Lush Imperialis is a handmade, natural and vegan moisturiser from Lush Cosmetics. This particular moisturiser was recommended to me as I suffer from oily skin, whatever the weather or season. The moisturiser comes presented in a standard Lush recycled black pot. Each 45g pot contains an array of beautiful ingredients said to instantly transform your skin. It's priced at £13.50 and in my opinion it's worth every penny.
What I like about this moisturiser:
Firstly, it smells lovely. To me it smells quite natural and herbal but I like it. It grew on me. It's a light orange/ beige colour and the consistency is thinner than the other Lush moisturisers. However I like the consistency. It's nice to have a thinner/ lighter face cream. It's not too runny though. It's perfectly balanced.
I find that the moisturiser glides onto my skin easily. It soaks straight in without any trouble and a little goes a long way so I only need a small amount of it each time. I use it in the morning after cleansing, before applying my make up. The moisturiser provides a lovely base for make up and it doesn't leave my face feeling greasy or looking shiny. It's so incredibly light that it just disappears into my skin without a trace. This is usually hard to find in a moisturiser as my skin really is that oily!
As well as being light and "airy", the moisturiser is still really hydrating and soothing. Some of the gorgeous ingredients included in this moisturiser are lavender, St John’s wort, sweet violet, sunflower, elderflower, and mullein. Lush describe this moisturiser as "The perfect all-rounder, and ideal if you’re not sure what your skin needs."
I would definitely recommend this facial moisturiser. It's worth paying a little extra for quality in my opinion and you can't get much better than this.
The perfect moisturiser for oily/ combination skin.
Lavender Flower Infusion,
Mullein Leaf Infusion,
Orange Blossom Water,
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter,
Orange Flower Absolute,
Brunello Lily Petals,
St Johns Wort Extract,
Sweet Violet Extract,
Sunflower Petal Extract,
I have been using the celestial mosituriser also from lush for a while, but I have been using this no for a week or so instead. I received this as part of the goodie bag that I received about a month or so ago. I have the trail size version of this product.
*About the product*
Like I said I have the travel/trail size version as I received it as part of the goodie bag. Mine comes in a small screw cap metal container but the normal sizer version will come in the normal lush black pots - which are 100% recycled!
It is not creamy coloured like celestial, it is a pinky beige colour, which does look a bit strange for a moisturiser as all of the other moisturisers I have used have been a white or off white colour, but not pink.
The one that I have is 10g or 0.3 oz, but the normal size one is 45g the same as the celestial one. Also if you do have a trial size version of this lush product (and maybe some others) you can take it back and get 31 off the full size version!
Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Blossom Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St. Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract.
It does contain 5 ingredients in it that are not natural, including two parabens but on the lush site it says that they are safe synthetics. For more information on the ingredients go to the lush site (below).
*My opinion on the product*
I find this to be a good moisturiser. It does moisturise my skin well, and it stays well moisturised though out the day. it smoothes and softens my skin and it goes on easily and absorbs fairly easily - but for me it leaves a slightly greasy/waxy film over my skin which is good if I am not going out any where as it gives my skin some extra tlc, but it is a bit too greasy for my skin if I use it every day.
One thing that I really don't like about the trial size tin and also the normal size black pot is that they are really not very good when trying to get the moisturiser out! I have to shake the celestial pot or the trial tin to get the moisturiser to go on to the lid as then it is a lot easier to get out and apply. I would be so much better if it was in a squeezy tube or a pump bottle and it would be a lot more hygienic too!
It is pink in colour but when I put it on to my pale(ish) skin it does not have any influence on my skin tone, so I think this would still be good on all different skin tones.
I received this in a goodie bag, so I did not purchase it but the full size normal version on the lush site is £10.75, just a little bit more expensive than the celestial.
Overall, it is a good moisturiser but the tub it comes in is a bit annoying and it is a little bit on the expensive side. And it does not irritate my eczema/slightly sensitive skin.
*Easy to apply
*smells really nice
*mostly composed of natural ingredients
*Keeps my skin moisturised, soft and smooth though out the day
*Made by lush!
