Liz Earle is a brand that, up until 3 days ago, never once entered my mind. For years, I have walked past its counter in John Lewis, barely even glancing at it, but that all changed when I went shopping with my mother the other day, and she was stopped my a large poster for the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth set. She asked the very nice sales assistant for a demonstration and loved it so much, she bought the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth starter set, which contains the cleanser and two muslin cloths, for herself and for me too!
Apparently it has won all sorts of beauty awards when it was first released back in 2012 and there was quite a buzz about it so whilst I was intrigued, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that fussed. I have my lovely Pixi Glow Mud cleanser still going strong and I felt there was no space in my life for another product just yet, but hey, I love a freebie and so I gave it a go.
How it works.
This product is different to any other cleanser I have previously used, because you apply it to dry skin. That’s right, dry. You pump it out, massage it into your skin and then use a warm damp muslin cloth to wipe it off and exfoliate your skin at the same time. It not only cleanses and exfoliates, it removes all your makeup, and the formula is safe to take off eye products too. Once finished, you rinse the muslin cloth clean, and follow with your toner and moisturiser of choice.
OK so I’ve been using this cleanser for well over a week and I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed it. It was weird at first applying the cleanser to dry skin and then washing off with the muslin cloth, because I always wash my face in the shower but I actually really liked it. One of the worst things about cleansing at the sink is trying to wash it off and splashing water all over yourself and the floor (seriously, those face wash ads are so unrealistic), but using the cloth was great because not only do you stay dry, it exfoliates your skin and removes all your makeup effectively.
The formula itself melts into the skin like a dream and smells heavenly thanks to the eucalyptus. The cleanser left my skin feeling really soft and plump, not dried at all, which is what tends to happen a lot with cheaper cleansers. I was sceptical that it would be able to remove my eye makeup, but it was actually pretty effective. One thing I had to be cautious of though is taking my contact lenses out before I used it on my eyes, as I’m not sure it is a contact lens safe formula and obviously lens and water do not mix.
Would I recommend?
Absolutely! I think this cleanser will be ideal being used in the morning, as it’s so quick and easy, and also in the evening when you’re not showering but still need to remove makeup. The starter kit is great value at £16 too
Has anybody else used Liz Earle products? Let me know what I should try next!