I have been so excited to write a blog post about this cleanser! Almost every time I took a trip to the Market Street Boots in Manchester, I stopped to look at this cleanser, and I had been debating buying it for a while. A couple of weeks ago I finally purchased the Limited Edition Rose and Cedrat version of the Cleanse & Polish for £20.75. It comes with a 150ml pump, and 2 muslin cloths, and it is still available for purchase at any Boots store that stock Liz Earle products, and also on the Liz Earle website. I tested it every day for a week to get a definitive opinion of the product, and also did some research on the ingredients, and the most effective way to use it.
I’d also like to add a quick disclaimer before I go on to talk about this product; most of the pictures I’ve used in this post are quite dark. This is because most of them were taken in my bathroom where there is no natural light as we don’t have a window in there. The lighting in there is quite terrible for pictures but it’s the only place in the flat where we have a large mirror and a sink! So please excuse the lack of quality.
Above is a picture of me looking very shiny and tired at the end of the day. I’m holding the 150ml cleanser pump. I absolutely love the packaging of this product; it’s very pretty, and I love the floral decoration on the front. The limited edition version is white and pink, compared to the usual teal coloured exterior on the original cleanse and polish (click here for a picture). The limited edition version is scented like rose and cedrat, but predominantly rose. I believe the original version is unscented for the most part, with hints of rosemary and chamomile.
In the picture next to it, I am holding a fresh, brand new muslin cloth. The muslin cloth wipes away the makeup on your face, and also is meant to lift away dead skin cells to reveal ‘fresh, radiant skin’. The cloth has quite a rough texture, but not so rough that it would hurt the skin. If you have sensitive skin like I do, you may feel slightly reluctant to buy this product if you think the cloth will irritate your skin. For me, the cloth does not hurt or burn. In fact the worst it does to me is it makes me look a bit pink in the face for a while. This is only because my skin easily turns pink when it has been rubbed and exposed to heat/warm water. It’s not anything to do with the product itself!
This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and also suitable for vegans as there are no animal extracts in this product at all (bonus!). The cream promises to ‘instantly remove daily grime and makeup, even stubborn mascara, to leave skin beautifully smooth and exceptionally clean’. Liz Earle recommend that you use this product every morning and night for the best result, however I personally don’t have much time to spare on a morning, so I only use it at night.
The muslin cloth needs to be washed in the washing machine at 30 degrees after every 3 uses. This is to prevent the spread of bacteria, and also just to make sure you’re not rubbing old makeup back on to your face! It might seem like a hassle to some of you who are used to using throw away cotton pads, but you do get two cloths in the set, so you’ll always have one on hand to use when the other one is being cleaned!
Cleanse & Polish is a two phase process, the first phase being the cleansing part! You first pump one or two pumps of the cleanser into your hand – you won’t need any more than this. I really want to exaggerate the fact that you get 150ml of this product, and the fact that you only need one or two pumps to cover your face (and neck if you bring your foundation down your neck – I don’t do this) which says to me that this product is going to last quite a long time depending on how often you use it! As I only use it on nights, I feel that this may last me a couple of months or longer, which when put into perspective, you’re basically paying £5 for every two weeks that you use this product!
I then mark areas of my face to get an even spread of the product before I massage it in. I like to put product under my eyes, and on my nose, chin, cheeks, forehead, lips, and also on my eyelids and eyebrows. When massaging the product into the skin, it’s best to work in circular motions from the centre of your face, pushing outwards, and then lastly going over the eyes. The reason why it is best to go over the eyes last is because eye makeup is typically darker than the rest of your face makeup, meaning when you rub the makeup off your eyes you end up looking like a literal panda (just see the pictures below)! It’s better not to get black eye makeup all over the rest of your face, as it can be quite messy. Be sure to really massage the product into your mascara – mascara can be horrible to try to get off. I find that paying attention to my eyelashes for a while when massaging the product in can make my life much easier later on when I’m using the muslin cloth to take it off!
