Garnier Pure Active 2 in 1 Make-up Remover Purifying Gel


10 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

HG here. Finding something to use to cleanse skin that can have dry-oily patches is ridiculously hard. This is the perfect thing for me, it doesn't really "foam up" but it gets kinda creamy as you go with it. The coolest thing with this is, that i can actually gently rub it on my closed eyes, to remove eye makeup (i do use a makeup remover after) and it doesn't sting my eyes at all.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/17/2015 4:33:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Where has this cleanser been all my life? Right, in the drugstore and it costs like 4 or 5 euros. I've always been using eye-makeup remover, cleansing gel/foam and toner to clean my skin every day. With this gel I am pretty much done. It removes make-up, mascara, gel eyeliner, everything. And it doesn't sting AT ALL. I have super sensitive, very dry and acne prone skin. This cleanser makes my skin clean, fresh and I really appreciate it at night after a long day. That 3-step routine takes so much time. With one cleanser my whole face is clean. Sometimes I still use a toner just for the feeling of 100% clean skin. But the used cotton pads are really almost totally clean, I just remove the make-up left on my temples or jawline. I am amazed that it doesn't sting my eyes. Because all eye-makeup removers irritate my eyes to a certain degree. I'm not sure if it helps with acne, but I'm certain it doesn't harm acne prone skin. I definitely recommend this.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/1/2015 5:48:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Genuinely shocked by how good this product is for my difficult skin (acne-prone, hypersensitive, rosacea, sometimes seb derm). Oils and cream cleansers were either breaking me out or causing seb derm to flair. My skin was too sore to wipe clean so I needed a rinse-off cleanser that could handle mid-full coverage mineral makeup. This is the product. It is an unscented, clear, runny gel which hasn't burnt or stung once. It takes off my MU in one go though I often double-cleanse with it. Lasts about 2-3 months. Lipid-free products (I.e. those without butters, oils, fats) have been a Godsend for my skin but sometimes hard to find. This cleanser is one of them- better cleansing power than Aquanil, cheap to buy, and easy to find on the high street. The only problem I have is that it's a bit drying after extended use, but I'm on my 4th bottle now and combined with a nightly aspirin mask, has restored my skin.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

THIS IS THE BEST MAKEUP CLEANSER EVER! I love this product,its doesnt cause any breakouts and cleans My skin really nice.ive used up My 3th Bottle. (Sorry for bad english)

on 10/3/2014 9:56:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Just buy it and see.
It's cheap as chips and it works.

I have been testing products on myself for the past two years.. and all I must say in accordance with Paula Begoun's recommendations or based on her ingredient ratings list, because you know what? She makes sense and backs her claims with research.
I don't want alcohol , I dont want perfume in my skin products . full stop.

The ingredients are good ( checked them all up on beautypedia and other sources), it doesn't sting my eyes and I tell you, most of the blimmin EYE makeup cleansers I have tried have stung mine- from kiehls to , to Clarins to The Body Shop chamomile one.

I don't care an iota if the product works , if it's supposed to be an eye make-up remover or face cleanser and it stings my eys and makes them red and ouchy then in the bin it goes, or I usually use it/them as a soap for my body instead . ( but yessss what a waste!!)

Anyway, I first take off my make up with the Clinique balm ( again researched over and over and it works , and I don't use use cotton buds or wipes because I dont want to pull or tug at my 41 yr old under eye skin and cause wrinkles( yes I'm vain I know)..

then I use Clinique's solvent cleanser with a cotton bud to make extra sure I remove any traces of make up ( usually the balm clears most of it ) and then finally I use this Garnier gentle, yet efficient gel-no-perfume lathering product and my face is clean.

Some extra info. I would use coconut oil instead of the balm but alas I get blurry eyes with the oil and the balm works just as good and without the blurriness.

I love any oil on my face- the best or two of the best are coconut or jojoba as they penetrate deeply, whereas olive can clog for example.
Girls , ladies! Don't let your skin dry out . Keep it moist !! That's the secret .