*Not tested on animals
*Does not irritate my skin
*Tub design not great for the product - a squeezy bottle or pump bottle would be better and more hygienic!
*Leaves a slightly greasy/waxy film on my skin
*A little bit expensive
Thank you for reading my review
I have always had trouble with moisturiser, as I have really sensitive skin, and even moisturisers specifically marketed at my skin type make my face go all itchy and blotchy. Up until very recently, the only moisturiser I was able to use was Simple's, as well as the very occasional touch of Nivea crème. This changed very recently, when I tried Lush's Celestial moisturiser. Amazingly, it didn't irritate my face at all. Unfortunately, like so many moisturisers for sensitive skin, it is aimed at dry skin, and my face tends towards combination (my nose especially can get really oily). Therefore, while Celestial is ideal for use as an occasional special moisturising treatment, or for those days when my skin is feeling a bit dry, it isn't really suitable for an everyday moisturiser for me.
I got a sample tub of Imperialis in my Lush HSKT pack. I chose this one rather than Vanishing Cream as my skin was feeling slightly dry owing to the really bad January weather. I started using it straight away, but soon realised that if my skin improved I wouldn't know whether it was the moisturiser or the BB Seaweed face mask I got at the same time that was doing the trick! So I put it to one side until the latter was finished.
My moisturiser came in one of those little metal tins, but Imperialis, like all Lush moisturisers, usually comes in a black plastic pot that can be brought back to Lush for a free face mask (when you have amassed 5 of them). A 45g tub costs £10.75, which is certainly expensive compared to Simple, but much cheaper than high-end moisturisers. The moisturiser contains lavender infusion, which apparently balances the skin's production of sebum by encouraging dry skin to produce more natural oils and discourages oily skin from doing it too much. Imperialis also contains orange flower water to tone and St John's Wort to soothe, as well as butters and natural oils.
Imperialis is a dusky pink colour and has a noticeable lavender scent. To be honest this really put me off when I first smelled it: in my experience smelly things are NOT good for the skin on my face. Even Oil of Olay irritates my skin, and that has a much less obvious smell. Anyway, I thought it wouldn't do any harm to give it a try, so I did.
The moisturiser is thicker than I expected, and when I first applied it to my face I was worried that it wasn't sinking in. However I was wrong, it actually sank in really well, and what's more managed to moisturise my skin without being at all greasy - quite an impressive feat! Sometimes my cheeks get a bit dry, but this moisturiser made my skin feel incredibly soft, making my skin look and feel really even-toned. I could tell the difference immediately.
I should actually say that in general I do have pretty good skin, but I do need to use face powder every day to tone down the shine. I don't like doing this as I prefer my face to be as 'natural' as possible, but after using this moisturiser I have needed to apply much less powder, and on fewer occasions throughout the day.
After a couple of weeks of use, I have noticed that I'm not really getting spots, and my skin continues to be in a really good condition. There is only one real problem, and that is that the moisturiser makes my skin slightly itchy. It doesn't go blotchy, or red, or look any different; it just makes me want to scratch it, ever so slightly. In all honesty, I'm pretty impressed that it doesn't irritate me more, considering the smell and the colour of it. I was able to use it all up, which is a sign that it can't really have been that bad, but I don't think it's a very good idea to use something that irritates my skin on a permanent basis!
So would I recommend this moisturiser? Yes, if you have combination skin: I do think it's worth the relatively high price. However, if you have sensitive skin it may be worth asking for a sample first!
I have been using Nivea on my face for as long as I can remember - my Mum does it too so I probably piked it up from her. To be honest I like my skin to feel soft, but I found the Nivea was making it more and more greasy, especially round my T-zone ( Nose and forehead) and I was starting to get spots, something I thought I had left behind when I finished puberty!
I love Lush, and the products they sell are a staple in my house, however I have actually never tried any of thier face moisturisers before as they are a little out of my price range. However as I had some vouchers for my birthday I decided to give Imperialis a go, as it says its for combination skin, and it had good reviews on the website (also because it was one of the cheapest and if I didnt like it I wouldnt be kicking myself for spending too much).
