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L'Oreal Leaves Me Smiling, Which Kind of Hurts

  • Feb 9, 2009
Pros: Removes eye make-up
Sudses well

Cons: Sometimes doesn't remove ALL eye make-up
Can leave skin feeling dry

The Bottom Line: This is a nice, simple cleanser to use, especially for those who wear hard-to-remove eye makeup.  It can ocassionally be rather drying.

I seem to always be going from one cleanser to the other, with a few on-and-off favorites that I always come back to, as well as some off-the-wall experimental cleansers that I, well... experiment with.  My most recent purchase was a combination of both extremes: it's not off-the-wall, but it isn't something I've used before: L'Oreal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Gel Cleanser.

About the Product:

This cleanser claims to be strong enough to remove eye make-up (something I admit I rarely worry about) but gentle enough to use around your eye area.  It claims to make skin smoother and more radiant.  These things seem appealing to me, and it's otherwise plain-ness appealed to me most of all.

The cleanser comes in an 8 ounce pink-tinted pump-top container.

My Experience:

I first tried this product out with a full face of make-up and a day's worth of dirt.  I splashed warm water on my face to open up my pores, then pumped a dime-sized amount into the palm of my hand.  I lathered it up and got a whiff of a pleasant fruit and floral mixture that wasn't over-bearing.  I sudsed my face up, starting with my cheeks (I always try to give them extra attention since that's where my pores are the most vulnerable and prone to breakouts) with my eyes open so I could see how the lathered faired.  It looked pretty good, so I closed my eyes and massaged the cleanser into the rest of my face, giving my eyes more attention than I normally do with a face wash.  A few times I opened my eyes after soaping them, and it didn't burn or irritate them at all.  I rinsed with slightly warm water. 

The cleanser cleaned and rinsed well and my face did seem to look kind of vibrant somehow, at least as vibrant as my face can look sans make-up.  My make-up, including mascara was completely removed from my face.  As I generally do when testing a new cleanser, I waited awhile before putting on a moisturizer to see how dry my face might get, but within 10 minutes I had to moisturize; my skin started feeling slightly tight right below my cheekbones and around my eyebrows, the tell-tale places I normally dry-out.  After moisturizing, my face looked great.

After using this product for a few months I have noticed my pores seem slightly smaller, and they don't seem to get as dirty.  The cleanser does really well to remove make-up, though sometimes I still have a bit of eyeliner left over on my bottom lids.  One thing I don't like about this cleanser is that it tends to dry my face out quickly, but my moisturizer does a great job fixing that problem. 

I'm content using L'Oreal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Gel Cleanser as a make-up removing, every day cleanser, but it's not my favorite.  It's inexpensiveness (around $5.00) and overall decent performance will probably keep me stocking it.


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Laura Elizabeth 'Anderson' Brack ()
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I'm brand new to Lunch and looking to get settled. I write on as laurashrti, and enjoy writing product reviews.      I'm a 27-year-old library employee working … more
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Effectively & gently removes eye makeup. Helps enhance skin radiance and smoothness. It gently deep-cleans skin and respects natural skin moisture balance. This gel cleanser is so gentle, it can be massaged around the eye area. Non-comedogenic (would not clog pores).
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