The Lush Cosmetics jelly face masks, worth the hype?

I have a theory that you’re always taking a little bit of a risk when buying a new product from Lush Cosmetics on the launch date. It seems as if the first batch is always a little beta test for the first wave of customers, a product they’ve perfected in-house but might not stand up to public opinion. That’s why products always seem a bit better a month or so after they first arrived in stores. Some formulas don’t need tweaking, some do – That’s my theory anyway!

When I first heard about Lush’s jelly face masks the curiosity got the best of me. I’m a huge fan of their fresh masks, so a solid alternative that doesn’t expire quickly did seem appealing. I couldn’t wait for another blogger to review them. I had to try them even though I knew there was a chance I would possibly be a guinea pig.

But guys and gals, I’m willing to take that bullet. For science… and of course blogging.

I picked up 1000 Millihelens, which is full of green tea and witch hazel; perfect for bringing out those pesky spots that sit under your skin but never really show their face – those snakes.

So how do you use a Lush jelly face mask? Well, you grab a small chunk of jelly about the size of a 20p coin and rub it between your palms until it melts into a paste. It’s a similar method to using the Lush solid cleansers, but it takes a little more elbow grease. It sounds simple enough but it’s actually a bit tricky.

The technique takes some serious work. I did ask in store for a tutorial, but (without being a snitch) everyone preluded their answer with ‘well we’ve only just got them in…’ which is secret code for ‘shit, I haven’t even tried the product myself yet’.

First go: The jelly didn’t seem to melt into a paste and just rolled around my hand making it sticky. I decided to add a little bit of water. DON’T ADD WATER. I ended up having a little green soup in my hand, and lumpy bogeys on my face.

Second go: I made sure my hands were perfectly dry this time. I used a small chunk and pressed on hard, using my palms as some sort of pestle and mortar. All was going well until I started applying the mask and realised I didn’t have enough for my full face.

Prepping extra mask to use was a bit of an issue because my hands were already covered in gunk. This meant that the new chunk just slid around my palm. In the time it took me to prepare more, the mask I had already put on my face was dry and ready to wipe off.

Third time lucky: I broke off another chunk of mask – a little bigger than before. This time I was ready to fucking nail it lads.

I rubbed the jelly between my palms with gusto. If there was a jelly melting Olympics, I was primed to take gold. I opened my palm to find… minimal lumps. I wasn’t ready for this jelly, this was the best I was going to get and honestly I was impressed with myself.

But that was where my glory ended. Something I noticed by this point was the warmth of the mask. Instead of that ice cool feeling you get from the fresh masks, the jelly masks heat in your palm. Personally, I much prefer the cooling sensation. Instead, with the jellies you’re presented with a warm, sticky substance that has begun to set in your hands. It reminded me of when I used to put PVA on my hands in primary school and let it set – only without the satisfying peel.

Overall, I can’t say I was too impressed. Should it really take 3-4 goes to perfect the method?

I know I come across as a total heathen saying this because I love Lush, but this just isn’t the right product for me and honestly I’ve been using it for a week without even the slightest sign of a result. I didn’t even feel like I had softer skin after use, which is a given for the fresh face masks I’ve grown to love. My skin is seeing no benefits from this mask. I even roped my boyfriend in to test it and his skin hasn’t improved either.

1000 Millihelens gets a thumbs down from me at the moment, even with some of the regular tweaks and changes I think you’d find it hard to make this product anything other than a gimmick. Harsh words from one Lush fan to another.

Stick to the fresh masks for now!

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  1. August 24, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I got this pretty much straight after it came out, too, and I am just not in love. Which is a shame, because they have the perfect ingredients! The texture just feels like it’s sitting on my skin, rather than working with it, and it is virtually impossible to get some kind of full, even coverage. Some bits felt fully covered and great, overs were almost bare. And then, if you try to add some more to even it up, it just ends up moving around and making it worse! Plus, a heck of a lot ends up just staying on your hands. Feels like a waste. Plus, it’s a lot harder to actually get it off your face than their other masks. I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like this!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      August 24, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Yeeessss gal I hear you on this!
      It kept drying on my hands and was a bit of a nightmare. I used a muslin cloth to wipe it off my face, as it was harder to shift.

