Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Review: Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

I went into Lush last month for the first time in years, based on another blogger favourite - Lush fresh face masks. I didn't even realise before this that Lush did skincare products, shame on me!! 

I have combination skin, which is spot prone particularly on my T-zone. I spent ages looking at the face masks on offer and decided to settle on Cosmetic Warrior. I chose this because it's designed for spot prone skin and contains lots of great sounding natural ingredients, including garlic and tea tree oil (natural antiseptics), free range eggs (to tighten the texture of the skin and help regulate sebum), grapes (to clean and cool) and honey (softens, moisturises and is anti-microbal - so kills bacteria). As with the rest of the fresh face mask range, this 75g pot has to be kept in the fridge and has should be used within a month. 

The blurb:

"This gentle face mask combats spots and soothes troubled skins... Use it to banish breakouts."



There's no getting away from it, this face mask STINKS. The garlic and tea tree oil smell hits you instantly when you open the pot but becomes less strong as the mask dries. However, ever in the search of clear skin, I willingly put up with it!! Thankfully the smell also doesn't linger after it's been washed off.

Cosmetic Warrior has a very thick formula with little pieces of grape mixed in throughout. Lush recommends applying a generous layer and leaving it on for 5 to 10 minutes, before washing off with warm water. No pictures of it on my face unfortunately - but I did think I looked quite funny with pieces of grape randomly dotted about my face!



After using this for a month I found that leaving this on for 10 minutes was too strong for me and the next day I would have random dry patches on my face. Reducing it down to 5 minutes meant that I didn't have this problem so much though. When it comes to spots I found that Cosmetic Warrior did make them less red and ever so slightly reduced in size. Whether it banishes spots in the long term I don't know, I think I'd need to use this for a few more months to be able to make this judgement. 

The Verdict

I will definitely be going back and buying another face mask from Lush - whether it's this one I'm not sure. I think next time I will talk to a sales assistant and see what they recommend based on my skin type and experience with this particular mask. But if you have very oily skin and suffer with spots then I would recommend trying this, as long as you can put up with the smell! 

Cosmetic Warrior is £5.95 and can be viewed on Lush's website here.

Have you tried any Lush fresh face masks? Which one is your favourite?

Beauty Bird xx
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18 comments

  1. I've seen tonnes of Lush cosmetics reviews lately, I really should try them out!

    They are a little on the expensive side for me, but I guess you need to pay the price for quality :)

    Laura x
    http://laurasallmadeupbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They are a little expensive considering they only last a month, but I think you definitely pay for what you get. It's lovely that they're fresh and handmade!x

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  2. I love the fresh face masks! This sounds ace and I love the smell of garlic so it may be the one for me!
    It sounds like I have similar skin to you and I've got on really well with Catastrophe Cosmetic and Mask of Magnaminty, I've reviewed them both on my blog :)

    xo

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    1. Thank you! I have had a look at both of these masks online and they sound lovely, I'm just not sure which to go for next! :-) x

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  3. Sounds good but you're right next time checking what's best for your skin type, the team in Lush are so helpful I'm sure they'll help you pick the right one!

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    1. Yeah I really should have done that first! I think I'm so used to going for the stronger, spot fighting products, that I forget my skin has changed and that it's not a complete oil slick any more lol x

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  4. Try Brazened Honey, seriously it's my absolute favourite and we have similar skin :) xo

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    1. Thanks hun I will definitely check that one out! I'm intrigued to see which one Lush will recommend x

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  5. Ooh, I love Lush facemasks but I haven't tried one in ages! I love the fact that they are fresh and they feel so lovely and cooling on the skin having been kept in the fridge. I always half feel like eating them though! Ha. Tempted to go and get a couple at the weekend as I can't get enough of facemasks at the mo.
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha my boyfriend did scrunch up his face when he spotted the tub in our fridge! I don't think he understands it hehe. I think that's what really makes these stand out, that they're fresh and cool. Definitely recommend picking some up :-) x

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  6. Love lush facemasks! My fsvourite is definitely Oatifix, great for dry skin :) x

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    1. They all sound so lush (excuse the pun hehe)! Hoping to get another this weekend! x

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  7. I've always wanted to try this but never bought it due to the smell! I might go and ask for a sample to see how I get on :)
    My favs are Catastrophe Cosmetic and Love Lettuce, though I also really like Cupcake and Brazened Honey! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It is a very strong smell! I didn't realise Lush offered samples, will have to bear this in mind! X

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    2. A great lush review. very cute cosmetic. I like this so much.

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  8. Lush face masks are great! It's a shame you don't get very much for the money though :( I've just reviewed the Soap & Glory 'Co Clogs Allowed' mask which was made for people with spot-prone skin!

    Beautyonaabudget.blogspot.com

    Shelley x

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    1. Not heard of that mask! I'll check out your review, thanks!xx

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