Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask
1.7 fl. oz. for $79
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:08.19.2009
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The so-called “healing” plants in this creamy mask for dry skin don’t have healing ability but they do add fragrance, so it’s inappropriate for Chantecaille to recommend this product for sensitive skin. This overpriced mask contains several fragrant plant waxes and oils that cause irritation and it will be a problem for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin. Between that, the price, and the fact that claims of soothing and healing skin are unsupported by any research, this is not recommended.


An incredibly soothing and healing mask for dehydrated, sensitive skin which will gently purify for a healthy, fresh and radiant glow.


Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Saccharide Isomerate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Flower Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Carrageenan, Bisabolol, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jasmine Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG-8, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid

Brand Overview

Chantecaille At-a-Glance

Strengths: The makeup far surpasses the skin care, but is not without its problems; one good serum; a skin lightening product with arbutin; excellent range of foundation, concealer, and powder shades for light to medium skin tones; beautiful powder blush and eyeshadows; some impressive eye and lip pencils (if you don't mind routine sharpening).

Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive; several products contain problematic plants or fragrant waxes and oils; no sunscreens; no effective anti-acne products; no AHA or BHA exfoliants; none of the products advertising an SPF rating contain active ingredients or any other ingredients capable of shielding skin from sun damage; the Luminous Eye Liner; boring mascara.

Created by Sylvie Chantecaille, this line of makeup and skin-care products, sold at Neiman Marcus and some salons and spas, draws on Chantecaille's 20 years of experience as an employee of Estee Lauder Corporation. The fact that she worked for Lauder and helped to create and launch the Prescriptives line is impressive. Experience means a lot in the crowded, complicated cosmetics industry and it's as good a reason as any to start your own product line.

Not surprisingly, she claims her products are known for their "uniquely high concentration of natural botanicals" and their organic origins, though it takes only a cursory look at the ingredient list to see that isn't true—did she really think no one would notice propylene glycol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, methylparaben, butylparaben, phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, and PEG-8, which are about as natural as polyester? What is true, however, is that most of the plants in these products are present in very small amounts, often listed after the preservative.

What almost every cosmetic company knows (we can't think of one that doesn't) is that you can't brag about the synthetic ingredients your products contain, even if they are the backbone of every product you make. Selling skin-care products is far easier when you use terms such as "pure," "holistic," or "wellness." Chantecaille takes this faux information one step further by saying (and we're not kidding about this) that her products are "endowed with a potent life force." Oooh-la-la! But … once you pull off the rose-colored glasses and probe beneath the hyperbole, all you are left with is a bouquet of fantasy that won't help your skin.

Even more bewildering than the natural claims is that Chantecaille asserts that their emphasis on anti-aging focuses primarily on addressing the causes of inflammation. Without question, inflammation plays a role in how the skin and the body age, and recent research is showing that it probably plays a greater role than previously suspected. Any cosmetic company that is trying to make products that reduce inflammation and its effects is a good thing—but for all their talk, Chantecaille's formulas don't inhibit inflammation; instead, many of them increase inflammation thanks to the numerous fragrant plant oils and waxes they contain. While these ingredients create lovely aromas, scent isn't skin care. Most of these fragrant plant ingredients contain volatile chemicals that create the scent; it is these chemicals (e.g., eugenol, limonene, citronellol, and linalool) that cause skin irritation that leads to, you guessed it, inflammation (Sources: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectronomy, November 2008 pages 3593–3598; Chemical Research in Toxicology, May 2007, pages 807–814; and The British Journal of Dermatology, May 2006, pages 885–888).

In contrast, there is little more than anecdotal research indicating that the problematic plant ingredients Chantecaille uses are actually healing, as the company claims.

The chief reason to explore Chantecaille is their makeup. Although there isn't a single item that doesn't have an equally good counterpart in other lines for far less money, if you're curious about Chantecaille, color is where it's at. Their foundation shade range has improved and is beautifully neutral. The textures and finishes for foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, and lip glosses are outstanding, as are the finishes. In short, Chantecaille has made it very easy to assemble a makeup wardrobe that makes skin look smooth, polished, and radiant, although their foundations and powders are geared toward those with normal to dry skin.

One more comment: Chantecaille has a penchant for attributing sun-protection claims and SPF ratings to various products. They do so in violation of FDA regulations on sunscreens because the company does not list active ingredients on their label. If a cosmetic company can't even get that right, then much of what they do is called into question, aside from just looking askance at their claims. Considering the price of their products, this omission is nearly unforgivable; please don't rely on the claim for sun protection, because it assuredly puts your skin at risk for sun damage. By the way, none of the natural ingredients in these products provide sun protection on their own, either. Ingredients such as vitamins C and E can, to some extent, help skin defend itself against sun damage and boost the longevity of sunscreen actives, but by themselves they're not capable of providing sun protection on a par with what's required to earn an SPF rating.

For more information about Chantecaille, call 877-673-7080 or visit www.chantecaille.com.

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The best for rosacea

I was trying to match a discontinued Chanel lipstick when I found this line. Along with my lipstick purchase they gave me a sample of this cream/mask. So didn't think much about it until I tried the sample at home. Made such a huge difference with the red in my face, I bought it the following week. Yes, it's pricey but so is Skinceuticals, which is what I use.

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Rosacea Sufferer with Dry, Sensitive Skin

As a rosacea sufferer with dry, sensitive skin, I have to say - this product made my skin do an amazing turn-around! My ONLY issue with it is the price - if only they could lower the price so I could afford to use it again. I've had to resort to making homemade facial masks now, because I have yet to find anything that comes even close to the results I've had with this mask.

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Susan H.
Rosacea Sufferer

I have to take issue with this review. Ten years ago I was suffering from terrible rosacea. My skin was red and dry and if I tried to cover the redness with make-up it highlighted the flakes from the dryness from the Metrogel and other products my dermatologist had me try. I was miserable and self-concious. My sister recommended the line and I was hesitant. I had tried so many (Decleor and Chanel which caused terrible reactions). I remember when the consultant put the mask on my skin and it started burning and stinging. I was terrified. I asked her to take it off, expecting to see redness and bumps. She said for me to wait and see, the stinging was because my skin was so incredibly dry. Sure enough when she wiped the cream away, my skin was without any redness. I hadn't seen my skin look like that in years! I was amazed. I have used it for ten years now and get so many compliments on my skin. People can't believe that I have rosacea. The line is ridiculously expensive and I question the recent products they have come out with, as I have tried them all but the Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is incredible and worth the money. I use it as my nighttime moisturizer and a mask if I have gotten sunburned or wind exposure.

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