03.25.2013
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Cupcake
Rating
2.1 fl. oz. for $6.95
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Cupcake contains fresh lemon juice and several fragrant oils that only cause irritation and offer your skin zero benefits. Please skip this product and eat a frosted cupcake instead, your hips won’t benefit, but at least you won’t be damaging your skin!

Claims

With moisturizing cocoa butter, deep cleansing rhasshoul and stimulating mint oils to brighten up dull skin.

Ingredients

Fresh Avocado, Kaolin, Natural Yoghurt, Glycerine, Talc, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sandalwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Chamomile Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

Brand Overview

Lush At-A-Glance

Strengths: None… OK, they do offer complete ingredient lists on their website.

Weaknesses: Almost every product contains at least one potent skin irritant; no sunscreens to be found, nor are they recommended by the company; no products to address common skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or eczema; jar packaging; this isn't skin care, it's fragrance dressed up with food ingredient posing as skin care!

With its beginning in England in the late 1970s (the company that later  became Lush sold their first products to none other than The Body Shop!) this line captured consumers' attention with the promise of hand-made cosmetics, and since then has had its share of ups and downs. After closing down for a few years (when they were known as Cosmetics to Go), they reemerged in England as Lush, and now have a global presence and booming mail-order business. Not bad for a shop whose layout and displays look more like a grocery store's than a slick cosmetics boutique.

"Natural" is a major theme here, and we mean major. Essential oils and perfumes are infused into everything; walking into one of these stores will knock you over if you have allergies or a sensitive nose. The unique angle you'll find here is that Lush sells skin-care products the way grocery or health food stores let you shop for bulk food items. You can scoop the stuff up yourself from bins and tubs, or buy prepackaged items, some of which are refrigerated to supposedly ensure freshness (though cold is no more helpful for skin-care formulas than heat is).

Even more eye-catching are the shapes, sizes, and decorations for the numerous Lush bar cleansers. These are nothing short of artwork and are either beautiful or fetchingly cute. As clever as all that is (and some of the product names are adorably witty), none of it is at all helpful for skin. Lush's lineup for facial care is one of the most disappointing, lacking, and problematic. Most of their products are prime examples of "natural" not being inherently better for skin. Lots of natural ingredients (including many antioxidants, such as green tea or pomegranate) are good for skin. Why Lush overlooked almost all of the beneficial options in favor of harmful ones is a question worth asking, but don't expect a straight answer. The staff at Lush stores eagerly supports the company's claims that lemon and lime can decongest oily skin, or that tiger lily can "tighten skin tissues," among other far-fetched, unproven assertions. It seems that at Lush all you need for healthy, radiant skin are fragrant oils wrapped up in beguiling stories of how the product came to be or what else it's good for (it is suggested that one of their moisturizers can also be used as fragrance). The lure of the natural is strong for many consumers, but the siren song Lush sings isn't a tune your skin wants to hear.

For more information about Lush, call (888) 733-5874 or visit www.lush.com.

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05.21.2014
You Want Natural Ingredients?

If that reviewer thinks everything natural is good and that anything she can pronounce is safe, then she can put uranium all over her skin. I would rather apply methylparaben to my skin, thank you. As, the editor mentions, the ingredients used in this product can be irritating and they can also break down collagen in the skin.

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Lisa J
03.19.2014
WOnderful product!

Another awesome product from LUSH! I have oily skin and this mask is the best. Just like the Dark Angels cleanser, this also helps clear the skin asap! Not sure why the rating is poor. The more natural ingredients, the better. I want to be able to pronounce ALL the ingredients in the products I use.

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Kristen A
08.30.2013
My favorite beauty product ever

I have a constant problem with adult acne and have tried everything going to help with it. I kid you not, this product is the only thing that makes a real difference. My skin is so much clearer the following morning AND super moisturized. It was designed by one of the creators for his daughter's sleepover party but I absolutely adore it. The price is amazing.

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