This is a mask I’ve repurchased a couple of times over the last year or two, and as I’m revisiting it now I’ll say a few words about it. For some reason I’ve previously neglected to do so! Catastrophe Cosmetic is a gentle and calming mask formulated to cleanse and sooth skin, and I find that it’s a particularly good choice for the colder months of the year.
The highlighted ingredients in this mask include blueberries, calamine, rose absolute, and chamomile blue. Lush describes this as a maintenance mask for preventing skin disasters and one that is very appropriate for those with sensitive skin.
I don’t find it smells like much, and it has an almost clay-like paste consistency when applied. While you’re wearing it I suggest planning on spending the 10 minutes performing mundane tasks on the computer or watching something on television, because if you try and talk, smile, or laugh the mask will crumble off. I don’t have an issue with this as I normally just watch videos on YouTube while wearing it, but it’s something to be aware of, for sure. A tip: if you find that the mask is a little stiff, just mix a bit of water in it. These masks are made by hand with fresh ingredients and different batches sometimes have slightly different textures, and sometimes this mask in particular can feel just a bit dry in the pot.
Although it dries quickly on my face, it doesn’t dry out my skin like clay does. I flake it off over the sink before going in with warm water to rinse it off, and I feel like it leaves behind a thin layer of calamine that I can detect when I touch my face. If that bothers you then follow with some toner on a cotton pad, but I don’t mind it. My skin seems to get along great with it so I just leave it and layer other skincare on top.
Ultimately, this isn’t a mask that transforms my skin overnight, but that’s sort of the point. It’s very balanced and soothing, not drying at all (despite the flaky texture), and it makes my skin feel really nice. This mask shares some similarities with Lush’s Aqua Marina cleanser (review), in that they both have calamine and Irish moss (red algae) in them and the textures are comparable, so if you find your skin responds to one you might try the other, as well.
I kind of wish it had a different name, though – I constantly have to reference the container in order to get it right, and it isn’t the only Lush mask with the word “cosmetic” in the name, so it’s easy to confuse! A small complaint, though.
Ingredients: Calamine Powder, Talc, Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), Fresh Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), Glycerine , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus Dulcis), *Limonene, Methyl Ionone, Perfume
As with all of the Fresh Face Masks, Catastrophe Cosmetic is only available in-store and needs to be kept in the refrigerator. The Fresh Face Masks each cost $6.95 for a 2.1 oz jar. You can redeem a free mask by bringing 5 black pots to your nearby Lush store.
Have you tried this one? Do you have a favorite Lush mask?