Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask
Lauder revamped their core cleansers and toners, and this one for oily skin is said to do double-duty as a facial mask. Although you can use this foaming cleanser as a mask, the formula isn't as good as any of the oil-absorbing masks we recommend.
As a cleanser or a mask, though, this product is potentially too drying, especially if you leave it on skin as a mask which would be a mistake. It contains soap-like cleansing agents and a high amount of potassium hydroxide (that's lye) along with absorbent clays, which aren't the best for removing makeup or using around the eyes.
This will cleanse your skin, but not "perfectly" as it cleanses almost too well, and just because skin is oily doesn't mean you need to over-cleanse it with a drying product. Doing so can cause irritation that stimulates more oil production, making matters worse. See our list of Best Cleansers for superior options.
- Cleanses and removes makeup.
- Contains primarily drying, soap-like cleansing agents (and the clays reinforce the drying nature of this cleanser).
- Not suitable for use as an oil-absorbent mask (you don't want to leave the cleansing agents on skin for any longer than is absolutely necessary).
- Borderline pricey.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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