  2. August 25, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Ha I love this review Jess, the honesty is great and you had me laughing with the nailing it lads part!

    It doesn’t look great on, I’ve never seen a negative review of these masks yet. Great to see both sides 🙂

  3. August 25, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I have to admit I’m not sure I would be very good at putting on a jelly face mask – I have enjoy issues with there jelly soaps!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      August 26, 2017 / 9:31 am

      Omg Sarah I once lost a huge chunk of the jelly soaps in the shower because it slipped out my hands and fell down the drain! TRAGIC!

  4. August 25, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Thank you for volunteering as a tribute for us. I spilled my soup reading the third time lucky crack….
    Refreshing and honest!

  5. Susan R
    August 25, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the honest review, it sounds like these are pretty tricky to apply. I’d definitely have applied water too!

  6. August 26, 2017 / 10:12 am

    I’ve been hearing lots about these jelly masks and a lot of people seem to agree with you that they are more a gimmick than anything else. I don’t think I will be trying them right now

  7. August 26, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I’ve seen people raving about this so it’s great to see an honest review. It doesn’t look great to be honest, I don’t think I would try it!

  8. August 26, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I love masks that heat up. I would be willing to give this mask a try since it’s from Lush. I do like this company’s philosophy and their promotion of clean beauty products. But I haven’t used anything from them in ages. Maybe you should ask at the shop how to use this mask. Or return it if you don’t fancy giving it another go.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      August 27, 2017 / 11:12 am

      It’s not really like a heat up mask, it just gets warm in your palm from rubbing. I did also ask multiple staff, as stated. This is the right method, it just sucks.

  9. August 26, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Thanks for being so honest. Sounds like this is a product I won’t be trying myself as it sounds like a bit of a nightmare. I like masks but normally stick to the mud or black peel ones as they are good.

  10. Yasmin
    August 26, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Pretty gutted that these masks aren’t great but I’m glad I read this review before I went out and bought one! I used to work for Lush, before then I’d only used a couple of bath bombs but since working there I’m a Lush obsessive. However, sometimes I think that they do try to reinvent the wheel. The fresh face masks are incredible, I know people get frustrated they only last 3 weeks and have to be in a fridge but what’s better than freshly made, pure, cooling face mask sitting on your tired/spotty skin? I really wanted to try the jelly but it just looks like I’d be trying to mould slop on my face and I don’t think my skin would be very rejuvenated afterwards! Thanks for sharing! x

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  11. Francesca
    August 27, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    It’s such a shame that the jelly mask didn’t work for you!! I love lush and would have expected a bit more especially when asking a store assistant to show you how it’s done!! It shouldn’t take 3 times to get it down right should it!

  12. hannah
    August 27, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I don’t think i will try this one as it doesn’t look that great. To me the jelly looks really hard to work with

  13. August 28, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    That’s a shame that it wasn’t great. Normally everything I try from Lush is lovely x

  14. August 28, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    It’s great to read an entirely honest review like this. Not everything is going to work as well as we hope it would, and gosh, doesn’t that mask look gruesome to work with!

  15. August 28, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    haha thank you for being such a brave volunteer; I have to say it looks rather yucky… well… maybe next time, the Lush mask will score higher.

  16. August 29, 2017 / 10:05 am

    That’s a shame! I looks like it’d be pretty easy to apply… but apparently not!

  17. August 29, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    just looking at that texture, it doesn’t look like any other jelly mask I’ve seen. so much effort too

  18. September 28, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I never use face masks but this was interesting to read. It looks so strange! Good honest review.