This is my favourite Lush moisturiser. The cream comes presented in a 45g recycled black pot and has a shelf life of fourteen months. The cream itself is white in colour and it smells quite fresh and herbally. It's made with lavender essential oil and you can definitely detect the lavender in the scent. I think it smells quite nice but my Mum says otherwise! The consistency is neither runny nor gloopy. It's easy to scoop up (a small amount!) and to smooth all over your face. You use the cream straight after cleansing and toning, or during the day if you need a top up. It doesn't contain SPF unfortunately...
I have naturally oily skin and this cream helps to control my excess oil without stripping my skin of it's natural oils. It helps with excess sebum production which is what I suffer from, unfortunately! The cream is also great for acne prone skin as it contains natural skin calming ingredients. I suffer from spotty skin on a regular basis and this cream helps to control my outbreaks without irritating my skin. The cream absorbs almost instantly so you can use it as a base before make up. It can be used as a day cream or a night cream. I use it as both, which is good as I don't need a different moisturiser for night-time use. I wake up to lovely soft skin every morning after having applied this before bed.
Vanishing Cream is made with all natural ingredients and it's free from animal testing. It's also good value despite it's price tag of around £18 as the smallest amount goes the longest way. You don't need much to cover your whole face, just a dab is more than enough.
The pot is also really durable and the cream doesn't leak out of it either so you can transport the product without any worry of it leaking.
A great facial cream for oily and/ or acne prone skin.
I bought some Lush vanishing cream when the weather was really nice as I was finding all my usual moisturisers to be too heavy and greasy on my skin when it was hot and Lush claim that vanishing cream is made with low fat products to make it lighter and easily absorbed in to the skin.
The ingredients contained in Vanishing cream are grapeseed and jojoba oil as well as linseed gel. IT also contains other skin friendly ingredients such as witch hazel and shea butter.
The cream comes in a black plastic tub and costs £16.75 for a 45 gram tub.
The consistency of the cream is nice as it does feel light and it spreads over my skin really nicely without me needing to put loads on. It doesn't absorb straight away but I liked this as it meant I had enough time to make sure that I had covered my whole face in the cream before it had absorbed.
Absorption is really quick though and it is completely absorbed leaving no sticky residue in under a minute.
After the cream is absorbed it left a kind of light powdery residue on my face which was invisible to the eye but I could feel it with my fingers. This wasn't heavy feeling though and I think it was what was responsible for making sure that my skin didn't end up looking greasy and sweaty throughout the day while wearing it.
The vanishing cream definitely helped with regulating my skin which is combination. My really greasy patches were significantly less and even though my skin is sensitive it didn't sting or irritate. It also left my skin feeling nice and soft and in good condition. The only problem that I had with it was that although it soaked in my skin and was keeping it moisturised from the inside it maybe wasn't quite rich and moisturising enough for those areas of my face that are prone to dry patches.
Although my greasy areas were much better the cream did nothing for the flaky dry patches of skin that I get. I appreciate that it is difficult to make a cream that is for dry and greasy skin and this wasn't it.
I would recommend it to people who either have normal skin and want some light moisturisation and for those who have greasy spot prone skin as I found it was really good for this but for those people like me with dry patches I would recommend that you keep looking for something that is light enough to not weigh skin down but also rich enough to keep the dry bits at bay too.
Vanishing Cream is described by Lush as a low fat moisturiser that disappears into the skin. The product is designed for anyone who want a moisturiser that is quick to use rather than having to wait around for it to completely sink in. The product has a finely balanced formula, which results in a cream that is light in texture, and in Lush's words low in fat. The whole 'low in fat' marketing approach that Lush have taken with this product seems a little bizzare, but I can see where they're coming from - it really is a lightweight and grease free moisturiser. I like the name of the product, however I think some people may find it misleading if they don't look into what it actually does before purchasing; some people may think that 'vanishing' is referring to making spots vanish, when in fact it is referring to the product sinking into the skin and vanishing. The product is a good quality moisturiser and i've been using it for 3 and a half months, I have nothing but praise for it and you will soon learn why!
