Review: The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask


The Body Shop have really stepped up their game in the past couple of years, with new packaging for some ranges, more skincare offerings, and some amazing seasonal scents in their body care ranges (like the fantastic Piñita Colada from this summer). Until now, the only new face product that I’ve tried is their Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, which is nice but not life-changing, but I was drawn in by the five new face masks. Usually I’d go for one that promised clarifying or smoothing/exfoliating, but I’ve got enough cleansing masks on the go and needed something to use after them, to give my skin a bit of moisture again. Enter the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

The mask basically looks (and smells) like rose jam, if that was a thing (is that a thing? It does sound like something that would appear on GBBO at some point…). You can apply it with your fingers but I’m not a huge fan of sticking my fingers in a pot and, frankly, painting your face with an old foundation brush and jam is just more fun. It’s lovely and cooling – it has the definite feel of aloe vera gel on the skin, and feels pampering, rather than utilitarian.

The directions are to apply and leave for 10 minutes before washing off; I’ve used it that way and have also left it on during a four-YouTube video-long bath, and prefer the results of the latter. The longer you leave it, the more of the mask sinks in and the smoother my skin seems to be when I eventually wipe it off with a warm, damp flannel.

I like it, and will definitely finish off the tub, but I’m not sure I’d buy it again. It does do a good job of calming down any redness caused by a clarifying or exfoliating mask, and leaves the skin feeling softer and looking a bit fresher. However, I’ve used it about six times and any results are rather short-lived, with no cumulative effects. I think this is best suited for using in the morning before you go out, to help makeup go on more smoothly and to make the most of any glow you get.

Find it here for £15 for 75ml.

Have you tried any of the new masks from The Body Shop?

- Any product marked with an '*' is a PR sample. All reviews are 100% honest regardless of whether I bought the item myself or was sent it. Links may be affiliate, which means that I get a small commission if you use them -