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Resolve Pore Minimizing Daily Cleansing Treatment
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6 fl. oz. for $9
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:03.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a basic, water-soluble cleanser that's an OK, inexpensive option for combination to oily skin, assuming the dry areas of your combination skin aren't markedly dry.

The formula removes excess oil and makeup and contains a mix of potentially helpful and potentially problematic plant extracts along with an anti-inflammatory fatty acid but the benefit from these would be rinsed down the drain as you would never want to leave a cleanser on the face of this type for longer than a few seconds. The "Exclusive Fruit Radiance blend" has no research proving it does anything special for pores.

It cannot clean pores any "deeper" than most other gel-type cleansers, but it rinses without a residue, so pores will appear smaller, albeit for a short period of time, just like most every other cleanser in the world can do (simply removing excess surface oil and debris will make pores look a bit smaller right after cleansing).

Pros:
  • Water-soluble formula rinses without a residue.
  • Removes makeup and excess oil without drying skin.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Doesn't deep clean pores better than lots of other cleansers.
  • The Fruit Radiance Blend is just good marketing copy; there isn't any fruit in here that will brighten skin.
  • The beneficial ingredients this contains are rinsed away as you shouldn't leave a cleanser of this type on skin for more than a few seconds.
Claims

ULTA's Daily Cleanser works to deep clean pores without drying skin. Exclusive Fruit Radiance blend reduces the appearance of pore size and shine.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Chloride, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Enentia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Propanediol, Oleanolic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Benzophenone-4, Butylene Glycol, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methlychloroisothiazoline, Methylisothiazoline

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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