Lush make various claims with Vanishing Cream. The most over used claim that the product is 'low fat', and that it vanishes completely once applied, leaving behind beautifully soft skin and no traces of product. They say that the cream is specifically aimed at troubled, spotty and oily skin, and that the product's cocoa butter free formula allows you to put back vital moisture, without overloading the skin or causing it to react badly. It is also able to help balance the skin. I was quite suprised that this product is aimed at oily skin, because it has so many oils in it. Surely applying oil to oily skin makes it even oilier? Actually, no, it doesn't, and this product has worked wonders for my friend who has oily skin. The cream has lavender oil in it, this helps to balance sebum production meaning that any oily patches of skin will produce less oil, while dry skin will produce oil if it's particullary dehydrated. I don't suffer from oily skin though, so I didn't buy this for that reason. . I purchased it because it was highly reccomended to me by a Lush employee and I fell in love with it after I was given a sample, and I think that a high quality moisturiser is a highly important factor in my skin care regime. Lush make a few other claims, all which are suprisingly accurate; it really does do what it says and I think the claim that it makes skin soft and conditioned is spot on - my skin feels amazing after using a bit of this and I have noticed that the dryness and flakiness that I used to get on my T zone has been reduced completely since I first started using the product.
The product description can be found on the lid of the pot, it is quite brief but very informative. It reads 'Light easily absorbed cream with minimal oil content. Helps acne prone, oily skin and T zone problems. With rose, lavendar and with hazel.' There is also a much more lengthy product description which can be found on the Lush website.
There's quite alot of ingredients in Vanishing Cream, but as always with Lush, all of the ingredients are natural and vegan friendly. One ingredient that stood out to me was shea butter. This is a naturally occurring fat which acts on the skin as a gentle moisturiser. It contains oleic acid, which is highly compatible with human skin, meaning it absorbs quickly. Another ingredient is botanical gel of linseed. This is a natural skin softener and it works well in conjunction with the essential oils (such as lavendar oil etc) that the cream contains. There are lots more lovely ingredients and the full list can be found on Lush's website.
**Price and Availability**
This moisturiser is incredibly overpriced and verging on extortionate. It's priced at a whopping £16.75! You might think 'oh, that's okay, i'll just use a little bit once in a while' but considering the pot contains only 45 grams of product, it won't last for very long unless you use it incredibly carefully. I have had my tub of it since November (3 and a half months ago) and I only have a tiny bit left, this is with very careful use too so it's definetly not brilliant value for money! For people who don't care about the price and just want a good quality moisturiser though, this is ideal, however I personally can't justify spending such alot of money on such a small pot of moisturiser, but it is definetly a nice item to treat myself to every 6 months or so when i'm in need of a pick me up. It is worth noting though that Lush are quite generous when it comes to samples, so if you're considering buying this, ask for a sample to try first. I bought the full sized version after having a sample, and the sample lasted for quite a while - around three weeks, and it was quite a small pot. The product is available ether in store or via Lush's website, which is a worldwide website meaning even if you're not currently residing in the UK (where I live) you can still get hold of Vanishing Cream.
There's not a huge amount to say about the packaging of Vanishing Cream to be honest! It simply comes in the usual sturdy, black plastic Lush pot. This has the Lush logo on the lid and sides, and there is white font with the product name, description and ingredients. The pot is quite small and not very tall, it reminds me a bit of a round yoghurt pot, lol. It is easy to dip my fingers in and out however some people may not like this as I am aware that alot of people who are big on hygiene prefer the pump bottles, however there's only a pot available for this unfortunetly. The pot is simple and minimalistic yet still reasonably attractive, it doesn't look out of place sat on my bedside table and it's also definetly unisex meaning a guy wouldn't feel uncomfortable having this in his bedroom.
**Smell and Texture**
The texture of this product is probably the most inportant factor due to how much Lush over exagurrate it in their product description! I can honestly say though that their claims are true. It's a lightweight, slightly wet feeling cream which is much like E45, although it's even more lightweight than that. Despite how lightweight it is, it doesn't actually feel thin or wattery, it has just the right amount of thickness to it but it isn't so thick/gloopy that it blocks my pores. The texture isn't fluffy or anything like that, it's nice and smooth with a good quality slight creamy feel to it, and it's easy to apply evenly onto my skin. A little goes a long way and the cream sinks into my skin within seconds. Like all moisturisers, it does have a slight 'wet' feel to it, but it doesn't feel at all greasy.
The smell is quite unusual for a moisturiser and it has more of a night cream scent, the predominant smell is most definetly lavendar which is light and although relaxing, it also makes me feel uplifted as well as calm. The overall smell of the moisturiser is floral, it's a very balanced scent and believe it or not, considering that it's floral smelling, I do think some guys would like the smell! It's not an overlly delicate or girly smell in my opinion, although obviously a majority of guys may be put off by the fact that the predominant smell is flowery! I do like the smell though, I find it is very natural and it makes me feel comforted and at ease. The smell lingers slightly, however it isn't really noticeable to other people (I asked my boyfriend!) and it usually subsides after 20 minutes or so.
