Sunday, August 28, 2011

REVIEW -- Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

I received a trial size Purity cleanser in my July Birchbox and I didn't start using it until after I'd filmed my video sharing the box with you. By now, I'm sure y'all know how much I love trying any facial product.. so I was dying to give this a try! After a month of use, I'm finally ready to give you a full review!

Philosophy's Purity Cleanser has gotten rave reviews from just about any person or publication that has reviewed it, so I was anxious to see what all the fuss is about. It's available at Ulta (in-store and online), at and a slew of other retailers. The 16 oz bottle retails for $20 and a 3 oz travel size will set you back $10. It also comes in cleansing cloths, a foaming cleanser and a mineral oil-free facial cleansing oil.

Purity is a 4-in-1 facial cleanser that is supposed to remove both face and eye makeup, and gently cleanse and tone the skin while lightly hydrating it... all in one quick and easy step. It's designed to quickly and easily dissolve dirt, oil and makeup along with sub-surface debris and leaves the skin feeling soft, purified and comfortably balanced. It can be used on all skin types and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Sounds like a miracle, right?

The first time I used Purity, I was amazed at how soft and clean my skin felt. Only a nickel-sized amount of cleanser is enough to completely remove all of my face makeup and nastiness that has accumulated on my face throughout the day. Granted, I always used my Sonia Kashuk makeup remover to remove my eye makeup, but I've never had a problem with any residue left on my face after I use Purity. I like to use Purity followed up by St. Ives' Apricot scrub for a deep-cleansing facial that leaves my skin so smooth and refreshed. 

It's a pale yellow liquid that's slightly runny, and it barely foams. At first, I wasn't super thrilled about that because I like my cleansers foamy. For some reason, my mind thinks that it's not doing its' job if there's no bubbles.. but I assure you this works just fine. The scent is very light and pleasant.. Chris and I both pegged it as "herbal" and it smells similar to Black Cat's Tattoo Aftercare Salve if you've ever smelled that product. 

But the best news of all: A little goes a LONG way. My 1 oz travel size is still half full and I've been using it for over a month. Oh, and I've used Purity every single time I've washed my face (day and night) since I opened it.

The only thing I can say I don't love is that it does absolutely nothing for acne.. not that it's supposed to, but I really wish it did. My face has been breaking out like crazy for the past week and a half and I've struggled with switching back to a cleanser for acne until it clears up, but I just love the way Purity makes my skin feel.

While I really do love Purity and plan on purchasing a 16 oz bottle for myself, it won't officially reach Holy Grail status just because I'm still going to need to keep an acne cleanser on hand for when I break out. However, for day-to-day use, Purity is absolutely amazing. I love that it's a one-step product which is so convenient for when you're exhausted and totally dread the thought of having to do 10 different steps to your face before bed.

I'll also be keeping my 1 oz trial bottle to refill for whenever we go on trips or vacations.. because like I said, it's lasted me over a month. So that will be super convenient as far as packing goes!

Therefore, I give Purity 4.5 out of 5 stars!
RATING 4.5 out of 5 STARS
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I hope you've had a great weekend! If you've tried Philosophy's Purity Cleanser, please let me know your thoughts! As always, I love to hear them!

1 comment:

  1. I love love love this cleanser. I had heard great things about it, but I didn't want to commit to buying the full size, so I was thrilled to receive a sample in my birchbox. I have very oily skin, and this has done wonders for my skin. It doesn't leave my skin stripped of oil at all, while at the same time it isn't greasy. This has left my skin hydrated, balanced, soft, and clean. I bought the full size, and when my mom came to visit I filled up my 1oz sample bottle for her to try. She loves it too, and she has very dry skin.