While I totally extol the virtues of homemade face masks, I have recently had a dalliance with Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask. Why? Because while my beloved gram flour ‘atta face’ mask needs to be worn for at least 30 minutes for the best results, Liz Earle’s solution is far more quick-fix, promising to work between 30 seconds to two minutes. How could I resist?
|Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask|
The duo consists of two 50ml bottles of the mask and a muslin cloth. I’m not quite sure why there’s two of the same mask, but hey, my sister was pleased as she was quick to claim the second bottle.
The instructions were simple - apply two pumps of the mask to your face, leave on for between 30 seconds and two minutes. Then gently wipe away with the muslin cloth.
On that note, I would say that two pumps is a little generous for the face. One pump dispenses a rather large dollop of the mask, so this would suffice.
Anyway, as my face has been pretty much a guinea pig for every kind of treatment, I thought I may as well go the whole hog and keep the mask on for the full two minutes. It tingled slightly, which to me was a good sign that it was working. It says not suitable for sensitive skin, so I guess the concoction of witch hazel, white clay and almond oil won’t be for everyone.
To offer a second opinion, my sister, who bagsy-d the second bottle also tried the mask at the same time. She also left the mask on for the full two minutes, though her skin was going slightly red, as she’s a bit more sensitive than me.
Now, if there was ever an argument for trialling a product on two people for a fairer review, this was it. After my sister and I had both wiped away the mask residue, we examined the results.
While I noticed that my skin was certainly softer, smoother and cleaner, my skin wasn’t transformed to bright heights. However, my sister’s complexion delivered the real ‘wow’ factor. Her post- Liz Earle face looked much brighter and, dare I say, luminous. So it goes to show that what doesn’t work for one person might be perfect for someone else.
However, one thing I did notice was that the initial wow factor on my sister died down after a few hours. By the next day, she was her usual self (sorry, sis).
This brings me to an important point. Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a quick fix solution for skin that needs a little boost. It’s not a long-term treatment that would offer gradual results over a number of weeks. It gives you the hit you need and fast.
Because of its fabulous-but-fleeting nature, I would recommend that you use it in the morning - or just before going out – as opposed to the last thing at night as we did. Whereas my homemade face masks are great for a before-bed pamper session that’ll leave you glowing in the morning, Liz Earle’s masks works straight away, but is gone tomorrow, so it’s best using the moment you want to your skin to glow, as that’s exactly what it’ll do. Also, as you only need to leave it on for such a short time, you can easily work it into your morning cleansing routine and still find time for breakfast.
Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Duo is available to buy from QVC for £25.25