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.
I really love the Lush skincare products, they've worked wonders for my skin. My main routine is Fresh Farmacy followed by Eau Roma Toner water and a Lavender moisturiser that I buy locally. I also alternate between Dark Angels and Angels on Bare Skin for varying levels of exfoliation when I think I need it.
Anyway, I decided to try out Ultrabland on my recent Lush visit and I'm really glad I did. I'll be straight with you, it doesn't smell appealing and it's not the most glamorous way to clean your face; slopping this yellow buttery stuff on your face but the benefits outweigh this for me. It pulls makeup and grime off effortlessly and the skin feels clean but smooth and moisturised. I have greasy skin and this seems to balance it out as well.
I have heard of the Ultrabland challenge and I do believe after using it that it could help to heal irritated or troubled skin if you just used it alone.
This is how I use it: I get a sort of coin sized blob, 10p or maybe 50p size depending on whether I have make-up, I rub it gently round my face and on my eyes (eyes closed) do this for about a minute then use warm water and a muslin cloth or flannel to gently wipe away.
You may feel some residue, I either use a toner after or sometimes just leave skin as it feels moisturised.
Anyway, that's just how I use it you may want to experiment if you try it.
So to sum up, I will definitely re-buy and would highly recommend to others.
I used this product years ago, and for some reason stopped using it (probably due to the price as I was a student). But I'm so glad I rediscovered it, as I will definitely keep using it. It's excellent for getting off eye makeup. Suffering from breakouts this doesn't completely solve the problem by any means, but it helps slightly. Give it a go!
My HG makeup remover!!! I am so happy that I found this product and I have been excited to wash my face every night because when using this cleanser, I definitely feel as though I am pampering myself. It does an AMAZING job at removing all traces of makeup, including the waterproof NYX liquid eyeliner that I use.
My foundation is Estee Lauder DW, and as those who have used it before know, it is a very full coverage foundation, and can sometimes be troublesome to remove. I first wash my face with Philosophy's Purity face wash to get some of my make up off. (sidenote: for the longest time, I thought this was removing all of my makeup, I was soooo wrong!!!!). I pat my face dry and apply Ultrabland to my entire face, including my whole eye area. I let it penetrate for a couple of minutes (pretty much while I brush my teeth), then I wet a wash cloth with warm water and remove the rest of my makeup.
If there is any type of advice I can give you, it is to use a warm washcloth to remove. You will not be able to rinse off with water, because of the beeswax. It forms a somewhat protective barrier and you cannot just "rinse off" with water. This is an amazing final step in my nighttime routine and I am so happy that I have found this cleanser. I finally do not feel like I am stripping the oils from my skin when I remove my makeup, this cleanser makes me feel as though I am nourishing my skin while removing the makeup.
I use this in rotation with queen of hearts and fresh pharmacy, and sometimes 9-5 when I'm lazy. This gets off all make and is so gentle that I can rub this straight into my eyes and open them without any irritation. For a deeper clean I take this off with a hot towel, but if your in a rush or don't have water you can use toner and pad. I have very sensitive, acne prone skin and this doesn't break me out at all.
This stuff totally sorted my skin out! I've always had acne prone skin and was pretty much resigned to waking up to breakouts every morning throughout my 20s. Last year I started using this and I can't believe what a difference it's made. My skin is soft and smooth with breakouts hugely reduced (not gone completely - it's not actually magic!). I get less oil throughout the day and less of the various other nasties (clogged pores, random flaky bits) that I used to think were normal.
I rub this stuff into dry skin, then use a hot damp face flannel (just a normal cheap one from Boots or Ikea) to take it off. I do it this way rather than using cotton wool so that the hot water melts away the oils, taking all the dirt, make up and grease with it. (When I was abroad with unreliable hot water last year, I found it much harder to get the cleanser off and it didn't work as well.) I follow it with toner and face oil/moisturiser (at night/day), but actually my skin almost feels soft enough to skip moisturiser after I use this.
I'm on about my fourth pot now and will keep using until Lush stop making it!