Mid-Week Pamper Treat: Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask review

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask review
British natural and organic skincare brand, Evolve Organic Beauty, have been on a roll with some amazing new releases this year, and the latest addition to their skincare family is this stunning Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask.

I'm an avid fan of Evolve Organic Beauty and regular readers of mine will be delighted with this beautiful new face mask from the award-winning brand. You can check out my review of Evolve's earlier product releases this year including the Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner and 360 Eye And Lip Contour here if you missed it.

Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask review
Released back in May, Evolve Organic Beauty's Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask is made in small batches in Hertfordshire and is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly (certified by the Vegan Society). In keeping with this luxurious organic brand's eco-friendly ethics, the mask comes packaged in a glass jar with a recyclable plastic lid and boasts a formula which is 100% natural, 85.1% of which are certified organic ingredients (certified by Ecocert COSMOS Organic). Its stunning shimmery gold colour comes from ethically sourced mineral mica. 

So what's in it?
This mask contains key ingredients such as a natural Retinol-like plant extract from Bidens Pilosa, an interesting bio-retinol ingredient as it helps to boost the skin's cellular renewal process for a younger and smoother looking complexion, but it doesn't cause the associated irritation that can arise from using regular Retinol. Rosehip Oil has been added for its natural anti-ageing and nourishing Omega-3 rich benefits and Argan Oil helps to keep the skin plump and hydrated thanks to its fatty acids and Vitamin E content.

Full INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin**, Kaolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Silica, Iron Oxide (CI77491), Sucrose Laurate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Parfum (Naturally derived Fragrance), Bidens Pilosa Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Palmitate, Tin Oxide. *Ingredients from Organic farming **Made using Organic Ingredients.

Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask review
Who can use it?
The Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask is suitable for all skin types and it's a particularly good treatment to try for sensitive skin types who can't use regular Retinol based products. If you have sensitive skin please make sure that you do a patch test first, just in case. As the main benefits of this mask are focused on anti-ageing, I would recommend it for those who are showing the first signs of ageing, as well as more mature skin which already has fine lines and wrinkles. If you're under 25, you really don't need this in your routine - try Evolve's awesome Radiant Glow Mask instead.

How do I use it and how often?
Apply a thick layer to cleansed skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat skin dry with a flannel and follow up with the rest of your routine e.g toner, serum, moisturiser/or face oil. I'd recommend using 1-2 times a week for the best results.

Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask review
Overall Thoughts
My initial thoughts were a bit hot and cold in all honesty. I was of course, immediately drawn into that beautiful, shimmery gold abyss when I opened the jar as it's absolutely mesmerizing and it yielded a lot of instant admiration from my housemates, plus I couldn't wait to take a selfie with it on! However, I wasn't keen on the overly sweet fragrance which reminded me of a very sickly sweet type of bubblegum - it's definitely a love/hate thing, but I can imagine that some people may be put off by it as it's very cloying and overpowering, despite being a naturally derived fragrance. 

The texture of the mask is also similar to bubblegum in the respect that it's very thick, feels a little sticky and glue-like, and it's difficult to spread onto the skin. I'd recommend using a plastic face mask brush or spatula to apply it, which is not only more hygienic but also by far, the easiest method by which to use this mask. Once applied though, the Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask stays perfectly in place on the skin and I liked the fact that it only takes 5 minutes to work its magic. 

Despite my initial concerns about the texture, the mask was super easy to remove as it transforms into a light creamy consistency once warm water is added and it was simple to rinse off without any sticky residue being left on - I didn't need to rub at my face or even rinse twice. This treatment left my skin looking brighter and noticeably glowy after just the first use, and this got even better the more I used it. My complexion feels smoother, softer and definitely more plumped up and hydrated than before so I absolutely love the results of this mask. I just wish that the scent of it was different, but each to their own, as it's been selling out like hotcakes!

Evolve Organic Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask* (60ml, £24, link)

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