I’ve been so curious about this mask for a long time but since we don’t have a LUSH store in the city I am, I couldn’t get it. However, LUSH Norway have a website and when me and my boyfriend were picking bits to add to Christmas presents in December, I noticed that Mask of Magnaminty was available for online purchase – yay!
For those of you who might not know, LUSH is famous for making fresh handmade cosmetics with natural ingredients.
So, I’ve been using the face mask for about a month and I thought I’d share my experience.
Mask of Magnaminty is described as a deep cleansing face and back mask with China clay, fresh peppermint, aduki beans, vanilla absolute and honey. It’s a self-preserving mask, so you don’t need to keep it in the fridge. Just remember that you can use it up to 4 months after opening and I’m happy that I got the 125 g version because they also have a bigger one. I use it once or twice a week and I’m not even halfway through it although I apply it quite thickly.
LUSH say that this mask is suitable to most skin types but actually it’s better for problematic, combination to oily skin and if you don’t like peppermint or you’re sensitive to it, this isn’t the mask for you. I can have quite a troublesome skin in the winter, so it was the perfect time to get this mask.
I like the packaging, it’s a cute little tub and when you open it, the smell is so fresh and uplifting that I couldn’t wait to try the product.
The consistency is thick and creamy. It’s a pretty textured mask because of the aduki beans that exfoliate the skin when you wash off the product but it’s not harsh at all. I’ve tried it only on my face and I can’t speak about how it may work on body.
I cleanse my face and then use the mask on dry skin avoiding the eye area. When I apply it, there is a cooling feel from the peppermint, it’s a little bit sticky because of the honey and feels very soothing. Some people say there’s a tingling sensation but I don’t experience this. It’s suggested to keep it on for about 5 to 10 minutes but sometimes I have it on for 30 minutes. It’s not a typical clay mask that dries, it always has this sticky and slightly wet feeling. For me, personally this makes it easier to take it off with warm water and hands while the aduki beans gently exfoliate the skin. The feeling after this is amazing, my skin is smoother and softer. However, I don’t see any change in my pores.
Honestly, the first time when I used this mask, I woke up on the next day to terrible breakouts. I had huge bumps on my cheeks (I never get spots on my cheeks normally) and it was painful. I’m not quite sure which ingredient may have caused this reaction but it was really unpleasant. I was about to throw the face mask tub but then I decided to give it another ago several days later. Luckily, it hasn’t happened again but have that in mind.
There is something about the ingredients list that I’m curious about. The US version of the mask contains a paraben but the UK one (the one that I have) doesn’t.
Surprisingly, this face mask is almost the same price as in the UK and usually everything is quite overpriced in Norway. Comparing it to other face masks like my favourite Charcoal mask from Origins, this one is cheap.
I’m not sure if I’d be repurchasing it when it’s over but I’m glad I tried it and I will keep using the rest of it. Don’t get me wrong, I like this mask, I actually really like it but can we say just that I don’t love it?
Have you tried Mask of Magnaminty?