12.19.2014
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Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser
Rating
6 fl. oz. for $6.49
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good, inexpensive water-soluble cleanser whose initially creamy texture gives way to copious foam. The formula cleanses thoroughly and is best for combination to oily skin. Despite the "cream" portion of the name, this cleanser isn't ideal for dry skin.

Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser removes all types of makeup. Although it contains fragrance, the amount is low, and this doesn't contain any other problematic ingredients.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Cleanses thoroughly and rinses cleanly.
  • Removes all types of makeup.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

Dirt & make up can dull skin's natural radiance. That's why we developed this cream cleanser, enriched with moisturizing ingredients & soft white Kaolin clay - a natural mineral known to act like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling impurities. So skin looks bright and luminous again!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sulfoacetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Kaolin

Brand Overview

Pond's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses:  No products to manage blemish-prone skin.

There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and that’s doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.

It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with age—not the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).

For more information about Pond’s, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.

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08.23.2013
My new fav!

This little gem from Pond's is my new favorite cleanser! (I only wish their moisturizers/night creams were as good). Feels great, not greasy, does a good job removing makeup, and pricewise a steal! Highly recommended.

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03.28.2013
Good project

I ran out of my Paula's Choice cleanser and needed something fast. I read the Beautypedia review and purchased this cleaner. It's a great price and does a nice job removing all traces of makeup. My skin feels soft and supple afterward, not tight and rough. I don't think I've ever used a Ponds product before but I'm glad I found this one. Thanks, Paula.

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