I bought a few bits and bobs a while ago at Lush and was reccomended to try this moisturiser by a sales assistant who had nothing but praise for it, and she told me that it was one of their best selling products. I had never heard of it and was reluctant to pay almost £17 for a 45 gram tub of product. I expressed my concern to her that I may not like it and she offered me a free sample to try, which I was pleased with and accepted. I hadn't heard of this before so with my excitement at getting a freebie I texted a few friends to ask them if they'd ever heard of it, a few had and they really reccomended it. I've since learnt that one of my best friends, Ashley has been using it for over a year and she loves it! This cream as I have mentioned briefly above is designed mainly for oily and acne prone skin. At the time when I first got this cream, I wasn't an acne sufferer, nor did I struggle with oily skin, so I decided to use it mainly on my T zone which is where I suffer with dry and flaky skin.
I applied this every night before bed and after around 2 weeks I could see a noticeable difference; my skin appeared much healthier and the dryness wasn't as prominant and it didn't worsen either. I decided to start using it as an all over moisturiser for my face, mainly concentrating on my cheeks, nose, t zone etc and I didn't use it on my neck or anything like that - you can't afford to waste a drop at the amount Lush charge for it! I need around two pea sized amounts for my entire face and I put it on thinly - as it's so effective you don't need alot. I was impressed with the results, my skin appeared healthier, moisturised, it gave my skin that lovely 'fresh' appearence and slightly more matte (but not dried out) with less of 'sheen' (my forehead appears ridiculosly shiny at times but this really helped), while it felt soft, supple and smooth. My sample lasted me for a few weeks and once it had run out I decided to purchase a pot, as I was impressed with the quality.
In all my time of using this moisturiser, I have not noticed that it reduces or heals spots, but it doesn't break me out either and my skin is extremely sensetive. I didn't purchase this cream to get rid of or calm acne though, so this isn't an issue. Everyone has different skin so it might work at getting rid of acne for some people. I also haven't noticed that it makes my skin tone more even or anything like that, it is simply a moisturiser, and it's an effective, very good quality one at that! Lush are true to their word and Vanishing Cream really does vanish within a few seconds. It sinks into my skin and leaves behind absolutely no trace. It doesn't leave my skin with that unpleasant looking surface shine and it doesn't leave my skin feeling damp or sticky either like almost all of my other moisturisers do. This means that it takes less time to do my skin care routine as i'm not waiting around for it to dry.
I usually apply this cream at night before bed after i've cleansed and toned, however just recently i've been using it in the mornings as the winter usually dries out my skin as I want my skin to be healthy, soft and hydrated throughout the day - with this cream, my skin feels great, it hasn't been effected by the cold weather or harsh winds at all. Lush say that this cream is ideal to be used underneath makeup, however I don't wear this if i'm wearing a heavy foundation, as it kind of defeats the point, in my opinion, as alot of foundations are quite drying. I only use this with my favourite foundation which is a natural, lightweight one. The foundation goes onto my skin like it would normally after i've applied this cream but I can't say that the finish is much different.
This is definetly my favourite moisturisers, you can tell it's good quality and I personally think that you can tell that it contains only natural ingredients. It''s so lightweight and it's definetly much more pleasant to use than a majority of my other moisturisers due to how non-greasy it is; it lets my skin breathe rather than clogging it up and it sinks in incredibly fast. I love that it doesn't leave my skin looking shiny and it's very quick and easy to use - no waiting around for it to dry!
This is a brilliant product, however it does have its downsides. Firstly, the price. It is simply ridiculous that Lush think they can charge so much money for such little product and I can imagine that alot of people will be incredibly put off by the price which is a shame as it is a good product. The second downside is that it didn't live upto its claim of soothing and healing acne, I don't have severe acne but I do have several spots and blemishes and I didn't find that this cream reduced them at all. Despite these two somewhat minor disadvantages, it is a good product. It keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturised and a little does go a long way. My skin always feels and looks amazing after application and the effects last throughout the day. I love the feel of this cream as it doesn't make my skin feel wet/greasy/clogged up etc and my dry T zone has definetly improved alot too, which I think is due to this cream and it is overall a good product, so i'd reccomend Vanishing Cream if you don't mind paying the ridiculous price!
I like the scent of this cream, although I know it is a little "Marmite", you either love it or hate it. I would describe the scent as quite floral, with a subtle hint of Lavender.
The cream spreads well onto the skin as the scent becomes more pleasant once it's on your skin. As for the cream vanishing, it doesn't. Well, it doesn't straight away anyway. I would say that the cream takes about an hour to soak into the skin fully. This did surprise me as I almost expected it to soak in straight away without sitting on top of my skin. It will last you a long time though as a little goes a long way. That's a bonus I suppose.