The Lush website tells me that the lavendar in it will help my skin because if its greasy it will stop it producing more oils, but it will get my skin to produce more if its dry. It also has Olive oil and Shea butter high up on the list of ingredients, which I know are both very good moisturisers.
It comes in one of the little black tubs with a screw lid that all the lotions and potions come in at Lush, its actually a 45g tub, for this I pay £10.48 so I am hoping that its worth it.
Because the main ingredient is Lavender Infusion I expected it to be purple, and it smell like lavender. Infact I am quite surprised it has a brown tinge to it, and it reminds me of tinted moisturiser (which it isnt by the way!) The smell is not unplesant, but it doesnt jump out as a fabulous smell like other products I have tried from Lush. Infact its a bit non-descript to be honest, the smell it has does linger for a while when you have used the product. It smells like a natural smell rather than a synthetic one.
It is quite a thin cream, but that means its very easily absorbed and I dont need to use alot of it. When I have applied Imperialis my skin feels soft, but not greasy or shiny like it did when I used my Nivea. The softness lasts most if the day so I am not having to reapply it alot, and do feel my skins condition has improved. The spots are gone and it doesnt feel oily.
Despite the high price tag, I am not using alot of it each time, so I think it will last quite a while. I would warn other who use it though not to take the top of the pot off with much vigour, as I have lost some of the cream when I have taken the lid off too quickly.
As with all Lush products, all the ingredients are fresh and natural, and none of them are tested on animals - the ingredients are listed as;
Lavender Flower Infusion (Lavandula angustifolia), 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 Flower 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}
In conclusion I would say that its probably the best mouisturiser I have ever used and despite the fact the smell is not a 'wow' smell I will be buying it again
My daughters & I have tried quite a number of Lush products thanks to the generosity of my brother's great idea to buy us all Lush Vouchers for the past few Christmases! On the whole we've been really pleased with the items we've chosen but I have to say that this Imperialus 'majestic moisturiser' is awful stuff.
The pot we have is black plastic & is 45g (not as shown in the picture), has an unscrew/screw on lid & is clearly marked with a short description on the lid.
When you open it the smell hits you - it reminds me of a very strong camomile lotion & it lingers for ages when you apply to the skin which I found to be quite unpleasant.
The moisturiser itself is a dirty pink colour but it's a good consistency when you dip your finger in. Unfortunately though I didn't find it as easy as some to apply - it needed working into the skin quite a lot because it just seemed to settle on the surface. Although I only applied a little I found that it felt greasy & thick & I felt it was clogging the pores on my face.
It claims on the tub to be 'good for faces that are oily in places & dry in others or a troublesome T-zone' - my daughters & I have a combination of skin types but none of us liked this Imperialus nor felt it was good for our faces.
I'm not sure where the camomile smell comes from as according to the ingredients it contains lavender, orange flowers & tiger lillies - strange?
Although I persevered with this moisturiser for a while I'm afraid it didn't work for me as I never achieved the 'well balanced skin' I was promised on the tub. I found it too heavy, left a greasy residue, wasn't easy to remove, make-up didn't sit well on top & the smell was offputting.
My daughters obviously have much younger skin than myself but they were not impressed either so it's one of the very few Lush products that will actually be going in the bin I'm afraid.
I tried a sample of the Imperialis moisturiser from Lush. I used it on my neck because I had already started a new moisturiser on my face and didn't want to give it up! Overall I quite liked it but it is definitely not one of Lush's best products. It was nice on my neck because it is a very thick cream and slightly greasy, so better for the neck. I personally think that if I used this on my face I would come out in spots.
The smell of this product was unusual. It contains Tiger Lily, which I do not recognise and I am not sure I like the smell. It is ok though. A little bit like grass clippings, only slightly though. It is hard to describe but it is unique! I wouldn't want to bath in it but for a moisturiser it is fine. In fact, it is quite nice to have a different smell in a moisturiser - they usually just smell of the same old chemicals!
It costs about £9. It would be great for very dry skin and I ended up using the last bits as a hand cream, which worked really nicely but I'm not paying £9 for hand cream!
I am giving it 4 stars because it wasn't for me but I think it is a good cream for VERY dry skin.
