Mario Badescu • Enzyme Cleansing Gel • Cleansers

rated 3.9(442 reviews)

Average Rating.3.9
Would buy this product again.70%

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rated 5 of 5 Annalina on 2/1/2009 5:04:00 PM more reviews by Annalina

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Black    

A lovely light, refreshing cleanser. I normally use this in the morning, on days where I haven't applied make up, or for an extra clean I use it after a makeup cleanser. It does sometimes sting my eyes, but it does a very good job at keeping my skin clean and clear. Another HG product!

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rated 3 of 5 nickwilson on 1/27/2009 1:16:00 AM more reviews by nickwilson

Age: 25-29   Skin: Normal, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

This is another miracle product from Mario Badescu. I used to suffer from very bad spots, but then I came across this, and, because of the reviews that celebs gave it, I decided to buy it. Packaging: This is packaged in quite a boring bottle, clear, it looks yellow because of the contents. The bottle is very small, and has a white screw on cap. It holds the brand and product name on a sticker on the front, and the instructions and other information on the back. How To Apply: The first mistake I made with this is that I shook the bottle. Do not do this as it will disturb the contents. Dip a cotton bud into the pink sediment and apply to the errupted areas. After you have done this make sure that you put the lid on very tightly otherwise it will dry up. Results

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* hags101 on 1/27/2009 1:10:00 AM more reviews by hags101

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Other    

I love this cleanser! It is the best cleanser I have ever used. It is hard to change from the usual foaming face wash to something more natural like MB products because they do not foam (except the glycolic facewash). Their cleansers are really thick though and that is how they clean so well (except the acne cleanser -didn't clean well). Some reviewers have complained that the cleansers sting their eyes.... it is because they are thick and you need to splash your face five times (instead of the two with a foaming cleanser). Yes, this cleanser hurts like HE-double-hockey-sticks if you get it into your eyes, but I don't know of any facial washes that would feel like water in the eyes.

Back to how this cleanser works..... MB cleansers take a while for your skin to benefit and change from their use. I think that it took about four months for my skin to clear from this facial wash....BUT MY ACNE DID CLEAR USING THIS AND MY HORRIBLE ACNE SCARS & PIGMENTATION FADED using this cleanser (after 4 months). The cleanser is made from glycerin (humectant) + grapefruit (exfoilating) + papaya (very exfoilating). When I use this I leave it on for about 2 minutes so my skin can exfoliate more before I rinse. Oh, and don't try to make this stuff yourself because papaya in its natural state smells like vomit....and it is hard to wash your face with something vile smelling.

The only problem I had while using this was my ongoing dark pores. This exfoilating cleanser helped to clear them quite a bit, but I was still left with my genetic congested skin. Maybe this would have cleared even more, but I switched to the OCM before I could find out. The OCM messed up my skin so...... bad (read my review). I am back to the Enzyme cleansing gel and it is improving my skin.... but like I said before it takes awhile to see a big difference in your skin.

The Enzyme smells good, is rich, nutrient, and costs $12 for 8oz.

I would also recommend using a toner from MB because they bring the pH level of your skin back to normal which means less dry or oily. This cleanser is also good for my extremely sensitive, very oily, and acnegenic skin.

For an extra luxuriously treat, mix in about a tablespoon of brown sugar to this in your hand before applying it to your face. The brown sugar will polish your skin beautifully. It will also melt into your cleanser before you can over exfoliate. Love it, Love it, Love it!

These cleansers from MB are super concentrated. You could add 1/2 teaspoon of cleanser to 1oz of water to make these the same concentration as other cleansers. This is why they clean so well!

UPDATE: (3 yrs after I started using this cleanser) I only use this cleanser (which I still love) to mix with jojoba wax beads (small) to make a scrub similar to Arcona's $78 dollar gommage! I really do love how this cleanser brightens the skin and after continued use and rids pimples from forming..... but still problems with my genetic clogged pores..... until I started making my own cleansing oil with emulsifier for balanced skin (no more oil slicks 1/2 hour after washing.... actually only get slight sheen now after the entire day from using the cleansing oil!)

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rated 4 of 5 LadyBrownBeezy on 1/22/2009 1:21:00 PM more reviews by LadyBrownBeezy

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Tan   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

What can I begin to say about Mario Badescu products?!---after using their generous sized samples...which lasted me a week and a half (cleansing gel and toner) with more to spare (masks, drying cream, eye cream, strawberry scrub, moisturizer)--I proceeded immediately to purchase the whole lot AND MORE online...needless to say...I AM IN LOVE with Mario Badescu products!!!