The moisturiser promises to help clear up spots but it made mine worse to be honest. It clogged up my pores by sitting on top of my skin and it made my skin look greasy and sweaty, not such a good look!
The moisturiser is expensive for what it is and I get better results from my £1.99 cream that I bought from Lidl. It really isn't worth the money and it doesn't live up to it's claims as it doesn't vanish into your skin like it claims to. It doesn't do anything to help with my acne like the store assistant in Lush said it would. It helps with the redness but it doesn't clear my spots and/ or blemishes. Boo!
Not the best facial moisturiser in the world and it's such a shame as I really wanted to like it.
When I went into the shop with a complaint of greasy skin with a dash of acne I was pointed to this product straight away. Not only were the staff very very helpful in store but the cream worked a treat! With plenty of natural ingredients and essential oils myskin cleared up in no time and it has also become less greasy. Although it can be quite hard hitting on the wallet at around £10 a pot it is definately worth it. Since using this product I haven't used any other moisturiser although I would definately contemplate going back to Lush for any other skin complaints or problems that I might have. It can also be used as a moisturiser for any other patches of greasy skin on the body and also works quite well just dabbed straight onto a newly formed spot. Go grab it. It's blimmin' awesome! :)
Hello, all! My latest purchase form my favourite cosmetics store, Lush has been another great success, and so I thought I'd better get typing away and let you know about my new wonder product! "Vanishing Cream" has proved to be a savoir for me, and I think you all deserve to know about it!
~*Why I Bought It*~
I bought Lush's "Vanishing Cream" moisturiser for a number of reasons. At the moment, thanks to the recent blast of icy weather, everyone's skin seems to be dried out, thus resulting in many hydrating moisturisers being brought out and flying off the shelves. However, my skin has decided to turn the other way and turn all oily (eurgh!), with just my lips chapped and dry. So I was in great need of a moisturiser for oily skin, and, unfortunately, for slightly spot prone skin. I am lucky enough not to have extremely spot prone skin, but I get the odd lurker now and again, and I wanted to banish them from my skin!
Having not had the spare cash to visit Lush in a while (I am suffering from post-Christmas shopping blues and skint-ness!), I was suffering great withdrawal symptoms, and after reading a five star review on Ciao on a Lush product, I couldn't resist temptation anymore. And so, a couple of weeks ago I went off into Leeds City Centre with the few spare pennies I had scrimped and saved and decided to buy a product from Lush. I had always assumed I would treat myself to a bubble bar or a bath ballistic, but when I entered the Lush store I was drawn to the mysterious black tubs near the back of the shop. I then remembered my need for a moisturiser!
Looking at the extensive range, it was hard to know which one to pick, but with my experience of (nearly) all things Lush, I knew which ones I could rule out. Although amazingly beneficial (I know this as a result of the testers I have been presented with in the past) "Gorgeous" and "Skin's Shangrila" were ruled out for me because of the price - at £35 and £25.50 each there was just no way I could spend that much. I looked nearer the cheaper end of the range and found a number of possibilities that were slightly more budget friendly - "Cosmetic Lad", "Imperialis", "Skin Drink" and "Vanishing Cream". Now, "Cosmetic Lad" (yes, it is aimed at men) is one I have tried before in a tester, and it worked brilliantly - even though I am a girl! - but I didn't want to risk buying a full pot as my skin really doesn't bare much resemblance to men's! "Skin Drink" was totally out of the question - it is aimed at dry skin and is the most hydrating of all Lush's moisturisers, which I really don't need at the moment. So I was left with a choice of two - "Imperialis" or "Vanishing Cream". "Imperialis" is for combination skin and although it seemed great and was cheaper than "Vanishing Cream", I just thought that "Vanishing Cream" would work better for me, as it said it was especially for oily and spot prone skin.
At £15.25 for a 45g tub, it still isn't cheap, and if I didn't have a past experience with it I really don't think I would have risked spending that amount of money on it, however I had been given a tiny silver pot of the stuff in a set a while back and absolutely loved it. So, I tentatively counted my money (yes! - enough for me to buy the moisturiser, a Ma Bar - after reading angellaura01's review on it I remembered what I had been missing and just couldn't resist - and just about enough to treat myself to a Hot Chocolate Milano in Cafe Nero too! Result!) and headed to the checkout where I was greeted by a smiley woman who told me Vanishing Cream had wondrous results for her and that it paired great with Greased Lightning Spot Gel, luckily I wasn't tempted to buy that as I still had some at home from Christmas time! And so off I went, overall happy with my purchase, but just hoping that "Vanishing Cream" would live up to my memory of it.
