I'm really torn about this product. So torn I can't even decide to keep it or return it for something else. Background: I am going through an intensely reactive period. My skin hates EVERYTHING, even/especially sensitive skin products. Hopefully your skin is less fussy.
Pros: Cleans gently. Doesn't strip skin or leave it dehydrated. Does not seem to cause a reaction in my insanely sensitive skin. Seems to calm my skin when it gets reactive. Leaves my skin nicely moisturized.
Cons: Seems to be breaking me out badly. The jury's still out on whether Ultrabland is the culprit, but it is one of the prime suspects. It's hard to be sure that I am getting all of the cleanser or all of my makeup off. Does not foam, so I need a lot of product to get the job done. Expensive.
I would probably repurchase as a treatment when my skin gets reactive, but this is not the HG daily cleanser I was hoping for.
I never intended to use this stuff, let alone like and purchase it. I am finishing up a sample of it, and then I will definitely be purchasing the full size, I love it that much!
Every time I go into LUSH, it seems like they recommended Ultrabland, which had sort of turned me away from it, since I didn't want it, express interest in it, or even LOOK at it-yet they ALWAYS recommend it. But the last time I went into the store, a really nice associate slipped a sample into my bag, and I decided to give it a go.
I love it! A little goes a long way with this cleanser. And trust me, I wear quite a bit of makeup. I am talking full coverage foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush, concealer, lipstick, the whole deal, and this removes it all wonderfully. And feels so much better on my skin than my beloved Ponds Evening Soothe Wipes. It is just so gentle and feels so good to smooth on my skin without all the rubbing involved in using a wipe. Also, I love the sort of oily, greasy texture of this cleanser even though I have combination skin, it does not make me feel more oily.
To use Ultrabland, I just get a tiny amount and massage it all over my face, to include my eyes. Then I take a wash cloth that has been soaking in hot water and lay it over my face for a couple seconds. After that, I just wipe away whatever is left, and I have instantly smooth soft skin without a trace of makeup or oily reside. I always follow with my Clarisonic Mia2, and since removing my makeup with this cleanser, significantly less makeup is on my brush head than with my previous method using wipes.
The only reason that I didn't give it five lippies is because the pot, which I typically love is a bit unsanitary for this, since when I don't feel as though I have enough product, I can't just dip my fingers back in and get more, I have to rinse my hands off completely. Also, it is a bit expensive for makeup remover in my opinion.
Edit: I finished the sample, purchased the full size, and I can see this lasting me quite awhile. So little is needed to really coat the face, that I definitely feel like I am going to get my monies worth out of this. The greasy texture that people speak of, I do not experience when using a hot cloth to rinse it off, I am just left with silky, smooth, makeup-free, skin. I will definitely repurchase when the time comes.
I'm really not sure how I feel about this.
The pluses are - I love the texture, it feels lovely on my skin and I enjoy using natural products on my face. When I'm wearing very minimal makeup, I feel like it cleanses nicely.
The negatives are - I don't feel I can get heavier makeup off very easily at all. No matter how much I massage my eyes, mascara (even very light stuff) and eyeliner etc just doesn't come off. If I wear full coverage foundation, I feel it just smears it around. I then have to soap my face twice - once to get the oily residue off, then again to actually clean my face. So in essence, it negates any of the natural goodness of the product.
I bought this as I had used up all my Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, but I kind of wish I'd waited and bought that instead. It might not be all natural, but I can get everything off my face easily and it doesn't leave a hard to wash off residue.
I don't think I'd buy it again although I don't hate it. It's just not for me.
So when I first bought this, the lady told me that, with my sensitive skin, this would be a great cleanser for me. After trying it, I didn't really find it that great a cleanser... It doesn't really have enough oomph to it. The next day, I gave it a shot just as a makeup remover, and it worked great! I know a lot of people complain about the weird oily layer it leaves over your skin, but to be honest I find that it is a nice little moisturiser :) And if I don't want that moisture layer, I'll just spray some toner water onto my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad, and that does the trick. Besides, I generally clean my skin after that with a different product, to make sure my pores and clean and clear.
There are a bunch of other makeup removers that can do just as good a job as Ultrabland, but I prefer this for it's natural ingredients. Would definitely recommend!
I didn't like this at first, because I'm not the type of girl who likes to wash her face with washcloth, but then I realised that I can mix this with my regular cleansing gel and that works just fine! So when I have makeup or sunscreen on, I add this to Clinique's facial soap mild and wash my face with that combination. Works very well!
