I’m a fan of cream cleansers, and find that they suit my dehydrated to slightly dry skin better than foam or gel formula’s which leave me with attractive dry patches. I also like creamy formula’s as they force me to use my muslin cloths and/or face flannels (delete as appropriate), of which I seem to have amassed a fair collection, which would sit unused and unloved otherwise. This would be a shame really, as I do find my skin benefits from regular manual exfoliation with a cloth. I am also a fan of oil cleansers, and I like the idea of balms, however I am often wary that they will be full of mineral oils, and I don’t fancy the idea of smothering my skin with a waste product of the petrochemical industry!
A fellow blogger kindly sent me this cleanser to try, as she found it didn’t suit her, as she disliked the rose scent.
So, as you can see, this cream comes in a pump bottle (the bottle is glass, and obviously recyclable). The pump is pretty good actually – the amount in one pump seems like a perfect amount to cleanse the face with.
Ingredients wise this is packed with natural oils and non GMO ingredients – including organic rosehip, almond, jojoba and carrot oils. The range is cruelty free and supports ethical and fair trade practices, which earns it bonus points in my book.
All that is very well and good, but does this work? Does it set itself apart from other cream cleansers?
This cleanser claims to “gently wash away makeup (including eye makeup)and impurities without drying or disrupting natural pH levels leaving skin feeling smoother, softer and beautifully refreshed”.
I’ve tried this on days when I’ve been wearing makeup and on days I’ve been makeup free. The cleanser can either be tissued off or removed with a cloth – I definitely prefer this method – I think it’s probably psychological, but for me, tissue-ing off a cleanser never actually leaves me feeling properly clean…
As far as the claims above, it definitely leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed without feeling stripped in any way. It removes the majority of makeup well – I would quibble with it’s claims that it removes eye makeup, as I usually found that I needed to cleanse twice to remove all traces of mascara and eye liner properly. However, unlike some cream cleansers, I didn’t find this irritated my eye area at all. Considering I usually do find that eye makeup is hard to shift and I am a proponent of double cleansing if I have worn makeup, the eye makeup thing isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I can see it would annoy some people, especially given the price of this cleanser… It’s also worth mentioning that I wouldn’t describe myself as a “heavy makeup” wearer – this easily deals with medium coverage liquid foundation, mineral foundation, blushers and eye shadows – I’m not sure how well this would work with heavier full coverage style products.
I love the texture of this cleanser – not too runny, and not too thick, which basically means that you can work the product really well into the skin and get a thorough cleanse – I often find that if a cream cleanser is too thin, it can feel like it’s being absorbed by my skin (probably due to its near permanent state of being dehydrated), whereas if its too thick it can feel like it is smothering and clogging up my skin, and is difficult to spread over the face.
It retails at £22.50 for 200mls – the size shown in the picture. This for me places this very definitely in the high-end bracket price wise for cleansers, and so it would have to be a treat rather than a routine purchase. I’d expect the bottle to last around three to four months given that in six weeks I’ve used somewhere between a third and a half of the bottle
The smell may also be a factor for some – it has a creamy rose scent which I personally like, but this may be a factor worth considering.
Would I repurchase? I actually really love this cleanser, but the high price point means that I might not be able to afford it on a regular basis, however should I be feeling particularly flush and in search of a new cleanser, or I had masses of Boots advantage points, then this is definitely one I would consider.
I’d recommend this for drier skintypes – this is a gentle cleanser which I actually feel would benefit most skintypes, even oilier skins, however personal preference may mean that you dislike cream cleansers… I’d also say if you are sensitive to fragrances (even though the fragrance in this is from natural oils) that you might want to check out the ingredients list. I’d also recommend this if you are a fan of cream cleansers, but like your skin to feel clean and fresh after cleansing.
The Trilogy Cream Cleanser is available in larger Boots stores, as well as Boots online HERE.
I have also reviewed another Trilogy product HERE. Have you tried anything from this range? What are your thoughts?