This cleanser is just OK. Nothing special here. It does a good job of removing my makeup, and I do not have to use a seperate eyemakeup remover, so I liked that aspect. It just doesn't leave my oily skin feeling as clean as I like. Plus, it doesn't help with my blemishes. I think my cheaper Olay cleanser and Cetaphil works better at a fraction of the price, plus it's easier to purchase. Overall, very disappointing.
Got this in a swap, thank goodness. I'd be mad if I actually paid for this with my hard earned money. I really can't think of many nice things to say about this product. I sort of liked the smell. Thats it. Everything else about it was gross. It gave me LOTS of pimples, my face still felt dirty after washing, and I feel like I have to use quite a bit just to get some cleansing power going on. I really tried this for a quite a few weeks too to be fair, but no it still works horribly for me :( Too bad. But really, I think it is too overpriced anyway. Maybe I'm just frugal, but I honestly believe you can find just as good of a drugstore cleanser as you can high end. Pass on this one ladies, trust me. I picked up a bar of cetaphil cleanser at Wal-mart for $3 and it has done a 100 times better for my face.
I have been using this for about 3 weeks now. I use it at night time and in the morning use dermalogica daily microfoliant ( which is awesome) in the morning. I was scared to use this because it has oil in it and i am prone to getting breakouts. But since using it , my skin has transformed. I use to use proactive, but i swear i started to age from that and it wasn;t helping my breakouts anymore anyway. Purity, combined with dermalogicas daily micrfolaint and gentle cream exfoilant has transfomred my skin. I look like i'm 16 again! ( i'm 24) At fisrt i didn't like it because i applied it to very wet face and very wet hands and it foamed more ( which i didnt like because more foam=more dry) BUT than i started to wet my face a litte and put about a dime sized drop on DRY hands and rub it into my face. It takes every thing off and cleans so well and DOES NOT dry my skin out. Give it about 2 weeks and you will love it.
Edit: After about two years this started to dry my skin out. Probably because of the sulfates. I just ordered bare minerals purifying facial cleanser (not sulfates or parabans) so hopefully that will work!
I love this cleanser! It is the only thing that removes my Double Wear foundation. I have very acne prone skin and this does not break me out, I also have dry skin and this cleanser does not dry it out further. The only negative is that I find I have to use quite a bit so it's costly to keep buying, but I wouldn't use anything else.
I liked it a lot as a makeup remover, however to keep from breaking out I still had to use a toner because it doesn't do much to eliminate oil. It is nice for the winter time when my skin is a little dry.
Original review (11/8/2008): I have nothing but love for this product. I had to get used to the non-foaming aspect of it, because I've always used highly foamy washes before, but now I love that part of it too. Who needs the foam when the cleanser is doing its job so thoroughly?!? And yes, I know there is a foaming Purity out now, but I like the creaminess of the original. It feels really luxurious and gentle on my skin, but manages to strip off all of the makeup and grime that you suffer in the city. I don't need a makeup remover anymore! Before Purity, I'd always see makeup residue on my toner cotton ball, but that's no longer the case, and the toner gets to do its actual job. My skin looks and feels really good.
Update (5/12/2011): Stopped using it when I moved to an area with hard water. Purity wasn't removing all of the makeup like it had with softer water, and my whole face broke out. I had half a bottle left, made me really sad, because I had loved the cleanser a lot before I moved.
Winner! This stuff removed my Revlon Colorstay! yeapee and it cleaned out my pores. It didn't even take a lot of it to remove all of my makeup either. I love it!
Ok, is it just me, or does this cleanser smell like dog shampoo?? I tried it yesterday, and I do not like this product at all. My face still felt as if it didn't wash it. I followed the directions, massaged my face for 60 seconds and rinsed. I followed this with my Clinique #4 toner to see if it really removed all of the makeup on my face...it did not. I love the packaging, but the product is not great. I will be sticking with my Clinique 3 step routine. I might use this as a brush cleaner, but I'm still weary about the dog shampoo smell.
***Update*** Ok, so I have to admit, this cleanser is ok...My normal Clinique cleanser and toner is a little bit too drying in the winter months on my combo skin, so I have recently reached for Purity made simple only because I don't want to waste the money I spent on it. My face feels pretty clean, and refreshed. This with my Clinique moisturizing gel works nicely. The price is steep, so when I'm out, I don't think I will re-purchase.
I love this cleanser, I have been using this for the past two years. I would try a different cleanser here and there, but I just keep going back to Philosophy. I have super oily skin, but somehow a lot of other cleanser dries me up (especially the foamy ones). This is the only cleanser that I feel like I can clean with over and over again that won't dry out my face and leave a clean feeling. I love using this with my Clarisonic brush.
Gave this product a good try, but wish I hadn't! Not only is this expensive, but the consistency is so runny I had to use so much to get a good enough lather going. It also gave me red bumps and a couple huge pimples on my face where I have never seen red bumps before. My skin right now looks so horrible which is very upsetting since it took me forever to get my skin clear before using this. I'm going back to my Clinique cleansers.