Imperialis is supposed to be a moisturiser that is suitable for all skin types. I do not think this is correct as I have very sensitive combination skin and it really irritated mine (to the point of itching) but maybe I'm just awkward! It made me go very redand blotchy, also my face felt really tight as though my skin had been pulled taut at the back of my head, kind of what I imagine a face lift must feel like! After I had used this I had to go and put a different moisturiser on to combat the effects of this!!!
This one smells kind of orangey and flowery and it is a fairly nice consistency, not too runny nor to thick. I imagine if your skin is not very sensitive it may work quite well to combat oily patches and redness - I don't imagine it would do much for dryness though, but for sensitive skins I would say it is a big no no! Stick to Celestial it will do a much better job.
I am a complete addict! I love Lush and want to try everything they sell, I just can't help myself. the thing is as we all know they sell natural products and I like to use them for that reason. I have PCOS and some doctors and sufferers think there are links between chemicals that we use and PCOS as well as a lot of other illnesses. Maybe they are right and maybe they are wrong. Personally I don't know there isn't enough evidence either way for me to be sure enough.
A lot of the chemicals we use are reasonably new to us and we don't know the long-term effects so surely by avoiding them it is a good thing. Lush do use some chemicals but only when they have to in order to preserve the product and make sure they use safe ones.
Also Lush doesn't test any of its products or ingredients on animals. They do not purchase their ingredients from suppliers who deal with companies that test on animals either. They take this very seriously. I am against testing on animals but even if your not the fact that they don't shouldn't put you off, their products have been through rigorous testing and are perfectly safe.
On my last visit to Lush I got talking to one of the assistants and she was lovely! She was extremely helpful and more than willing to advise on everything in the store. She was talking about their moisturisers as I said I didn't know which I wanted as I have awkward skin, combination. I hadn't planned to buy any and so was surprised by how she was helping. She offered me a tester pot of their imperialis moisturiser that they make for combination skin. I of course accepted, I can't say no to a freebie and was genuinely interested and wanted to try it. By not having to buy it to try it I could then be sure I wanted to spend £8.75 on a 45g pot.
She also gave me a pot of eye cream without me asking too. Brill! I love freebies!
She rang up my purchases and put in the bag with them two tiny clear plastic pots with a splodge of cream in the bottom of them and a label on the top saying their names.
That night I tried them out after using my Lush cleanser (Babyface) and toner (Breath of Fresh Air).
Imperialis is a dirty pink colour. Not all that pretty but does it matter what it looks like?
The little pot opened easily and I sniffed, Hmmmmmm none to sure on the smell either! It smells natural, of flowers but not floral of the stems, just of plant material. Very strange and not pretty but not that bad you cant stand the thought of having it on your face.
I smoothed a little over my skin not quite knowing what to expect.
It only took a tiny amount to cover my face with a thin coating of what is closer to a lotion than a cream. It is rather greasy and I wouldn't say it would be any good under make-up.
My skin was left feeling very soft and not sticky. Not bad.
I woke up the next morning and my face didn't feel dirty but felt too greasy for my liking. It was very soft though. I was not put off.
I have now been using this tiny tester pot for more than two weeks and still have enough for another week I would think.
I wouldn't say this is for combination skin as although it hasn't left my skin with any dry patches, in fact my skin is well moisturised and soft it hasn't helped my T zone at all. If anything my skin is oilier than before I started using this cream.
This product contains Lavender infusion, which is meant to help regulate the skins production of oils and Tiger Lily Extract, which apparently is what it smells of.
You need that little a blob to do your whole face that a pot would last absolutely ages so works out at rather good value. It comes in a little black screw top pot.
I wont be buying this cream, as it isn't suited to my skin like Lush says. I am so grateful to that great shop assistant that gave me the samples as she saved me £8.75! Now I will just have to try another one instead!
If you want a moisturiser and you have combination skin like I do then skip this and try another from the Lush range as this one doesn't keep its promises! If you have normal skin or slightly dry then I think it is a good recommendation. I am going to give three stars as it wasn't a good or bad experience.
If you are buying something from Lush ask while you are there for a tester if you are about to buy something you are not sure of. The assistant said they would rather give you a tester and you come back and buy something you love than you buy something and think it was a waste of money.
