BenefitFoamingly Clean Facial Wash
4.5 fl. oz. for $22
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This foaming, too expensive, truly ordinary cleanser has a mixed bag of pros and cons because it contains gentle and drying cleansing agents along with fragrance ingredients that aren’t helpful for use around the eyes. Really, they’re not great for skin anywhere on your face.

This is an OK option for oily skin and it removes makeup easily, but it cleanses almost too thoroughly, putting your skin at risk of feeling tight and dry, and those feelings aren’t part of a healthy skin-care routine for any skin type—gentle cleansing is critical for everyone. Proceed with caution or, better yet, forget this one altogether because there are many less expensive cleansers on our Best Cleansers list that are far and away better than this one.

  • Cleanses thoroughly and removes makeup easily.
  • The soft foam feels refreshing.
  • Contains drying cleansing agents interspersed with gentle ones.
  • Strips the skin, leaving it potentially tight, dry, and irritated.
  • Fragrance ingredients like limonene are a problem for use around the eyes.
  • Expensive for what is a basic, out-of-date formulation.
Last Updated:05.02.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Formulated to work for all skin types, this facial wash effectively cleanses the skin and removes makeup and impurities with a soft, gentle lather.


Water, Glycerin, PEG-32, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquarternium-10, Linalool, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, BHT

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Benefit At-A-Glance

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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