Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Fresh Rose Face Mask - Hydration rejuvenation in a jar
I picked up the Fresh Rose Petal face mask during last years Sephora Friends and Family sale. I saved 20% on this $55 mask. It's quite expensive and an indulgence I thought I would never get simply because of the price. Somehow saving $11 made it seem "do-able" How $44 for a mask versus $55 is any different can only be explained by the fog of confusion that settles in your brain during the Sephora FF sale. I have no excuse. Thankfully I am not sorry I purchased it.
This lovely mask is supposed to hydrate & tone your skin as well as reduce redness. It contains real rose petals, rose water, aloe vera, and cucumber extract among other ingredients. Oh, and Fresh claims that this mask also contains porphyridium cruentum (a "smart" algae that seeks out the areas of your skin that needs moisture the most). Uh huh. riiight. Whatever you say. Please note that this mask does contain several oils but I have never had a bad reaction to this mask, no breakouts or irritation. Your results may vary.
The Fresh Rose Face Mask comes in a heavy opaque white glass jar. It's not the most hygienic way to store a face mask, so I use a clean spatula to get the product out. The mask itself is a brownish gel with rose petals in it. It smells faintly of roses but more of cucumber than anything else. The rose petals are soft and almost disintegrate upon application. They are not full red, pink, yellow etc.colored petals, although that would be nice. No, they are more brown shriveled up petals that look like they have been "fermenting" (read, rotting) for a while. It's OK though. they don't smell rotted or anything like that. The mask smells quite clean and refreshing and there is no cloying rose scent, fake, real or otherwise. I'm a huge fan of rose scented anything and was a bit disappointed that this did not smell more like roses, but the benefits outweigh the lack of rose scent. If you can get past the look of the mask you are 1/2 way there!
OK. So what are my results? Well I'm quite pleased actually. I use this mask on days when my skin feels dull and dry. That's usually during the winter when I go from a dry cold to a dry heat. Getting In and out of the car, buildings, etc can do a number on my skin. I even have combination skin and the winter (as I get older) seems to emphasize the dryness. This mask takes that all away. It's amazing. I apply the mask to my clean face and rest for 15 minutes or so. The mask never sets. It's a thick gel like texture and does not dry at all. Once the 15 minutes are up I wash it off, which it does easily, and apply my night time moisturizer. My skin doesn't glow per se, but it sure looks happier! My skin feels more hydrated, plumper (yes, that's a good thing) and all around smooth and pretty. I think the infusion of the Aloe Vera is great for my skin. There is no residue once I wash off the mask and frankly having a little left over Aloe Vera gel on my face can't be that bad right?
As with all Fresh products this mask is expensive ($55 USD) but the 3.4 ounce jar has lasted well over a year with monthly use. I have less than half of a jar left. If I used it more often I think I would be finished within in 8 months but I only use it once in a while when I know I can get some uninterrupted relaxation time in for at least 30 minutes.
So what was the most you ever spent on a facial mask?
Does a sale prompt you to spend money on skincare or makeup that you otherwise wouldn't?
If so, do you end up liking what you get or are you disappointed with the end haul?
Fresh - Rose Face Mask $55 for 3.4 oz.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Carbomer, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sea Water (Aqua Maris), Caramel, Rose Flower Oil, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia, Sinensis Leaf Extract, ChamomillaRecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.