Peter Thomas Roth's Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask (£30.25) was a little bit of an impulsive purchase after I fell utterly, completely and deeply in love with the brand's Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. Honestly, I don't think any skincare product has ever left such a positive first impression, so I felt that it was inevitable that the other masks in the range would also be pretty lovely. However, despite the hefty price tag, you should expect Peter Thomas Roth's face masks to come housed in plastic packaging - which surprised me, because I really thought that they'd be made from glass.
Peter Thomas Roth's Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask is, however, quite a different sort of product to the other mask I own. Unlike the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which has instant and noticeable effects on my skin, in terms of results the Rose Stem Cell Mask is somewhat of a slow burner. It has a thick gel texture (which honestly feels a little bit like applying jelly to your skin) and feels incredibly cooling and soothing when first applied. This effect can be magnified by storing the mask in the fridge, which to me is quite simply a fantastic idea as I personally love that sort of immediate
After a couple of minutes, the cooling sensation of the mask begins to pass and the texture sort of firms up. You begin to feel the gel mask absorbing into the skin, leaving a slightly tacky finish until the skin has finished drinking it up. So long as you give it enough time, all the product does get absorbed and you're left with incredibly soft (given that its just a gel!) skin with a really lovely plump feeling. It's here that I feel the longer term benefits might kick in, as the rose stem cell technology is meant to increase cell turnover for a more youthful looking complexion. That plumpness that I feel in my skin might just be thanks to all that lovely gel soaking in, but with continued use I feel as though the mask is designed so that feeling lasts for longer and longer. Although I still have quite 'young' skin, I do notice an improvement in the texture of my under-eye area and all of my complexion is left looking brighter and more healthy.
As you can imagine, this mask has a rose scent but its actually incredibly delicate. If you're not a big fan of fragranced beauty products then you don't have too much to fear here - unless you really sniff away at the product then you might not even notice the rose scent. The main issue for some people might be the texture of the product; the thick gel feels wonderful to apply, but some people might really dislike the tacky sensation that you feel as the mask is absorbed into the skin. I remember that I really disliked it one my first application, but once you know what to expect you do just get used to it.
In short, this face mask might not be for someone looking for the same dramatic results that the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask offers. Instead, if you're looking for a regular-use face mask that will hydrate and brighten your skin, building towards a slightly more plump and youthful-looking complexion then this is a great addition to your skincare routine. I typically apply it as a leave-on mask, wearing it overnight, and I find that in the morning my skin looks quite radiant. It's a luxury skincare product, and if you're like me and enjoy indulgent face masks and treatments then this will probably bring you a great deal of pleasure.
I bought Peter Thomas Roth's Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask for £30.50 from Look Fantastic.