Review (Lush): Rosy Cheeks

The Item 


Lush: Rosy Cheeks

A simple blend of kaolin, calamine and Turkish rose oil to delicately calm the skin and restore balance. Whether you’re feeling hot and bothered or just fancy showering your complexion with roses, cleansing calamine and kaolin will gently remove dirt while exquisite rose oil nourishes and tones your face. Calm, matte skin, here you come!

Lush, 2016

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The Formulation

Calamine Powder , Glycerine , Kaolin , Rose Clay (Kaolinite) , Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Fragrance , Rose Oil (Rosa damascena) , *Benzyl Alcohol , Lilial ,*Citronellol , *Geraniol . * = Occurs naturally in essential oils
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The ‘Irritants’/ Comedogenic

Look at that! Since Lush uses natural and safe synthetics ingredients, there does’t seem to be any acne irritants/pore clogging ingredients. However, this Lush mask does utilize the use of fragrances as part of their ingredients list:

  • Lilial / Citronellol / Geraniol
  • Rose Oil (Rosa damascena): Rose oil is obtained from rose petals. However, unlike the rose petals that aim to soothe the skin, the rose oils obtained from the petals aim to add more fragrance to the product. In addition, they don’t have any skin care benefits. If anything, this ingredient poses a risk of irritation to your face.
The ‘Stars’ 
  • Calamine Powder: For this mask, Calamine Powder helps with soothing the skin, and killing bacteria (antiseptic).
  • Glycerine: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers blossom-1135244_960_720underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.
  • Kaolin: Is a soft clay that is normally white in texture. The clay is also thick making it perfect for forming a mask. The thick texture of this ingredient will allow other ingredients to be held together, and to  aid in the delivery of ingredients deep down into our pores. In doing so, this clay will help nourish & soothe our skin.  Additionally, this type of clay has particular minerals & nutrients that will help in reducing our oils. When introduced in a clay mask, kaolin will help cleanse & exfoliate our skin cells topically. This will help in detoxifying our skin, as it will allow our skin cells to regenerate topically. This ingredient also has multi purpose functions. When the clay starts to harden, it is able to help clear our pores, and this helps with problematic skin conditions. Scientific studies have shown that this detoxifying process is only shown if the mask stays on for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  •  Rose Clay (Kaolinite): Similar to the function of the Koalin clay, but the appearance of this clay is pink (Rose Clay +  Calamine gives this product its pink colour!!)
  • Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia): This mask is infused with rose petals. The rose petals contain skin-soothing, and antioxidant properties.
Product Review

Scent (3/5): If you’re into roses, then this mask has your back.

Texture of the product(2/5):  This is a really thick mask, so be careful not to go overboard!

Application(2/5): Because this mask is so thick, the application can be a bit rough, tagging down on the skin. However, it does wash off really well.

Quality of product (1/5): Looking at the ingredient list, this isn’t that great of a product. The main ingredients (rose petals/calamine power) aim to soothe the skin, as a mean to target redness. However, the science behind rose petals/calamine power has been limited.  You can soothe the skin just as efficiently (maybe even better), by using aloe vera. The large amounts of added fragrances in this product is a bit of a let down too. Personally, i have tones of redness from my acne scares, and if you are looking for a product to help with the redness left on your face from past acne scares (or if you are looking at a product to soothe irrirtated acne), you can forget this mask. In contrast, if you dont have acne, and just want a quick and pretty pink clay mask that smells nice, look no more as Lush’s Rosy Cheeks has your back.

Overall Performance/ Effects:

  • Cleaned my pores
  • Gently exfoliated
  • Did not reduce redness from long lasting acne scars
  • Calamine powder + Rose petals did not soothe my skin

Duration of wear: 6.09.2016 – 27.09.2016 ( This mask can only last for 3 weeks!!)

Repurchase:  No. I think the best part of this mask was the ‘Koalin Clay’, and this allowed the mask to gently exfoliate and cleanse my face. The rose extracts + calamine didn’t too anything to soothe my redness.

