Paula's Choice • Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser • Cleansers
|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
This product's cleansing power is great. It's very gentle, but it manages to clear my skin and pores very nicely. Rich lather, doesn't leave my skin feeling dry. My facial oil has been reduced by a slight amount, but the cleanser is so good that it's now my HG (over non-cruelty-free Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I usually don't hate or love cleansers. As long as they are gentle, I am fine with it. You really can't go wrong with Paula's Choice. I have combination skin with an oily forehead and nose, my chin is prone to dryness, and my cheeks are normal/slightly dry. I bought this without trying the sample, so I was surprised to see that it was a thick cream. It smells "creamy" (reminds me of an old Noxzema cleanser in the tube with the orange cap!). My skin doesn't feel overly dry after cleansing. I will probably try something else after this runs out, but it is certainly not a bad product at all.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I HAD THE SAMPLE
I'm actually impressed. I don't normally expect much from my cleanser - just get the dirt/oil/makeup off of my skin and don't leave me dry and tight or greasy. Other than that, I expect other products like serums to achieve major results with my skin. However, I had 3 samples as a GWP from the PC website, which was enough for about a week. This was a thick, creamy cleanser with a noticeable "non-smell" that reminded me of Murad's mattifier (kinda like Elmer's glue?). It can take a bit more effort to rinse clean than gel cleanser, but I found it to be worth it. I'm going through an enormous amount of stress in my life right now, and combined with TTOM, I ended up with my first breakout in months. I used this cleanser with my Clarisonic, and could see an obvious difference in the clarity and "glowiness" after a few days! My zits weren't entirely cleared up from this, but all of my other facial skin looked GOOD. Usually I'm quite satisfied with my Cetaphil, but I have plans to purchase the full size and start using this regularly. I'll update with results...
EDIT 1/12/2015: I bought the jumbo 16 oz. size of this cleanser a few months ago and have been using it every day and LOVING IT. It's gentle, my face feels soft and clean afterwards (not tight or greasy) and it feels luxurious. I wish this would come in a pump - right now it's in a squeeze bottle - but that's just a little thing. Love this!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
First let me say, that I am complete cleanser...junkie...I have combo skin. with pores that clog easily.I have never, ever, ever, ever liked creamy cleaners..am a gel girl...I am also pushing 80 yrs. but have been fortunate to have pretty decent looking skin...people have said I have beautiful skin...now, honestly think their eye sight is dimming..they obviously don't know anything about pores..and yes, I obsess over them, using a magnifying mirror..I know, I know..NEVER look in one..but, I digress.
I got a sample of it..expecting not to like it at all..and viola...lo and behold..this stuff is amazing. I have used it for a month so that I could give it a good test..since, I tend to think stuff is wonderful and then it's not.I makes my skin look, even, and more toned..and best of all, it practically makes my pores disappear. I do take my makeup off with Dickenson/s Witch Hazel..have for years..Hey, if it was Elizabeth Taylor's go to make up remover it's good enough for me!!! then I wash with the cleanser...you only need a teensy bit..I wet my face first..then put it on and "clean" with my Salux exfoliating nylon cloth..rinse off with lukewarm water then cool..I find my skin does not do as well with hot water. It feels luxurious, ..no tight feeling...but toned feeling..if that makes any sense at all.....
I have only one teensy complaint. the delivery system sucks!!!I have given up trying to use the cap.it.clogs, won't come out..etc. I end up, taking it off and turning it upside down to squeeze it out. am dreading getting down to the end..where it is going to be a pain to get out...
but for this amazing stuff..I shall....suffer....
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
So many cleansers have irritated my sensitive skin, causing breakouts and/or redness. many even burn when I use them. This cleanser is gentle, doesn't burn, and the texture and tone of my skin improved after I began using it.
leaves a filmy residue on skin
often felt that all makeup was not removed and had to use it twice.
Does not remove eye make up
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I am loving how gentle this cleanser is while being strong enough to clean and rinse off most of my makeup, with the bonus of not irritating my sensitive acne-prone skin at all. Not only that, it leaves me feeling clean without that "tight" snug feeling you're NOT supposed to be feeling. Also, my face feels really soft without being dried out.
I'm not sure how much oil control this product has, since I do use other products that target my oily t-zone and can't separte which is the one keeping me oil-free.
I do plan on repurchasing when I run out, but I am almost tempted to try out the other cleansers from Paula's Choice since I'm really liking the brand.
-Pro: Gentle, non-irritating, cleans without drying.
-Con: Doesn't completely remove all makeup, price is a tiny bit high and it's too bad this product cannot be purchased from a local beauty store like Ulta.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
A great cleanser, removes all oil in my face without making it too dry. The biggest size last me for more than a year, so it's quite economist.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
A great cleanser. I purchased in combination with the skin balancing toner, 2% exfoliant and retinal moisturizer. This is by far the best line I have ever used - in fact the only line where I didn't break out after switching. I have been using this for well over a month and had no issues, my skin is clear and feels smoother and healthier. Expensive - but worth it as long as it works. I will be sure to look out for a sale next time I need refills.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I have the huge bottle of this. I used the Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser. It was nice, that one is more of a gel cleanser, this one has a thicker creamy consistency. I like it better! Paula's products are great value too, this was $24 (for the large bottle) and it's far better than the pricey department store cleansers I've used from other lines.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I HAD A COUPLE OF SAMPLES AND MY BROTHER TRIED IT.
The labeling for which skin type should use is confusing. It may be too emollient for acnegenic skin but appropriate for combination skin ( even though you can't spot treat skin with a combination skin cleanser and ' Paula' knows this.) This did minimize the appearance of pores but the look was odd. If you are a male and have any facial hair this can be difficult to wash off.