Star anise and lime extracts make this crystalline and delicately foaming gel the favorite cleanser for normal to combination skin.
Holy Grail Status, right here! Funny thing is, I wasn’t expecting much when I purchased this Purifying Cleanser from Boots. I just wanted to try something (anything really) from the brand Lierac because I’ve never actually owned – let alone tried – anything from Lierac prior to this Purifying Cleanser. Initially, the vivid green packaging is what caught my eye and drew me in but the scent is what sold me (you’re not supposed to unscrew products in-store just to give them a sniff but what can I say? I’m a rebel)! I couldn’t believe how amazing it smelled! The scent was everything! It was fresh, zesty, and uplifting! I purchased the Lierac Purifying Cleanser, then and there, for KD 9/250 at Boots and I’ve been obsessed ever since!
This foaming cleansing gel removes dirt, oil and other impurities and is gentle enough to be used as an eye makeup remover. Ecoskin complex blends probiotic botanicals and honey extract to maintain moisture levels and prevent irritation. Astringent lime and star anise extracts tone and balance sebum production as they minimize pores for a clear and even complexion.
Lierac Purifying Cleanser sat in my skincare closet for about a year, before I finally busted it out during a makeup emergency and started using it (I’d run out of my trusty Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover and needed something to take all my makeup off before going to bed). Some of it did get in my eyes and consequentially burned them (regardless of how gentle they claim this stuff is) but nothing major (I’d liken it to the sting of Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover). With that being said, the Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover had a cream consistency whereas this Lierac Purifying Cleanser was more of a runny gel (which in turn, would increase the chances of it getting into my eyes and stinging them). I wasn’t too keen on experiencing that burn again, so I went out the very next day and purchased yet another Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover because it removes my mascara and eyeliner (be it pencil or liquid) like no other (no trace left behind)! I used the Lierac Purifying Cleanser for everything else (lips, brows, cheeks, nose, basically the rest of my face lawl). This stuff got rid of everything (highlight, bronzer, blush, etc… you name it). One pump was enough for my entire face, but I loved the herbal scent so much that I had to consciously hold back from going for two (which would make my face feel tight).
I wasn’t aware that a cleanser could smell so amazing! Scent-wise, I’d say it was in the same family as Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (reviewed here) and L’Occitate Verbena (reviewed here). I was so enamored with the scent that I started using the Lierac Purifying Cleanser even when I didn’t have a stitch of makeup on. Sometimes, I’d wash my face with it, first thing in the morning, to “energize” me, or in the afternoon (during hot summer days) as a refreshing pick-me-up. Other times, I’d use it in the midst of a hot shower, so the gorgeous scent would envelop me. I mean yeah, aside from eye makeup, the Lierac Purifying Cleanser was a pretty good makeup remover but the scent was next-level! If I had to describe the scent of the Lierac Purifying Cleanser in one word, I’d describe it as divine! I have to confess that the Lierac Purifying Cleanser is the very reason I was intrigued by the new Lancome Energie de Vie range… based on the the fact that they both had green packaging (logic)! I never want to be without Lierac Purifying Cleanser ever again because I can honestly say it has achieved Holy Grail Status, in my book!