Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask Review

Lush calls Catastrophe Cosmetic a "calming and moisturising fresh face mask packed with blueberries, calamine and chamomile, rose, and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. We use wholesome blueberries as they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E that help to protect the skin from damage. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto clean skin and leave for 10 to 15 minutes." Part of Lush's Fresh Face Mask range, Catastrophe Cosmetic contains 60g of product and retails for $13.95AUD ($9.95USD), and can only be purchased in-store. I was lucky enough to get my tub for free when I returned some empty black pots. Lush is a cruelty free company, and most of their products, including Catastrophe Cosmetic, are vegan friendly. This face mask was made in Australia.

All Fresh Face Masks come in a standard Lush Black Pot. A label affixed to the screw top lid offers a brief product description and a reminder that this product needs to be kept refrigerated. On the back of pot you'll find a full ingredient list. Lush's black pots are recyclable, either through your local municipal program, or you can return them to Lush stores - when you exchange five empty black pots, you get to choose a Fresh Face Mask for free!
Catastrophe Cosmetic is a pale blue paste with a smattering of real blueberries mixed through. This Fresh Face Mask has a surprisingly dry consistency that makes it difficult to apply evenly. I've found that the best way to get a smooth application of this mask is to mix it with a few drops of water in the palm of your hand before application - this thins out the mask slightly, helping it glide over the skin instead of latching on immediately and refusing to budge. Catastrophe Cosmetic dries down at lightning speed - Lush recommends leaving it on the skin for between 10-15 minutes, but in my experience, this mask is dry and flaky in less than five minutes. When I say flaky, I mean it too - this mask causes a flurry of fall out once it begins to crumble off your face. Luckily, this blue face mask rinses quite easily and doesn't tint the skin.

I went into the Lush in Sydney's Town Hall Station with the intention of picking up Rosy Cheeks, and was disappointed to see that they were sold out of it, as well as my second choice, Brazened Honey. I halfheartedly selected Catastrophe Cosmetic, not expecting to really like it. Though I was initially put off by this mask's textural issues, I have to say I really like it! Each application of this Fresh Face Mask has left my skin soft, smooth, and calm, with reduced redness. Has this mask had a major impact on my skin? No, not at all, but it's been a pleasant addition to my morning routine.
Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask
I was under the impression that like many Lush masks, Catastrophe Cosmetic had a clay base - but I was wrong, there isn't any clay in this thick, pasty mask! Instead, this mask is a blend of calamine and talc powders mixed into an antioxidant and vitamin rich algae gel. Before I move on, I want to touch on calamine, which I always thought of as a soothing ingredient (probably because my mum slathered me in it every time I got poison ivy), but apparently this zinc based substance is a potential source of irritation. Talc can also be controversial, though most of it's negative side effects have been questioned and disproven, it also doesn't have any strong benefits for the skin. Moving on - the next few ingredients really do have skin benefits. The inclusion of mashed blueberries infuses Catastrophe Cosmetic with a healthy dose of brightening arbutine, while glycerine and almond oil hydrate the skin. Rose and chamomile extracts are included to soothe the skin. I find the rest of the ingredient list kind of questionable - sweet orange oil, limonene, and fragrance all lend to this mask's soft pleasant scent, but they're all known irritants as well.
Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask Demo
[notice how dry it is, despite being freshly applied)
I know I just questioned about half of Catastrophe Cosmetic's ingredient list, but that doesn't mean I don't like the product! I can't say that I particularly enjoy the consistency of this pseudo-clay mask - I definitely think it could benefit from some more emollients, but I do like what it does for my skin. Catastrophe Cosmetic is a nice quick fix for calming redness and softening the skin, and like all of Lush's Fresh Face Masks, it offers a novelty factor that makes it a treat to use. If you're turning in some black pots, Catastrophe Cosmetic is a solid choice for your next free mask. 


Ingredients:
Calamine Powder, Talc, Irish Moss Gel, Blueberries, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Rose Absolute, Blue Chamomile Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Limonene, Methyl Ionone, Fragrance

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