I have oily/combination and sometimes really dry skin. I have used a lot of different cleansers but none of them have worked (Nivea cleansing milk, Clinique 3- steps series for oily skin, Loreal cleansing milk, Biotherm cleansing milk). The people who work at the make up counters always try to sell me an entire a serie with cleanser, toner, moisturizer and everything. And thatĘs too many stuff for my skin to handle and therefore it always gets really dry. It felt like my face would crack. I tried to skip a few steps but the products were still to drying for my skin. I then bought this one, Clinique Was Away gel to remove my make up. At first I was really hesitant because I┤ve used products from Clinique before and they didn┤t work. This one WORKS! It removes my make up so well but in a really gentle way. My skin feels really smooth even though I always wash my face it twice a day, to remove make up. And then I just put my a serum (due to dryness during the winter) from Calrins and then a moisturizer from dermalogica. IT works like a charm! Love love love this product.
I have repurchased many times and have recommeded to my friends and they are also very pleased with it!
I use the clinique three step system for combination oily skin and it's great. Now I tried this wash away gel cleanser as recommended, it's a pre-step to the three step system. However I don't see the point in it. My face just feels more dry and I'm afraid that will turn my skin red. I'm going to return this and if I ever try it again it will be during the summer because it's too dry for winter. My skin feels parched after all that. As I mentioned, I used this with the three step system for combination oily skins.
Edit: I just sprayed my face with water and added the moisture surge gel. Now my skin feels as smooth as silk?! So I guess it's better to use a stronger moisturizer than just the regular moisture gel.
However I'm still returning this cleanser and the moisture surge gel because I suspect the moisture surge gel breaks me out.
So, I've been on the hunt for the perfect facial care system. I'm 33 years old with oily prone Hispanic skin. I don't have any wrinkles (yet) but suffer from genetic undereye circles, large pores, and a never ending supply of blackheads on the chin and nose. What I need is a skin care line (and I'm willing to pay the price) that will minimize my pores for a more airbrushed look, get rid of the blackheads, and brighten my sometimes dull complexion. I went ahead and splurged on the 3-step system #3, Wash Away Gel Cleanser plus the Dark Spot Corrector and Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum (see my other reviews.) All in all, it set me back about $150.00. I decided to review each part of the system separately because some elements work better than others. The first step was to remove makeup with the Wash Away Gel Cleanser. The cleanser is a pretty thick gel. I did not care for the scent - it has a medicinal quality that reminds me a bit of Noxema. The gel does not foam at all as you add water, you just rub it in and splash water on your face until it is gone. It doesn't sting, but there is a slight cooling effect. Warning! Do NOT get this in your eyes, it hurts pretty bad and seems to take forever to get out, so I do not advise using it to remove eye makeup. Go with an eye makeup remover. There definitely feels like there is a film on your face after using, which I guess is ok, since you are supposed to follow up with the first step in the 3-care system, but I'm a simple girl who would prefer to get all the junk off with one product. For the price, this product is ok, as it does what it says, and you don't need a whole lot. I just don't find myself reaching for it.
We've had a very hot and humid summer, which makes my skin even oilier than usual, so I bought this cleanser thinking that it would help control oil and deep-clean my face more thoroughly than my usual cleanser.
No on both counts - my skin seems to be just as oily and before, and this cleanser does not do such a great job of cleaning my skin. I use it to take off my makeup but I find that it doesn't do a thorough job of taking off my eye makeup: there's always a some mascara residue left behind (and I wear regular mascara, not the waterproof kind).
I also have this feeling that the cleanser doesn't wash off completely and leaves a film behind - but maybe this is just a subjective feeling. The gel doesn't lather very much and feels thick and viscous no matter how much water I mix it with.
Prologue: On most days I'm taking off corrector, concealer, powder, liner, mascara, shadow and blush. On most days I'm wearing contacts, so it's a bit of a ritual to take off my lenses and go at my face with cotton-pads full of cleanser and toner. The smear-it-on, wash-it-off Take The Day Off remover is super-effective, but a lot of work (and no fun on a hot day and oily skin). Sephora's cleansing water is more convenient but less hardworking than I'd like.