~*On The Pot*~
"Vanishing Cream" comes in one of Lush's signature round black tub. They are made from recyclable material and if you can either chuck it in your green bin (when all the moisturiser has been used, of course!) or take it back to Lush with four other black pots in return for a free Fresh Face Mask - how cool is that?!?
All the information is on the underside of the pot or the lid.
On the lid it has the name of the product, the Lush logo, the Lush address and some information which reads:
Low fat moisturiser - Light, easily absorbed cream with minimal oil content. Helps acne-prone, oily skin and T-zone problems. With rose, lavender and witch-hazel
On the underside is a list of ingredients used and a Lush sticker telling you who made the product and when, and when it had been made and when it has to be used by.
The moisturiser does not squirt out from a tube or anything, you simply unscrew the lid, apply and screw the lid back on again, tight. The lid is great and I have had it rattling round in my make up bag for days now and it has not come undone or anything like that, in case you were worried!
~*The Cream Itself*~
The cream is a pure white colour and smells extremely pleasant. You really can smell the main ingredients used; in particular the witch hazel and the lavender. It smells "warm", if you understand my meaning, and it smells of how I think Lush smells. If I had a blindfold test I would be able to recognise this instantly as a Lush product.
The consistency is very, very "creamy" and although not thin it is quite gloopy. In comparison to my other moisturiser, Astral - which has now been relegated to the back of my skincare/make up shelf - it feels more 'real' and organic.
~*Applying The Cream*~
When I first applied the cream it was at night time, when all my make up had been removed and I had cleansed and toned my skin. My skin felt raw and oily at the same time (very unpleasant, I know!), but after applying "Vanishing Cream" everything changed! My skin felt smooth and delicious - so soft! But what's more, it was no longer oily! I couldn't believe it, almost straight away my skin had returned to "normal" mode, no, better than "normal"! Much, much better! After using my old Astral moisturiser on my face, my skin used to feel slightly fake, dry and "bitty", as though the moisturiser hadn't fully absorbed, but using "Vanishing Cream" was a whole different experience! I then applied my Grease Lightning spot gel on a couple of blemishes and went to sleep.
A little goes a long way with this moisturiser; I applied it using my fingertip all over my face and neck and felt I had only used a tiny amount. Even now, over a week later, it looks as though it has barely been used and I'm still scraping bits off the lid! And thanks to its long use-by period (mine was made on 10/02/10 and it's use-by date isn't until 10/04/11!), it will last me a long, long time.
After using it that first night, I woke up in the morning to find gorgeously smooth skin. I used it again in the morning, and after hearing that it doubled up brilliantly as a make up base, put my posh Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Make Up Base (ooh, fancy!) to one side and used this instead. It worked a treat! My skin felt flawless and my foundation sat beautifully on top of it.
The cream isn't particularly thin, but it is light, and doesn't feel heavy or like a layer on my skin at all. It sinks in a treat and just feels like part of me! It also is definitely not oily, which is fantastic!
~*What Else Can It Do?*~
So, night time moisturiser, day cream, make up base,1/5 of a free face mask...surely there is nothing else this moisturiser can do? Well, there is! Lush have brought out a new range of 'Colour Supplements', and after having one tested out on me by one of the lovely staff, I have decided to purchase one next time I'm passing (so expect a glorious review on that soon! Ha, ha!) The colour supplements come in four colours and cost £7.50. They can be used straight on to your skin as a pure foundation, but it is recommended that you blend it with a Lush moisturiser of your choice to make a more natural tinted moisturiser. The kind lady at Lush tried it out with me and showed me how I can choose how strong I have the colour by choosing how much I use in ratio with the moisturiser. It worked an absolute treat, my skin looked flawless and I cannot wait until I return and buy it, and then I can blend away with this astonishing mix of Light Pink Colour Supplement and Vanishing Cream.
~*How Is It So Good At Preventing Oily Skin?*~
Extract from The Lush Times, February 2010:
"Lighter than the average moisturiser, Vanishing Cream only contains 11% oils. If your skin is oily and has a tendency to turn spotty, then this is the solution. Most of our moisturisers are made up of around 20% beautifully skin softening oils because we love our rich creams, but as our customers asked so very politely, Helen blended our linseed, rose and lavender based low fat "lite" cream just for them. If this sounds just like you, please feel free to share."
And that's how they do it. With years of expertise, a little less oil and a lot of listening (to their customers wishes), Lush have managed to create a moisturiser which is an absolute lifesaver for people like me.
~*What It Contains*~
In The Lush Times, all the ingredients that are natural are in green coloured text, and the unnatural ingredients are in black. Just quickly scanning it, I can count on one hand the ingredients that are not natural, the only ones are Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben and Propylparaben. The rest of the ingredients are:
Linseed Infusion, Water, Rose Water, Lavender Honey Water, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Honey, Organic Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Camelia Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Geranium Oil, Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.
