2017 Skincare Empties – Cleansers

Cleanser empties review

In my mind, there is no better way to start my 2018 beauty blogging than rounding up some of the beauty empties I have been accumulating for the last few months of 2017. So here I am, digging through my beauty trash and sharing with you my final thoughts on them.

In an effort of not making it an uber long post (because you know how rambly I can be), I’ll be splitting these empties into a few posts, so keep your eyes peeled for the second and third installment. Starting with cleansers…

Truth to be told, I like to keep a few cleansers on rotation, you know, one for the morning, one for the night, one for when I just want something different. For the most part of 2017, there were three cleansers on heavy rotation.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This was definitely one of my favorite discoveries in 2017, beauty wise. It has an interesting consistency, where it feels very much gel like, doesn’t foam AT ALL, doesn’t turn into a milky texture, extremely gentle on the skin, but does a great job in taking off any trace of dirt and grime on the face, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. I don’t think I like it as much as the Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel, which is my ultimate favorite cleanser, but it’s quite up there as a basic, no fuss, easy, everyday cleanser. Definitely a cleanser I would repurchase, and would recommend to anyone has sensitive or dry skin.

Glossier milky jelly cleanser review

And did I mention you can easily lock the pump by simply turning it? Make it a total dream travel companion. It comes with a great price tag (who doesn’t love a bargain?) as well, $18 USD for 177ml, which would easily last 6 months with everyday use on me.

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

When I want to give the Glossier milky jelly cleanser a rest, this was the one I would reach for in the morning. It’s marketed as an everyday pore-refining detox cleanser, which can be left on the skin for a minute to act as a super quick facial before washing off (just like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel). I love the concept of it, but in reality, I didn’t really see much of anything special from this cleanser – not particularly detoxifying, not particularly pore refining, and not particularly nutrition either. I like its refreshing, clean scent, but that’s pretty much about it. Not a cleanser I would repurchase.

Tata Harper Cleanser Review

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

I had high hope for this cleanser, I really did, because I have heard great reviews about this, but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectation. Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty decent daily exfoliating cleanser, there is no doubt about that. It’s gentle enough to be used on regular basis (but probably not for very sensitive skin), but effective enough to remove the dead skin cells so your skin is prepared for the serums that go after it. However, it’s not an outstanding exfoliating cleanser either, especially given it’s high price tag. If you are looking for a daily exfoliating cleanser, I would go for the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser; and if you are looking for one to be used 1-2 times a week, the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher is my top pick, which I also did an empty review here.  

And what bugs me the most is its package: a really poorly designed pump! It doesn’t push out all the product that’s in the bottle, no matter how much you shake it. As a matter of fact, as long as you get close to the bottom of it (like when there is still one fifth of the product left), you can already feel the struggle of getting the cleanser out. And the pump is easily clogged with the cleanser itself, so if you stop using it for a few days, you would need to press REALLY hard to push the product through. Such a nightmare I tell you!

I’m now reunited with my beloved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, and I actually purchased the mega size version (200ml), cannot be more happier about it. I feel the glow is gradually coming back to my face, now this cleanser is back to my life.