With my Elemis Foaming Face cleanser I found out that I really liked foaming face cleansers. There is something just plain fun about them. However, a cleanser has to be more than just fun. It has to work.
What I look for in a cleanser is that it removes dirt and/or makeup from my face without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. I don’t want the cleanser drying my skin. While I like the foaming cleansers, I am not picky about my form. I like a wide variety of cleansers, from gel to oil, foaming and non foaming alike, and as I tend to go through cleansers on a regular basis, I am always open to trying new ones out.
When I am testing a cleanser, I first look at what it is designed to do. Does it claim to remove makeup? If so then I’ll try washing my face without using a makeup remover first. Then I’ll try it in conjunction with other products, like cleansing balms and exfoliates.
This Kylie Skin Foaming Face Cleanser came in a BoxyCharm box a while ago and I am just now getting around to trying it out. I’ve never tried anything from Kylie Jenner (not even her lip products which given how much I love lip products even I find surprising). So I came at this with a blank slate. I deliberately did not read any reviews and comments regarding the product as I wanted to form my own opinion.
Now according to the product page…
Our luxurious foaming face wash is infused with ultra-nourishing kiwi seed oil, packed with Vitamin C and E to help maintain moisture and improve elasticity. This gentle formula cleanses skin by helping to remove dirt, oil and makeup for a fresh, bright complexion.
KEY FEATURES:Glycerin: A humectant that helps balance the moisture in your skin. If your skin is dry, it will draw in moisture and if your skin is oily, it will help decrease the oily appearance of your skin,Mild, gentle cleansing ingredients: Derived from coconut. Gentle & effective. Kiwi Seed Oil: An antioxidant. Kiwi seed oil is a rich source of Vitamin C & E that helps hydrate and brighten skin, Lightly Fragranced
Water/Aqua/Eau, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-39, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanolkylieskin
My first test with this cleanser was with a full face of makeup on. It did an okay job with the shadow and oddly enough mascara, but left a lot of foundation behind. But not being able to remove all my makeup is not a deal breaker for me since I tend to double cleanse.
So I used a makeup remover, which quite frankly took off all of my makeup. I was testing out the Provence Apothecary moisturizing oil cleanser (which worked quite well – the cotton round with toner I just after was much cleaner than I expected. There will be a full post about it next week.) I then used the foaming cleanser. My skin felt a little dry afterwards but not uncomfortably dry.
The third test was with the above mentioned cleansing oil, followed by an exfoliant. I used the BKind Face Scrub as I know it leaves a slightly waxy feeling behind on my skin, despite bring a fantastic and gentle exfoliant. The waxy feel left behind by the scrub was only partially washed away. The photos showed nothing but when I ran my hand across my face, it was strange. Parts were waxy parts were completely clean.
Thinking I might have done something odd when washing my face I tried the same procedure other nights (not consecutively as that would be too much exfoliation but over time). The same thing happened, but it wasn’t always in the same spots. So I don’t think it was the way I was washing my face.
The end result was that I didn’t like this face wash. This is not the cleanser for me. Not only did it not work well with my skin, but I had issues with the scent. I know a lot of you out there are thinking ‘I knew scent would come up sometime’.
What can I say, I am a scent oriented person.
In the description it says lightly fragranced. This foaming face wash is lightly fragranced in the same way a department store around the holidays is lightly fragranced.
There is no ignoring this scent.
And the scent is not one I would call pretty. I tried identifying what scent they were going for (i.e. rose, cucumber, coconut, that sort of thing). The only thing I got was that it smells exactly like the industrial hand soap used in several of the office buildings in which I have worked. It is not a scent I enjoy and it is not a scent I enjoy putting on my face. It is why I cut the trial short. Usually I can use a product for a month before reporting on it and then continue using it up even if it isn’t my absolute favorite. I just don’t like wasting product.
I got two weeks of testing (the bare minimum I use for a test) before I couldn’t take it. I was actually looking for reasons not to wash my face. Mostly by taking my cleansing oil pump into the shower with me. I have a younger (second)cousin who adores Kylie Jenner so I’m passing this along for her to use so it won’t be wasted, it just won’t be used by me. If I want a foaming cleanser, I’m heading to Elemis. Incidentally, they have their end of summer sale going on right now if you are looking to stock up. Personally, I think they are a much better choice.