And do you know what I love about that? Not only are some ingredients organic, and one Fairtrade (three cheers for that!), but I actually know what almost all of the ingredients are! How many products can you say that about? I mean, most are just full of things like Hjerufkghjghkjabproteinbene (well, that might be made up but you know!), so it is fabulous that Lush are so natural.
~*So, Just To Sum Up...*~
This is definitely the perfect moisturiser for me. I will continue to buy it for as long as my skin is oily, and hopefully it will continue to work miracles for me! I suppose when you think about it, for such a wonderful moisturiser with so many natural ingredients, it isn't a bad price to pay.
I recommend using it with a Colour Supplement and Grease Lightning spot gel, for flawless skin!
~*Thanks for reading, ©xhoneybeex 2010*~
I have normal skin but get an oily forehead due to having a thick fringe and get dry cheeks due to swimming. I find Vanishing cream very easy to use as it absorbs quickly into my skin, it is very lightweight and contains very little oil. I find this cream reduces the oil on my forehead whilst at the same time moisturising my cheeks. It is made from all natural ingreidents and essential oils, is completely vegetarian and not tested on animals. It is a little bit pricy compared to high street brands, but i feel it is worth its money as you only need to use a small ammount to moisturise your whole face. One tub last months and when your finished with the tub, save it and when you take 5 back to a LUSH store they give you a free fresh face mask of your choice worth £4.95!
Lush Vanishing Cream is aimed at people with 'problem skin', those with oily skin or spots. It's made with a 'low-fat base' which basically means there's very little oil in it and no cocoa butter (which is used for very dry skin and adds moisture).
Vanishing cream is lovely and light and sinks into skin very easily so doesn't leave a horrible surface shine like some moisturisers. Also provides a nice smooth base if you're applying make-up over it.
The scent is just heavenly, the dominant smell being lavender, so lovely and calming. I alternate between this in the mornings and Imperialis in the evenings and this outright beats Imperialis for smell.
At £15.25 for a 45g pot it is rather expensive so make sure to ask for a sample to try it out first if you're unsure if it'll work for your skin.
I find that it makes my skin feels soft and does indeed make it appear less oily but maybe not for as long as I'd like, I find I have to get out my Benefit Dr Feelgood after a couple of hours!
I think this definitely has to be my favourite Lush moisturiser for my skin type as it's the most effective and smells the nicest. A little goes a long way too so a pot will last for ages (thankfully! I couldn't afford to buy this too often!).
Remember to keep your black pots too, take 5 empty ones back to get a free fresh face mask!
Lush's Vanishing Cream is a facial moisturiser aimed at problem skins. It's meant for teenagers, those with acne and those with oily T-zones.
I'm none of those things normally, but many moisturisers bring me out in pimples so I thought I'd test it out. First, Lush in general: the shops are overwhelmingly scented, and too long in there makes my head ache. The ethos of cruelty-free, non-animal-tested products and organic wherever possible is something that really appeals to me, as does the recycling-friendly attitude. Lush have a promotion where if you return 5 of their stylish black screw-top pots to a store, you can have a free fresh face mask. Which comes in a black screw-top pot so you can start your collection anew.
Anyway. The moisturiser. It's a whitish colour, very soft when you dip your fingers in it, and it smells delicately sweet and floral, almost. I apply it to face, neck and decolletage, and it soaks in very quickly. It's not greasy at all; instead of being made with cocoa butter, it has shea butter and linseed gel, with low-fat camellia, grapeseed and jojoba oils for the effect and lavender, neroli and geranium essential oils for the smell.
At £15.25 for the 45g tub, this isn't precisely cheap - but it's wonderful for the skin and comes highly recommended.
I decided to go for the Lush Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes offer of 9 products for £12.50 in order to try out some of the things I had not sampled before, such as this moisturising cream.
As we all know Lush are fab company who make fresh handmade cosmetics, using as few preservatives and as little packaging as possible, beauty with a consciense somewhat, Lush were the first people to put into production a palm oil free soap base and personally I find the products superior to many out there at the moment.
Just recently, my skin problems seem to have erupted, noticeably on my face and scalp, just as I received my Lush products funnily enough. It was OK for ages then I made the mistake of dying my own hair with the awful ammonia and nastinesses in it and it has set the skin off again so it seems!!!!
It is £15.25 for 45g.
When I opened my 5ml Vanishing Cream sample it was decidedly sloppy and it seemd to go everywhere but I managed to scoop it back in. It is a 'low fat' moisturiser containing no cocoa butter whatsoever, and is a so called light cream which is suitable for problem skins, comforting and balancing to sore, red, acne, generally, oily T zone, problem skin etc this is meant to be the one to go for, I only chose it at random personally so was excited to see what results I would get.
