I used the sample I received with my clarisonic brush, both the Refreshing Gel Cleanser and the Gentle Hydro Cleanser made me break out.
i honestly enjoy this product..it balances my skin, is very gentle, yet effective, and makes my skin feel good! most cleaners leave a heavy buildup or are soo drying that it makes my skin peel. i only got the trial size, free with the clarisonic, and will try the other samples before i decide if i will purchase this in the future.. will update when I am done with them all :) the only negative thing about it so far is the lingering taste if you accidently get a bit in your mouth. it foams enough, but not too much that it stings in your eyes.
I got this as a travel size when I purchased the Clarisonic skincare brush. Personally, I'm not a huge fan. I felt that it was an average cleanser, something you would get at a drugstore. I expected more from Sephora! It cleaned my face for the night, but my skin wasn't baby soft like it is when I use other cleansers, and I felt like it didn't tighten my pores or clean as deeply as other products. Would not purchase the full size.
I got a sample of this with my Clarisonic and I finally tried it out last night. I honestly didn't notice any difference in my skin (softness, etc) from what I usually use (Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash). And the scent was very much like hair dye. I will use the sample until its all gone, but I don't plan on actually buying a full size of this.
I received a sample of this as part of my Clarisonic Ultra Kit and forgot all about it until last week. What a pleasant surprise! It foams quickly and works extremely well with out or without my Clarisonic. Here are some notes from the website about what it does and I would tend to agree after 1 week of use:
What is it: A pH-balanced gentle foaming gel cleanser to relieve and protect oily and congested skin. It leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. It is pH-balanced and scientifically formulated. The key ingredients are willow bark extract, CoQ10, bearberry leaf extract, aloe vera, grape seed extract, Japanese green tea, chamomile flower extract, white tea, pro-vitamin B5, vitamin B12, and glucosamine.
I do like the idea of the vitamin content, but the level of absorbtion is probably next to nothing, lol. That said, it does clean out the pores and leaves the skin perfectly balanced; not too dry, not to greasy, just soft and smooth.
I have not noticed any ingredients that would lead to a reduction on acne. I look for things like Sal. Acid, etc. This product does not do that imo. It does take off makeup and eyeshadows, non-waterproof mascara. It does smell good and rinses quickly. At $25.00 a full tube should last a long time, but I'm still working on my deluxe sample. This is the only foaming cleanser in the line. I should be ready for a full sized tube in about 2 more weeks or so. I took off two lippies because the packaging a flip top cap that will tend to gather product at the spout, but that's just fine. This is a keeper.
I got this when I bought my Clarisonic. It said it was for oily skin, which I have. When I used it it didn't help my skin but it didn't worsen it either. I definitely was expecting something awesome since the Clarisonic is so great but this was pretty boring. Plus it's so runny when you try to get just a little you end up getting a lot more than you need and it gets in your eyes.
i just bought clarisonic and received this cleanser with it. well, i don't like it at all. i used it with clarisonic and the product is too runny and splashed into my eyes when i was washing my upper cheek. i was tearing the entire time washing my face. the quality of the cleanser is just ok, i don't feel nothing too special about it. i will use my favofite cleanser with clarisonic.
I first tried this cleanser when it came as a trial size when I purchased my Clarisonic brush. I was amazed at how much I liked it--it really made my skin clean, not tight, and as other reviewers have noted it had a nice consistency that did not slide right off the brush. From the first use, I liked this cleanser more than any other I had used. Not sure if it was the brush, the cleanser, or the Renova I had recently started using, but my skin was looking transformed. Smaller pores, glowing, etc. I finished the trial size tube and decided the $26 price for the full size was worth it. I ordered it on Ulta and as soon as I opened it, I knew something was different. Thinner, bubblier, more like a cheap "soap" than a cleanser. Plus, for the first time, I noticed tons of weird bluish/pinkish sparkles IN the cleanser. All I can conclude is that Clarisonic has changed their formula or I got some knock-off imposter. I may try again and see what I get if I buy another tube, but if it is like this one I will not buy again. Really disappointed because I thought I had found my HG cleanser.
Edit: I talked to Customer Service at Clarisonic. They have indeed changed their formula. This must have occurred between when I bought the brush in fall 09 and when I ordered the full size cleanser in Dec or Jan 2010. I will not purchase again as the new formula does less for my skin than a run-of-the-mill soap.
For a limited time, Sephora packaged the Clarisonic with a full-sized Kinerase product that I love, plus 3 trial size tubes of the (Clarisonic) cleansers. When it was time for F&F, I jumped at the opportunity. While I like the Clarisonic brush and (still love) the Kinerase C8 treatment, I dislike the cleansers, so far.
This cleanser is meant for normal-oily skin, and it does feel like my skin gets cleaner than with the "gentle hydro" cleanser (yuck). However, I have also very sensitive skin (pretty common for those of use that are prone to breakouts) - and this stuff has a LOT of fragrance in it. Even after I rinse (thoroughly) the smell hangs on my skin & my skin seems much more irritated. (I know that It's not the brush, b/c when I use it with other cleansers, my skin is fine.)
I've read bad things about Clarisonic brand cleansers that came with Clarisonic set. Not that the reviews were bad.... people say that the cleansers are nothing special. So i was skeptical to use it with my Clarisonic. I used several different cleansers at first with Clarisonic but none of them worked well... they just slided off my skin when i run Clarisonic over it. It didn't feel right. Then I used the Refreshing Gel Cleanser (blue tube) sample 1 oz tube that came with the set, and i was pleasantly surprised by consistency of this. It's clear gel and quite sticky and thick so it clings to my skin. So perfect to use with Clarisonic in the shower because it doesn't fall off my skin. After running Clarisonic over for one minute, it rinses quick and clean with little splash of water. It doesn't make my skin feel tight at all. I have normal skin but slight oiliness on my t-zone. It's a very effective cleanser. I like the fact that it contains willowbark and BHA to prevent acne. I'm not sure if I will repurchase this since it's $25 for a 6 oz tube. I'll look for cheaper alternatives, but if i can't find any, I will definitely buy this. I do use a separate oil cleanser first to remove makeup and sunscreen because i don't want Clarisonic brush to get dirty.