Ultimate Clean Foaming Face Wash

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.00
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This cleanser is the ultimate in simplicity, but in this case that's not a good thing, because it's bare-bones formula contains sodium lauryl sulfate as its main cleansing agent. This ingredient isn't the horrible offender it's made out to be in many media outlets; rather, it's known to be among the most drying and potentially irritating cleansing agents—and your cleanser should be as gentle as possible while still being appropriate for your skin type.

If anything, the combination of cleansing agents this product contains causes it to cleanse too thoroughly, which can leave skin feeling tight and dry (which is a problem for all skin types_, not soft and smooth. Ultimate Clean Foaming Face Wash has an attractive price, but is "ultimately" not recommended.

  • Wow, does this ever clean!
  • Inexpensive.
  • The main cleansing agent is known to be drying and irritating.
  • The mix of cleansing agents is likely to leave skin feeling tight and dry.
  • Bare bones formula lacks skin-conditioning ingredients to offset the potential dryness from the cleansing ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Gentle foaming gel cleanser for all skin types. Washes away surface oils, impurities and makeup.

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyquaternium-39, Polyquaternium-7, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, visit www.ulta.com.

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