Having been a fan of Lush for a number of years the fresh face masks are easily some of their most popular products. Selling many face masks a year worldwide, they are proving a hit with customers and now with the flagship Oxford Street store opening, there are now five new face masks for customers to try.
Due to the fresh ethics that the company uphold, the majority of the face masks have to be kept in the fridge (there are two exceptions), due to the fact they don’t have preservatives in them. Think of them as food for the face.
This is a rundown of the face masks and the ones that I personally enjoy the most, so please take this article with a pinch of salt and please be aware that my skin is most probably different to your skin.
Firstly, I’ll start with the Oxford Street exclusives.
With the main ingredients being rose and calamine this is the perfect soothing face mask and is a great one if you just want to pamper yourself! Whilst I prefer face masks that have exfoliant in them this was a lovely one and I found it didn’t dry as quickly as the other ones which is great for the Winter months or if your skin tends to be drier.
Prince of Darkness
Full of charcoal the Prince of Darkness is black in colour and is a tad messy but the results are totally worth it! The charcoal, sourced from Poole, is a great de-toxifier and will get deep down into the pores taking away with it any dirt and grime. Think of it as the Kim and Aggie face mask.
Full of gorgeous butters and oils, this left my skin feeling much more cleansed and very soft. One of my favourites.
The Man In The Mushroom
With a long list of varied ingredients this face mask is a great face mask if you have sensitive skin yet you want your skin brighter. Oyster mushroom and avocado help to soften the skin whilst turmeric powder brightens and aloe vera soothes.
All in all, this was a nice face mask. It was runnier then I was expecting and took a while to dry – definitely one for after a long day!
Don’t Look At Me
This was easily my favourite of the four exclusive face masks that can be found at the flagship Oxford Street store – not only because of the bright Smurf-like colour, but also because of the smell! Lemon juice and grapefruit oil make the scent really fresh and uplifting, as well as brightening and revitalising the skin.
Murumuru butter and kaolin are also used to soften the skin with rice and tofu used to exfoliate which makes it very deep cleansing and a similar texture to the Brazened Honey face mask.
The following face masks are available from every UK Lush store unless sold out:
Blueberries and calamine help to soothe irritated skin and help with any breakouts that ensue especially good for hormonal breakouts which tend to occur on the lower half of the face specifically the chin.
This one is a fantastic ‘starter’ face mask. Gorgeous in colour, texture and scent this is a great one if you haven’t had a face mask before. All the face masks are clay based so therefore harden.
This is also a fantastic one for the summer as the calamine will help to soothe any sunburn or redness caused by severe heat. The blueberries used are also high in vitamins A, C and E which help to protect the skin from any damage.
Garlic, tea tree, eggs and honey all make this the perfect face mask for severe acne and breakouts. Whilst it doesn’t smell too fantastic at first it most certainly does the trick.
Soothing and nourishing this is also great for those that have sensitive skin caused by acne with the eggs tightening the skin also. Due to the tea tree and garlic this mask is highly cleansing and will get all the dirt and grime well and truly out!
Easily one of my favourites and easily one of the most popular face masks that Lush has invented. This one is full of lime and honey to deeply cleanse, soften and brighten the skin.
Anything with citrus in tends to break down excess oil as well as brighten the skin. This can sometimes be quite harsh on the skin so honey is added to soothe, soften and nourish.
Sage, rosemary and juniper berry infusion are antiseptic so your face will be feeling super squeaky clean! The fennel will also brighten the skin, making it perfect for the summer.
Personally, I enjoy this one as every time I use it I can see a difference and I also enjoy a face mask that has a scrub in as it makes my skincare routine that little bit quicker.
This would have to be my second favourite face mask after Brazened Honey. Lavender and ground almond shells are the two main ingredients in this one with lavender fantastic for soothing and balancing the skin and the almond shells being the exfoliant.
Kaolin also helps to cleanse the skin and gets any dirt out with honey soothing the skin which is always needed after exfoliation. The reason why this face mask rates so highly is because this made my ski n radiant, soft and helped to keep my acne away when I was a teenager.
Similar to Catastrophe Cosmetic, BB Seaweed is a fantastic all-rounder. Full of rose and seaweed this is the perfect one for even the most sensitive of skin with rose helping to soothe and the seaweed helping to nourish and soften the skin.
With the seaweed being sourced from Poole, Lush is a company that sources everything as close to home as possible. This really shows in this face mask as there are physical seaweed chunks in it! Whilst it’s not my favourite as I prefer more of an exfoliation this is a fantastic one if you are having a cheeky night in and don’t want something too heavy!
If wrinkle is your issue then Ayesha comes to the rescue! Asparagus and kiwi help to tighten and brighten the skin whilst witch hazel and fuller’s earth helps to absorb dirt and even out skin tone.
Personally I find that this one is great as a body mask too as it really does help to tighten the skin. Whilst it’s best to start combating the signs of aging young, this is one that I’ve probably used the least. That being said I still enjoyed using it.
Fantastic for those who suffer with drier skin and doubly fantastic for those that want super soft skin. Bananas, almonds, oats and vanilla make this a fantastic face mask for drier and more sensitive skin especially those who suffer with breakouts.
This face mask looks like porridge, although I wouldn’t recommend eating it, and personally speaking I find the texture of this makes this face mask quite hard to use. Fresh is best and this is definitely the case with this one as a super fresh batch, I find, means an easier application.
The Sacred Truth
Being off the shelves for a number of months, The Sacred Truth is back with a vengeance. Reformulated, I see this as a fantastic alternative to Ayesha as it still have the tightening and brightening elements whilst nourishing the skin more so fantastic for more mature skin that tend to have the odd dry patch.
The Sacred Truth is full of papaya and ginkgo leaf to boost the blood circulation which in turn helps to brighten and tighten the skin. Honey, yoghurt and egg help to soothe, soften and nourish the skin.
Having tried both the new version and the older version I would have to say that the reformulated Sacred Truth is a lot runnier and it seems not as clay based as the original meaning that it won’t harden as the other ones do. That being said, I have tried it and it did what it said on the pot!
Originally designed as a fun face mask for teenagers this chocolate and mint infused face mask is great for oil control and breakouts due to the toning rhassoul mud Lush have to get royal assent from Morocco to use.
Vanilla also helps to soothe the skin as well as give this face mask a highly chocolate bakery type smell. The Colombian cocoa powder not only helps with the scent but also softens the skin.
Having used a super fresh batch of this face mask before I would have to say this made my skin feel really smooth and soft. I tend to reach for this one the warmer it gets as it helps get rid of excess oil which I tend to product more of in the summer months.
Fresh ingredients means the freshest skin and, whilst I have tried numerous other face masks from other companies, the Lush face masks are the ones I always return to and are some of the best out there today.