Acure Facial Cleansing Gel

The eternal problem : finding something to wash your face with that you don’t hate, that doesn’t do gnarly shit to your skin, that’s acceptable from a packaging and scent and general-aesthetics standpoint, and that you won’t get tired of … and then finding ANOTHER one when you do get tired of that one. Which brings us to, YES, yet another thing from Acure. Yay!

WHAT THAT IS

It’s cleanser. It’s not even a fancy cleanser! I mean, it’s pretty basic and it’s pretty inexpensive (price varies; right now it’s $9.99/4oz on Amazon). What made it worth trying for me : I’ve liked or loved most of the Acure stuff I’ve used so far, it’s sulfate-free, and it’s billed as being suitable for combination/oily skin. Like much of Acure’s face product lineup (and many of their body and hair products as well), a big chunk of the ingredients list is their “superfruit” cocktail, not to be confused with a super fruit cocktail. (Mmmm, fruit cocktail.) It does have extracts of acai berry and rooibos and blackberry and pomegranate and rosehips and other stuff — it does not have weird unnaturally bright [irradiated? made of wax?] cherries in it.

WHAT’S IT LIKE

Have you tried their “Clarifying” shampoo and/or conditioner? This has basically the exact same lemongrass scent, despite having packaging that approximately matches the argan-oil-enhanced “Hydrating” hair stuff, which apparently smells like sweet almond (ick). Anyway, yeah. Lemongrass! Like the shampoo and conditioner, it’s a tiny bit sweet/fruity, not a sharp dry lemongrass, but on the whole it’s fairly accurate so if lemongrass is your jam, you should be fine with this.

Just in case you were DESPERATE to read the back of the tube and didn’t feel like going to Amazon yet.

The packaging is your pretty standard flip-cap squeezey tube, which is just fine for next to the sink, but a shitshow in the shower since the hollow part of the cap collects water like a mofo (as do all of their squeeze-tubes, booooo). I’d also rather it weren’t orange, because their one basic all-purpose face wash should really be either a completely neutral color scheme like grey or Generic Face Wash Aqua, or it should match its scent (and their other products that carry that same fragrance), i.e. citron green. Yes, I am a design nerd, are you just now getting that. The goo itself is a pale translucent yellow-orange, and it’s a little runnier than I’d prefer but not to a problematic degree.

DOES IT WORK OR WHAT

It works just fine! I’ve been using this as my end-of-the-day cleanser for a week or so, and it’s perfectly nice. It doesn’t take much to be effective — like a blorp the size of a large pea or small garbanzo bean — and it’s effective at cleaning without leaving my face feel dry or stripped, and rinses completely clean with no residue. It also has no problem taking off all of my makeup, including liner and mascara and hardcore long-wear cream shadows. (Do note that what I consider “a full face of slap” is like, a light coverage foundation, some blush, powder, etc — I don’t do heavy coverage or multiple layers of products, so if ymmv if you wear quite heavy makeup. I also haven’t challenged it with tar-like waterproof mascaras, but those pretty much always require a separate remover anyway.)

THE VERDICT : GOOD! I’m happy. It smells nice, it’s effective, it’s not drying, my face feels clean, it’s not expensive. The packaging is annoying as hell for use in the shower, but if you’re like me, you keep excellent containers from stuff you’ve used up — so I already had a fab suitable dispenser (Thank You Farmer Back To Pure cleanser, which is still my fave) to decant it into and thus avoid that annoying cold-manky-water-collection “feature” of the hollow cap. Do you need it? It’s not a life-changing revelation of a product, but if you like lemongrass and want a not-crazy-expensive basic cleanser that’s sulfate-free, this is a worth a shot. On the whole, I prefer their Sensitive Facial Cleanser for its creamy feel, its moisturizing properties, and its weird-yet-pleasing grass-and-cream-of-wheat (??) scent, but I’ll certainly finish this tube and might even repurchase.

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*, aspalathuslinearis (rooibos) leaf extract*, sodium cocoyl isethionate, coco hydroxysultane, sodiummethyl cocoyl taurate, decyl polyglucoside, lauryl glucoside, disodium cocoaamphodiacetate, potassium olivoyl PCA, vegetable glycerin, citrus limon (lemon) essential oil, glucono delta lactone, potassium sorbate, chlorella vulgaris extract (chlorella).*organic ingredient

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