VEGETARIAN, Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum), Water (Aqua), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Lavender Honey Water (Lavandula angustifolia), Organic Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera), Honey, Stearic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Camellia Oil (Camellia japonica), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The ingredients in this product have been selected for their calming, toning, soothing, oil reducing yet moisturising abilities and there are some fine natural and beautiful ingredients in it!!
The feel was slightly thick, but not as thick as say Nivea in the blue tin, cold creams etc, I recommend storing upright at all times else you will have a horrible job of removing it all around the rim to save wasting it like I did!!!
To apply is of course simple using your fingers, I found it sank in rather well and I forgot that it was on my face after 30 seconds or so.
Smellwise nothing special, but that does not bother me, I would rather it actually work than just have a nice smell to it, although it is a bonus :).
I particularly wanted to blitz some flaky skin that had accumulated on my nose so away I went, and looking at it now it hasn't come back, it is the bane of my life having a flaky skin problem and this moisturiser is good enough to deal with that whilst careful not to upset the natural balance of the skin and cause oily problems.
A 45g pot is good value and will last a couple of months, although make sure it is used before the best before date printed on the side by those lovely Lushies!
I am sure I will be buying this again if I doin't end up trying another one from Lush that I like even more!!!
I recommend everyone swap to this instead of the usual high street brands, give it a go.
This is a beautifully light moisturiser which leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moist again without causing it to feel oily. It really does 'vanish' quickly and is easily absorbed into the skin. Lush explain that this is due to the minimal oil content included in the product.
The skin of my face has been a problem for a while- oily and spotty around the chin and forehead and dry elsewhere. Other moisturisers I had used were too oily and left my skin feeling really greasy. I was dubious about this item, especially at the high price (£15.25 for 45g), but I was determined to find a product which would moisturise my skin and not cause further spots due to my upcoming wedding. Along with other products (a cleanser and a medical antibiotic) my spots did dry up before the wedding and my skin felt fully moisturised. I have now been using this product for a year and a half and I'm really pleased with it. It has a beautiful flowery smell due to the rose and lavender waters, and the witch hazel helps to sooth red spots.
I originally purchased this whilst on the hunt for a new moisturiser as I find it difficult to find moisturisers that sink into my skin easily and I have generally been happy with most of the Lush products I have used in the past.
***My Skin Profile***
I'm in my early twenties and my skin tends to be Normal/Combination and I suffer from quite frequent breakouts mostly around my chin and nose. I tend to have shiny/oily skin in my T-Zone too and I find that my skin has the tendancy to look a little dull from timer to time.
I always find a trip to Lush to be a pleasant shopping experience. The staff are always friendly and very helpful and the place has a nice atmosphere in general. I browsed the shop and decided to go for this particular moisturiser as it stated that it was especially good for troublesome, oily skin and that it helped with T-zone problems.
It comes in a little black tub and costs £15.25 for 45g. I consider this to be a little on the steep side but you have to bear in mind that Lush use natural, highest quality ingrediants.
***The Moisturiser Itself***
I found this moisturiser to have a bit of a strange smell. It's not unpleasant but there's something a bit funny about it, I just can't put my finger on what it reminds me of.
The ingrediants consist of shea butter, linseed gel, camellia, grapeseed, lavender and jojoba oils.
The consistency is good, not too thick and spreads out easily over skin. As I have mentioned I do have the problem that a lot of moisturisers tend to just sit on my skin rather than be absorbed. This was sort of in the middle, mostly it sinks in fine but does leave a slight sticky residue which eventually leaves a bit of a powdery feel behind. I did try applying less but it still did the same thing.
I didn't suffer from any irritation whilst using this and it did moisturise my skin very well.
Sadly, my favourite Garnier moisturiser is all but discontinued - I occasionally come across it in an odd shop, but those times are increasingly rare. So off I went on a hunt for a new favourite.
My second stop was Lush; I was also considering Clinique, but after being ignored at both Boots and John Lewis, I decided to go to friendlier pastures.
The assistants must have been pretty bored in Lush as it was empty, and they started a conversation about what I was looking for, my skin type etc., which was a nice part of the service. One of them even had time to discuss various moisturisers with me and offered to get me some samples - every dooyooer's dream! I noticed when she was explaining the types of moisturiser to me that she didn't try to upsell or sell me the most expensive moisturiser (Gorgeous, £35/45g), and I thought that was pretty considerate.
So off I trotted with my samples - and of course checked out dooyoo to see the reviews. All of them were great, and I decided to try out Vanishing Cream first.
