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I've recently been testing out a lot of the Benefit skincare line since purchasing a travel sized kit for £10 and unfortunately can only say that I've been less than impressed. This particular review will be based on Foamingly Clean, the cream cleanser from the kit. Described as an effective, creamy facial wash that removes makeup and impurities with a soft, gentle lather, this sounds like a dream product. I love anything that will make my skin feel as good as it possibly can, so I'm always tempted by things like this, often being left very disappointed. This is no different.
Foamingly Clean comes in a pale sea green plastic tube no different to the one pictured above. The full size and travel size tubes are almost identical with the only differences being the size and the caps. The 127.5g full size has a twist off cork cap while the 8.9g travel size has a cream plastic cap. As with the facial scrub that I previously reviewed, there is a darker green print on the front of the tube that hosts the brand and product name. The back of the tube simply has the brand and product information along with a use by date of 12 months. Anyone loyal to my reviews knows just how much I stress about use by dates, especially for creamy skincare products. Do not exceed the use by date if you want to avoid getting any nasty bacteria on your face!
Upon removing the little cream cap, I instantly noticed a feint, refreshing aroma. Identical to the scent of Refined Finish facial scrub by Benefit and Rockin' Rio perfume by Escada, this is a delicious fruity, floral scent that would be perfect for a summer perfume. However, it doesn't quite work as well as a perfumed facial wash. The scent only gets stronger the closer you get to it, so whilst it's very subtle to start with, it does appear stronger and stronger.
The cream itself is a thick, pearly white cream that does feel very luxurious to the touch, but it seemed to disappear after I lathered it up between my hands. It left a very thin layer of foam on my hands to wash with, so I rubbed it over my face in the shower to see how it worked!
I didn't really feel anything. It disappeared as soon as I rubbed it into my skin.
I decided I maybe hadn't used enough of the product and went on to squeeze a big glob of it onto my palm (roughly half of the tiny travel size tube) - this left the same thin layer of foam on my hands, however I certainly felt the effects when I rubbed in into my face! Just like the exfoliator from this line, I was left with burning, flaming nostrils due to the high fragrance levels. It was an uncomfortable feeling and my skin felt irritated and tight too. Time to get these chemicals off of my poor skin!
The first time I used this was on clean skin, so I can't comment on how well it removes makeup but I honestly wouldn't ever want to try it as a makeup remover anyway. I like to massage my makeup remover over my eyes to dislodge all traces of eyeliner and mascara but the thought of massaging this over my eyes gives me nightmares! If it burns my nose this badly, imagine the pain I'd feel around my eyes?!
I can't even say that the cleanser was enjoyable to use despite the burning as like I mentioned before, it mostly disappeared in my hands and completely disappeared on my face. There was no soft, creamy lather. Nothing.
After rinsing my face, it felt tight and dry - something I'm putting down to the high perfume levels (can you tell how frustrated I am by perfumed products?). A cleanser should never leave the skin feeling dry, tight or uncomfortable, unfortunately this left me with all 3 things and was instantly written off as a product I will never use again.
After reading the ingredients list, it has 4 different ACIDS in it and at least 7 ingredients that I can't even pronounce. I have no idea what this product contains and I will never be letting it come into contact with my skin ever again. Back to Clinique for me!
£16.50 will get you the full sized 127.5g tube at any Benefit counter or online which is an extortionate price for such a poor cleanser. Most high end cleansers are in this price range, but they are all effective while this one just claims to be. Benefit have talked the talk with this one but unfortunately haven't walked the walk - not recommended from me!
I'll be rewarding this product only 1 Dooyoo star, for the simple reason that I can't award it with no stars. Fortunately, this is my last bad review for this skincare line, so I can start being happy and stop slagging things off now!
Thanks so much for reading!
I must admit I am a total sucker for Benefit goodies. The quirky packaging, kitsch names and retro styling really appeal to me. This facial wash is fairly plain looking for a Benefit product, more understated than kooky. However, it is totally divine and left skin feeling clean and smooth, soft and fresh. I would recommend this to anyone with normal/combination skin and would definitately buy it again.
A Benefit store assistant kindly gave me a free sample of this. The sample lasted me around a week and after a week my skin had never looked so bad!
The facial wash is a creamy colour with a creamy consistency to match. The smell of the wash is very floral and strong. I think the scent would be far too overpowering for some. I thought it was a little too strong. The scent definitely needs toning down a little bit. I dislike the floral smell to it, it smells like something my Gran would use!
