( Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Starter Set – £17.50 from John Lewis )
I have wanted the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for a while, after seeing so many bloggers rave about how brilliant it was. I decided that I at least needed to try it once, so I put it on my Christmas Pinterest Wish List. I went for the starter set, as above all else it looked like a really cute present. It includes the cleanse and polish 100ml, a muslin cloth and a small skin tonic spritzer 30ml, which is like a toner spray. I was so happy when I opened this present and decided to give it its first usage at a time when I could really pay attention to applying it correctly. Heres what I thought:
I applied the hot cloth cleanser to my face, using massaging round motions as it suggests, rubbing it all over my cheeks, eyelids, foreheads and down my neck. The cleanser is actually lovely, and applies like a moisturiser. I paid attention to rubbing the cleanser into my eyelashes as to begin softening any mascara or eyeliner. I then ran the cloth under warm water and began to remove the cream, again using gentle circular movements. It removed my skin makeup really nicely I thought, yet when it came to eye make up, it took quite a bit of scrubbing to completely remove it. The cleanser claims to remove all traces of mascara etc. and it does, yet it takes a lot longer than your usual eye make up remover would. In fact it took me to apply a bit more of the cleanser to my eyelids before I could remove all traces of mascara. That said, my skin was so so soft after using the cloth as it exfoliates whilst removing the cleanser and make up. However, at this point I do not see any other benefits to this routine than my usual routine.
I used the product this time to clean my face in the morning, when no make up was applied but when I wanted to really give my face a good clean and exfoliate. I applied it in the same way and removed and buffed my skin with the cloth. Again my face felt silky smooth afterwards and extremely clean.
I really think I need to try this product more at a time when I have blemishes to get rid of or spots on my face that I want to remove. At the moment I don’t feel like I can give a true opinion of how it would work on spot or blemish prone skin as at the moment my skin is feeling really good. I expect however, that the product is amazing at helping relieve blemishes and reduce spots as I can tell my skin feels really lovely after using this. Whether it will make me stop buying my Body Shop cleanser however, I really dont think so. Ill give you an update whenever I use this when my skin is worse, but for now I would recommend you try this out once to see how it works for you.
What do you guys think of the cleanse and polish? Is it your holy grail or are you unsure of the hype as well?