Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser

Good Or Nah?

Things I probably (okay, objectively) have too many of, yet can’t help buying more : shoes, lipsticks, and cleansers. I feel less bad about the cleanser hoard, though, because A) it’s something you use at least twice a day so I will eventually use it all up [unless I hate it] and B) my skin is frakking moody as hell and sometimes has mercurial needs. Today we’ll poke at the latest addition to the collection : Acure Sensitive (with peony extract and sunflower amino acids! for whatever that’s worth!). It’s appx $8/4oz on Amazon and it comes in this here cute tube :

WHY DID YOU EVEN GET THAT, WTH : 

Okay yeah, you guys all know my skin is super oily and super acne-prone, and also I like it to BE clean and FEEL clean. So, generally, I stay away from anything billed as “for dry skin,” because there’s a solid chance it’s gonna be too heavy and emollient for me and will break me out. I’ve also learned to steer clear of a lot of things purporting to be “for sensitive skin,” as they’re often more lotiony … which is fine, unless they’re the kind of lotiony which just smears your makeup around on your face rather than, you know, washing it off? So I was trying to decide between their “regular” cleanser and this one, and … okay, yes, FINE, I picked this one because the swirly bits on the tube are teal. (The regular cleanser has burnt orange, ew.) (I’ll probably buy it anyway.)

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

It’s a fairly thick creamy gel, pearlescent white, in a squeezy-tube with flip-open cap. It’s easy to dispense, stands upright without tipping over all the time, and it closes securely enough that I wouldn’t be nervous about packing it for a trip. So, also : the scent. Y’all the scent is straight-up Weird. To me it smells like a mixture of hay/other dried grasses; some kind of indeterminate flower, like something you’d make herbal tea with (maybe that’s the calendula or chamomile extract?); and … cream of wheat? It’s simultaneously dry and creamy smelling, and to be honest I kind of love it. It’s unusual but not gross? IDK, I like odd smells. But the scent isn’t crazy strong, and it doesn’t really linger very long after you’ve rinsed and dried, so even if you’re not keen on it, it shouldn’t be much of a bother.

HOW DOES IT DO THO?

Surprisingly it does REALLY REALLY WELL! I’ve used this as my only cleanser, morning and night (okay except for last night bc I had a little bit to drink and didn’t wash my face, I KNOW) for the past three days, and zero problems. If something’s going to make me break out, it’ll usually do so after the first use, or at most, the next day — so we’re good on that score. Also, despite being for dry/sensitive skin, being super creamy, AND not having any sulfates? This is an effective face wash. And not just on unadulterated morning skin — it took off a full face of makeup, no problem. Yeah, even the ColourPop cream liner, a long-wear cream shadow, and regular (non-waterproof) mascara. It does rinse clean — as in, I can’t feel any “residue” on my face, but it’s also OBVIOUSLY moisturizing and fairly rich, for a cleanser; after rinsing and drying, my skin feels like I’ve already put some sort of Fancy Face Cream on. So if you do have dry skin, this might be absolutely fantastic for you — and yes, Finch, I’m sending you a decant in your next box because you probably need this.

THE VERDICT : GOOD. Super good, actually, and I’ll probably maybe repurchase this? It MIGHT even replace my Dermalogica Ultra Calming cleanser, as it seems really gentle (but is more effective at, you know, cleansing and esp removing makeup) depending on how it compares to that one in the “calming” arena after I’ve used a harsh peel or something. But generally? FAB, LOVE IT. Love the weird scent, love the texture, A+.

INGREDIENTS : water/eau, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract*, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) fruit extract*, rosa canina (rosehips) fruit extract*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract*, aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf extract*, sodium cocoyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate SE, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearyl didydroxypropyldimonium oligosaccaharides, glyceryl oleate, glycerin, phenethyl alcohol, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glyceryl caprylate, sclerotiom gum, glycerophosphoinositol choline (sun flower amino acids), argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, argania spinosa callus (argan) culture extract, paeonia lactiflora (peony) cell culture extract. *organic ingredient

Tried it? Love it or nah? Discuss!