the holidays are not the same without lush’s rudolph!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer… he has a shiny nose, y’know?

I was going to wait until I launched the new site to write this review but I am so excited about this product that I just couldn’t wait!

Last week I stopped in at Lush to see what those fresh face masks were all about. They swatched three of them on my arm – Love Lettuce, Oatifix and a holiday limited edition called Rudolph. I will be honest, I had a very difficult time choosing and went back and forth a few times. But in the end, I chose Rudolph. I figured, it’s only available during the holidays so now would be the time to try it!

Picking a limited edition can be a good or bad thing. Good because it’s the holidays and it’s fun to try new holiday products! Bad because if you fall in love with it, it won’t be there after the holidays. So which one is it? Good or bad? Well, let’s move on to my review and I will answer that question later.

lush fresh face mask - rudolph.

lush fresh face mask – rudolph.

Meet Rudolph. Note the shiny nose. 🙂

As Rudolph is a fresh face mask, it does not contain any preservatives and needs to be refrigerated. It is described as “A soothing, balancing mask with fresh cucumber and calming calamine powder” and the directions show that you have to apply the mask to your face and then place the red jelly on your nose just so you look like a red nosed reindeer. What a novel idea!

shiny nose.

shiny nose.

great directions lead to shiny noses.

great directions lead to shiny noses.

I tried this mask a week ago and I also put it on tonight after my post workout shower. It’s a Friday night in and it was a long week at the office so why not? A little R&R never hurt anyone.

When I was putting it on, I noticed that it has a rather thick consistency which can make it a bit clumpy and difficult to spread evenly on your face. Next time, I am going to try to add a little bit of water to see if it helps. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 5 – 10 minutes so I left it on for 10. When it was time to wash the mask off, it took a little bit of effort but it was worth it. My skin never felt better! My face felt fresh (likely due to the cucumber) and soft. I then put on my trusty toner and moisturizer to end.

sorry so fuzzy.

sorry so fuzzy.

So to answer my question from before, I’m leaning towards this being both a good and bad thing. Good because I just discovered a great product! Bad because it’s only available during the holiday season. Extra bad in this case because you can’t even stock up for the rest of the year because it will spoil.

That being said, I am going to enjoy it while it lasts and hope it returns next year! Perhaps when this disappears, I will switch over to Oatifix. That was my second choice.

I’m giving Rudolph 5 pixel stars out of 5.

This product was purchased with my own money.