The reason why I wasn't impressed with this wash was that it left my skin feeling tight. The facial wash reminded me of soap, it felt rather soapy and had the exact same consistency as Dove soap, which I have used on my face before. The wash is very foamy so you only need a small amount of it at a time. It also needs a good amount of rinsing off otherwise it leaves a nasty residue on your skin after use that doesn't feel all that great. It also leaves your skin looking dull and miserable, not such a good look.
After using this wash for a week my skin looked terrible. My skin is usually rather clear but I found that this wash clogged my pores, leaving me with spotty/ greasy skin. My skin felt tight after rinsing this off, even if I did rinse it off well it STILL left my skin feeling tight.
I am glad this was a freebie. I'd have been disappointed if I had paid cash for it...
Being a member of the Debenhams Beauty Club (which basically means you have a loyalty card and get a few other benefits such as free delivery), I receive emails from Debenhams and a while ago, one of these emails stated that if you printed out the email you could get a free sample set of the new Benefit b.right skincare range. Never one to turn down a freebie, I promptly did this, and got a set of three miniatures in a little box. I like Benefit makeup so was looking forward to trying out the skincare range.
One of the items included, and the first one I tried, was the 1-step gentle facial wash. Presumably it is called 1-step because it is all you need to cleanse your skin. The description of the product states that it is a "foamingly clean facial wash" which effectively cleanses the skin with a soft gentle lather, removing makeup and impurities. The cleanser is designed for all skin types.
To use the facial wash, you should splash your face with water and apply a small amount of cleanser to your skin. Massage with gentle circular motions, creating a rich lather. Rinse with water afterwards. You are supposed to avoid the eye area, though how you're supposed to do this with a foaming cleanser I'm not sure!
The wash comes in a small pale blue tube with a lid on the bottom: basically it's a smaller version of the full-size product. The lid isn't attached to the tube, which leaves me wondering if it might get lost. The tube is quite sturdy, but I found it impossible to get the last little bit of cleanser out, though I'm not sure if this is just a problem with the miniature, or with the larger version too. The product itself isn't too thick or too thin. It comes out as a creamy cleanser but foams up with a little water. I was impressed with how well the product foamed up, and it felt very gentle on my skin. I only needed to use a very small amount and it washed off easily. I should point out that I used this product only once a day, when I washed my face during my morning shower, as I prefer a creamier cleanser for the evening. Therefore I can't comment on how well the cleanser removes makeup, but my skin certainly felt very clean after use, though not at all dry.
I absolutely loved the smell of this product, which is hard to describe: it is slightly floral but it is a very 'clean' smell. I was also impressed that the cleanser didn't irritate my skin: normally I am wary of scented products. Despite the warning about not getting the cleanser near your eyes, I really couldn't help doing this, and I didn't find it irritated my eyes at all. I found that my sample of cleanser lasted just over a week, and my skin seemed to be in very good condition during this time, with no redness or obvious spots; it looked generally healthy and in good condition.
As the cleanser isn't drying, I think it would suit dry skin types, and my oily/combination skin seemed to look clearer and not overly shiny during the time I was using it. My skin is sensitive too and I had no problems with this cleanser. Therefore, Benefit's claim that the cleanser is suitable for all skin types seems to be accurate, as far as I can work out.
So, a very good cleanser that I enjoyed using. The downside? The full size product costs £17.50. This is really expensive, and I don't think I would be willing to pay this much unfortunately, even for a good cleanser like this one. I will be sticking to Simple and Lush I think!
Foamingly clean face wash was launched by Benefit under the b.right! range of products and the first venture into skin care products that were not cosmetic based.
The tube itself is pale blue in colour and made of a fairly rigid plastic. For me the packaging is not to the usual high standard I've come to love Benefit for. Yes, it's study and well made, but it lacks the usual vintage glam type feel even the name seems to lack the fun play on words usually associated with Benefit.
The face wash itself is white and has quite a nice subtle fragrance. A little does go a long way and after dampening your face just apply this cream all over and after working it in just rinse it off and voila, a clean face. As the name suggests it does foam, not exceedingly so but just enough. It left my skin feeling nice and fresh.
At £16.50 for a 127.5g tube this is also a pretty expensive face wash. As nice as it feels when you lather it in, and as nice as it makes your face feel, I really am not of the opinion that this product is worth the price that Benefit charge. I'm just pleased that I got a mini version of this rather than splashing the cash on the large size.
It's worth a try if you love Benefit, but I do think there are better products out there.