06.19.2014
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Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser
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6.8 fl. oz. for $6.99
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This water-soluble gel cleanser gets skin clean, yes, but also exposes it to a lot of fragrance and the irritant menthol with each use. None of this is "purifying" for skin or able to minimize enlarged pores. The irritation this cleanser causes can make enlarged pores worse by triggering excess oil production at the base of the pores (when pores are filled with oil, they enlarge to compensate).

The salicylic acid in this cleanser cannot be effective due to its brief contact with skin and the fact that this cleanser isn't formulated in the proper pH range to work.

Claims

Oil free Ideal Clean Foaming Gel Cleanser gently removes makeup and buffs away impurities, leaving skin refreshed and radiant. The gel makes removing makeup quick and easy, deeply purifying while helping to minimize pores. It works for all skin types and won¹t leave any tightness or residue.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Menthol, Polyquaternium 7, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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10.14.2013
Ugh

Never use it this stuff sucks. I was left with a huge skin freakout. Using the skin recovery mask by Paulas Choice actually calmed down my itchy, red, freaking out skin. I only had a sample and now I need to invest in the full size. Read my full review on this cleanser on alicenbeautyland.blogspot.com

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