I tried this when I was trying to put together a regimen from Clinique sometime ago. I did like it, but it is too gentle for my combo/oily/acne-prone skin. It did clean my skin but it left a residue that would be problematic for me. I used a makeup remover beforehand, and it still was not thorough enough.
Another thing I didn't care for was the lather. I know that the amount of lather in a cleanser is not indicitive of its' cleansing power. However, I do believe that I need enough lather to carry away dirt, etc. This just was not enough.
This cleanser would work well for dry skin types that wear minimal to no makeup. It would be similiar to th Purpose cleanser, or the one by Basis. Good product, just not for me.
Back when I had combination skin, this cleanser was too drying, so I put it aside until this week. Lately, my skin has been so greasy that it seems as though if you scraped my nose with a spoon, you'd get a spoonful of o-i-l. Thus, I figured that this would be a good time to give this cleanser another try.
Unfortunately, Clinique's Wash-Away Gel Cleanser doesn't clean, at all. For instance, my skin has been so oily that the only makeup that I can wear is a light dusting of face powder. Yet, after thoroughly cleansing my face with the cleanser, the next 20 cotton balls soaked in toner were still covered in makeup. Really, a cleanser that can't even remove a sheer dusting of loose powder that was applied ten hours prior? Come on. I ended up using a sheet of cheap Epielle makeup remover wipe just to get everything off of my skin, as I was quite sleepy at this point.
This cleanser also broke me out, after just two uses, because it could not remove anything.
The bottom line: if all you want to do is cut grease, this cleanser will do it, but so would anything else. However, if you are looking to remove even a very sheer application of face powder, this cleanser won't do anything for you.
This is a decent cleanser in my opinion. It cleanses my makeup ok, however I still need to use a Q-tip to remove the left-over eyeliner. It's doesn't dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. A little goes a long way, however I have to say it's a bit slimy and doesn't rinse off very well. All in all it's an ok cleanser but it makes me go "mehh..". I've used better ones.
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.
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.