Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: elf Mineral Face Cleanser

Have I been living under a rock or something because this concept for a face washing powder is totally foreign to me! I hauled this months ago and for some reason it never occurred to me to review it so here we are sharing some thoughts! After a quick spin around the internet, this is apparently not a new thing at all, this particular product came out two years ago but for some reason I just never really heard much about these types of cleansers! I'm hunting through the elf website and I'm really not seeing them sell this cleanser on it's own anymore, but you can score it for cheap through sets that they've put together so if after you get through my ramblings and you're interested, go take a look!

Face washing powders are popular in Asia while US lacks the options for this strange form of cleansing. The whole concept is a bottle of powder akin to laundry detergent where you add a little water and then it lathers up into a wash. The elf cleanser comes in a small plastic bottle with a shaker lid. It claims to be paraben-free and made up of 100% natural minerals that contains Green Tea, Aloe, Jojoba, and Vitamin E that are all skin nourishing ingredients.
Right away I wasn't the biggest fan of the concept itself. It's just a mess with semi damp hands trying to open a bottle, pour out some powder, and adding the right amount of water that will lather it up without completing washing the powder away. And then even when that all occurs I had a hard time distributing the water evenly so I'm not left with a pure foam but kind of a lumpy mess where half the time I'm still rubbing powder on my face which really can't be good for my skin. So first impressions, not so great.
If by some miracle you're able to achieve that golden ratio and luck out with that even lather you are rewarded with a pretty solid product. It glides over your skin, much like a cleansing oil does and does the job cleaning the skin without leaving it feel dry or tight afterwards. Obviously there is some exfoliating action that goes on since ultimately it is still a powder, but it's gentle enough that I would feel fine with using it on a daily basis.
While I'm not completely sold on the concept of a powder face wash, I can see how this would be a great travel companion. The powder form means you can easily bring it in your carry on if you wanted to while flying and since it's not a liquid, if this accidentally spills in your suit case it is less tragic than trying to clean up a wet formula cleanser.

Overall if you want to try something different I would suggest you pick this guy up, even though I'm not completely in love with it, I'm still interested in getting my hands on a true Asian face washing powder for the sake of comparison! Have you tried out this product? What are your thoughts?

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