As with all Lush stuff, smell before you buy!
Lush has many stores, you can find out where your local one is here www.lush.co.uk or you can buy online.
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Unit 3, 19 Willis Way,
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Fresh Handmade Cosmetics - Tested On Human Volunteers - Not Animals
-Headlining- Imperialis Moisturiser
45g £8.75 Pot
I am a Lush virgin
I decided to try this Moisturiser as I have very dry skin, and due to several eczema breakouts in the last couple of years, thought that a natural approach to all my skin/bath and body products without chemicals, would help.
I ordered my 45g little black pot of Imperialis over the phone with a large handful of other products. (No Lush Store in our town)
I plunged my paws in my box of goodies and plucked out from the sea of popcorn, my pot. (Products packed in popcorn, cool)
This product as with many other products from Lush, has a label on the bottom of the pot, and this tells you who made it, the date it was made and the expiry date.
Ok, time to go in again, third time lucky? - open with caution - a quite pale pink coloured lotion in a pot? My twitchy little nose zoomed in to a sweet Lavenderish aroma. It contains Lavender, Orange Flower Water, Tiger Lillies, whipped up with oils and butters amongst other ingredients found on their website.
-How to Use-
The first time the pot is opened I recommend, you open with caution, as this is a lotion not a cream as I expected. Apply to to your face and gently rub into the skin.
This moisturiser is part of my new Lush 1-2-3 regime: Ultrabland cleanser, A Breath Of Fresh Air toner.
I got the idea from using a combination of my now red carded 1-2-3 Clinique range and www.lush.com USA website, where in their Gift Section, sell a Fresh Face Starter Kit for $19.95 (I do not think that Lush UK sells this)
The kit contains:
1. Ultrabland cleanser
2. A Breath Of Fresh Air toner
3. Skin's Shangri La moisturiser
When my coffers are topped up I will try Skin's Shangri La.
Once the ritual pot opening is complete, I popped a hesitant paw in to the lotion, be quick because it runs off your paws and smoothed it over my face. Mmmm, this lotion is very light, my normal morning Clinique and night-time Astral are definitely thicker than this. The lotion was absorbed at the speed of Lewis Hamiltons' McLaren, which my skin is not used to, as it is used to moisturisers that are sluggish and slimey. Ok, so slowly, slowly catch a bunni. That evening, the ritual of the pot opening now mastered, tried again, smoothed a small amount over my T-Zone and and used a little more on the rest of my face & neck, ensuring it was very well rubbed in. The next day to my surprise my skin did not feel very moisturised, but it felt soft, balanced and conditioned, my complexion was starting to look great. It does seem that over time this Imperialis moisturiser improves the texture and feel of my sensitive chops.
-Power to Produce?-
Yes, indeed yet another one that delivers. To encourage dry skin to produce more natural oils they use Lavender which also discourages oily skin, to tone the skin: Orange Flower Water, to soothe irritations: St.Johns Wort, No wonder they call it a "Majestic Moisturiser.
I have always put my make up on straight after moisturising, this moisturiser really works to it's max if you leave it a while whilst you get dressed to impress.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, for daytime with or without make up, as I use Ultrabland cleanser at night, therefore there is no need to moisturise, that's a first.
45g pot for £8.75 Well, to be quite honest, compared to other thicker creams it's good value for my problem skin. I can see this lasting for some time.
Another little pot of joy to join the others on my bathroom shelf, my red card bench is now filling up, Clinique was the first to go and now Astral has joined.
Overall Imperialis does not make me feel very fluffy, but I sure am a Happy Bunni.
My skin goes from one extreme to the other. Oily on the T-zones, dry on the cheeks and forehead. The next day it's a complete opposite.
So, now that my usual moisturiser was being discontinued I had to find something new. I had tried many of the typical drugstore brands and knew I would have trouble... again.
I remembered that Lush, the natural bath and body cosmetics company provide facial moisturisers and they use natural ingredients without testing on animals! So off I went to my local shop and asked one of the helpful Sales Assistants for some help on choosing a moisturiser.
