Sunday 28 February 2016

Speed Review: Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

I incorporate face masks as & when I feel that my skin needs them, rather than being disciplined about using them every Sunday for example. I recently tried Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, upon recommendation from a friend. Described as a skin balancing & calming mask, it contains clarifying & soothing rosemary, thyme & lavender essential oils along with kaolin to purify dull, blemished & congested, sensitive skin.

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask review

On first impressions, the packaging is in keeping with the Elemis branding. I didn't like that the large outer box has a false side as it initially appears as though you're getting more product than is the case. The tube inside looks quite clinical but the presentation is inoffensive. I appreciated the functionality of the tube which made it easy to dispense the mask without wastage.

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask has a smooth texture which was easy to apply to skin, without mess. The mask doesn't contain any exfoliating particles which I liked as I don't always want an exfoliating mask & in fact, I often exfoliate my skin beforehand if I know I'll be applying a mask so as to obtain optimum benefits. It felt gentle on the skin and as you'd expect from the name, it had a herbal scent which I personally liked. The only downside was that I felt as though I needed to use quite a lot of the product.

The mask gets to work in 10-15 minutes which some people may like as it's a good opportunity to take some "me time". I didn't mind this but I certainly wouldn't want to wear the mask for any longer, purely for reasons of convenience. That said, it's not an uncomfortable mask and in fact, my skin felt quite cooled while it was on. The mask didn't dry out on skin as some clay based masks can but it did "set".

When it came to removing the mask, I found it easy to remove with a damp cloth. It wasn't messy as some clay masks, or those with exfoliating granules, can be.

Following use, my skin didn't feel tight or stripped. My skin's tone appeared more even and brighter but I didn't notice many other effects.

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask is an enjoyable, pampering mask to use but I'm not convinced that it's particularly results driven and as such, I'd struggle to justify a repurchase at £30 for 75ml.


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