A Closer Look: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask Review

April 7, 2015

I recently just got to try out Lush's "Catastrophe Cosmetic" face mask this past month and I have been wanting to try this mask out for the longest! The first time I went to Lush the Catastrophe Cosmetic was originally what I was aiming to purchase, unfortunately they had sold out so I got the Mask of Magnaminty instead (which I absolutely love). But then luckily a couple weeks ago they were back in stock and now I'm here to review it for you guys and give you all my opinion and thoughts on the mask overall.

The mask comes in a 2.1 oz container, which is fairly small compared to their other pot containers. The two main ingredients in this mask are blueberries and calamine. And this mask claims to help prevent any "catastrophes" to your skin while not stripping it of its natural oils, and it is also more towards those who have sensitive skin. I also remember reading or hearing somewhere that this mask is also great for those with acne-prone skin, which is the main reason why I wanted to try it out.

 And this is what the mask looks like inside the pot. It was pretty watery when I first opened it. When I first applied the mask, it was mainly the water-content (?) that I spread all over my face and I felt that it applied very smoothly and I was initially really impressed with how effortlessly it glided across my skin. But after the first two uses the water, I wanna say "absorbed" back into the mask, and then the formula and overall texture was very dry. I even found it somewhat difficult to spread the mask all over face after a while. The mask also didn't really have any noticeable smell to it, or if it did I didn't really smell it. 

My first impression of this mask was that I was fairly impressed and satisfied with how soft my face was after only having used it once. My face looked noticeably brighter and felt smoother as well. However, the more I kept using it, I noticed it started to really dry out my face and I had a couple dry patches on my face as well afterwards. My skin didn't feel uncomfortably tight after washing it off or anything so I felt it was strange for my face to look dry. And like I said earlier after the first couple of uses it started to become a bit more difficult spreading the mask onto my face. 

The biggest issue I had with this mask, which I admit I can only blame my stupidity for this, is that I used it one day after the expiration date and it completely broke me out. I figured that just one day after the set expiration date couldn't do that much harm. BUT I was terribly wrong and I had break outs all throughout my face. But with the previous uses of this mask it didn't break me out even once, so this is just a fair warning to those who haven't used any Lush masks before or have thought of ignoring the expiration dates stamped onto the labels, DON'T DO IT. 

Overall, comparing this to the Mask of Magnaminty face mask, I would still go for the Mask of Magnaminty over the Catastrophe Cosmetic. The two masks both have their strong points and overall Catastophe Cosmestic is still a good facial mask for those who have oiler skin, I feel, because although it claims to not strip the skin of its natural oils, I feel that for me (I have combination skin) the formula was still a bit drying. The Catastrophe Cosmetic masks also makes your skin noticeably brighter even after one use, but because I found it kind of hard to apply, it lost some points there as well. 

In the end, I would still recommend this to those with oiler skin and possibly for those who have more acne-prone skin. 


  1. where do you find the expiration date?

    1. The expiration date will usually be on the label where it has the picture of the person who made the product.
      Hope that helped!


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