Thursday, 12 January 2012

Review: Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial at House of Rush, Piccadilly

The House of Rush is a new one-stop hair and beauty destination situated in the heart of London, on Piccadilly.  I trundled down one cold, windy Thursday night to try out an Elemis facial in the plush surroundings of the Rush group's flagship salon.

First impressions are great - walking in through the glass double doors, you find yourself in an opulent white and gold decorated atrium which has a few spaces for speedy hairdos, and a gloriously Renaissance styled staircase leading up to the main salon floor.  Following it upwards, I found myself in a large, carefully divided up space encompassing everything a girl could want from a super salon - hair stations, manicure and pedicure areas, treatment rooms, and plenty of high end products for perusal whilst waiting for your appointment.  The complimentary glass of wine has become a high-end salon staple in recent years, and the House of Rush takes it one step further with a snack bar just behind reception - I spotted some very tasty looking pretzels and cakes nestling under glass domes, awaiting hungry customers.

The treatment room was a continuation of the same luxurious, glamourous style - white and gold accents abounded, with glossy black cupboards, and thick treacle coloured towels.  The rooms have built in showers, and very comfortable, wide treatment beds - after removing various layers of scarfs and jumpers, I nestled in, covered with another thick towel, and gazed at the ceiling - shiny black, studded with twinkling LED lights, and looking not unlike a clear night sky.

The Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift facial is an anti-ageing heavy hitter, and promises to leave the skin looking radiant with up to 94% wrinkle reduction and up to 54% improvement in firmness - a lofty claim indeed.  It began rather unusually, with a bit of foot and lower leg manipulation, which started off the relaxation process nicely.  What followed was the usual cleansing, toning, exfoliation, massage and mask - and as usual for a good facial, I promptly fell asleep as soon as the massage part began.  The therapists' movements were incredibly light and gentle, stroking touches which delivered very effective massage without feeling rough or uncomfortable.  

I was pleased to find that the therapist didn't leave the room whilst a peel-off mask was applied to my skin, but rather gave me a wonderful hand and arm massage that really felt like a major part of the treatment as opposed to a way to use up a bit of time.  My arms were massaged with an ultra rich cream right up to the shoulders, leaving me feeling very relaxed and pampered.  

Post facial, my skin looked incredibly glowy - and crucially, not at all overloaded with product, nor greasy with heavy moisturisers.  Whilst I'm probably too young to notice a dramatic improvement in wrinkles, I did notice that my frown lines looked less deep and that my skin felt amazingly firm - so different, in fact, that I couldn't stop pressing my own face with a fingertip.  Impressive stuff.

Overall, I truly enjoyed my treatment at the House of Rush - the service was excellent, friendly and concerned for my enjoyment, and the facial was superb.  Having perused their extensive hair service menu whilst sipping a glass of water before I left, I'm extremely tempted to book in for a Shu Uemura Art of Hair ritual for my next visit - and given it's central location and long opening hours (til 9pm weeknights), I don't think my next visit will be too far off in the future.  If I had to make one criticism, it would be that the treatment rooms could be more adequately soundproofed - I could clearly hear people taking in the corridor, and particularly noisy buses and police cars outside the building.  Not that that stopped me from falling asleep though.

You'll find more info on the House of Rush at their website.  The Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial is from £80, and lasts an hour and fifteen minutes.

Disclosure: Facial received free of charge for review purposes 

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