It’s been a long time since I’ve had a blog post for you all, basically it’s due to a few changes behind the scenes and me starting university classes again for the year and an upcoming move to America, but as always I’m back with a review and today I’ll be talking about the Self-Preserving formula for LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty. This is a one of those products you hear people raving about a lot whether it be in the actual review section of the LUSH website or on YouTube; mostly because it is one that is heavily recommended products (or at least for me) in the store and because if you ask on pretty much any forum what LUSH products people recommend it’s one that people jump to immediately. I would have to say that it’s mostly because it is a product that is said to reduce the appearance of any acne you might have. As you all know this is something that I do struggle with and have been struggling with moreso recently so I thought it was about time to give this product a try, especially when I received a comment the other day about how well this product works.
I wanted to do this review a little differently to how I normally would and when I say that, I mean that I want to talk about the product itself eg. some of the finer points of the formula and how it feels on and then I want to talk about how I’m using it. Like I said earlier, it’s the sort of product you could find thousands of people telling you about it online and for that reason I felt I wanted to separate my voice from the crowd and discuss some of the points about it that you don’t necessarily see people reviewing as much. So bearing that in mind let’s get into the review!
Formula: Let me start by saying this product is thick. And that is an understatement. I don’t think I’d ever seen that written in a review or heard that anywhere else, and for some reason I went in thinking it would be quite a thin solution but it’s really quite the opposite. I’d go as far to say that had I of tried it in the store I probably wouldn’t have bought it because the consistency so thick and almost porridge-like that it really freaked me out to begin with — and really it’s no better on, it does just sort of sit there which isn’t helped by the fact that it’s also really quite sticky (it does contain honey as one of the main ingredients so this definitely makes sense) which makes it a bit of a challenge to apply. I know with a lot of face masks I like to apply them with an old foundation brush or something quite similar but this really isn’t a product you can apply in such a way. It requires use of your hands and I think that’s a good thing. Mostly because there are Evening Primrose Seeds in the product and I feel like when you’re applying it with your hands your almost getting an exfoliating type effect with this.
How I’ve Been Applying: I’ve been using this as a full face mask twice a week for about three weeks now and spot treating any spots that I find pressing up through my skin, and I have to say I do notice a huge difference. It can be a little bit of a drain on time considering how messy the product is, but I have really noticed a difference in my skin, mostly around my nose area and the acne that pops up constantly on my forehead has reduced quite a bit in the last week or so. I find that this works best as the sort of thing I would do at the end of the day after uni. I’d come home, wash all my makeup off and then apply the mask and cook and eat dinner while it’s drying before showing and washing it off. As it’s thick and can take up to 45 minutes or so to dry depending how thickly you apply the product, but I have been finding you really don’t need all that much to get a good coating on you face and around you neck which is always a bonus as this one really doesn’t come cheap at almost $17 AUD for a 125 gram container of the product.
At the end of the day I do love this product. Aside from the consistency which still freaks me out a little because I hate thick solutions that feel like their sticking to my face, the results really speak for themselves — my skin is clearing up and I am finding it’s just generally feeling more refreshed and moisturised than before — and considering I haven’t changed anything else it’s got to be the masks. I can actually see why people rave about this product and to be honest, I’m going to become just another of those voices. I’ve considered making a video about how I’m using this product but I’m thinking I’ll save that for a little later and include it at the end of another LUSH review I’ve got coming up, mostly because every single time I try to say ‘Magnaminty’ I mess it up — but I’ll get there eventually! Later this week I’ll have an Urban Decay review for you all seeing as I finally got my hands on the Naked Palette from Mecca Maxima and hopefully I’ll also have a look using this product up before the week is up as well! In the meantime, what do you think of the Mask of Magnaminty and what other products do you think I should be trying?