Also, I seem to recommendin Clinique a lot and I flippin hated Clinique before these products. When I turned 30 I was given as a present the cleansing trio , or one of them and had a terrible allergic reaction.

When I read the ingredients for the tonic it was simply pure alcohol !! Horrors of horrors! And yes it buggered my skin after that.

So I steared well clear of Clinique for years until Begoun convinced me otherwise.

Ciao and take care Belle! :-)xxx

on 2/14/2014 5:13:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is a great makeup-remover and cleanser all in one! I use it to wash of my makeup every night and it takes it all of, even the waterproof stuff. It also works as a regular cleanser so I dont have to use a separate one after. I just use this and then I move on to the rest of my skincare routine. The consistency is a soft oil-like gel and it foames up great. Very comparable to high end cleansers such as Clinique Mild Facial Soap only much cheaper.
Ive used it for about six months and it has never broken me out. I will definitely repurchase!

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I really love this cleanser. It seems to just work and is ridiculously cheap. I try lots of expensive brands (I have some REN face wash just sitting in the bathroom going to waste) and this is the one that I come back to. It's not a miracle worker for acne, but it does help, and it removes makeup very well. I use it with a silicone scrublet and it foams up very well.

I use full foundation and that is always removed perfectly, but I do use an eye make up solvent first if I have been wearing a lot of eye makeup. The gel wash doesn't sting my eyes and is good for a gentle wash of the eye area to remove the solvent.

The pump dispenser is excellent, making it really easy to use when I'm tired at the end of the day, and it has a locking mechanism which is great for traveling. It has never leaked in my bag like some other products do.

on 10/11/2013 3:23:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Green

Despite the name, it doesn’t actually remove make-up too well – not even for my extra light day makeup. I’ve used this cleanser after another cleanser, and alone in the mornings, just to get some use out of it. On the plus side, it’s fragrance-free and surprisingly gentle for a gel cleanser, which my skin usually doesn't respond well too. So to sum up: it’s on ok cleanser used in conjunction with another makeup remover.

on 8/21/2013 2:48:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this in the first place because I have combination skin and get acne around my chin and mouth, I had a really bad break out a few weeks ago and bought this because it looked gentle and removed makeup at the same time.

I normally steer way clear of cleansers for oily or spotty skin because they are harsh and drying - plus I have to use another product to take off makeup, who can be bothered!?

So this apparently does it all, great, I thought, and the price isn't bad either, i'll give it a try.

I'm a complete high end snob, I've tried the most expensive cleansers out there - recently Elemental Herbologys gel cleanser which is around £28 a bottle (ridiculous) so I really don't like buying brands like Garnier, I know, it's lame but it's just how I feel.

I'm writing this review having bought my second bottle of this stuff today, it's really good actually. I am not keen on the packaging because you just can't compare it to high end (it matters to me), but you get loads and it is gentle as well. It doesn't take off all my makeup around my eyes but it doesn't sting them either, I use about half a pump of product to wash my face with.

The consistency is very runny clear gel and it lathers up fine but not too much.

So yeah, this stuff is great, it just does the job! It helps keep spots at bay, it clears makeup off my face (except for things like eyeliner which i take off with bioderma), it doesn't dry me out. Nice stuff!
I'm always on the look out for a nice expensive cleanser and this one isn't very luxurious but it's not bad - give it a try, I'd say its's a very very good cheap drugstore cleanser for those of us with combo skin!

on 8/11/2013 2:49:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Green

- Good at melting off the very last dregs of the makeup from my makeup brushes (after I've already used hand soap to get most of it off) and leaves them feeling quite soft.

- Hard to get to lather.
- Too drying to use in addition to a cleanser.. (and I'm on the oily side of combination skin)
- .. But not cleansing enough to use alone.
- Despite being "ophthalmologically tested" and "gentle enough to use on eyes" it BURNED AND STANG MY EYES. And I don't have sensitive eyes.

Bottom line: It doesn't remove makeup. It isn't purifying. But it IS a gel. Yay... one out of three. Neeedless to say I wouldn't recommend and I'm already bemoaning the fact I bought this in the first place. Disappointed in Garnier.

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