How do you feel about face masks? I am not the biggest fan. My skin can be quite sensitive and many face masks are too intense for my dry, dehydrated skin as so many masks seem to be geared towards other skin needs than mine. So to be fair, I haven’t tried a whole lot and when I try them it is usually with very mixed results. Still, from time to time, I like to go out on a limb and try something differently and when I found this mask that promises to have the benefit of honey, peppermint and some blossom seeds, I thought I could give it a try.
Skincare review: Lush Mask of Magnaminty face mask
This particular face mask comes in a few variations. There is the fresh version or the preserved one. I have the preserved version in the smallest tub because I knew I would be hard pressed to use it up before it expires to begin with. This version retails for €11 which is not bad if you consider you get quite some uses out of this and most single use masks retail for about half the price of this one. A jar contains 125 grams of product so this will last you a god 6 months even if you use it every single week.
What does this face mask have to offer?
I totally bought this on a whim, hoping it would be a nice change from my usual skincare routine. One of the reasons why I mostly don’t use face masks is pretty simple: I believe that a good, everyday skincare routine is much better for your skin than these once in a while pick me ups. So I choose consistency over a face mask that I can use once a week tops (else it becomes too much) and then I still have to be quite careful. Of course I was sucked in by the claims: this promises to be soothing and refreshing at the same time. It contains several ingredients that should make your skin feel fresh while still nourished, yet it should also clean out your skin as there is some clay as well as some scrubbing particles in there.
How does the face mask perform?
So this is a bit of a weird one. It wasn’t as intense as I had expected, but it also didn’t perform the way I had hoped. The clay in this mask makes it quite drying. When you wash it off, you get an additional scrub due to the particles that are in the mask. In short, I liked the way this felt on the skin until I washed it off. The peppermint not only smells nice, but indeed feels very refreshing. The honey, which looks a bit oily in the tub, makes this feel more nourishing than most clay based face masks I have tried. But then you wash it off and it feels as if you are scrubbing off sand paper, which my sensitive skin did not like at all. I was left with skin that felt raw and it looked very red after.
What are the ingredients like?
Maybe I should have paid better attention when buying this and had a closer look at the ingredient list. Still, with many skincare products I never know what it might do on my skin unless I try it, so I took the gamble and in this case it didn’t pay off. The ingredient list is as follows:
Bentone gel, Kaolin, Honey, Talc, Ground Organic Aduki Beans, Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben
What’s strange is that the Dutch ingredient list first lists honey, so I can’t be sure that the formulation of this product is the same wherever you buy this.
My final thoughts
I was hoping this would be a great product but alas! The Lush Mask of Magnaminty wasn’t great for my sensitive skin. It sounded good enough on paper, but in the end it didn’t work well with my skin’s makeup. With Lush I have found that I love their haircare stuff, but many of their other products are just too strongly fragranced and not the best if you have sensitive skin. I keep trying things, hoping there is something I might like, but often the packaging isn’t easy to use, the product isn’t great and then the products also expire super quickly to boot. Maybe I should just give up on Lush skincare products altogether and stick to what I know my skin loves.
Would I recommend Lush Mask of Magnaminty?
I wouldn’t say don’t go out and buy this. I think this face mask is a good one if you want that once in a while pick me up and if your skin isn’t too sensitive. I am not enough of an expert to know anything about the ingredients and be able to determine whether they do anything for your skin or not. So I can only speak from my experience which just wasn’t great.