Sunday, 13 January 2008

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask

RRP: £4 for 15ml, £10.25 for 50ml, £11.00 for 50ml + Liz Earle muslin cloth

*contains borage oil, comfrey, pro-vitamin B5, geranium, glycerin, shea butter and St John's Wort*

--What does the promo say?--
"Calming and deeply nourishing, this nutrient rich mask is a sanctuary for dehydrated, dry skin, or stressed skin. The perfect treat for skin overnight or whilst soaking in the bath."

Everything about Liz Earle's packaging screams - or should that be whispers? - calmness and serenity. A pastel theme runs throughout the range's packaging - this one is a pale yellow, flat rectangular plastic bottle, featuring the Liz Earle logo and product information in elegant black capital letters. It's easy to open and close (just screw/unscrew the lid) and there is no leakage.

Squeeze some lotion from the tube and apply liberally to the face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes (they say you can do this overnight but unless you only apply a little I think it would be quite messy!) before washing off (preferably using the Liz Earle muslin cloth, but any flannel will do). They recommend that you follow this treatment with a toner and moisturiser.

If you've not used it for a while then it might be an idea to give this a shake before opening, as otherwise a clear liquid will seep out just before the cream. The cream itself, however, is an off-white colour, and when applied liberally enough to the face then the 'mask' is clearly visible. After use, there is no shine - it absorbs really well.

Slightly lumpy, but it all smoothens out when the lotion is applied to the face. It feels wonderful - very soothing, relaxing and non-irritating.

--How does your face feel afterwards?--
Incredibly smooth. It honestly is the best facial treatment I've ever used in this respect. After applying it, I toned and moisturised as normal before going out, and despite spending half an hour in cold winds, my face was just as smooth when I came back and it stayed this way all day, even after the application of makeup.

--Value for money--
Really excellent for a premium beauty product. Having received mine as part of a set, I wasn't aware of how much it was, but having seen the prices I would undoubtedly replace mine as soon as it ran out. Even though liberal application is advised, I wouldn't say the amount needed is at all excessive and that a tube is therefore likely to last a long time. Buy it now.

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