Does anyone even say 411 anymore? Anyway, I’ve been noticing the popularity of my Short Guide to Lush Cleansers article and thought I would follow that up with a Lush face masks breakdown. I no longer work at Lush (but they haven’t added any new masks since I worked there). I am still obsessed with the products though so here’s what I know about their masks.
Lush currently carries 14 masks, 12 of which can only be purchased in stores (in the US) due to their super fresh ingredients and rapid expiration dates. Lush’s mask range covers basically any skincare need that can be addressed with a mask. I have tried them all except for one (I’m allergic) and the quality of these masks is on par with high end brands.
Lush allows their customers to return 5 Lush empty and clean containers in exchange for a free mask, though most of the masks are less than $13 so relatively inexpensive. Lush masks are made fresh on a weekly basis and shipped to the store on Fridays, so I suggest making a visit Friday evening or Saturday because they can sell out pretty quickly. The fresh masks should be kept in the refrigerator when not in use. Each container has 3-4 applications of product for a full face mask.
Lush Face Mask Guide
good for all skin types except sensitive skin
best for anti-aging purposes
When I think of Ayesha I picture a wise woman who knows all the home remedies to look young and beautiful forever. The most crucial ingredient in Ayesha is a clay called Fuller’s Earth, known for its skincare benefits; it helps to remove scars and smooth the complexion, detoxify and absorb excess oil, but it also improves skin elasticity which is what keeps us looking young. This mask also contains asparagus for firming the skin, kiwi for brightening and rose to soothe. Ayesha may be too active for anyone with sensitive skin, but other than that, it’s a summertime favorite.
good for all skin types!
very calming and soothing
BB is a creamy little thing that tends to get overlooked, but is a great mask for specific purposes. For someone with a sunburn, a rash, rosacea, sensitive skin, oily skin or anyone that just wants to feel like they’re having a spa day, this is the mask to choose. Kaolin clay purifies the skin while honey, seaweed and aloe vera soothe away any skin problems. There is also rose and olive oil to further reduce redness and provide a balance of moisture.
best for normal to oily skin
great for brightening and exfoliating
I’m just going to come right out and say that this is my favorite mask. I’ve got a review on the GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment mask and this is almost a dupe for that! Brazened Honey is rich in honey (no duh) which is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to fight germs on the skin that can be causing breakouts and premature aging. The eggs in this mask provide lots of protein to rebuild the skin for smoother texture. The lime, ginger and ground almond provide a medley of brightening for the best texture of exfoliant a girl could ask for. Just think of this mask as an all in one skin overhaul. Trust me, it’ll be your jam.
good for all skin types except severely dry skin
best for soothing and fighting breakouts
Pimples, what’s good? This mask is a miracle worker for fighting those untimely breakouts that try to ruin our day. The major ingredient, calamine powder, is great for absorbing excess oil to suck the bacteria right out of those pimples for a gentle feeling cleanse. Further soothe with chamomile and rose and replenish moisture with vitamin E found in almond oil. The blueberries help to prevent any new breakouts with free-radical fighting antioxidants. Let’s just say I like to use this mask around the full moon…
best for normal to oily/acne-prone skin
kills breakouts, seriously.
Ok, so if Catastrophe Cosmetic doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, or you don’t think it’s strong enough for you, consider CW. It’s like Catastrophe’s big brother. This mask is a blend of whacky ingredients like garlic, tea tree oil, grapes, eggs and honey (that’s basically all that is in there). The mixture is loaded with acne fighters, bacteria killers and skin soothers to give a three-in-one effect. Bonus—this mask is great to use as a preventative treatment. What do you think of this mask if you’ve seen it/tried it?
good for any skin type
fights hormonal issues and breakouts
Cupcake is a true OG and a fan-favorite across the globe (probably because it contains chocolate). The rhassoul mud in this mask helps to bring skin to balance while also purging toxins. The mint helps with toning and brightening while the vanilla and cocoa butter provide much needed moisturizing. This mask is great for hot and sweaty summer days to stay looking our best the entire season long or for the perfect pick me up.
