Product Type: Garnier body care
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Honestly, just don't buy it
Garnier Fresh Essentials Complete Cleansing Milk
Member Name: isobelj
Garnier Fresh Essentials Complete Cleansing Milk
Advantages: Smells nice, the packaging is okay
Disadvantages: It irritated my skin and caused breakouts
Recently I decided to branch out into the exciting world of makeup remover, which I was hoping would be good at removing makeup, giving my skin chance to breathe and hopefully helping it to improve over time. I've had Garnier products in the past that I've been impressed with so although it wasn't the cheapest option, I went with their Fresh Essentials Cleansing Milk. It promised to remove all makeup, even it if was waterproof, and claimed to be suitable for face and eyes. According to the bottle, it has a light formula, enriched with grape extract (although it's not clear what benefit this has) and will leave my skin 'feeling clean and fresh'. It's formulated for normal/combination skin, which is exactly what I have: quite sturdy, resilient skin prone to oil on the nose and forehead (which I hate!).
At £3.29 for a 500ml bottle, this won't exactly break the bank, but there are cheaper products, such as own brands, available. The packaging is nice, the pale green bottle looks soothing and relatively classy and I'm happy to have this sat out on my dressing table every day. The flip top is easy peasy to use and doesn't seem to get clogged up or messy.
When I tipped a tiny bit of the liquid out to see what it was like, I was impressed. It has a nice clean floral smell, and it isn't thin or watery. It's nice and thick, but not too rich or creamy, and doesn't look like a cheap product. I was reassured and felt confident that it would remove my makeup easily and nourish my skin, too.
I used this with the flat cotton pads, which I prefer to the balls. I applied a little bit of the product to the surface, and because it was so thick, it just stayed in a ball in the middle, so I spread it out with my fingers til it covered the whole pad. I found I didn't need much at all.
Applied to my face this felt cooling and very refreshing at first. I found that after just one or two wipes, though, the cotton pad was all clogged up with makeup and I had to use a new one. The same happened with the second and the third until I found I had used six cotton pads and I had just about got all the makeup off! Then I used one last one to neaten up the area around my eyes, where I had some dark smudges because the mascara hadn't come off vey well.
At this point I had used a lot more of the cleansing milk than I had expected to. To be clear, the only makeup I was wearing was a BB cream, powder, a little blush and mascara, and I'd applied that twelve hours before - I can't imagine that there was really that much left on, to be honest. Using it at that rate, once a day, I think the bottle would last for maybe fifteen uses, so I'd be going through two bottles of this a month! This seems a bit excessive for me, as I don't like to spend a lot on beauty products. I imagined this lasting a couple of months at least.
Anyway, by the end of this experience the other thing that was worrying me was the fact that the skin underneath my eyes and at the side of my nose was stinging. My skin is generally quite robust, and I rarely suffer any irritation, sensitivity or dryness so this isn't anything I've experienced before. I thought it might be just because it was the first time I had used the product, so I gave it another try the next night and the night after that. I experienced the same problems both times. I tried using less of the product which I hoped would make things easier in my skin but this just resulted in lots of makeup being left on my face.
The reason I finally gave up after the third use was because by the next day the sides of my nose had become painfully dry, and were covered in little raised spots. I had also developed spots on my chin, forehead and neck. I was obviously gutted at this because the whole point of this product was to improve my skin, not make it a lot worse!
This product presented itself as being gentle, soothing and effective and in reality I found it harsh, irritating and time consuming. I accept that everyone's skin is different but I have never experienced a reaction like this to any face wipe, cleanser, toner, moisturiser or anything else I've ever used.
Sorry Garnier, but when I have to throw the product out after three uses (I couldn't give it away, anyone who took one look at my face would turn it down in a flash) I really can't give it any more than one star.
Summary: A nice looking product that doesn't deliver on any of its own promises. What's the point, Garnier?