Does the Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask live up to the hype?

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Another day, another product release from an influencer. The product in question comes from Marianna Hewitt from Life With Me, and is someone that I have actually been following for a few years now. Her personality won me over in her YouTube videos, as did her blog post on how she got to where she is today – girl worked damn hard! Having been blogging about beauty and creating makeup tutorials on YouTube for years whilst travelling the world, the Jet Lag face mask seems like the perfect product for her (and Lauren Gores of You & Lu) to come up with.

With all the hype from social media and raving product reviews, I really have to wonder… does this mask really deliver? Honestly, when a product from a well-known online personality has this many good reviews, I’m sceptical. With all their online connections and followers, trying to find an unbiased review feels like an impossible task. It seems like everyone and their mother wants a piece of this mask. But curiosity got to me (as did a birthday discount code on Cult Beauty), and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Packaging

Amazing. Love the simple blue and white colour scheme, with the blue being reminiscent of the sky and sea that you gaze out over from the plane window. I do like this toothpaste tube that the product comes in, but the only negative I can think of is that I sort of wish the tube could have been a hard case. When I pack my handbag for the plane, I usually have so much stuff in there that everything gets a little bit squished. I fear that this tube will go all over the place and end up looking super bent out of shape. A minor point, but when something looks quite aesthetically pleasing on your makeup counter, it’s one thing that I do think about.

I think the name of the brand is also brilliant. The term ‘Summer Fridays’ gives me great memories of working in London. During the summer a lot of digital companies will let you leave work early on Fridays or some even let you work from home. It’s just such a great uplifting feeling that those two words give, the feeling of fun and freedom, and to have that associated with your product is genius.

Ingredients & Usage

A major plus for this mask is that it is cruelty-free, vegan, sulphate free, silicone free, and does not contain any parabens or manmade dyes & fragrances.

The main ingredients that the brand promotes being in this mask are chestnut extract (which helps exfoliate dull, dead skin cells helping your skin look smoother and more radiant), Vitamin C (a brightening component), and green tea (which helps to reduce inflammation and redness). All things which I can happily get behind in a face mask. The mask is very thick and has a light and pleasant sweet menthol scent.

To use this product, you are directed to layer a visible amount onto your skin. When I first used the product, I did just that but found that it was too much product. As the consistency is more like a very thick and rich moisturiser, I much prefer using a thin layer of this product so that it sinks into the skin unseen and leaving it overnight. Another usage of this mask that is suggested is for a primer. I suspect that the amount I use is more so for this, but I can’t imagine having this under my makeup. It feels far too thick and heavy to use during the day.

Thoughts

My face is certainly more hydrated after using this mask due to the thickness of the product being absorbed into my skin. But is it brighter, is there less redness? Questionable. I haven’t seen much change.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice product. But I think that’s all it is for me, nice. Pros for it being cruelty-free etc, and I like that I can apply it on my face without it leaving a white mask on top – I will probably save this to use on the place for extra hydration but apart from that I can’t say that it has made any major changes to my skin. For £42 on Cult Beauty, I do believe something better exists out there for that price tag.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

 

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