For my combination skin, the SA recommended me Imperialis. A light, pinky coloured moisturiser contained in a screw top lid black container. You get 45g of the moisturiser, which doesn't sound like a lot at £8.75 a go! However, a little goes a long way and the whole tub should last you about 3-4 months if you use twice daily. On the top lid, is the item description and on the bottom of the container is the list of ingredients and a sticker stating who made your product, when, and when it should be used by.
The idea of this moisturiser as Lush puts it is 'to create well balanced skin'. Okay, time to crack it open and give this baby a try!
Opening the container is fairly easy, however, with it being a small-size pot it can be a bit fiddly. I would have preferred something like this to be in a squeezy tube with a flip top lid. It also seems a bit unhygenic to be dipping in your fingers, rather than squeezing out the desired amount.
Right, upon opening there is a fairly pleasant fragrance of orange blossom water and lavendar (which are two of the main ingredients which are apparantly ideal for fussy faces like mine!). Now I don't mind this fragrance, but it isn't what I would call subtle or particularly strong either.
Ingredients: (taken from the Imperialis container)
Lavendar Infusion (Lavendular hybrida), Mullein Leaf Infusion (Verbascum thapsus), Orange Blossom Water (Citrus dulcis), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis), Tiger Lily Extract (Lilium candidum), St. John's Wort Extract (Hypericum perforatum), Elderflower Extract (Sambucus nigra), Sweet Violet Extract (Viola odorata), Sunflower Petal Extract (Helianthus annuus), Alkanett Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Using seems fairly straightforward, scoop out a little bit with fingers and apply to skin. I did this straight after cleansing and the texture is nice and light. Not at all heavy, non-greasy... things are looking good so far.
After application, it feels okay. My face feels moisturised, but only just. I decided to leave it for a while and see how it feels. An hour later, my skin feels no different than it did before I used Imperialis. Feeling disappointed I decided to apply more the next morning.
The next morning I applied more than I normally would and still no changes. How disappointing. I kept on with it though for the next 2 weeks, and even though my skin was still oily and dry in places I was also breaking out in some pretty horrible spots. Painful ones. I figured that this might be due to the range of oils that this moisturiser contains.
After hunting high and low for something else, I stopped using Imperialis. I really didn't think that for £8.75 it was worth it. It smelled nice and had a nice constistency, but that is really about it.
However, just because it didn't work for me, it doesn't mean that it wont work for someone else. If you are at your wits end with looking for a moisturiser that is suitable for all skins types, you may want to try it, but for £8.75 you may want to ask at Lush for a sample first before buying a full pot!
Here is the 3rd item I got from Lush as a pressie from my birthday list. (Don't you just love birthdays!?)
Looks: The cream comes in circular, quite flat black pot with a screw off lid. The only writing is on a black sticker on the lid. The sticker has the usual yellow and green Lush logo and the amount you get (45g) at the top. Then under that, 'Imperialis' in white writing, then The Majestic Moisturiser' and below that a description: ' If you want a finely crafter, good value cream that simply moisturises. Made with lavender, orange flowers and tigerlilies, to create well-balanced skin. Good for faces that are oily in places and dry in others or a troublesome T-zone. Noticeably improves skin condition.'. Then at the bottom is the address: 29 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1AB. Then the web address: www.lush.com. The cream itself is the colour of strawberry blancmange and has a slightly runny texture. It smells like germolene!
How to use: I apply this after cleansing and toning. Once I've blotted my face dry, I apply a small amount of this. Because of it's light texture, a little goes a long way. It sinks in very quickly, too.
More: This comes in a 45g pot for £7.75, but as a little goes a long way, it's well worth it. This tub should last me about a month of twice daily use.
Does it work: Yet another resounding Yes! I had a preconception that in general, creamy moisturisers were no good for combination skin as they'd make it more oily, but it seems this product is an exception! It smooths on and sinks in quickly leaving my skin lovely and soft, but not oily or shiny. My skin then stays soft and moisturised for the rest of the day. Fab!
I'd reccommend this to anyone with combination skin. I'll definitely be buying this again!
P.S. As well as buying Lush products in their stores, you can also buy it on-line from the website I mentioned earlier.
