I’ve never tried too much from Fresh—really, just the occasional samples I receive from Sephora. I’ve really liked some things (Soy Face Cleanser, Sugar Lip Treatment) and I’m decidedly “meh” on others (Seaberry Face Oil, their perfumes), and I’ve never actually ponied up for any full-sized Fresh product because, let’s face it, it’s really overpriced stuff. The only thing I would consider buying is the Soy Face Cleanser, but on the other hand, it’s pretty common to get a deluxe sample of it from Sephora, so I haven’t needed to.
The Rose Face Mask is yet another example of an overpriced Fresh product I received from Sephora last year. I got a 15 mL sample tub of it last year in November as part of my Sephora birthday gift, and I’ve been using it here and there over the last few months.
Rose Face Mask hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. The unique, cooling gel formula is infused with real rose petals that literally melt into the skin.
The ingredients include a number of naturally-derived extracts: rose petals, rose water, sea water, cucumber extract, chamomile oil, camellia leaf extract, red algae extract, rose oil, aloe extract, rooibos leaf extract, yeast extract. It also contains hyaluronic acid and caramel, presumably for color.
The mask has a cool, gel-like texture, is dark amber-brown in color, and has rose petals mixed into it. It applies easily and thinly over the skin, and looks mostly clear. The scent is really pretty, a soft, natural rose. For the scent alone, it feels very luxurious.
Unfortunately, this face mask does fall into my Fresh “meh” pile, as I have found that it does literally nothing for my face. Nothing bad happens, and nothing good, either. I’m a little surprised, as my skin usually reacts well to rose water and hyaluronic acid. Granted, sodium hyaluronate is pretty far down on this product’s ingredient list, and I suppose I usually use these ingredients in products that remain on my skin, and are not washed off after 5–10 minutes.
It just occurred to me that I could try this product as a sleeping mask, so it has the chance to sit on my skin for hours…though I’m not super keen to have little bits of rose petals falling off my face at night.
Overall, this was a pleasant enough product to use, but I didn’t experience any real benefit from it whatsoever, so I would not purchase the full size, which, frankly, is ridiculously overpriced, anyway.
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol
Fresh Rose Face Mask comes in two retail sizes: 100 mL and retails for US$62 / CA$75, or 30 mL for US$25 / CA$30.
Fresh began as an apothecary store focusing on natural beauty products, founded in Boston, MA, USA in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. The company was majority acquired by French luxury giant LVMH in 2000. Fresh continues to be based in Boston and managed by its two founders.