Review: The Wash Away cleanser is a blue gel in a tube. There is no added fragrance and the stuff smells clean - like a hotel swimming pool. Equally refreshing, it's easy to use - you just wash your face and it takes off the make up. What I've found to work best is to take off contact lenses (if you wear them), wet your face, work about half a squiggle into your palms and apply it first to areas that need the most work, gently work it into your skin (there's not much lather) and rinse off. Like other Clinique skincare, less works better.
The instructions say that you shouldn't be using it on your eyes, which I find to be idiotic in the extreme - why create a make-up remover that will cleanse my whole face, even tackle waterproof makeup, but will still need me to use a separate product to take the eye stuff off?
So far, I've thrown caution to the wind and used it for eye makeup as well - I haven't died or gone blind yet. But will will say that you need to keep your eyes properly shut or there'll be uncomfortable dryness that lingers for 20 minutes. A lot of reviewers have said the product leaves a slippery residue - it doesn't for me. A lot of people have said it's kept their oiliness down - it hasn't for me. For me it's just taken off make up without fuss and drama.
Epilogue: I reach for this on days when I've had a long day at work, and need a quick, proper cleanse before I shower. I don't use a separate cleanser, because a product that takes off cosmetic residue is hardly going to leave dirt and grime untouched. I like it because it's easy to use and does the job. That's more than I can say for so many other products out there!
I've been using as my main cleanser at night for about two years now. For a skincare junkie like me, this means a lot..HG status! I first came to this product because I was looking for a one-step makeup remover & cleanser for oilier skins that could remove all traces of the super stay-in-your-pores-forever-BBcreams, and after buying lots of products this was the only one that worked. Works well for eye makeup too! And a little goes a long way, every night I just wash my face with it, as a normal cleanser, massaging it well to get all the makeup off. If you're undergoing drying skin treatments it can leave your face a bit dry, nothing that a simple moisturizer can't fix.
Would strongly recommend for everyone that wants to cut one of the steps of their night-time routine, as this is a fabulous cleanser and makeup remover that does not leave your skin oily or with a film. continued >>
I bought this instead of the rinse away foaming cleanser because this one is specifically for oily skin. I like the smell and the texture. I also like that you only need a small amount because it really goes far. I am not sure about it because I feel like there is a film left on my skin. I didnt notice this with the other cleanser. I think the other cleanser might have done a better job of removing my foundation as well. It seems to remove more oil than their other cleansers, but its not a huge difference. I probably will return to the other one after this.
Edit *** I ended up returning this after my face broke out in tiny red bumps. There's hundreds of them all over my face and I feel like I haven't washed in a week. I will not use this again.
I use this to remove my make up. Normally i use dermalogica's precleanser but because it became to expensive i turnerd to clinique.
I must say i am impressed! It does a better job and it costs less.
I use this at the evening and afterwords I use the 3 step system.
When i go over my face with a coton ball, there's no make up on! Does a great job.
I use this as a makeup remover, before my cleanser, using cotton wool pads. I don't know why I do this. I feel like maybe it isn't enough on it's own to work as a cleanser, I guess? But I really like it as a makeup remover anyway, and the bottle is pretty big so it lasts forever. It's not too expensive, either. It removes most traces of foundation, and then I let my cleanser and toner take care of the rest. I think it's quite calming, my skin has been behaving lately and I'm pretty sure it is down to this product. I'll purchase again.
Clinique (quietly) reformulated the Wash-Away Gel Cleanser, and wisely so - gone are the irritating extracts of eucalyptus, pine, lavender, lemon, and cardamom, and in their place is soothing chamomile. The base formula remains an intriguing blend of gentle cleansing agents that make fast work of dirt, oil, sunscreen, and make-up - all without disrupting skin's delicate moisture balance. This is one of the few cleansers available for combination-to-oily skin that does not contain sodium laureth sulfate, a detergent that can be intolerable for certain skins. As someone whose face tends to feel parched and stripped after washing with foaming gel cleansers, I am very impressed by Wash-Away Gel Cleanser making my face feel clean and matte yet smooth and soothed. The price per ounce is a tad steep (January 2011 sees another price increase) but the formula is so concentrated that a mere dab should wash your entire face and neck, so one bottle should last quite awhile. I prefer measured pump packaging for face wash (much like the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap formulas) to flip-cap squeeze tubes, but Wash-Away Gel Cleanser features fairly sturdy packaging and is basically a cinch to control how much product you dispense so you can avoid wasting product. I am spreading the good word about this remarkable cleanser to anyone with sensitive combination-to-oily skin!