Tested on animals:No
Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser is billed as a transformative "cleansing ritual" that removes impurities and detoxifies skin, and while it has its good qualities, it's not all it's cracked up to be…
To start, the absorbent properties of clay in this formula cannot "detoxify skin." Detoxification simply doesn't work in that capacity, nor are "toxins" to blame for your skin issues (see More Info for an in-depth explanation).
What about the "clay-to-cream" transformative texture mentioned in the claims? You're instructed to apply Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser to dry skin, at which point it has a cream-like consistency and rosy hue. Next, you're advised to, "dampen fingertips and gently massage until clay cleanser transforms into a white cream." Those are the directions on the product itself.
Conversely, the directions on BareEscentuals.com say to wait until you see the clay transform to a white cream, before dampening fingertips and rinsing off. We tried both methods and either way, the formula eventually emulsifies into a lighter (almost white) pink version of its original color as you massage it into skin, and then you rinse. This effect doesn't produce any real tangible benefit for skin, but some may find it fun.
In terms of the formula as a whole, despite the fact that this cleanser contains some absorbent clay-based ingredients, its texture is actually more on the emollient side, making it ideal for normal to dry or combination skin. It removes makeup decently well and leaves skin feeling soft—not stripped.
Most of the exotic-sounding ingredients called out are fine for skin but in a cleanser, such ingredients are rinsed down the drain and, thus, aren't that extraordinary in terms of their benefit. As for the formula being "infused with the scent of Bergamot and Mandarin," that's actually not a good thing, at least not for skin.
Daily use of heavily fragranced products, whether natural or synthetic, can cause a multitude of problems for skin, leading to pro-aging inflammation. In a rinse-off product such as this, there's less contact time with skin, so it isn't overly concerning (unless you have sensitive skin), but fragrance free is the better way to go for the health of skin.
Marketing gimmicks aside, Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser is a fine option for normal to dry or combination skin—just don't get caught up in the hype surrounding toxins and fragrances that please your nose but won't make skin happy.
Note: We did find ourselves going through this product a bit faster than your average cleanser due to the texture and amount needed to cleanse the entire face. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of.
- Cream-like consistency ideal for normal to dry or combination skin.
- Removes makeup while leaving skin feeling soft—not stripped.
- Cannot detoxify skin as claimed.
- Scented formula not advised for those with sensitive skin.
- You may go through this a bit faster than your average cleanser due to the texture.
Why Beauty Products Can't Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many a cosmetics company, you cannot "detox" your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify which substances their product supposedly banishes—which makes sense, as your skin isn't capable of storing any sort of toxin. An actual toxin is a poison, and we're talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals, insects, ¬or reptiles (think snake venom or bee stings) or other organisms.
So-called toxins cannot leave your body through the pores or through your skin, whether via sweat or other means—they're filtered, broken down, and removed by the kidneys and liver. Heavy metal toxicity, for example, can't be "sweated" or otherwise drawn out of skin; this requires medical treatment to remove them from the body.
Regardless of the skin concern you're battling, "toxins" aren't to blame—and if you're serious about wanting results, stick to what the research says really works (and ignore fantasy claims about "detoxifying" cosmetic products).