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If you want taut skin this is the cleanser for you!
Elizabeth Arden 2 in 1 Cleanser
Member Name: redhead78
Elizabeth Arden 2 in 1 Cleanser
Advantages: Nice looking tube on my shelf
Disadvantages: Screw top, leaves my skin feeling dry and taut, hard to wash off, quite sticky
First of all I'd just like to point out that I'm reviewing the Elizabeth Arden 2 in 1 Cleanser for all skin types, but DooYoo keeps sending me to the picture above, which is for normal skin types.
I received a mini-tube of this cleanser as part of a duty-free gift set, which was duly put in the cupboard and forgotten about until I ran out of my usual cleanser and raided my back up stock. I probably, no definitely, would never have bought this for myself, especially a full sized one as it's usual retail price is around £19 for 150ml, which to me is just an unthinkable amount to spend on what it basically...soap! I've just done a quick trawl on t'internet though and found it at £9.75 including delivery from cheapsmells.com which, if you like this product/brand is an absolute bargain!
The packaging is pleasant enough, although to be honest I'm not really swayed one way or the other by packaging...if I like something or someone has recommended a product that's enough for me, but this is nice and neutral and looks nice on my bathroom shelf. BUT the smaller version comes with a screw lid...yes, my pet peeve with beauty products. So it isn't really all that easy to use as the instructions say to massage a small amount into damp skin. So you have to get your hands wet to dampen your skin, then unscrew a lid and somehow manage to screw it back on again whilst trying not to let the cleanser slip off of your wet hand. Either that or leave it unscrewed on your counter top until you've finished. All made just that bit more difficult if you've taken your glasses off and the lid is the same colour as your sink top! Why oh why can't they make like that tiny bit easier and put flip tops on these things?
Anyway, the product...
I was initially impressed with this as it came out the tube feeling quite creamy and gave me a really good lather when I massaged it into my (damp) skin. It didn't really have a noticeable fragrance and smelt quite neutral really. Personally I prefer a fragrance to my skincare products, it makes me feel cleaner for some reason!
I did notice, however, that it felt quite sticky once it came into contact with the water on my skin and it took quite a lot of effort to wash it off again, especially around my nose area and in the end got a flannel out, dampened that and wiped the excess off with that instead.
As soon as I dried my face it felt really quite taut and uncomortable and I found myself gurning allsorts of funny faces trying to loosen it a bit. So I definitely had to use moisturiser after this cleanser in an attempt to soften it back to normal again. Considering this is supposed to be suitable for all skin types (and I have pretty normal skin really) I dread to think what dry skin would feel like after using this cleanser. Another strange effect it had was that it left my skin feeling, not sticky exactly, but a bit tacky so that stray strands of hair clung to my face.
My overall opinion of this cleanser was not favourable and I'm very glad I didn't spend my own money on it. There is absolutely no way I'd pay the full price (or even the bargain price mentioned above) for this and it's doubtful whether I'll even use the rest of this tube up. I'll more than likely end up donating it to my mum to see how she fares with it.
Summary: I definitely won't be spending a penny on this product