Review: LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Facemask

As has already been established I’m a massive Lush fan and am always on the hunt for a bargain, so the Lush policy of receiving a free face mask of your choice when you return five empty and clean black pots is right up my street.

On a recent shopping trip I popped into the Henry St. store to pick up my freebie and here’s the one I chose:


‘When disaster looms Catastrophe Cosmetic calms and cleans the skin. Blueberries rich in beneficial anti-oxidants and full of vitamins and minerals reduce inflammation and have an antiseptic effect. Soothing Chamomile, Irish Moss and Almond Oil with the gentle cleansing action of Calamine save the day’.


Calamine Powder, Talc, Irish Moss Gel (Chrondrus crispus), Fresh Blueberries (Vaccinuim myrtillus), Glycerine, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricania chamomilla), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Limonene (which occurs naturally in essential oils), Methyl lonone, Perfume, Colour 18050.


‘Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes and then rinse away with warm water’.

‘Keep chilled-when stored in the fridge they should keep for three weeks approx’.


It smells kinda earthy which I’m not too fond of and sets like a clay mask on the skin, which I love.

I get about three uses out of this as I use a third of the pot each time, this is enough to cover my face, neck and chest. I pop it on after cleansing and before stepping into a bath, despite the instructions saying leave for five to ten minutes, I prefer to give it 15 minutes then I wash off with a muslin cloth or face cloth. 

My skin feels immediately firmer and looks clearer after use. I love how effective this mask is and use it once a week.

I rotate between this mask and my beloved Superdrug one. The main reason for this is that I’ve been so spoiled by getting it for free that I refuse to pay the €8.90 it costs (eventhough it’s completely worth it,) so I use the Superdrug offering while saving up my black pots.