[unpaid/ad/sample/affiliate] This product arrived courtesy of Caroline’s beauty box but co-incidentally I had already been trying out the Chantecaille Gold Recovery mask. I really do still enjoy using a face mask – the traditional cream style masks are my favourites rather than sheet masks that I still (with a couple of exceptions) don’t like nearly as much. Not least because environmentally, they’re a disaster, but also the clammy feel *shudders*.
First thing to say is these are pricey – but fully disclosing I have just silently screamed as I check and find that it’s £235! I might not have included it had I realised and now I’m thinking no WONDER it was good. Anyway, how much you want to spend on a product isn’t really my business, so I’ll keep it in, with the caveat that I don’t think anyone ‘needs’ to spend that on a 50ml mask – wanting to, or preferring to, is an entirely different thing. Looking at the ingredient listing first seven, it’s Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Octyldodecanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate and Trehalose, so those are the things doing the heavy work. It’s deeply hydrating, calming and plumping.
I used it before applying my foundation and my skin certainly looked better for it in that peptide infused way – softer, bouncier and more ‘well’ looking. The jury is out on whether gold can really make any impact on skin – you can read studies either way – but let’s say that it’s not a draw for me. I think the results come from a potent mix of the top seven.
This mask is £63 at Net-A-Porter and £75 everywhere else – I have no idea why. It’s more for skin that’s irritated and ultra-dry that needs a calming, cooling feel and a lot of hydration. I’m neither of those things at the moment but my goodness, this felt great on my complexion. There are plenty of oils – jasmine, narcissus and mimosa, along with macademia and evening primrose so little wonder that it’s as hydrating as it is. In fact, you can use it as a night cream if you don’t want to slather on as a mask. Mind you, most masks don’t need the amount you think – a thin layer will do exactly the same as a thick layer.
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I like the fact that both have a rose water base – mostly, even luxury brands don’t bother to make improvements on plain water, and I feel that if dryness is an issue and you don’t mind a spend, I would recommend this highly as treat territory. On the other hand, I can’t recommend the Gold Mask with as much enthusiasm because of the price even though it’s so good unless £235 is an easy spend in which case, yes. So, Lily mask is HERE, non affiliate HERE and Gold mask is HERE, non affiliate HERE.
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