Aesop has been one of my go to brands whenever I need a good skincare product. Yes, it’s a bit up there in price but I had so far only good experiences with the brand. Surprisingly I don’t hear that much of the brand on social media.
Not too long ago, I needed to replenish a few things and decided to pick up this mask. I have been putting it to the test for over three months now (on and off) so today will be my review on this.
Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque
Size / Price
Aqueous gel facial masque formulated with soothing, nourishing botanicals to leave skin feeling refreshed, softened and replenished.
Aroma: invigorating and herbaceous
Product texture: lightweight, emollient gel
Skin feel: hydrated, softened, refreshed
This particular mask is 60 ml and it’s recommended to use between 6 to 8 pumps per application. This leaves you with around 15 uses.
Aesop is a pretty expensive brand in my opinion, not outrageously expensive, like Louboutin, but still it’s not cheap. The price range is just high enough for me to say, if the product works well, I can understand the price and replenish it. But, if it isn’t then it’s a lot of money wasted that could be spend elsewhere.
The bottle is made out glass and the pump and cap out of hard plastic. I love the Aesop packaging, it’s heavy, clean, sleek and functional. The text is printed on a high quality matte label with a strong waterproof adhesive so it won’t easily come off unless you intentionally peel it. Some might say that the packaging could come off manly, but I personally think that they’re branding is catered gender neutral with a more scientific feel representing the brand. But naturally the whole branding and packaging design is based on personal opinion.
In terms of functionality of the packaging, it will be a pro in my book. I complained in my previous review that the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask comes in a jar, but this mask comes with a pump, finally a mask with a pump!
APPLICATION, results and texture
I must say that this mask is easy to use because of the pump making it clean and efficient when you apply the mask. The texture is a lightweight gel with a yellow undertone white colour but when applied becomes transparent. It has a strong lavender smell which is pretty aromatic and soothing reminding me of a spa.
You’re suppose to leave this mask on for up to 30 minutes before wiping away the excess either with a warm damp cloth or cotton pad and toner. Whether it’s 6 or 8 pumps of product I’ve used, the mask absorbs within 5 to 10 minutes completely into my skin. After that it feels a little sticky as there will still be a thin film on my face with a little shine for the remainder of the time.
Honestly, after the mask my skin only felt a fraction smoother but definitely not intensely hydrated and refreshed as stated in the claims. I could still feel the dryness on my skin after using the mask, which leaves me very disappointed as this product is catered for dry and dehydrated skin.
If the mask actually left my skin feeling a bit moisturised, I would regularly use it to see if it would have benefited my skin in the long run. Now, it’s just sitting in the cupboard waiting until one day I want to give it another go to see if it would work then. I mean with that price tag, I won’t throw it away.
I guess if the claims were different, say that it would soften and heal over a period rather than straight up intensely hydrate I could perhaps say something good about the results. It’s a bit misleading and while it may do good over time, it just puts me off the product.
Did you know Aesop took over 25 years to develop the formula for this mask? I found out after doing some research about it and that’s one thing I do love about Aesop. They really break it down to the science and long term improvement of skin and not necessarily a one stop wonder.
Water (Aqua), Glycereth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hamamelis Virginian (Witch Hazel) Water,Niacinamide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Coco-Caprylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate,Phenoxyethanol, Trideceth-9, Bisabolol, PEG-5 Ethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium carrageenan, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Sea Salt (Maris sal), dLimonene, Linalool.
SUITABLE FOR ...
If you have dry skin and are looking for a quick fix then I can’t recommend this product but perhaps over time, if you’re willing to stick it through then it may help you in the long run.
THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Does not live up to the claims
My overall Thoughts
Lifestyle Asia wrote an article about this mask that you can mix it in with other oils and serums for additional treatment. While I haven’t tried that personally, I just think it’s a bit ridiculously when there’s already a high price tag on the mask that you have to buy another product for it work better. You’d expect that the mask could do that on its own.
Overall, I’m bummed that I didn’t like this product because I love their cleansers and scrubs. I guess I don’t recommend it because I just didn’t see the results after trying multiple times and can’t justify the product especially at that price point.
Anyway, despite a bit of a negative review, hope you all have a lovely week ahead!