When it comes to cleansers, most of my co-workers stick to drugstore formulas. Their logic lies in the fact that cleansers stay on the face for a few seconds before being rinsed off. Thus, when I was considering spending a significant amount of my salary on the famed Eve Lom Cleanser, I was met with outrage. However, I stuck to my guns and went ahead with the purchase. Here is my review.
The cleanser comes in a white, plastic tub with a screw-on cap. It is sold with a muslin cloth, which contributes largely to the cleansing process. Since the jar packaging requires you to dip your fingers in the formula, I would have preferred it if they had included an applicator or spatula to keep things hygienic. The directions for use are printed on the back, whilst the list of ingredients are listed on the bottom of the accompanying box. There’s even a pamphlet bearing illustrations on how to use the product.
Immediately upon opening the tub, I was met with a strong, herbal scent. For those of you who are sensitive to fragrances, this can be off-putting. However, the smell dissipates a few minutes into the process. As per the instructions, I first massaged the balm onto my dry skin in circular motions. The cleanser has a balm-like and slightly oily consistency, which allows it to glide easily across the skin. It also contains tiny granules that aid in exfoliation. For the next step, I dipped the muslin cloth in hot water and held it on my face for a few seconds. This caused the cleanser to emulsify and helped break down my foundation. I repeated this process thrice after which I used warm water and the muslin cloth to take off any residue. Finally, I drenched the cloth in cold water and laid it over my face again for about 10 seconds. After patting my face dry, I was ready to see the results.
To my great pleasure, this cleanser had done a wonderful job at taking off all my makeup. My skin looked brighter and felt much softer. Most cleansers make my face a little tight and dry, so this was a big plus for me.
I’ve been using this cleanser every night for about 2 months now and still remain impressed. Initially, I was worried that the heavy formula would clog my pores but surprisingly I haven’t had any breakouts yet. Whilst it doesn’t leave a film on my face, it does hydrate my skin quite well. In fact, I’ve switched to a lighter moisturiser after I’ve started using it. The only downside is that I am skeptical of using it to take off my eye makeup since it’s rather oily and contains granules.
Gentle, deep cleansing and effective, using this cleanser is more of an experience than a quick fix. Since the price point is definitely on the steeper end, I’m planning on saving it for days when I wear a full face of makeup. As for my colleagues? They’ve already gone ahead and purchased a few jars for themselves.
USD 24.00 (20 ml)
USD 50.00 (50 ml)
USD 80.00 (100 ml)
USD 135.00 (200 ml)
Key Ingredients: Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Hops Oil, Egyptian Chamomile Oil and Cocoa Butter