I normally have quite clear skin, but every winter, the combination of central heating, office air conditioning and the ever changing weather leaves me with skin that cant quite decide what it wants to be. One morning it can be so dry it is literally flaking off my face, and the next day, it is so oily, the shine could blind people if the sunlight hit it at the right angle! As if that is not bad enough, my skin decides to punish me even more by having days when it wants to be dry and oily, which is less than pleasant I can assure you.
I think being pregnant made it worse last winter, and out of pure despair (and not being able to afford £30+ for the so called miracle moisturizers from Estee Lauder etc), I headed off to my trusty local Lush shop. After chatting to one of the assistants for a while, she recommended some products to cleanse and tone with, and then as a moisturiser, she recommended Imperialis, and also told me that when my skin is oily it still needs to be moisturised, which is certainly where I was going wrong, because adding cream to already oily skin was something I avoided, but this was making the condition worse.
Opening the pot, I was greeted by a rather luminous salmon pink/orange coloured cream with a nice pleasant scent which I think was the lilies but I could not be sure, although it was not as in your face as many of the other fragrant Lush products. Many moisturisers I have used tend to leave an almost slimy film on my skin which makes putting any make up on a definite no no for at least 30 minutes afterwards, but this was not the case with Imperialis. My skin felt softer immediately after application, although the product sank into the skin where I presume it does more good than if it were just sitting on the surface. I was able to put make on minutes after application, which is a huge bonus for a working mother with 2 children who does not have time to spare when getting ready.
I have always gone for cheapness over quality where moisturisers were concerned, as I really struggle to justify to myself how a £2.99 cream can be so different to a £50 cream. I still feel that way as Imperialis costs £7.75 for a 45g tub, so it wont break the bank just yet. It looks like it will last no time at all, as the pot was small in comparison to some I have bought, but you need to use such a small amount that I am nowhere near needing to buy another pot just yet.
I have been using Imperialis for just over a month, and I have to say that the results have surpassed my expectations, and my skin has improved to the point that people are starting to mention it when they see me.
The ingredients include lavender infusion, orange blossom water, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and glycerine, along with extracts of many other plants. (A full list is on the website www.lush.co.uk). Give this one a go, you wont be disappointed.
I bought Imperialis at the same time as I bought a bar of Baby Face. The latter was a bit of a disaster (just how many spots can one person develop overnight?) but the Imperialis was fantastic. It comes in a small pot, and it doesn't seem very large for the price, but it lasts for ever! It is a strange colour, but has a lovely scent and texture. The smell is unusual and very subtle, and I liked it immediately. It really does add so much moisture to your skin. It is great for those with a troublesome "T zone", but I would recommend it to all. So many of the moisturisers I've tried either leave a greasy film or manage to make my skin drier; Imperialis seems to get the balance just right. After a week or two of use I could really see a difference in my skin: it was spot-free and very smooth. I knew that it was a good product when my boyfriend asked to use it as an after-shave balm and then continued to use it every time! He is usually a fan of more "manly" Lush products like Cosmetic Lad, but Imperialis did the trick for him too. Perhaps it was the matt black packaging that did it... My only (tiny) criticism of this product is that the lid has a tendency to pop off! It happened with the first pot and also with the last one I bought. It doesn't seem to fit the pot very snugly and refuses to sit tightly for a long period. This would be an issue if you were travelling (who wants to get moisturiser over their holiday clothes?) All in all though. a majestic moisturiser that derserves its title!
I used this product along with Ultrabland and Tea Tree water, and while the others have run out, this one is still going strong. The moisturiser is recommended for combination skin, which is what made me try it in the first place. It's a pinky colour, and has a strong floral smell - at first I kind of liked it (it's better than chemicals), but then it reminded me of old ladies' perfumes... Sorry. It's the lillies in it, I think. It soaks into skin very well, and as it feels light, I was happy to use it all over my face when I needed to, and it didn't make my T-zone instantly greasy - although over the day my whole face (dry cheeks and all) used to get very shiny, but I think I'm blaming the Ultrabland... It is slightly more expensive than some of Lush's other moisturisers, but if you don't mind the smell it's not half bad.