12 August 2012

Complements: Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser and Clarisonic?

I have blogged about how much my Clarisonic Mia means to me, and that my beloved HG Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser has run out (read Clarisonic review here). 'twas truly devastating when I kept pumping the Dermalogica bottle and nothing came out! The only backup cleanser was the Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser that I received in my July BellaBox, which I was extremely skeptical about. Foaming cleanser and Clarisonic?? Say whaaattt? I had so many doubts about them going hand in hand that I rushed out to Coles and bought a gel-type (non-foaming) Olay cleanser for acne-prone skin.


I did try the Neutrogena cleanser before I used the Olay cleanser and completely wrote the Neutrogena one off.... and I'm glad I gave it a chance. The Neutrogena cleanser works amazingly with the Clarisonic Mia, so much so that I returned the Olay cleanser! Having said that, I'm not as impressed with its performance as I am with Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser. Here are the pros and cons explaining my reasoning...

I've used so much cleanser already! Excuse the shoddy photo, left my DSLR at the bf's and had to use my iPhone!

Pros:
  • My skin does feel clean after using this cleanser... which is obviously one of the criteria on my cleanser-must-have list.
  • From a tight-arse perspective, this is a bargain compared to Dermalogica! At AUD$13.99 for 175g compared to Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser's insane RRP of AUD$53.00 for 250ml (not that I would ever pay that much thanks to eBay).
  • Contains menthol... I LOVE MENTHOL (in my cleansers). I love the refreshing cool feeling after cleansing my face... This is also one of the criteria in my cleanser-must-have list.
  • It's foamy! Who doesn't like foam (besides vets, when they get a dog with foaming at the mouth...Rabieeesss)?!
  • Works well with Clarisonic Mia... Have been using it for about 2-3 weeks now, my skin feels clean and I have not broken out!
  • Packaging is great, as I love to see how much product I have left. I also am proud to say that I have not dropped it once...yet!

Cons:
  • I have found that the foaming cleanser accumulates behind the brush head of my clarisonic mia - the space between the brush head and the unit itself.... i.e. so when you take the brush head off, there will be a pool of cleanser that needs to be drained every so often.
  • I use quite a lot of product (three pumps on the brush, one pump per cheek and one on my forehead)... I think it's just to assure myself that I have enough on to do a good job... 
  • Unlike the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, the brush head looks white (no traces of makeup) after use (before rinsing off). I don't know if that's because my makeup wipes have removed everything (which could be due to less make up being used, as I've been using a new foundation by Sheer Design - see review here) or because it's not doing a very good job in removing makeup. But my skin feels clean and I haven't broken out...yet... as explained above.

Concluding remarks:
I'm quite pleased with this cleanser, and I do think it works well with my Clarisonic Mia. However, due to the cons listed above, Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser is still my HG and will forever hold a place in my heart despite how ridiculously expensive it is. I will probably repurchase but I am curious to see if other foaming cleansers works with the Clarisonic, so I am going to experiment around a bit until I can afford to purchase a whole heap of Dermalogica products (bulk buying = cheaper postage per item... I'm a major tight-arse :P)

What is your favourite cleanser? Have you used a foaming cleanser with a Clarisonic?

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