorb fast enough.
Unlike many Lush products, it has no special keeping instructions and has a 14-month use by period. My tiny tub lasted around 6 months of nightly use, much longer than any other moisturser I have used. The little black pot sealed tightly and is small enough to sit neatly on my dressing table. It's also easy to get hold of as most cities have a Lush store now, and they also run a mail order and online service. It is also not tested on animals which is a must for me.
Overall, a good moisturiser which goes a long way, but would be better suited to dry skin as it is so rich.
As part of my 'Lets try Lush facial skincare regime' mission I embarked upon, I was recommended Imperialis by the lovely sales assistant, to help my 40 odd year old, combination skin.
For £10.48 for 45g of product, this seemed like fairly good value for me - considering what I would normally pay, and have paid in the past for premium skincare - I actually got the whole regime, cleanser, toner and moisturiser for around the price of what I paid for my last moisturiser!
Again, Lush makes the products fresh and should be used within 14 months.
The product itself is a light, soft peachy-pink coloured cream, with a floral scent, but predominantly lavender, from what I can pick out.
You only need a tiny amount, and it sinks into the skin easily, moisturising dry areas, leaving them soft and I can feel it balancing out my shiny t zone area.
It leaves my skin soft and smooth, ready for make up if I am doing it. I find this fine for day time moisturiser, but, as I am now over 40 I think I need a bit more help with the wrinkle department, so am considering Lush's Gorgeous moisturiser for evening use.
A drawback to the packaging I find is that you need to be ultra careful when screwing lid on, make sure its REALLY tight, otherwise the product tends to get clogged up in the screwtop lid. It would possibly be better in a pump action bottle, and also better for travelling
I myself have mainly teenage type skin (oily/spotty) that is very sensitive and can get dry patches in winter. I used to use Celestial but after finding it made the dry patches worse and my t zone REALLY oily i decided to try out Imperialis. I love the simplicity of the black pots with what that specific product is used for and the ingriedients- i don't like a lot of packaging. I also always like to look at the sticker saying who made the product in any pot i buy! Anyway, opened up the pot to find a reasonably normal lookign pink substance which had a lovely floral smell to it which didnt smell too strong either. Asmoisturisers scare me from having oily skin i dabbed a little bit on cheeks, forehead and chin. I did find my skin to feel a bit tacky but i decided to still give it a chance. This product is FANTASTIC! I no longer have dry patches or oily skin except for the VERY occasional shinyness on a hot day, which is to be expected. I hardly ever get a spot and that is usually when i abuse my skin and except from just after iput it on it feels really lovely and soft. Considering how long it lasts it is REALLY cheap although i would watch the use by date as sometimes these can go off if you take too long using them. As a big LUSHIE i also love of course the fact it is not tested on animals and this moisturiser is proof people with sensitive skin do not necessarily need products to be tested on animals!
I'm keen to try and use natural cosmetics and beauty products so when my previous face cream ran out, I wanted to try a Lush moisturiser as I'm a huge Lush fan anyway. My skin is what would probably be described as normal - not too greasy although I get occasional spots and greasy patches round my nose, and not too dry although I get dry patches in the winter sometimes. When I explained this to the girl in the shop, she recommended that I try Imperialis.
Imperialis is quite thick and appears rich. I expect a tub to last me a while as I only need a small amount. The cream is a pale pink colour so I imagined it would be rose scented, but it actually smells like lilies, which is interesting as the main ingredient is lavender infusion! The name is infact derived from the imperial tiger lily, which is used in the product. It smells pleasant but is not as evocative as some other Lush products.
It does not have sun protection, however the make up I use does, so this doesn't bother me too much.
Imperialis comes in a black tub with a screw on lid, as with most Lush products. Lush use minimal packaging, instead focusing on the quality of the product inside. The tubs are recyclable by returning to any Lush store (currently, if you return 5 you get a free fresh face mask!). It's a 45g tub and has the ingredients and use by date on the bottom, and brief information about the cream on the top.
Lavender Infusion (Lavandula augustifolia), Mullein Leaf Infusion (Verbascum thapsus), Orange Blossom Water (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Brunello Lily Petals (Lilium Asiatic 'Brunello'), St Johns Wort Extract (Hypericum perforatum), Elderflower Extract (Sambucus nigra), Sweet Violet Extract (Viola odorata), Sunflower Petal Extract (Helianthus annuus), Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Lavender infusion improves skin tone and soothes, St Johns wort also soothes, orange water tones, olive oil moisturises and prevents free radical damage, while shea and cocoa butter soothe and moisturise.
There are two parabens in this product - Lush often use them as a preservative to prevent bacteria growth and mould. Methyl and propyl paraben are the only parabens they use, and both are considered the mildest parabens.
