#TestedWithLove: Banish’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
In my face mask wish list, I mentioned how I’d been itching to try out this particular beauty ritual that everyone seemed crazy about; listing Banish’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask as one of the masks I wanted to try. Needless to say, when I was told I’d actually get to test it out and review it for you all, I was stoked!
So I opened it up—first of all, I noticed that the jar was really small. I swear the picture makes it look bigger than it is (I often find that’s the case with a lot of skin-care products). For a $35 product, I was definitely expecting it to be bigger.
But, since it’s a small jar, I figured, well, it better be damn good. Still, I tried not to get my hopes too high; I mean, after all, what could a pumpkin really do for your skin anyway other than make it smell nice?
And oooh, does it smell nice. As soon as I unscrewed, the lid I got an amazing whiff of the most decadent pumpkin-pie aroma I’d ever had the honor of inhaling. I immediately wanted to eat it—which is why, I’m guessing, Banish’s website specifically says “Just because it smells good…Please do not eat.” I begrudgingly resisted.
So I put it on, smearing it allllll over my face, fully intending to be ONE with the pumpkin.
And it immediately started tingling.
Now, as much as I wasn’t expecting that, I should note that I do have sensitive skin, so that may have been the reason for the odd sensation. I didn’t wash the mask off, though, as Banish’s website suggested I do if that happened. I took one for the team and left it on. Ten minutes of pain to a beauty fanatic? Please.
Luckily, the tingling stopped three minutes in. After that, all I noticed was the drying of the squishy pumpkin pulp and the lovely smell that made me want to lick my own face. Ten minutes and 20 orange-faced selfies later, I washed it off.
I was really, truly impressed with this outcome. I don’t know how, but the mask made my complexion significantly brighter. It looked like I was literally glowing from the inside out. Also, it evened out my skin tone—where I’d previously had splotches of pink and pale, I was now a single shade of porcelain. It looked like I was wearing the worlds best foundation or something. And my acne scars on the sides of my chin and cheek (though faded now, after a few years) looked basically non-existent.
The verdict? 9/10, with one point being docked for the slight burning. Still, with the way my skin looked post-mask, I’d say this little jar is worth every penny. As I said in my previous post about face masks, I’ve never really been into them, but this one’s made me a believer. I honestly cannot wait to do it again!