great for all skin types
exfoliating and provides glow
CC is currently one of the newest Lush masks but it was a fast fan-favorite. It literally smells like a sweet, creamy hot cup of java. The texture is thick and sticky, and this is one of two masks that does not need to be refrigerated, so it’s got a ‘long’ shelf life. It is similar to Brazened Honey in exfoliant grade, but slightly chunkier, so it’s great for rubbing off dead skin on the surface. All the ground beans in Cup O’ Coffee also help to richen deeper skintones and give a subtle summer glow. The caffeine aspect energizes the skin for a youthful boost. The agave and vanilla really pull in moisture—basically after using this you’ll look like a Brazilian supermodel.
good for all skin types but may be too stimulating for sensitive skin
brightening and balancing
Don’t Look At Me is another one of my mask favorites, and another of their newer masks in the range. The star ingredients IMHO are lemon, rice and murumuru butter. The rice milk, rice syrup and silken tofu within are gentle toners for an even, brightened complexion; but when lemon, grapefruit and neroli join the party it’s a brightening boost of epic proportions. Tofu is also naturally a stimulant for estrogen, which in turn can boost the collagen that keeps our skin supple and youthful. The texture of this mask is half liquidy half chunky and full of ground rice for a medium grade of exfoliant, which isn’t really necessary due to all the active acids within. Kaolin clay detoxifies and achieves balance while the butter gives skin an addictively moisturized feel.
good for all skin types
brightens and balances
I’m just now realizing how big Lush is on brightening the skin. But that’s great, because we all need a little glow from within. Love Lettuce may have been the bestselling fresh mask before DLAM was launched. This mask is primarily soothing because of lavender and agar agar gel, but it also exfoliates with ground almonds so it’s a great mask to use when getting over a breakout. Eliminate impurities with honey, kaolin and fuller’s earth for skin that is like you, but better.
good for normal to oily skin; not compatible with sensitive skin
fights breakouts and balances excess oil
Mask of Mag is a powerful mask that has truly changed the way people use acne-fighting skincare; it’s also the other shelf-stocked mask at Lush. The mask itself is thick, almost like cream cheese, but has a rougher texture due to ground adzuki beans which helps to remove dead skin and trapped debris. The mint aspect of MoM stimulates a facial pore release while also bringing the skin to an even, brightened appearance. Honey and vanilla soothe and put breakouts to rest. If you’re living with frequent breakouts or body acne, this mask is a must-try.
good for all skin types
acne fighting, soothing and balancing
The difference between the original and the SP version is basically just a few ingredients. In place of preservatives Lush basically just added more honey. This switch means it’s great for those who have breakouts or sensitive skin and want to try this mask, as it’s gentler and more approachable than the original formula. It will still leave you feeling so fresh and so clean, just without the extra squeaky clean, dried out feeling.
best for dry to normal skin
great for softening, soothing and moisturizing
Oatifix smells like banana nut bread and feels similar to the sticky bread batter. Bananas are the main component and their reparative, soothing capabilities provide sun protection and intense relief to the skin. Oats help to soothe the skin even further as illipe butter and vanilla lock in moisture. To keep the moisture from going overboard Lush provided a kaolin clay base. If you are a bit too oily for this, though, don’t fret! Use it as a hand or foot mask for unbelievable softness.
moderate use for all skin types
great for soothing and balancing
I used to feel like this mask was more geared for oily/combination skin, because it’s got two clarifying clays: kaolin and calamine. I still think this mask can be drying if used under the wrong circumstances. I recommend anyone with dry-ish skin layer the Full of Grace serum bar on clean skin and apply this mask over top. It enhances the effects of the mask while upholding the integrity of your skin. Still, the rose infused in this mask means it’s soothing for all, especially where redness is concerned.
great for all skin types, but better for dry to combination
brightening and moisturizing
Ooh, this is another one of my faves! Sacred Truth has got fresh papaya which is known to increase the speed and production of new skin. That means say goodbye to old scarring and a dull complexion. With moisturizers like soya yogurt, honey, shea and coconut and floral essential oils from ylang ylang, rose and lavender, this mask *literally* smells like a tropical getaway. It feels very thick on the skin, so if you’re dry or love moisture packed masks, this is your go-to.
Lush products are formulated with more natural and organic ingredients than other brands in the industry, which means the results may not always be mind-blowing or instantaneous. From my experience, consistent use of these masks results in beautiful, smooth skin. Truly there is no best or worse mask on this list; they all deliver the advertised results. Just remember to cater to your routine, needs and lifestyle.