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This month, the most requested item was a new mask from Fresh. This mask is formulated with botanicals designed to soothe and calm the skin while smoothing texture. As someone with skin prone to redness as well as larger pores and texture aplenty, I was excited to dive into this one.
The Product We Chose: fresh Floral Recovery Redness Reducing Overnight Mask, 3.3 mL - $68
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So this little periwinkle tub was kind of a huge pain in the butt to get a hold of. I originally placed my order on the Sephora website just to see it canceled because the mask went out of stock. Since more than a few of you really wanted this one unpacked, I decided to see if I could do an in-store pickup which ended up working out fine. And, sure, I didn't get any fun, free samples but on the plus side, I did get to hit up the Smoothie King next to the mall. So, I call that a huge win that was totally worth the extra drive. Aside from the smoothie-related joy though, how did this product perform?
Here is a closer look at the ingredient list:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Squalane, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Passi ora Edulis Seed Oil, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Coco- Glycerides, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Betaine, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Butylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucose, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
The first things that stand out to me are squalane, camellia oil, passionfruit seed oil, cornflower water, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid. Not going to lie, I was surprised to not see too many ingredients that are anti-inflammatory (aside from the cornflower water), though this formula is absolutely a moisture-bomb. It also has lots of ingredients that provide anti-aging antioxidants and texture smoothing, but I think I was expecting more super-soothers.
The texture is a medium-thick white cream. It actually doesn't feel nearly as thick as I was expecting for an overnight mask. In fact, I could easily just use this as a heavier daily moisturizer. Which, isn't actually a bad way to enjoy it. It has a very light and mild floral scent that was pleasant and absorbed easily when massaged into my skin fully.
I decided to try this out the first time as a sleep mask. And it was just fine. My skin felt great in the morning: soft, but not overly moisturized ina. heavy sort of way. It did look pretty calm, though I was still pretty pink. This is my norm. I think I was hoping for a heavier experience but that might just be this dry season of super cold weather talking. In the summer, I bet I would love it more than I did here in January.
My second test was right after a pro-grade peel. I tend to get super red after even a mid-level sort of peel so I knew I would absolutely have some pink to try this stuff out on. I slathered on a thicker layer and let it sit for 3 hours while I binged Queer Eye on Netflix. And.. well, I didn't notice much of a difference in redness, though my face did feel calmer and soothed. And, sure, you can argue that this stuff isn't likely designed for immediately after a peel, but I am a glutton for punishment and I wanted to see what would happen.
My big takeaway here is that I was kind of just expecting something closer to magic for the price of this mask. And, yeah, that is asking a lot, but that is also a lot of money. I do think this might be better suited to someone who might be less dry or who might not get red from literally anything, so don't let me discourage you from at least sampling this next time you pop into Sephora.
Should You Buy Fresh Floral Recovery Redness Reducing Overnight Mask?
Well, it isn't a bad buy by any means. The tub feels really large and will last you a good long while. Which, honestly it should for the $68 price point. And it did absolutely provide soothing to my skin though I never noticed a dramatic difference in terms of actual redness which was what I was most excited about. Do I think there are better options out there for less money? Sure: I love the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleep Mask in terms of redness and moisture help. If you are already a huge Fresh fan though, and you love the idea of a floral-infused sleep mask, this is still a solid option, even if it wouldn't be my first pick.
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Well, I need your input on what you want to see reviewed next! Here are the newer launches that have been living inside my head rent-free and some products following me around on screens both small and large:
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