To ensure brighter, clearer and hydrated skin, Fiona Brackenbury, Decleor's UK Head of Training and brain behind Hydra-Radiance Smoothing Cleansing Mousse, has created a 3-in-1 super cleaning formula which aims to carry out three distinct actions, which are:
1, Deep Cleansing
2. Skin Polishing and Perfecting
3. Hydrating and Plumping
You only need to pump a small amount into the palm of your hand and when water is added to this rich concentrated cream cleanser, it lathers up quickly, leaving you with a creamy, mousse-like lather which vaguely resembles shaving foam. I'm a big fan of cleansers that lather up, I convince myself that my skin will be super clean when I remove them.
I wasn't wrong - this DOES leave my skin feeling extremely clean and removed most of my make up with ease. However, it leaves my skin feeling so clean that it feels uncomfortably tight and is left looking visibly dry after I've wiped it off with the accompanying muslin cloth (two come with the cleanser). The drying effect I felt was instant and I even used a smaller quantity in the hope that it would help to ease it, but it made no difference.
Remember when you knew no better as a child and used soap to wash your face? Remember that tight, tense feeling you'd get and the way your hands would 'squeak' over your skin? Well I get the same effect each time I use this Decleor Cleansing Mousse. Not pleasant at all. It even smells like soap which just confirms why I find it so drying.
Another thing I should mention is one night I attempted to use this to remove my eye make up. Big mistake. I mistakenly got some cleanser first in one eye, and then the other and it was really painful. Based on my experience, I wouldn't advise using this around the eye area and would suggest that you use a separate eye make up remover.
I was so 'traumatised', that I asked a fellow beauty blogger who had also received a sample if she had experienced the same thing and urged her to do an 'eye test' as proof that I wasn't exaggerating. She did, and she too suffered the same discomfort. This is something that certainly needs to be worked on.
This paraben-free formula is meant to eradicate the need for a toner after use, but I find my skin is desperate for hydration afterwards, so the use of a toner actually helps to saturate my skin before I use moisturiser. It contains Grapefruit, Papaya Extract and Japanese White Mulberry which is supposed to remove dead skin cells and gently exfoliate but it made no difference to my skin's texture (except drying it out), even after a week.
I also didn't experience any moisturising or skin polishing effects from this cleanser at all, despite my hands feeling soft and showing no signs of dryness when I tested it at the launch event. I found this perplexing, but I guess it just confirms how different the skin on our face is from our hands, if nothing else.
At first glance you can be forgiven for drawing comparisons to Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, but other than the fact they both come in pump dispensing bottles and are removed from the skin with muslin cloths, that's where the comparison ends.
I've used this for two weeks, despite wanting to ditch it after day two as I couldn't handle how uncomfortable it made my skin feel after cleansing. I persevered in order to give it a fair chance to redeem itself, but enough is enough and I've since reverted back to using Emma Hardie Amazing Face Monringa Cleansing Balm in the evenings to restore the softness and hydration that I lost whilst using this.
Unfortunately this didn't work for me, and I wanted it to so much as I love the rich lather formulation but hey, there are plenty more cleansers in the sea.
ETA: This was promoted with the promise that it was suitable for 'all skin types'. I'm always sceptical of products that claim to suit everybody. How is is possible when we all have different skin types? The fact that I loathe this so much, yet have read another review which paints it in a positive light is testament that not all skins will react to a product in a the same way. It's possible for a nude lipgloss to suit all, not a cleanser or any other skincare product.
How much is it? £24.55 (Introductory price at QVC. Normally £27)
Where can I buy it from? Available exclusively from QVC until May 2011.