These pictures make me laugh! Look at how upset I look in the picture on the right! By this point in the routine, you should be looking very strange and panda-like, and your makeup should be ready to wash off. I usually wash my hands before going any further because they’re covered in black makeup which I don’t want to get over the rest of my face or on my clothes. I also find that my eyes feel very sticky at this stage – like my eyelashes stick together when I blink and it can feel very uncomfortable. If you feel the same way, don’t worry! It all comes off very nicely once you’ve gone over it with the cloth, and your eyelashes should not stick together afterwards – an indication that most of the mascara should be off your eyes.
It’s then time for phase two of the cleansing process; polishing. You must first wet the muslin cloth using warm water – not too hot, or else it will make the cloth go soft over time, making it fairly useless for exfoliating purposes. Then wring out the excess water, and you can begin to wipe the makeup off of your face.
It’s important to use a clean section of the cloth for every different part of your face – after all, you don’t want to be wiping the makeup you’ve just taken off back onto your face! Usually, you would often rinse the cloth during the polishing process, but for the purpose of the blog post, and the fact that I was using a brand new cloth, I didn’t do this so I could show you all of my makeup that I had taken off on the cloth (see bottom right picture). Every time I use this product I’m amazed at how soft my skin feels by the end of it, and I love that this product also acts as an exfoliator, and has moisturising and toning properties within the ingredients! My lips are very prone to dryness, and despite the fact I use a lip scrub every day and night, and also wear lip balm to bed, I find that my lips are still dry at the end of the day after I’ve been wearing lipstick or gloss. However, when I rub my lips with the amazing muslin cloth, all the dead skin comes off my lips and leaves them feeling beautifully soft! I was so impressed after the first time I used it, and I always make sure now that I really pay attention to my lips when using this product. It’s perfect for every part of the face! As for the stubborn mascara, I always make sure that I wipe my eyelashes both on top and underneath to get every last bit of mascara. I constantly switch to a new clean part of the cloth and rub my eyelashes until there’s no longer any black marks coming off on the cloth. It works so well, and I am honestly so impressed with this product!
Here is the finished result! As you can tell, my skin is very pink – but like I said, this has nothing to do with the product itself, it’s just what happens to my skin when it’s been rubbed and exposed to heat. All of my makeup is gone, even the stubborn bits of mascara! I think Liz Earle have done a fantastic job with this product, and I honestly recommend it to all of you who are looking for a great cleanser and exfoliator!
Here are the before and after shots – only using the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish!
- Removes all makeup completely and thoroughly
- Leaves skin feeling soft
- Smells gorgeous
- Acts as a cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and moisturisor all in one! The cream cleanses, the muslin cloth exfoliates, chamomile helps tone the skin, and cocoa butter moisturises.
- Removes dead skin
- Suitable for all skin types
- Vegan – cruelty free
- Get a great amount of product for the price
- Long lasting
- Muslin cloths are reusable
- This particular version of cleanse and polish is limited edition so it won’t be around forever!
- The muslin cloths must be properly washed after every 3 uses maximum. This can be more of a hassle than using cotton pads that you can just throw away after use.
- The cloth combined with warm water makes me look very pink after use – this is not much of a problem for me as I’d usually be going to bed and no one would see me anyway! If someone with skin prone to redness like mine used this in the morning, without putting makeup on top, they might have to spend a lot of their day looking red and blemishy. Not cute!
For these reasons, I would rate the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish…
4.5 out of 5! It would be an absolutely perfect product for me if it didn’t make me red, and I will definitely repurchase this in the future when I run out – even if it’s for the original version! This is the first Liz Earle product I have ever purchased, and I’m so impressed that I am very keen to try more of their products! The packaging recommends pairing this product with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and any Liz Earle moisturiser, so I think I might have to get those next to see how well they work with the Cleanse & Polish. Well done Liz Earle! I’m very happy with this cleanser!
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