I have been meaning to write individual reviews on all these cleansers for you one by one, but that hasn’t eventuated as yet. So since I have gone through quite a few cleansers over the past few months, I thought I would throw in a review of a mixed bag of cleansers, covering both basic and makeup removers in one sitting and let you know how I feel about each of these.
MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser
Mixed feelings with this one. I love and tolerate this product at the same time. Let’s start with some lovin’. The ingredients are as the name suggests, organic, natural and amazing for your skin. MV Organic Skincare is an Australian brand raved about by celebrities worldwide for its natural content and amazing efficacy. The price, well, I would say obscene for the amount of cleanser (70ml) that you get. But it is organic and it does perform.
My skin responds really well to this cleanser and it leaves my skin looking fresh and bright. I use this cleanser to take off my makeup. You are supposed to apply this onto dry skin, massage into your skin and then use a dampened, warm facial towel/muslin cloth to wipe away any traces of makeup.
So here are my quandaries with it — it is thick and dry. You need to use at least 2 full pumps and then wet your hands to try to get some slippage for it to move on your face and you still get some skin-drag while working it into the skin. So this is what I tolerate just because my skin looks pretty good when using this cleanser. Again, since my skin is quite sensitive, I only use a facial towel with it about twice a week. It rinses ok without the towel-wiping action, but when I don’t use a facial towel/muslin cloth, I would follow with another cleanser to make sure to remove all residue. With the towel/cloth, it works very well on its own.
Clinique Take-The-Day-Off Cleansing Balm
I have another makeup remover in my stash of finished products, the Clinique Take-the-day-off Cleansing Balm. This balm was quite nice and really surprised me. It has a similar concept to oil cleansers where you apply it on dry skin, massage it in and remove with water or with a facial towel, whichever method you prefer. I found it to be really effective and gentle on my skin, rinses off clean and doesn’t leave an oily residue. However, I really dislike the packaging. It is a giant tub (about the width of my hand) and not very travel-friendly. I am also biased here because I have a narrow shelf in my bathroom for my skincare storage and the tub doesn’t fit on the shelf. Additionally the need to dig into it with your fingers to get the cleanser out is not incredibly appealing to me. I personally won’t repurchase this product simply because of the packaging. But if you don’t mind a big tub, this is a nice balm cleanser which is quite cost effective.
Sadly I do not have a picture of this cleanser as I accidentally threw this empty product out before realising I hadn’t photographed it yet.
I have heard that Clinique have recently brought out a cleansing oil, so I am very keen to try this one out.
Can I just say that Clinique has really been bringin’ it with the latest skincare and makeup products? In my opinion, they have refreshed the brand, their products and are no longer considered dated. Clinique has been reinvigorated and is back on the scene nailing how effective the products are with a fresh and clean image. Nicely done!
MAC Cleanse Off Oil
Here is one cleansing oil that doesn’t get enough air time. Surprisingly gentle, effective and affordable. This is was my introduction product to oil-cleansing many years ago and I have gone back to this product time and time again to remove my makeup because it is pretty effective and not overpriced. It takes makeup off so easily, including eye makeup (although I actually remove my eye makeup separately) and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight. In the past, I used to use this cleanser on its own, but then I found my pores were still blocked, so now I still follow up with a separate basic cleanser to throughly clean my skin.
A lot of people with oily skin are afraid to use an oil cleanser but the more oil-stripping products you use, the more oil your skin will produce. I think this one is good for all skin types.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner
This cleanser claims to be an all-in-one facial cleanser that does it all — removes makeup, cleanses and tones the skin without leaving it dry. Well, does it deliver?
The product comes in a quality-feeling bottle with a very satisfying pump action to dispense the product. I would use 2 pumps for my face, massage it into dry skin and then rinse off. The instructions specify that this product must be used on dry skin to be to be effective. I have tried it on damp skin and found that it was too slippy to actually cleanse it properly. Since I would use this as a second cleanse, I found it annoying to use because I would have to dry my face in between using this cleanser and my initial oil cleanse. Seems like a small issue but every day, it get’s annoying and also I find this extra step of drying then wetting my face again irritating to my skin. However when worked into dry skin, this product works really well.
This Facial Cleanser can remove light makeup on its own, but I would still prefer two rounds of cleansing anyway. The product doesn’t leave my face dry and tight which is great, but it doesn’t feel hydrated afterwards either; so definitely need a good moisture hit afterwards.
If using on dry skin is no issue for you, then this is actually a pretty good simple, cleanser.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-In-1 Cleanser For Face and Eyes
A great, no-fuss cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean. There’s not a lot more to say here apart from the fact that it is effective, easy to use, lathers lightly and rinses clean. I haven’t experienced any bad reactions to this product. This doesn’t remove makeup well on its own, so I use this one as a second cleanse. I like the simplicity of it and will probably repurchase this cleanser at some stage. My husband also seems to like this one so I keep it in the shower for sharing. Great for traveling as it comes in several sizes. The only thing with the packaging is that I would prefer if the plastic bottle was softer so I could give it a bit of a squeeze when product was running low as it can be difficult to get it out. But apart from that, it is cost effective and an impressive basic cleanser.
As I get older, I am finding that I am harder and harder to please. Let me know if any cleansers have WOWed you lately?