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NARS

Gentle Cream Cleanser

4.20 fl. oz. for $ 29.00
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Other than being overly fragrant and the fragrance putting skin (and eyes) at risk of irritation (which isn’t gentle in the least), this is a very good foaming cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. Too thorough and not creamy enough for dry skin and too fragrant for sensitive skin, this cushiony cleanser removes makeup and rinses without leaving a residue. You don’t have to spend this much for an effective cleanser (and, for the health of your skin, fragrance-free is strongly preferred) but if you choose to do so this is a viable, sleekly packaged option.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

A gentle, creamy cleanser that helps to maintain skin's moisture balance while removing makeup and impurities. Infused with Mono Oil, Wild Rose Extract, and Chamomile, it leaves skin feeling soft and looking radiant.

Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex designed to restore skins youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism.

Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Cocos Nucifera [Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil], Sodium Laurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Citrate, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract), Sodium Carbonate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Gardenia Tahitensis (Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract), Barium Sulfate, Algae (Algae Extract), Chamomilla Recutita [Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract], Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Alumina, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

NARS At-A-Glance

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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