As a rule of thumb, I don't like chocolate smelling cosmetics. As I mentioned in previous reviews, the smell of cocoa has been somewhat over-used in cosmetics and I find it rather synthetic smelling. Before I tried Cupcake, my opinion was that chocolate should be left for eating and not smothering all over your body! However, Lush's Cupcake Face Mask dispelled my distain and made me somewhat hopeful that there really are some pleasant chocolate smelling products out there.
As soon as I removed the lid, I was immediately hit by a gorgeous minty-chocolatey goodness; It smelt just like a fresh batch of cupcake dough and looked the part as well. I was tempted to stick my finger in right there and then, and lick the paste from my skin. However, I quickly reminded myself that the main ingredient in this face mask is mud, and dispelled all compulsions.
Despite it's strong scent, the smell that accompanies this face mask is completely natural, it doesn't have that horrible chemical undertone to it like alot of shop-bought face masks do. The consitency of the face mask is a thick paste; the perfect texture to spread across your face with ease. As you have to store this product in the fridge, it does tend to harden a little after a couple of weeks. However, I simply add a touch of water and give it stir and it's ready to use again.
Cupcake really cleanses the skin and clears out clogged pores, giving you a smooth, soft complexion after rinsing. The linseed infusion helps to nourish worn and dry skin, while the fresh mint is added for toning, and you can really feel a tightness after use. The cocoa butter helps to moisturise, while the Rhassoul mud is added to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse.
Although this face mask seems to be aimed more at younger, greasier complexions, it worked for me and left my face feeling invigorated and refreshed. Just be warned, that if left on too long, the face mask can harden somewhat as a result of the Rhassoul mud in it. So make sure you time yourself during usage, or use a moisturiser afterwards.
Although I prefer Oatfix and Catastrophe Cosmetic, this is definitely a product I'll return to again. I can imagine finding more use with this in the summer months, when the heat of the sun can sometimes cause my skin to break out in spots and develop areas of grease. The inclusion of the different mints is great to cool the skin while the cocoa butter soothes and softens your complexion. A lovely face mask for those who need an effective 'pick me up'.
Quantitative Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Sandalwood Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Limonene, Perfume.
2015 Price: £6.50.