*Face Mask Friday* – LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic

When disaster looms Catastrophe Cosmetic calms and cleanses the skin. This is the claim of this, my first LUSH face mask. I thought I would start off my new series with something totally new to me but widely discussed in the beauty community. LUSH, as I mentioned in my ‘haul’ post always struck me as a bit of a rip off to be frank. I liked the packaging, the snazzy smells and the idea that everything was natural and hand made but when you’re told that you’re about to spend 6 quid on something you might only get 3 uses out of an if you don’t use it fast enough it is going to go off.. nothing about that screams ‘buy this‘ to me. Regardless, I was in the vicinity of a store last week with time to kill (we all know how dangerous that can be) and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I didn’t have anything in mind when I went in but I was suffering some monster break outs and new I’d like a mask. The sales woman pointed me in the direction of Catastrophe Cosmetic because blueberries and chamomile are known to detox and soothe when topically applied.. yeah alright, I thought.

I got it home and (after taking some photos – I’m a dutiful blogger) I whacked it on my face. First thoughts.. it didn’t want to stick to my skin, it took some real smearing and rubbing to get it to stay put, something I’ve never found with another face mask but I put it down to it being all natural and the fact it lives in the fridge. While we’re on that subject I thought I’d HATE having to keep my face masks in the fridge but quite the opposite.. I generally apply them during the day anyway and they’re so refreshingly cool I’m considering putting them all in there. Within 5 minutes the mask started to dry and flake off my face in chunks, this is not ideal for someone like me that likes to wear them while doing the ironing… I’m fairly certain my husband doesn’t want blueberry mush on his collar. I’ve since used this only in the tub while I’m washing my hair and such as it’s a messy one and not something to be worn around the house.

I’ve dabbled with layering it on thick and using just a thin coating but it seems to make little difference to the flakey problem. For those of you that like a quick acting treatment this is probably perfect for you but for me.. not so much. With regard to whether it actually did anything..I’m not sure. I’m never looking for super instant results from a face mask and in truth I kind of think they’re all a bit of a placebo. I guess that’s why I like to leave it on for longer, my face only really feels different when it’s on.. once it’s washed off I have the usual clean feeling but not much else. My breakouts did not diminish, my skin didn’t feel softer or look brighter and overall.. I’m just not that impressed. I think perhaps if you suffer from serious  acne you might see an improvement but if, like me, you have regular or drier skin with the occasional blemish I don’t think you’ll get much from this.

I did use this for a week before reviewing and will still continue to use it up, I don’t dislike it I just don’t think it did anything for me. It also hasn’t put me off LUSH, I actually went out and bought the Brazen Honey mask this week which I’ll keep schtum about for now as it will feature next Friday but let’s just say I think it’s ‘more me’. One last note, They sales woman told me I’d get three uses and I have easily used it 5 already and have more than half left. I’m not sure how big she thought my face was but I am not sparing with it and it’s lasting really well so don’t let that discourage you from trying their stuff.

As always I encourage you to tell me I’m wrong in the comments, Skin and Hair Care are so specific to the individual’s ‘needs’ that when researching what might work for you it’s important to get as many opinions as possible because your skin type could be the opposite of mine.

Until next week my face mask aficionados!

Miss BB



  1. 20 July, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    I’m not a fan of their prices, or the smell when you walk into the shop!! But – my friend goes mad for Lush, wonder if it’s like Marmite?
    Kathryn x

  2. Sian
    21 July, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your moisturiser. It’s a slow process but gradually gets rid of blemishes and protects against future breakouts (ha, that sounded more like a battle than a spot treatment). It does tend to purge your skin during the first few weeks but that can only be a good thing right?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 July, 2012 / 8:49 am

      I used to cover my face in tea tree oil.. love that stuff

  3. 18 September, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    I won a LUSH party earlier this year, we all had this face mask on…it took ages to wash off and my skin broke out even worse than normal! Not a happy bunny!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:46 pm

      oh no! I have heard a lot of people react to essential oils etc so perhaps it contains some? face masks are always a bit touch and go

  4. Katie
    25 September, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    What’s your fav lush mask?

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