BC Spa Facial Purifying Cleansing Lotion

by BeautiControl  BC Spa
$26 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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This pricey water-soluble cleanser has a milky texture that’s best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin.

It does remove makeup, but it’s a problem for use around the eyes because it contains fragrant plant extracts, which can cause irritation.

Although BeautiControl added some antioxidants and other intriguing ingredients to the formula, their benefits are rinsed down the drain, so consider them merely window dressing. On balance, this isn’t preferred to several less expensive cleansers available at the drugstore; please see our list of Best Cleansers for options.

  • Milky texture feels pleasant and works to remove makeup.
  • Does not leave a residue.
  • Expensive.
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts that can cause irritation and are a problem for use around the eyes.
  • Antioxidants look good on the label, but are of little benefit to your skin in a cleanser because they are just rinsed down the drain.

Milky cleanser that effectively removes makeup and dirt, but leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized - not greasy. For people with normal to dry or slightly sensitive skin.

Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lauric Acid, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Achillea Millefolium, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita, Symphytum Officinale, Lavandula Angustifolia, Anthemis Nobilis, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Resveratrol, Sodium PCA, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Adenosine Triphosphate, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Chloride, Triethyl Citrate, Citric Acid, Lauric Acid Soap, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate

Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.

The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.

BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.

BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.

For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.

Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.

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  1. Carol B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 15, 2015
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Doesn't dry me out
    • I agree you can find less expensive cleansers but I really like this one. I'm on my first bottle which I've used since 4/14. I use about a dime or nickles worth and it removes my makeup including many mascaras with little effort. BC doesn't suggest this for eye makeup removing but I use it for all makeup. And it doesn't irritate or dry out my face. My face is clean without feeling tight, or greasy. It's my go-to cleanser. Love it!!!

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