The Super Skin Soother



Me and the Origins Mega-Mushroom range go way back. A long time ago when I was a student at University eagerly awaiting my loan to come in so I could spend it on books beauty bumf; I decided to up my skincare routine from a few items from the aisles of Boots that I’d cobbled together that were purchased mainly because they were on offer/smelt good/my friends used them, to a well rounded bunch of products that addressed my skin concerns, which were namely oiliness and redness at the time. I had my Liz Earle phase first, but after being dazzled by a rather fancy schmansy Origins counter in the local department store I decided that a brand switch was in order. So one April I went to town on the Origins Mega-Mushroom line-up. A collection designed for us rouge cheeked gals whose complexions can be a bit unruly and touchy sometimes. It sounded right up my street. Despite all the bits I used smelling slightly of cat excretions, it got to work and put me on the road to a well thought out routine along with clearing up the worst of my redness.

But recently the ruddiness has decided to stage a comeback. It’s not like the old days where I need to go heavy on the foundation in order to not look like a beetroot, but I know it’s there – just chilling in the background. So I thought it was time to revisit and on a trip to a counter around a month ago now I picked up their Mega-Mushroom Skin-Calming Face Mask – a product that I’d never given a go before, but you know I love a good face mask. I’ve got them all: cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, illuminating – but ones that roots out redness? Nope.

I have to say that it does what it says on the tin. After a few weeks of using it every three days or so my redness has reduced (though of course that could always be down to non-face mask related things) and everything has calmed down and gone back to normal. The ingredient list reads like a who’s who of skin soothing ingredients and luckily the cat’s wee smell that haunts the rest of the range doesn’t appear here. It’s different to the other masks that I own in the way that it’s a ‘sinker inner’. There’s no drying clay consistency or thick gel-like feel; it goes on like a really hydrating moisturiser and then your skin drinks it up. I like ones like that, it gives me some kind of visual proof that it’s doing something. After 10 minutes you just tissue off the excess and rub the rest in. It’s cooling, calming and I can’t think of another work that’s appropriate that begins with ‘C’.

It doesn’t come in cheap, but at £35 from Selfridges for a 100ml bottle it’s going to last you while and for the fact that I can still reach for my glowy, light coverage bases – I’m not going to argue with that. So the skincare cycle goes full circle again…


  • Ila

    Oh I like the sounds of this 🙂 I don’t suffer from any redness but for work I always get asked suggestions for different skin condition and now i can definitely mention this product as an option. I really love Origins, it is such a genuine brand.

    Ila x

  • Anna Blush

    This sounds lovely. I’ve been having a little bit of trouble with redness recently so might give this is try x

  • I love this range, really helps my skin. The cleanser and serum are brilliant, albeit a bit stinky! Have not tried the mask yet though, about time I did I think 😉

  • Sounds like a great mask. I have to try it 🙂

    xx glamdevils

  • I have no access to origins here in India so haven’t tried, but have heard so much about how good they are that I am more than curious!

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  • Emily Knott

    This sounds fab, I suffer from redness too! Something to add to the wish list!

  • This looks amazing! I love Origins products. I wonder if I could get this to work on my psoriasis!

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I’m not too keen on the scent but it feels amazing and soothing on the skin :o) Xx

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  • Zazie Bibi
  • Ooh love the sound of this, I sometimes get serious redness on my face and this sounds like it’d do just the trick.

    Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty

  • I love the Mega Mushroom range from Origins. I just ran out of the moisturiser & will definitely be picking up a new one, it really does calm the skin!

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • Parisian To Be

    I swore by this serum, but never purchased it; I just mooched off samples. The smell is stinky, but I find this range to be so amazing. xo

    Lillian | PARISIAN TO BE

  • Lauren S

    I’ve been using Quick Fix Masks for Sensitive and Red skin and it’s amazing – only £3 at TK Maxx !!

    Lauren x

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  • Kerryn

    The Elemis Lavender Repair Mask is absolutely amazing for redness, also not a cheap purchase but your skin afterwards (especially if you’ve exfoliated beforehand) just feels like silk and it really unifies the skin tone !

  • This sounds like a lovely,effective treat! My skin is also quite prone to redness, so I may have to snag a sample of this next time I’m at Sephora 🙂

  • Love the look of this, and it sounds like the effects of it are amazing! x

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  • Rachel

    Redness is one of my biggest issues so maybe I’ll have to give this a try!

  • Jodie

    I’m assuming this will eventually be available on all origins counters. If so I’m going to save up the boots points.

  • This sounds amazing! I can get quite red from time to time, so I need to try this out.

  • Jo (Pop of Coral)

    This is my all time favourite mask, I am on my third tube and would never be without it. Great for skin that flares up easily!

    Jo ★ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  • Daniella




  • It sounds great.. but I’ll have to overcome my fear of mushrooms first.. Eek!

  • Cassie

    I’ve never tried anything from the Origins skincare line, but I’ve always wanted to. Everything looks so amazing!

  • Dee

    Just bought this yesterday. I swear you’re my beauty soul mate.

  • this stuff is looking great ! Origin is such a nice brand 🙂 This range is looking very interesting !

    x Victoria

  • AbiGailForce

    Just when I’d resined myself to buying no more skin care / makeup this summer, you post this. I AM INTRIGUED AND WANT IT. *shakes fist* Beauty blogs really are my biggest love/hate relationship…

  • kdriver

    This is my secret weapon too when my face decides to go haywire!

  • Boho Rush

    I could use a bit of Origins in my life right now! My skin is suffering from mild acne lately. Blame my hormones!

  • lisa robb
  • Oh I love the sound of this, been having rosacea flare ups again recently, so this may well help! x

  • I absolutely love the sound of this, anything soothing on the skin is a yes from me xx

  • costeau

    Have you ever tried the moisturisers in this range? Would be curious to hear your thoughts on them.

  • Ida Carlsson

    I personally use exuviance moisturizers… they are good… it makes your skin smooth and glowing #love