Monday, 20 January 2014

Review: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Though it is probably the most highly reviewed beauty product on the internet, I wanted to give my tuppence worth on Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, as it has been the only cleanser on my bathroom shelf for a few years now. Despite the price of this classic product putting it in a category slightly above those found in supermarkets and pharmacies, I am an advocate of using a good quality cleanser, after being guilty of the crime of using baby wipes as my main method of removing makeup for years.

Skin type suitability: I don't usually buy into products claiming to be 'suitable for all skin types' and, with this cleanser being a thick, rich cream, I originally thought it would only be suitable for dry skins. However, after trying it, I found it to work effectively on my oily skin and it does not intensify the unappealing shiny look, but makes my skin feel unbelievably soft and moisturised.

How I use it: I apply this cleanser onto dry skin in the morning and evening and the thick texture makes this feel like a very luxurious process. Because of the plant based and gentle formulation, the cleanser can be rubbed into mascara loaded eyelashes, producing attractive temporary panda eyes without the risk of irritation from harsh chemicals. The second step, as the name suggests, is the 'polish' step with the muslin cloth and I run it under the hot tap and gently remove the makeup or general daily grime with it (like an expensive baby wipe). If it has been a specially heavy makeup job, I repeat this process and then splash water on my face to close the pores.

Packaging and scent: The appearance of the casing this cleanser is packaged in is a classic duck egg blue, matte tube with a pump, so the annoyance of squeezing the last dregs from a tube is a distant memory. The cream itself has a beautiful subtle plant smell, and as the picture shows, I was given a limited edition version as a gift from my mum, which is grapefruit and patchouli; a herbal and spiced scent (the only difference to the original). The cloth that comes with the '100ml starter kit' (£14.75) is worth the extra few pounds, as it is gentler than a flannel, but textured enough to have a slightly exfoliating effect.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this cleanser, as I haven't come across better results from any other and it creates a smooth and nourished base ready for makeup.


  1. I've asked for this for my birthday and I can't wait to get it to try it out. I normally use baby wipes too which must be so bad for my skin.
    Such a lovely review! :)

    1. I hope you like it as much as I do! Yeah, it feels so much more luxurious going through the cleansing process than wipes! Thank you, I'm really enjoying getting into blogging! :)

  2. Sadly I didn't get on with this at all, which is a shame because I really wanted to love it! It does smell lovely, and the packaging is beautiful, but sadly it gave me an awful breakout, which I'm only just recovering from!
    I think the shea butter inside it is too heavy for my skin. I was really hoping that the grapefruit and patchouli version would be shea-butter-free, but when I asked at the counter sadly not.
    It's such a shame they changed the ingredients, as apparently the old formula didn't use shea butter, and lots of people had bad reactions like me when they changed it. I'd love to try that formula, but sadly I think that was a few years ago now!
    Lovely review though, very nice layout! Glad to hear you get on with it well :)

    1. Oh no, I have read of a few people experiencing breakouts because of this cleanser unfortunately. I didn't know that there was an old formula- it's a shame they changed it, as it means shame some people can't enjoy it's lovely effects!
      Thank you so much for the comment and the follow, it's really encouraging, as I'm just starting out! :) xx

  3. Sounds like a really great cleanser!

    Ray | Obey Ray

    1. It is really good, I'd definitely recommend it!
      I've followed your blog on bloglovin :)

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