Overall rating: 2/5

Price: $13.95

Results from other bloggers: 


  • Applies to the face well
  • Easy to wash off
  • Purified the skin
  • Deep cleanse
  • Reduced redness


  • Calms the skin
  • Hydrated the skin
  • Cleaned pores


  • Soothes the face
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All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products, nor do i have affiliate links. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

Cosmetic ingredients information was accessed from public domains (unless referenced in-text). More detailed information can be found on: TruthInAging & Paula’s Choice


6 thoughts on “Review (Lush): Rosy Cheeks

  1. The Rose Oil is there is soothe and calm the skin, it is not there for its fragrance (although I have no doubt it does play a huge role in how the product smells to us as customers). I do agree that this product can feel quite heavy and drag on the skin though, it isn’t one of my favorite masks but I just wanted to drop the rose oil note in there in the sense of fairness to the product x

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    1. Hi Emma!

      Feedback is always great when I write a detailed post like this (sometimes the information can be so overwhelming), and I can use it to amend future posts! For this post, I personally would like to stick to what I have written above.

      It is to my knowledge that this particular rose oil is obtained from Rosa Damascena petals (an ingredient in this Lush Mask). The oil obtained from these petals main function is to add fragrances to the product (refer to Geraniol, as the aromatic ingredients). In particular, Geraniol occurs naturally from rose oil, and thus has the associated fragrance. The science behind rose oil having soothing and calming properties are very limited, and rose oil is in fact contemporarily marketed for its naturally occurring scent. However, in a Lush product (and I think many other organisations), rose oil is majorly used for its scent rather than its skin soothing properties (and is a major ingredient in some perfumes).

      A common mistake made my consumers in society is the differentiation between Rose Oil (used for its fragrance, and very limited skin properties), and Rose Hip Oil (a skin loving oil!). Rose Hip Oil is in another league in comparison to Rose Oil. Rose Hip Oil is obtained from the ‘hip’ of the rose, which is like a radish shaped part of the rose, and where seeds of the plant is stored (I am sure if you type this into Google Images, it can do it more justice than I can!). Rose Hip Oil is a composed of many good skin-loving properties, such as: fatty molecules, vitamin C (very small amounts), flavonoids, and β- carotene (anti-oxidants). In addition to these claims, the scientific research behind Rose Hip Oil has been more advantages with skin beneficial properties, than rose oil. Rose Hip Oil can reduce newly formed scars, smooth fine lines, and is a fantastic source of anti-oxidants for the skin.

      In addition, Rose Hip Oil (the skin loving oil!) can also be obtained from Rosa Damascena, and Rosa Centifolia (the two main rose ingredients in this Lush mask!). For ‘Rosa Damascena’, Lush has stated on the ingredient list that this ingredient is used for it’s rose oil (fragrance), rather than Rose Hip Oil. While Rosa Centifolia is used in this product for it’s rose petals, and thus should have rose oil extracted from it (rather than Rose Hip Oil). Fortunately rose petals actually have some skin soothing & calming properties, and this is why, in my opinion, Lush has marked this mask as having such skin calming properties.

      As always, I am just putting things into perspective with this post. Why would anyone put an ingredient on their face, with the main function of said ingredient are its aromatic properties, rather than skin soothing properties?

      Overall the key message to take away here is the difference between rose oil (fragrance) and Rose Hip Oil (skin loving ingredient). In this Lush mask, the main ‘rose’ ingredient you are getting is rose oil, rather than Rose Hip. While the calming and soothing effects actually come from the rose petals.

      Sometimes it can be tricky as consumers to figure out the semantics of these technical jargons! Which can be of a concern if we’re unknowingly putting irritants on our skin.

      If you see anything of concern in this message, please do point it out Emma! I love doing research about skin care ingredients.



      1. Also sorry for the long response! I wanted to make a differentiation between rose hip and rose oil when i was writing this post a while back, but decided not to )-:

        Hopefully this message can give future readers a little insight to the difference between rose hip and rose oil.


      2. I don’t question your skincare research, I just know that when this product was released we were told why the inventor picked the ingredients and the rose oil was selected for its ability to calm skin (I work for Lush as an assistant manager). x

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      3. Hi Emma!

        That’s so cool working at Lush (what do Lush employees recommend for people with acne/oil prone skin?)! I hope i didn’t come off as too ‘in your face’. I think i should have sent a shorter a reply, and saved the reply i sent you for a blog post! Your messaged has has given me another idea for a blog post 😀

        So thank you!

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      4. From the fresh masks I would suggest either cosmetic warrior or catastrophe cosmetic. Personally I love catastrophe because it’s made with blueberries and smells amazing but cosmetic warrior is my go to if I have a sore red spot x


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