Anne Semonin – Gel Mask
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When I was sent this Gel Mask* from French skincare brand Anne Semonin I knew I had seen the brand somewhere but it took me a while to remember that they provided the miniature toiletries for a hotel I stayed in when I went to London last Summer.
Anne Semonin was created over 25 years ago, and the brand’s philosophy is all around the fact that a woman’s beauty is unique and that one size does not fit all when it comes to skincare.
Gel Mask is a radiance treatment for dehydrated, tired skin and contains essential oils of Cypress, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Palmarosa which help to energise the skin into re-establishing a radiant glow. I have combination skin and my forehead has been particularly dry recently, with flaky skin and very fine lines, so I was hoping that this Anne Semonin Gel Mask was just the remedy I needed.
The packaging is lovely, I love the silver printing on the box and the jar feels quite luxurious. It’s been a bit of a nightmare for photographing though, the reflective silver lid has caused me many problems so apologies that the images aren’t quite up to my usual standard!
The mask is a translucent colourless gel with a very potent chemically scent. You apply a thick layer to the face (the directions say to use the included applicator brush but I didn’t receive one, so I have just been using my fingers), then leave for 5-10 minutes, before removing with a sponge. The mask feels cooling and gentle when it is first applied (despite the strong fragrance) and the skin starts to gently tingle as you get closer to 10 minutes.
Immediately after removing the mask I find that my skin feels a bit strange and rubbery, but as soon as I have applied moisturiser the skin feels smooth and plumped and in particular my forehead feels less dehydrated now.
My personal preference is for creamy masks as I prefer the feeling of them on the skin to gel masks, however having said that I quite like this offering from Anne Semonin. I would prefer if it didn’t have such a strong scent, or perhaps if the fragrances of the essential oils came through a bit more, and I think the scent could put people off a bit. But overall it makes my skin feel nice and the dry patches on my forehead have all but cleared up since I started using it.
Anne Semonin Gel Mask is priced at £42 for a 50ml jar, available from Beauty Expert, including free shipping.
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