I have oily/combination skin...the enzyme cleansing gel was one of the recommended products for me upon speaking to a skincare specialist at their salon/spa over the phone. I have had really bad experiences with "gel" cleaners in the past...mostly because it never really removed my make-up and I never liked cleansers that didn't "foam"...However, I found that with the enzyme cleansing gel, though doesn't foam, cleans and removes my make-up efficiently. It is very light and goes on the skin very smooth. It has a fresh clean scent, but not overpowering. What I really like most about it is the fact that I could actually feel the entire gel come off my face when I rinse it off. Unlike other cleansers that I've used, I felt there was always a thin film left behind. Also, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!!!!! I typically use about a dime-sized amount...and it's enough to cover my ENTIRE face while cleaning off my make-up!

For the work this gel does...the price is worth it...and I'm sure the 8 oz bottle I bought will last for atleast 4-6months...I go through a retail chain brand in about 2-3 months...I really like the packaging also...when you squeeze the product out, it doesn't squirt I am really able to control the amount of product I use. I would really recommend this product to others...and yes we all have different skin types---however, it may have worked wonders for me almost immediately---remember to stick to it! I think you will find that you too will love it!...I'm a customer for life!

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rated 3 of 5 shirlyxgurl on 1/15/2009 9:56:00 PM more reviews by shirlyxgurl

Age: 25-29   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

It smells nice and it's gentle, but it did not wash away make up like it claims. I usually love MB products, but this wasn't for me. When I try to wash off my make up, it still left some residue behind on my towel and I had to use more toner afterwards to get rid of any left over residue. So, this is a no go for me, it's back to my old make up remover cleanser.

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rated 2 of 5 Vac513 on 1/15/2009 10:42:00 AM more reviews by Vac513

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

I really liked this at first. It felt gentle, yet effective. Sadly, about a week into using it, I realized it was REALLY clogging up the pores on my forehead. I'm not surprised, when I think about it... It looks almost like it has tiny particles of green glitter in it! It's been a month since I used this and through a combination of retinoids and extractions, my forehead is almost back to normal. Sorry, Mario Badescu, but this one didn't work for me.

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rated 3 of 5 notanotherbadhairday on 1/5/2009 4:51:00 PM more reviews by notanotherbadhairday

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

I've never had bad skin. I'm lucky enough to only get one or to pimples (during that oh so lovely time of the month) so I don't really have to worry about shine or spots showing up when I buy new products that I'm not used to.
This cleanser is a non-foaming gel that smells fresh and clean. You only need the smallest amount to cover and wash your whole face. I put it on a damp face and I massaged in for about 30 sec and I could feel the difference right away. My face felt clean and smooth.
It felt like it really got deep into my skin and washed away all the dirt and grime.
I follow up with the glycolic acid toner three times a week and my skin is basically flawless.
Buy it!
UPDATE: changed it to 3 lippies. This started to break me out and gave me dry spots on my cheeks. Oh bummer!

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rated 4 of 5 marah1115 on 12/17/2008 10:28:00 PM more reviews by marah1115

Age: 44-55   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm   Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

At first I wasn't sure I liked this product but you must get your face really wet and then apply quickly as it sort of melts into your skin
It does however cleanse rather well and not irritate my very irritable skin I am still not sure if it is THAT much better than my cetaphil to pay the big price but I am leaning toward it because I think it cleans better without being harsh so my face never feels dry and tight but clean clean clean--

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rated 5 of 5 retrodaze on 12/15/2008 7:27:00 PM more reviews by retrodaze

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

This cleanser is fantastic. It is gentle and non-foaming. I do not wear a lot of makeup, but this cleanser removes all of it. It smells nice and fresh and leaves my skin feeling so soft and not dry or tight. I really believe that this cleanser is what keeps my skin clear. I have not had a major breakout since I started using this, as well as fewer blackheads. I am not a huge fan of the packaging, I'd prefer a pump bottle, but the product itself makes up for it! I think this cleanser would be great for just about all skin types as it is quite gentle.

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rated 3 of 5 beautyambition on 11/18/2008 12:41:00 AM more reviews by beautyambition

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Hazel    

I love this cleanser! My skin is very oily, ace prone, sensitive. I have been looking for a cleanser that deep cleanses without stripping my skin and making it super dry/red- and this is it! so refreshing as well. I will definately repurchase. I no longer have inflamed skin after I cleanse and I have barely any white heads anymore.
I will repurchase for shizzle.

UPDATE: I don't feel like this was cleansing well enough for my acne prone skin...
I have moved on to Kiehls blue herbal cleanser and willl review that later...

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