Advantages fresh but mild mint smell, gently exfoliating, easy to spread over skin
Disadvantages a little drying after washing off but not for long
A few weeks ago, after much online window shopping and deliberating, I found myself replenishing my stocks from Lush over the internet and (quite on impluse) decided to buy a couple of items that I’d never tried, one of which was their Mask of Magnaminty. I’d seen it online and in the Preston branch a few times but hadn’t tried it out, so I took a gamble.Lush class it as a cleanser rather than a mask, and it comes in a deceptively small tub so I doubted how many uses I’d realistically get out of it . . . I usually get around six face-sized applications from 75g of Catastrophe Cosmetic, but that only has to cover my face and I expected this one (at 125g) would last perhaps long enough for three or four back/chest/face coverings.
It looks like a slightly darker mint ice cream green. I’ve heard it described as being like mint ice-cream and it is similar - dull pale mint green with bits (ground aduki beans, apparently - I don’t know what these are but they’re finely ground so the mask doesn’t look lumpy or uneven, just grainy), so it’s worryingly like a Mr. Whippy consistency mint ice cream might. Unlike with the fresh face masks, I don’t think this one has to be kept in the fridge - the best before date is about four months after the “made on” date, and in the shops it always seems to be on a shelf rather than in the chilled section. I think this is probably a good thing - I reckon it would be more invigoratingly minty if it was chilled before use, but that might result in someone digging into it with a spoon which might not be a great idea! (Incidentally, I reckon one application would equate to just over a tablespoonful, but I just apply it with my fingers.)I exfoliated first with Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin cleanser - which I use almost daily, or daily if I remember to - having a really bad cold at the moment, all of me feels congested including my face (it doesn’t look it, but I thought that - for once - I’d be good and cleanse before using this mask).
I like certain things in a face mask and one of my minimum hopes is that it will be spreadable and moist for long enough for me to cover my face before it dries. This Mask of Magnaminty isn’t as “thick” and “powdery” to the touch as Catastrophe Cosmetic (I noticed in the ingredients list that it does contain honey as well as kaolin and talc, whereas Catastrophe Cosmetic has more “dry ingredients” like calamine powder and talc, so this might explain it) and I liked the consistency - not so thick that it dried too soon but not so runny that I expected it to drip.The scrubby bits in it don’t feel scratchy when it goes on, actually it’s relatively smooth. The main feeling I noticed was a tingly nearly-cold-but-not-quite-cold minty sensation a few moments after applying. I wouldn’t say the minty smell was especially overpowering - I’ve currently got a pretty bad cold but I first used this mask before that struck and thought the minty scent was present, but not so strong as to be “in your face” or eye-watering.
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