If you didn’t catch it, Amazon had a massive Nip + Fab sale quite recently. Naturally I added pretty much everything I’d ever looked twice at to my basket. Among the haul was the Nip + Fab Bee Sting Face Mask.
It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and plump up your face. Now I’m at the ripe ol’ age of 23, but I have plenty of frown lines and (despite looking miserable) I also have a few laughter lines – get me!
Do bee sting face masks hurt your face?
No, not at all. I was expecting a slight tingle or a warming sensation for the mask, but no, there was nothing. You’d think they’d put a sneaky heating agent into the mix just for the excitement. Alas, this was quite a boring experience.
How do they harvest the venom for bee sting face masks?
It’s no secret that wild bees are dying in their thousands. Unfortunately, a while ago bees were also dying as part of the harvesting process for cosmetics too. As you may well know, once a bee uses its stinger it dies. So in harvesting the venom, the little bees lost their stinger and went to bee heaven.
These days cosmetic companies use a thin sheet of soft paper to collect the venom. They harass the bees and provoke them to use their stinger on the thin sheet. It manages to absorb the venom whist making sure their stinger doesn’t get stuck. They don’t die, but I don’t think it sounds like they’ll be having a good time during this process.
I must admit, I don’t feel comfortable using bee sting products after researching this, who wants to piss off bees?
The final verdict
The gel is completely translucent and smells a little clinical. It’s not too strong though, so don’t worry about it overpowering your mask experience. Upon using the product, I was quite shocked at how much was actually in the tube. At first I was greeted with a disappointing puff of air; no product just empty space.
I usually love the Nip+Fab range, but unfortunately this product did nothing for me. It actually left my skin feeling as if it had a rubbery coating, despite thoroughly washing off all the residue. I was left feeling disappointed and saw no difference in the fine lines around my forehead and mouth.
Perhaps I’m not quite the target market? Maybe my fine lines aren’t deep enough to notice a difference? I’m trying to find excuses and I’m failing.
Of course, I hate bad mouthing products so I gave it another whirl a few days later. Unfortunately I only put myself through the same hassle. I asked my partner for a second opinion to make sure I wasn’t just being silly, only to hear ‘Your cheeks feel a bit like a pebble’.
I basically popped my feminist morals aside trying out an anti-aging product and my vegetarian morals aside by pissing off bees – all to feel like a rock.
So I can’t say I would recommend this product, whilst I still love Nip+Fab in general. If you love bees, you’ll hate this. If you’re not a fan of bees, you’ll still have a face like a pebble.