Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser

Milk Makeup

Matcha Cleanser

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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Milk Makeup positions Matcha Cleanser as “detoxifying” formula. For many reasons that doesn’t ring true, and inevitably this ends up being a subpar cleanser.

The first thing you’ll notice about this cleanser is its unique green hue and stick form. True to claim, the stick form’s size and solid texture are handy for travel. However, the practicality of this stick cleanser goes downhill in actual use.

You’re instructed to remove makeup first, then apply Matcha Cleanser to damp skin, gently massaging the stick in circular motions. Doing so works okay but it takes more effort than a normal cleanser to get skin clean. We can at least credit Milk Makeup for the fact that it doesn’t leave skin feeling uncomfortable or dry.

As for claim that the Matcha Cleanser “exfoliates without microbeads,” we’re assuming the green tea seed powder is meant to be the exfoliator, but its texture is undetectable on skin, so you wont feel the gentle skin polishing action that Milk Makeup refers to in their advertisements. That’s not a deal-breaker—it’s better than a gritty, abrasive scrub that tears at skin—but it’s something to be aware of if you were hoping to get a gentle manual exfoliation benefit.

Other claims such as the formula’s matcha (green tea) being able to “detoxify pores” and “banish excess oil,” are farfetched. Detoxing is your kidneys and liver’s job—no skin care ingredient can truly do that. If all it took to detox pores was green tea, you’d be better off applying it full-strength vs. the small amount this cleanser contains. And while cleansers are great for removing surface oil, they can’t banish it beyond what’s removed during the cleansing process.

Another strike against the formula is the fact that it enlists a few different types of fragrance, each posing a risk of irritation. Granted, we aren’t overly concerned in a rinse-off formula such as this, but fragrance free is the better way to go for the overall health of your skin.

By the way, the clear packaging that Matcha Cleanser comes in exposes the formula to light, which allows the highly touted antioxidants (including the namesake matcha) to deteriorate prematurely. This isn’t a huge deal since antioxidants don’t get much time on skin in a rinse-off cleanser formula anyway, but just keep in mind that the product would have to be consistently stored in a dark place to maximize that benefit.

The bottom line: Between the formulary/claims snafus and the fact that this fragranced cleanser is just so-so at doing its job in the first place, we’d suggest you enlist the help of one of our top-rated cleansers instead.

  • TSA-friendly stick form cleanser is convenient for travel.
  • Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight and dry.
  • Takes longer than a regular cleanser to get skin completely clean.
  • Contains fragrance, which isn’t best for skin.
  • Doesn’t “polish” skin as claimed.
  • Cannot detoxify pores or banish excess oil as promised.
  • Clear packaging compromises the highly touted antioxidants in the formula.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Do your skin a solid with Matcha Cleanser. Infused with antioxidant-packed matcha green tea, this facial cleansing stick detoxifies pores, exfoliates without microbeads, purifies skin, and banishes excess oil. Matcha and lavender essential water help soothe and calm irritated skin, while algae extract helps support natural defenses to keep skin balanced. Skin is left feeling clean, soft, and smooth.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Sodium C14-C16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc/Acetobacter/Kluyveromyces/Saccharomyces Milk Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Powder, Laminaria Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Linalool, Yellow 5, Green 3.

Milk Makeup At-A-Glance


Milk Makeup is one branch of the Milk media company, based in New York and Los Angeles, where creativity and innovation are at the forefront. That vision echoes throughout their skincare and makeup lines, designed to create cool, effortless looks with easy application.

Since many Milk Makeup products can be used several waysa blush is a highlighter is an eyeshadowand since even some skincare products come in solid, swipe-on formulas, their target audience is a savvy girl-on-the-go: one whos not afraid to experiment with a low maintenance, high concept look. Milk makeup was created to travel well and often, since few products come in liquid form, and all can be applied without brushes, puffs, or applicators. Not everyone's ideal makeup can be done in five minutes in the back of a cab--but if you're that girl, you're a "Milk girl."

For the most part were impressed by Milk Makeups performance, design, and vibe, but their ingredient selection isnt exactly worry-free: While Milk Makeup advertises their products as made with the best possible ingredients, many of them, unfortunately, contain irritants such as citrus oils. A multi-tasking, time-saving product isnt worth your time or money if it also exposes your skin to troublesome ingredientsalthough some Milk products fare better in this regard, so do take a peek at our reviews!

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