LUSH Ultrabland is one of those products that has quickly become a staple for me. It's HG, it's on my Desert Island list, yadda yadda. It's got a great formula of beeswax and almond oil that cuts through makeup without overcleansing my skin. I have combination-dry skin, and it's pretty sensitive. I would use makeup removing wipes to remove most of my makeup, then I would use a cleanser to get the rest. As you could imagine, this left my face feeling less than awesome as it was repeatedly stripped of its natural oils. Enter Ultrabland. I took a sample home, and had to come back and buy it after two weeks because it was so awesome. I put it on my dry face, making sure to massage it in and get all of my eyeliner and (yes, even waterproof!) mascara off. Then I take a washcloth that's been soaking in HOT water and lay it on my face. I leave it on my face for a few seconds, and wipe the Ultrabalm away. I repeat the process until everything is off my face. If you don't use hot water, you won't cut through the beeswax, and you'll have that waxy feeling of something left on your face. Best of all, this cleanser is so gentle that it's actually improved my skin. The mornings after I use it at night, my skin is softer, more clear, and I see fewer red patches and angry areas. As you could imagine, that's why I loved it so much! Plus, the experience of the hot cloth and Ultrabland is SO relaxing, and I look forward to wearing makeup now - just so I can use Ultrabland at night to take it off. :) Definitely pop by LUSH and grab a sample of this one, folks! You won't regret it.
This stuff does exactly what it says. It's gentle but removes makeup very effectively and contains so few but lovely ingredients that leaves my skin balanced and calm. In a way it helps with acne through its balancing of your skin but to be honest I've found it just has no effect on my skin other than to remove makeup which is perfect because it means it doesn't worsen my spots but it also cleans so well that it doesn't cause any more. I also find that when I don't use this, I wake up with oilier skin than usual and some whiteheads where my makeup obviously wasn't removed very well.
To use: I massage in to my face a penny sized amount and then steam a couple of times with a warm face cloth. I don't think just using toner would work as well because heat is needed to melt off the waxy product and it could end up clogging your pores. Afterwards I tone with some witch hazel and moisturise with some jojoba. I only use at night because I think it would be too heavy for morning. The ultrabland challenge sounds interesting but I think it woud only have an effect on those with sever acne or those whose skin seems very up and down.
I held off on trying this cleanser for years but finally bought a small size a few weeks ago. I love it -- It's effective, hardly has any ingredients, and everything that's in there is pure and natural (almond oil, beeswax, rose absolute, etc.). It's practically ayurvedic. I see that several people have complained about the scent, but I actually find it quite pleasant and non-obtrusive. I don't wear heavy makeup on a daily basis, but I wore foundation, black eyeliner and plenty of black mascara last night and the Ultrabland removed it all very easily. I use a very small amount, like the size of a dime, and rub it in circular motions all over my face and eyes, making sure to gently work it through my eyelashes and break up the mascara. As others have noted, this cleanser can't just be splashed off with water. The best way to remove it is by using large, rectangular cotton cleansing pads, which are inexpensive and easily found at most drugstores. No water needed. You'll see all of your makeup come off along with the Ultrabland on the cotton pads, particularly your eye makeup. And since you're using gentle cotton, you can really get everything off without hurting your face by using a towel. Afterwards, your face should just feel moisturized. For those people who are used to using foaming cleansers and feeling squeaky clean after a face wash, it will take you some time to get used to the feeling of treating your face properly instead of stripping it.
I'm really unsure how to rate this - first of all, it works really well. It cleans my face just fine and my break-outs have stopped. However, I absolutely hate using it. It smells horrible and is incredibly greasy, it's impossible to wash off with just water so I have to scrub my face with a towel - hard.
I haven't found anything better yet - I'm trying everything to find a cleanser I like better. I guess that says something about it!
This feels like rubbing vaseline on your face. This did not remove makeup at all, left a very thick residue, and just didn't feel cleansing whatsoever. If you have dry skin and need a makeup remover, you are better off using Pond's cold cream which is cheaper and easier to obtain.
The salesperson tried convincing me that this will be great for my oily skin, because oil helps remove oil. BS no it didn't. She also suggested I use the Dark Angels scrub on top of it to help break up the MU, or use a hot towel to rub it off. That's just too much work IMO. And I did try that. And it didn't work.