Lush do not test on animals, and this product is suitable for vegans.
++PRICE & AVAILABILITY++
£9.79 for 45g.
Imperialis is available from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk
++DOES IT WORK?++
The cream is easily absorbed and as I said above a little goes a long way. I just put a dot on each cheek, one on my chin, one on my forehead and one on my neck then rub it in. It's absorbed in seconds, leaving my face feeling fresh and my skin soft yet not remotely greasy. I often get dry patches around my eyebrows in winter but find this cream has more or less eliminated them (used in conjunction with Ultrabland - also by Lush). My skin has a fresh and healthy glow.
There are cheaper moisturisers on the market but this one is made from natural ingredients and is not tested on animals, plus it does exactly what it's meant to do. Therefore I would highly recommend this product.
I have quite oily, spot prone skin but oil free mousturisers such as clean and clear tend to dry my skin out too much if I use them twice a day. So I decided to try this cream, as a heavier overnight mousturiser.
I sent off for it from the Lush Website & it arrived promptly. The packaging is quite basic - a black plastic tub with the name and ammount of cream written on the front.
The first thing you notice when you open the tub is the amazing smell! This is literally the BEST smelling facial mousturiser I have ever used - floral and citrusey but not too overpowering. It is also an attractive pale pink color.
I washed my face, and applied as usual. At first, I applied way too much & it made my skin quite greasy and shiny. The key is too apply very small dabs and then rub it in well. It left my skin feeling very soft, but I don't use it every day because it it really too heavy for oily skin. It hasn't helped balance sebum production like it promised to, but it hasn't made it any worse either.
You get quite a decent ammount of cream, and it will last a long time because you only need to use such a tiny bit. Altogether, I'm pleased I brought this, but it's not the perfect mousturiser for normal/oily skin and I defiently wouldn't recomend it for very oily/acne prone skin.
Well after reading all these Lush products reviews I was a bit surprised that Imperialis has not been reviewed yet. So here we go:
I have combination skin. I don't get many spots, but every morning my T-zone is really really oily. I have tried several moisturising recommended for my skin type with little benefits. All the moisturisers I have tried before did one of the following: forms a film on my face without actually moisturising, leaves my cheeks dry or blokes my pores on my T-zone, or a combination of these. I gave up trying and started mix-and-matching moisturisers (I travel a lot with work so my cosmetics bag is always adding weight. Not good).
And then I thought I'd give Lush a try. I only bought bath balistics from them and never really ventured to the "black pots on the shelf". Until one day. Now I am using Imperialis as adviced by one of the lovely shop assistants in York.
It definetly improved the condition of my skin. I can honestly say that it is the best moisturiser for me so far. It has a light texture, absorbs quickly into the skin and yet it keeps the skin moisturised for the rest of the day. I use it both in the morning and in the evening. In the evening I tend to use a bit more on my neck and on my cheeks then on my T-zone.
Now, I have to say that I have started using it with Baby Face and Sweet Japanese Girl cleansers so I think some credit is due to them too.
The only draw back I can see is the smell. Due to the oils used it does smell very medicinal. Oh and the packaging. I have to say I am not very keen on the black pots. I know it is superficial but at least I am honest. Why can't they put them in transparent little plastic containers. It would look so much better. Sorry but black is really not my color.
So here we go. I love my skin care, I am an ex-Body Shop customer (why oh why did they get gready?!) and I love Lush skincare. The other skin care products I have used (and still using) are: Enchanted eye cream and Catastrophe fresh face mask. Ten out of ten for them too.
If you have combination skin and are not happy with your moisturiser give Imperialis a try.
P.S. (sorry this is my first review ever so I left some details out. As requested here are the comments :))
It comes in a 45gr black pot, with the usual Lush label on it and the ingredients listed (for all those see http://www.lush.co.uk/)
I bought it for £8.25 in the shop. I think it is well worth it, as you can really feel the ingredients working. I really feel like most of the money is invested into ingredients and research. I've never seen a Lush celebrity adv in any glossy magazine or on TV so that is a bit of a comfort for me as it tells me that they do not need to waste money to lure their clients in. And yes it shows. Hence me raving about it.
I have bought my pot about a month ago. I am using it twice a day - morning and evening (three when I am going to the gym, 3 days a week). I am using it on my face and neck. I think I have used about a third of it so far. As it is quite a light texture a little goes a long way. I expect I would be using a bit more in the winter months. I still think it is a far better value for money then any other moisturiser I have tried.
Oh and another thing that bugs me. It does not have any SPF. If any of the brainy people are reading this: please please please find an "as natural as possible" sun protection ingredient and please don't test it on animals!!! That would be really really nice. Thank you.