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Renew Hydra Quench Foaming Oil Cleanser
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6.2 fl. oz. for $18
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is an excellent oil-enriched, fragrance-free cleanser for normal to dry or sensitive (including rosacea-affected) skin. Like the best cleansing oils, the fluid formula contains emulsifying ingredients that turn what feels oily into a milky liquid that's much easier to use and rinse then it would at first seem.

The formula removes all types of makeup and doesn't leave skin feeling slick or "coated" yet also won't leave dry skin feeling stripped.

The main ingredient is a cleansing agent that's gentle and offers a decent amount of foam (lather) so if that's an important tactile quality for you, this "bubbles" more than most other cleansing oils.

The "Active Repair Complex" this contains hopefully refers to the skin-friendly non-fragrant plant oils this contains, each of which can impact skin's barrier function in a positive way. All told, this is a good, reasonably priced cleansing oil that does its job well!

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free, gentle formula.
  • Easy to rinse; won't leave skin feeling greasy.
  • Removes all types of makeup.
  • Contains ingredients to strengthen and improve skin's barrier function.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

Lightweight cream by ULTA improves skin comfort and calms. Active Repair Complex helps to enhance the skin barrier function to increase moisture, decrease the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin clarity.

Ingredients

Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Laureth-4 Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-18, Castor Oil Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate.

Brand Overview

Ulta Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good mascaras; the blush, brow pencil, eyeshadows, and most of the foundations are worth a look; a few intriguing skin-care products (but nothing you cannot find from lots of other brands).

Weaknesses: Testers are not always available nor are the Ulta displays consistently clean; bad liquid eyeliners; poor-to-average cleansers; nothing-special pencil eyeliners; requires careful shopping because the makeup is such a mixed bag--for every good product there are two unimpressive ones.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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12.05.2014
Great cleanser for combination skin.

This cleanser removes ALL traces of makeup - so much so that when I use toner afterwards, there is little to no makeup on the cotton ball. It cleans my t-zone thoroughly and doesn't leave my cheeks feeling dry unless I forget to work it into a lather before applying. If applied directly to skin, it tends to burn a bit until diluted with water. Make sure your eyes are tight shut because this burns if a bit gets in, but it removes mascara well.

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