Speed Reviews - Five High Street Cleansers

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Cleanser

Cleansers are one of those products that can really be hit and miss. You can't test them out in-store and you can't even see the consistency to judge if you will like it or not. 

So here are five high street priced cleansers speed review stylee that may make things a little easier!

No7_Cleanser

No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser 
(£9.00/200ml Boots - here
Out of all five cleansers I have been using this the longest for nearly two years now. For me this is comparable to the iconic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Cleanser on a good skin day, however the Liz Earle cleanser will always win hands down when I'm suffering from a break-out as it's just more sensitive and nourishing for the skin. But day to day this cleanser does 95% what the Liz Earle cleanser does! The consistency as you can see is thick and creamy and spreads over the face easily with 1-2 pumps - so a tube will last you a long, long time! As for how well it removes makeup I'd say it's the best of the bunch and really is perfect to use after a night out/when you are wearing more make-up than usual as it dissolves all makeup really well.

The Good - Highly effective, long lasting, quality feeling.
The Bad - Cannot be used to remove eye makeup, muslin cloth a bit cheap.
Best for - All skin types.

Body_Shop_Cleanser

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Cleansing Gel
(£4.00/250ml The Body Shop - here)
As you can see I haven't actually used a lot of this at all, which is because I discovered it contained Sodium Laureth Sulfate - a chemical I now don't use for various reasons (The Body Shop strangely don't place ingredients list on their products so I found this out online after I had been using it for a week or so). However I know a lot of people don't care about sulfate and the like which is totally fine, so for that reason I thought I'd still include it, plus I was actually enjoying using it. This for me was a good in the shower or first thing in the morning cleanser... not amazing enough to remover all the grime and makeup of the day though. This lathers up well and feels fresh on the skin, leaving it feeling healthy and clean. I feel this works best when used with either a facial sponge or facial brush like the one by Botanics as it lathers up amazingly well with the smallest of amounts and really wakes up the skin. 

The Good - Fresh feeling, easy to use, good quality.
The Bad - Not everyone will enjoy the scent, doesn't remove all traces of makeup.
Best for - If you don't wear much make-up, want a fast to use cleanser, all skin types... though I'd avoid this if you have sensitive skin.

Naked_Cleanser

Naked Skin Perfect Getaway Cream Cleanser
(£4.49/200ml Superdrug - here)
For me this is a don't-want-to-wash-my-face-but-don't-want-to-use-a-face-wipe-either cleanser! It's definitely nowhere near as thorough as using a cream cleanser with hot water and a face brush/muslin cloth but it's a lot better than using a face wipes (face wipes for me as only used when I'm either ill, drunk or drunk and ill!). I personally like to apply this with my fingers and then remove it with a clean muslin cloth if I can as I find cotton pads hopeless with it. Though if you do like these kind of cream cleansers and wear little makeup then using a cotton pad would be fine I'm sure. To me this feels like a watered down cold cream, it's cold and refreshing to apply to the skin and leaves a slightly tacky residue which drier skin would be thankful for and oily skin would hate. This is also ideal for anyone that like natural products or has quite sensitive skin. 

The Good - Soothing and gentle.
The Bad - Doesn't remove makeup very well, Isn't suitable for all skin types.
Best for - Light make-up wearers, anyone with sensitive or dry skin.
 
Botanics_Cleanser

Botanics Organics Cleansing Balm
(£6.63/70g Boots - here
 This is a super duper luxury feeling cleansing balm for the high street that really nourishes normal to dry skin. As you can see from the above pictures the balm starts off looking quite grainy which is actually due to the product crystallizing (so no gritty parts) but within seconds it melts on the skin and turns into more of a cleansing oil that glides over the skin, making it great for massaging in. This is a perfect cleanser for when you want to relax and really stream your face with a muslin cloth a few times (I would advise using a better muslin cloth than the one provided though - way too starchy!) and to just sooth the face. 

The Good - Luxury feeling, smallest amount needed, simple ingredients.
The Bad - Geranium scent (you may or may not like this), rubbish muslin cloth.
Best for - Older or Dry skin types that really want to cleanse and nourish at the same time.
 
Superdrug_cleanser

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser
(£3.99/200ml Superdrug - here
 The cheapest of the five and a pretty good cleanser I would say! This strangely feels and smells like a body moisturizer (it actually smells like a cocoa suncream) but don't let that put you off as this really does remove makeup well. This is a slightly thinner cream to the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser but spreads exactly the same and glides over the skin nicely. This actually feels nicer to remove though than the No7 one for some reason... I can't put my finger on why though. It leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and plump. Really nice!

The Good - Great value, nice to use, a good quality cleanser
The Bad - The smell isn't one you would associate with a cleanser but isn't off putting.
Best for - Normal to dry skin.

What is your favourite high street/drug store cleanser?
Also out of interest which is your favourite type of cleanser to use?

I have to say I'm now a converted hot cloth cleanser girl after using face wash for years... you really notice how much better the face is cleansed when you switch!


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