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Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
January 15, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
My pot of Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque ($52) came as a sample and without instructions. This meant that the first time that I used it was straight up - on my face without what I subsequently discovered to be the necessary step of adding water “to emulsify”. So the thick, gloopy texture that didn’t smooth over my skin very well was entirely my fault. But even when I got the hang of application (kind of – working out how much water to use was very much trial and error), I never really got over my bad start.

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque smells overwhelmingly like bubble gum. And it prickles unpleasantly with an itchy sensation that makes me want to go and rinse it off right away. I’ve tried to sit it out a few times but have never been able to last more than five minutes before becoming convinced that some creature with very hot little feet is crawling all over my face.

I have looked for culprits amongst the ingredients and it initially thought that it may well be that the strawberry and rhubarb juices are too much for my skin. Strawberry contains salicylic acid, which can irritate sensitive souls like me )and rhubarb is an astringent. But overall, there’s just too much salicylic acid in Eminence’s mask. In addition to strawberry, salicylic acid is also listed separately in the ingredients list and even appears again in its salt version, sodium salicylate.

One thing that made me curious was the listing for hyaluronic acid, which says it comes from marshmallow extract. As I’d never seen that before, I tried to find more. I have been able to determine that marshmallow has an inhibitory effect on hyaluronidase, the enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid in our skin tissue. So marshmallow is having a good effect on our hyaluronic acid, but that’s not the same as containing it.

Of the many good ingredients here, there is tara tree. This is packed full of tannins. The seeds are full of polysaccharides called galactomannans that are impressive retainers of moisture. Mostly, this is good looking product that others may have more luck with. Having said that, it would be preferable without sodium benzoate.

Strawberry Juice, Corn Germ Oil, Rhubarb Juice, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid (from Marshmallow Extract), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Vegetable Glycerin, Tara Tree Extract, Kaolin Clay, Corn Derived Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthan Gum, Biocomplex™ (Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Salicylic Acid (soy Derived), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Strawberry Essence.
  • September 6, 2014

    by Victoria

    I've been working with the Eminence line for about 2 years now and I've really come to love it. I have to admit that the cleansers are not my favorite (as we carry other lines and I much prefer others for a more thorough cleanse) however as far as their masks, serums, and moisturizers go I see great results with my clients. At our spa we avoid selling the masks to the clients unless they request one or buy a kit which would include one, this is because most clients wont use them correctly(if at all). All of Eminence products are highly concentrated and they should ALL be diluted with water. Tea is a great choice too if you like getting a little creative with your treatment. I love playing mad scientist and concocting completely customized blends for my facials so Eminence really gives me the chance to embrace that as a creative outlet in my healing service and gives the client complete personalization. Almost all of their products can be mixed together to combine the properties and benefits of the ingredients, but just like herbal supplements can sometimes cause reactions when mixed, so too can the natural ingredients in your skincare. (This is why they want you to get the product line from a trained professional) Natural doesn't always mean gentle and many ingredients can be quite active (especially if the concentrate isn't properly diluted) That could explain your tingling or prickling (as could an increased blood flow to the skin-I've experienced it myself with this mask, but haven't had mention of it from clients when it's blended) and there's always the possibility of an allergy to an ingredient you've never tried before. Another thing that's important to know about this line is that a little goes a long way and it should last you a good while. You don't need a lot at all. If you stir the product with the mini spatula provided and pull it straight out, that's as much as you should need since diluting it will allow it to spread. I personally like to blend this mask with... (there's a million options!)
    Equal parts:
    -Strawberry Rhubarb Mask
    -Quince and Ice Wine Mask (my favorite!)
    -Bright Skin Mask
    -1-2 drops of the bright skin booster serum
    (or whichever booster serum is designed for your concern)
    I dilute my masks with chamomile tea, raspberry leaf tea or water from strained oats (once its cooled).
    Whip it up in a dish with a clean fluffy foundation brush or a masque brush (it shouldn't be a thick cream consistency but it shouldn't be runny either) and paint it on in lifting sweeping strokes.
    Go on and give it another chance. You may be pleasantly surprised. :) Happy concocting!
    -Victoria Gabriella
    Holistic Esthetician & Brow Specialist
    Lemon Tree Spa. Tierra Verde, FL

  • January 16, 2011

    by Oksana

    hi, Marta
    I would be happy to take this mask off your hands! I love it and use it weekly. thanks.

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