Being a Hallowe'en baby, I'm attracted to anything to do with pumpkins; strangely, except when it involves eating them. I didn't have to eat Too Cool For School's new Pumpkin beauty range, however, so I was excited to try these beautiful Autumnal products in the middle of Summer.
The Pumpkin Sleeping Pack claimed to brighten my skin with its exfoliating fruit enzymes and hydrating Vitamin A and it is certainly my new favourite moisturiser. The smell is absolutely divine, (which is a relief because I was expecting it to smell like pumpkins), and I love the translucency. Thick, opaque lotions are often difficult to work with but this blends seamlessly into the skin leaving a genuinely radiant glow.
I did have a big issue with the name, though. "Sleeping pack" is a little confusing when it arrives alongside two face mask products because this is essentially just a face cream. Nonetheless, it worked a treat overnight and I can't stop smelling it.
The Pumpkin 24K Gold Mask was a different story. I can't say I've been converted to the wonders of sheet masks. They are fiddly, awkward, creepy and not thoroughly pleasant to have on your face. It takes a good 10 minutes to arrange the thing so it doesn't land on your eyes or your mouth, by which time you're supposed to be peeling it off and enjoying the result. Still, if you're adept at using them, it's probably a lot more worth the £8.50 than it was for me. I did enjoy the refreshing feel of my skin, but I'd sooner use an old-fashioned clay-based face mask as this was very tricky to smooth out.
Which brings me to the final Too Cool For School product I tried which was the Pumpkin Purifying 24K Mask. Brilliant fun to play with on a night in with your pals as it's very, very pretty and gold. The only problem is, it's difficult to gauge how much to use. Too much and it doesn't dry so you can't peel it off, too little and it flakes off rather than peels. I tried it several times and never got to that satisfying stage of peeling it right off, moreover I had to roll bits of it off my skin as if it were acrylic paint, and then scrub the rest away with soap and water - not what I would expect to be doing for a product worth £22.50.
On the other hand, it wasn't one of those masks that adheres so firmly to the skin that you end up taking off the epidermis with the mask, so for that I am eternally grateful.
I'm yet to find a face mask of the sheet or peel variety (highly technical terms, I know) that I can use without a struggle, but I definitely think they should all be vivid gold like the Pumpkin 24K Mask. Regardless of my feelings towards face packs though, the Sleeping Pack (*cough* moisturiser *cough*) is such a lovely product and well worth the £18.50 it retails at.
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