When I was last in New York, I took the opportunity to pick up some Mario Badescu products. A fave amongst celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston and Liv Tyler, it's a skincare range which I frequently see mentioned on some of the U.S/Canadian beauty blogs that I follow and my curiosity got the better of me.
Mario Badescu offers a personalised range of products to tackle a variety of skin complaints and is known for its natural ingredients, which include fresh fruits and botanicals. It's also cruelty free and not tested on animals.
I bought a selection of products home with me and have recently started trying them out.
I recently used up Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser, which I found to be a fantastic cleanser for my combo/sensitive skin, but is also very similar to the cheaper Neutrogena foaming cleanser (in the blue bottle and unfortunately not available in the UK), which happens to be another fave of mine - so bear that in mind and save yourself some money, should you ever be tempted by the Aveda cleanser.
Anyway, back onto the Enzyme Cleansing Gel which states the following on its no-frills plastic packaging:
Our refreshing, non-foaming gel washes away make-up and surface debris, leaving skin clean and residue free. Rejuvenates dull skin with Papaya Extract, an alpha hydroxy acid that promotes exfoliation and prevents pore-clogging build-up. Massage gently in circular motions on wet skin and rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with Mario Badescu astringent or toner. Use twice daily.
Let me get straight to the point. I'm not keen on this cleanser at all. It looks like cheap washing up liquid, which I attempted to overlook when I first started to use it a fortnight ago, but mud sticks! Also, it doesn't lather at all which I have a huge problem with as I'm convinced it's not lifting the dirt off my face effectively. I may be right too as I find myself sweeping off a significant amount of left over make up with my toner, that has still been left on my face despite a thorough rinse.
To try and get more out of the cleanser, I've attempted to use it with a facial brush but all this appears to have resulted in, is a cluster of angry pimples appearing on my cheeks and jawline! Needless to say I've swiftly ditched this and will be palming it off to the bestie to see if she has better luck with it.
On a brighter note, the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion toner is fab! I find it non-drying, extremely refreshing and I'm a big fan of its scent. However, I have other toners that also perform just as well that cost less, so this won't be an essential repurchase for me.
HQ Hair is the official UK Mario Badescu stockist, so check the range out in more detail there.