Vanishing Cream is a plain white creamy moisturiser. Upon opening the small plastic tub, I found that it smelled very strongly of teatree, which masked the other scents. Now I associate tea tree with spot treatments and having it put on my hair when I was little for nits, and so it's not a smell I like at all. I don't find it relaxing, and I think it clashes too much with other perfumes, scents and make up to use as a moisturiser. I guess it may be good for spots though?
Vanishing Cream is designed to keep skin looking and feeling young, and I can't really comment on that because I'd have to get several years' use of it before I'd be qualified to comment on that.
Use-wise, the moisturiser rubbed in easily; however it made my skin feel quite tight and a little uncomfortable. That feeling wore off within about a minute though, and I was left with the horrible tea tree smell. If anything, my skin feels a little drier than before. This is probably because it's designed for oily skin, and when I touch my forehead (which is a little oily), it feels quite greasy to my fingers.
So, overall I'm not too impressed with this one. It does contain fair trade shea butter though, and isn't tested on animals as it's a Lush product. If you have big problems with spots or acne then it may be worth asking for a sample of this stuff. Otherwise it's £14.95 for the 45g pot. And I'd recommend using it at night, because it does smell very strong. I'm disappointed, but hopefully one of the others will be better.
I got this cream after I had been suffering from some mild blemishes on my face. I had read that this cream helps with problem skin so I thought I would give it a go. The cream itself is quite a light, thin feeling formula which means it is easy to apply and does not feel at all heavy. It contains lavender, which is said to be good for the skin, and you can smell this when you apply the cream, which is nice and relaxing. The smell is not at all overpowering though.
I found that I only needed to dip the end of my finger into the pot to get enough to cover my whole face and neck, consequently the pot lasted for months and months. It is also really easily absorbed - whereas I have used other creams where my face feels amp for a while after using, even when I only apply a minimum amount. I really liked the fact that it was so quickly and easily absorbed because it meant I din't have to wait before putting on my make up.
I did notice a difference in my skin after using the cream for a while. I didn't have any breakouts when I was using the cream on a regular basis, and I also thought my skin had a more even tone to it, meaning that I could skip foundation on some days to give my face a break form all that make up blocking up my pores all day.
All in all i think this is a great cream that I will definitely replace. It is the only cream that I really have seen results for. I have used creams in the past that haven't really done anything for me so I was really surprised that this cream really cleared my skin up.
I picked up this moisturiser after deciding to try out the Lush skincare range. After reading reviews on dooyoo I decided on my new skincare routine, which included fresh farmacy as a face soap/cleanser, the tea tree toner tabs and then finally the vanishing cream. I suffer from problem skin, I am incredibly prone to spots, therefore I picked products that specifically combat this problem.
The vanishing cream comes in the traditional Lush black pot with screwtop lid, this one holds 45 grams of product. This means that once the pot is empty, you can hold on to it and once you have five black pots of any size, then you can bring them back and claim a free fresh face mask! The cream retails at £14.95, which is a bit pricey for a moisturiser, however I do consider it well worth the price.
The cream is promoted as a 'low fat' moisturiser, which basically means it is very light and not at all oily, therefore it is unlikely to break someone out in spots. In fact the sticker on the product states that it has minimal oil content and helps acne prone, oily skin and T-zone problems. The moisturiser contains lots of lovely sounding ingredients; the main three are witch hazel, lavender and rose. The witch hazel acts as an antiseptic, killing nasty spot germs and the lavender helps keep the skin clear and also the smell itself relaxes. The Lush website states that they have not used cocoa butter, as it is 'not for everyone' which I assume means it is too rich for some people, instead they have used shea butter which is lighter but just as moisturising.
When using the product I find it absorbs almost instantly, which is a plus if you are in a rush. You really don't have to use that much either so I predict it will last me a long while. It also preps skin perfectly for make up and there will be no overly oily or dry patches (I have combination skin). I also find that my face feels moisturised all through the day, so there is no need to reapply outside of the morning/evening skin care routine. In regards to the smell, I can pick out the rose and lavender as the most dominant smells, although i guess this might be different for everyone as different people pick up on different scents.
This product can also be bought in a pump bottle, although I prefer the pot as I can save it and use it back to claim a face mask, also it can really get all the product out and have more control over how much I use.
Overall I will give this product 5/5 as it is lightweight and combined with my other skincare products it has calmed my face down and zapped a lot of my spots. Despite the price I think it is good value for money as it can be recycled in the Lush pot recycle program, it is lasting really well and also it has approximately a year before it expires, which can sometimes be a problem with Lush products.
Contains essential oils to help keep your skin looking and feeling young /