GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
SIZE 5 oz/ 150 mL
I was so eager to try a makeup remover that “melts” off your makeup, that in retrospect I should have paid more attention to Algenist’s formula. The advertised ingredients on Algenist’s Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser are Alguronic Acid and Microalgae Oil. Respectively, the oil based compound of the formula didn’t sit well with me, Alguronic Acid is apart of the ‘Anti-Aging’ segment and that is not considered a physical attribute of the cleanser. This is the first time I’ve tried an oil based cleanser and it will be definitely be my last. I was curious to see what other users liked about this product and to me the running theme was simply; skin type. The formula is a thick oil which you apply to a dry face and then rub with wet hands to create the milky emulsion which is then rinsed. Personally, I felt really grossed out by the oily film that was left on my skin after completing the steps. One review suggested a hot cloth after the process to relieve the redness of dry, sensitive skin while minimizing pores. I’m definitely going to give this cleanser another shot come the winter months. Right now my skin doesn’t need an excessive amount of moisture because of the summer season where it leans more on the oil scale. This product may work for you and it may not, I think a lot has to do with preference as well as skin type. I have agreed to put the plastic smell to the side… people say it’s vanilla and sweet but I won’t get your hopes up.
It is worth mentioning that this cleanser does a poor job of removing eye and face make up. I’ve looked in the mirror a few times and saw the Joker. As you can envision in your mind, my ‘stubborn’ makeup mostly just smudges and smears all over my face creating a dramatic look of “Walking Through a Hurricane After a Night Out”. It is not cute. BUT, I will say that even after another wash with a different cleanser, my skin feels noticeably softer and hydrated. I’m going to give this product 2 stars only because it has the opportunity to redeem themselves to 3. Once the winter months come around I will try the hot towel remedy and if it turns out to be the missing link then I will give up no more than a star. Admittedly, I don't have much faith in this cleanser and would rather spend my coins (Algenist’s 150ML bottle retails for $38 at Sephora) on one that just works for me with no extra frills involved in the process.