REN Review | F10 Enzymatic Smooth Radiance | Facial Mask

REN Enzymatic Smooth Radiance Facial Mask 50ml

This is available at John Lewis!

REN makes ‘Clean Products that are free from skin-unfriendly ingredients including: Synthetic fragrance, petrochemicals, sulfate detergents, synthetic colours, animal ingredients and parabens’. In addition to this they make they make sure they don’t include a whole host of other nasties in their skincare. They also care about the environment so this should be great right?

This is one of those things that I looked at, saw the ingredients and went into my COPD fantasy land. Vitamin C, Papain, and Barbados Zoe. Yes I thought little Caribbean cherries would be dancing around in the tube waiting to make my skin all sparkly and fresh. Unfortunately I hate this mask! I tried it four times just to be sure and every time I used it I hated it even more that the last. Let’s start with what I did like. I really love the scent and it must be the Arctic Blackcurrant oil because it smells lovely and fruity. I like the packaging, you get a little plastic thing to cover the pump so it doesn’t go all over the place when you aren’t using it. This is where the pleasure ended. This is supposed to gently exfoliate, detoxify, boost cell renewal and leave the complexion smooth.

Okay the instructions say to apply a generous amount to clean skin – check. Leave for 10 minutes – check. Pat and lift with fingertips – nope didn’t happen. Rinse thoroughly with warm water – i.e. make a mess in the bathroom. I will say this did make my skin soft but (and there is a big but coming) the amount of faffing around to put the mask on and take it off wasn’t worth it. The texture is a little thicker than honey so as you can imagine it goes all over the place. Being a gel mask I was expecting this to dry so I could lift it off in one go like Leatherface does in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It never dried. I was never able to peel it off as I’d hoped. I tried leaving it on longer – no dice. I tried putting less mask on – no dice. I tried two more variations of this trying to get it to work. I really wanted it to work! I wanted the cherries from Barbados to dance on my face. I fully accept that sometimes consumers have no idea how to apply beauty products and they don’t follow the instructions. Well I tried four times and each time it was a mess.

This says it’s for ‘all skin types’ but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think it would be better for someone with drier skin….like Leatherface.

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  1. hani says:

    I bought REN’s body scrub, which was heavenly to use and got a sample of the mask. I was as dissapointed as . At first I thought I had used it wrongly but I tried again and made sure to follow the instructions, but still no result.There was nothing to peel and I hated the consistency.After rinsing it off it made no difference to my skin.I too was hoping cherries from Barbados to dance on my face.

  2. says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that couldn’t get to grips with it. It hasn’t put me off trying other REN stuff though!

  3. Mercee says:

    Oh dear. This mask sounds like proper PANTS. To have two people with the exact same issues, to me, means its not worth a second glance.

    Thanks for the review, sad you spent your good money on a bad product. Guess the fun is all about testing and trying different things? However, I won’t be bothering to have fun with this mask…


  4. says:

    Mercee this mask is anything but fun – and lets face it we are all going to spend our hard earned money on rubbish now and again but that’s what so great about blogging, I’ve saved you some money he he x

    I’d love to hear from anyone who has got to grips with putting this on and was able to successfully peel it off without making a big mess! x

  5. Mercee says:

    Yes, you have. Shame it was at your own expense though. That’s more pants. :0(

    I may actually write to REN to ask for a tutorial on their dodgy mask just to see if it actually works and how much effort you have to make it for it, if it does?

    Will keep you updated if they respond… ;0)


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