Cheek To Cheek: Lush Rosy Cheeks Face Mask Review
Heaven, I'm in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to have found happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek
Frank Sinatra - Cheek to Cheek
Roses are red, violets are blue...
As said many times, many ways, I like Lush because they're cruelty free and they list all the ingredients that they use. Also: all the products I've tried so far work like a treat. Also, also: it makes you -in an unprofound but good way- feel cool. And don't we all want to feel cool while dancing around in our PJs singing-along (badly) to one of our favourite tunes, shaking that part of our body that bounces the most and looking like a discoloured Oompa Loompa? I mean to label that situation under 'cool' might be too far fetched. However it's the ethical undertone, the 'Lushness' if you like, that morphes that sad one-man-sleepover into a heartfelt statement about the appreciation and determination of preserving a new circle of life. Cool, right?
All 'bout that product, 'bout that product
The Rosy Cheeks face mask was first released in 2015. And since then it's apparently one of the best and fastest selling products in the Amsterdam Lush store. And I can see the allure of it. This mask is simple but direct. It says what it does and simply does it. Not a miracle worker, but certainly a worker of it's word. So what's the word?
Lush says that this product will reduce redness, bring back 'balance', make your skin feel smooth, soft and mattify it. And I wholeheartedly agree. After applying the product to your face, it dries very, very quickly (so there's not a lot of room to wiggle the product around). It's adviced to leave it there (and oh boy, it will stay there) for 10-15 minutes. I leave it for 10 minutes, while swinging around the living room, and then rinse it off with (luke)warm water and a wet cloth. For a product that dries very quickly and will stay in place for the whole good 10 minute swinging-session, it's surprisingly easy to remove.
Here are some other important things you need to know about this mask:
- It smells like roses. Like, seriously, it smells like roses. Not in a common (artificial) sweet way where most rose-scented products are known for, but you should prepare your nose...
- You'll need to reserve a spot in the fridge for it and know that you're going to use it within a limited amount of time.
- It's vegan!
- It's made out of 11 ingredients.*
- And it really, really smells like roses. Which I don't mind. Especially not after smelling the Cup o' Coffee mask, which just makes me want to cut off my nose Van Gogh style and lock it up in a safe.
After removal and a little bit of moisturising (I use the Lush Celestial Facial Moisturiser), you're left with undeniably soft cheeks, a less red face (although I always turn out like a shrimp after doing anything with my face) and -I think- a 'balanced' skin (although I'm honestly not sure what that means). So if you're looking for a simple but effective product that can withstand your false singing and awkward moves, this face mask is your pal!
Have you ever tried this mask? What are your thoughts?
*The Dutch version of this mask is made out of 11 ingredients, but I see that the British version is made out of 15 ingredients. So please keep the possible differences in mind...
 J. Wright, "Rosy Cheeks Face Mask" (4 June 2015), http://allthingslushuk.blogspot.nl/2015/06/rosy-cheeks-face-mask.html, 14 January 2017.
 Lush (Netherlands), "Rosy Cheeks", https://nl.lush.com/products/rosy-cheeks, 14 January 2017.