My skin was on the oily side throughout my teens and twenties. And I always believed that cream cleansers and cleansing lotions are better suited for dry skin. So I wasn’t thrilled about getting a sample of Liz Earle cleanser in my Birchbox last year, but I was curious enough to give it a try. I’m glad I did. My skin is no longer as oily as it used to be. It moved to the awkward stage when it still feels oily on top, but actually is dry(ish) underneath. Foaming cleansers do great job removing surface oil, but they make dryness worse. Liz Earle cleanser is much more gentle. It effectively removes oil and makeup, but doesn’t strip my skin of moisture.
Most of the time I’ve using Liz Earle Cleanser exactly as directed – applying it to dry skin, rubbing gently, wiping cleanser off with muslin cloth and rinsing my face with lukewarm water. A few times I accidentally got my face wet before applying the cleanser. I feel that it reduced effectiveness of the cleanser, but not dramatically.
Liz Earle cleanser is also great for removing mascara. I haven’t tried it with waterproof formula, but it does a great job of removing Benefit They’re Real, which is notoriously difficult to take off. I usually apply small amount to my lashes, and let it sit while I cleanse my face, them remove cleanser (and mascara) with a Q-tip.
Muslin cloth deserves a few words (or it’s own review, but it’s not getting that). It’s one of those things you don’t know you need until you try it. I used it with other cleansers, both forming and cream ones, and I really like it. It helps to remove oil and makeup and exfoliates very gently. I’m not sure what is recommended maintenance for muslin cloth is, but I usually wash it with hand soap or shower gel after each use and toss it into the washer with whites every week or two. From what I’ve seen so far, one cloth lasts about 4 month. After that it looses it’s “gritty” texture. I feel that it’s a bit overpriced though.
Bottom Line: I really like this cleanser. I went through two deluxe samples and a full size bottle, and I’m planning to buy another one. But even more than the cleanser I like the experience of using it. I like feeling of warm cloth on my skin and soothing eucalyptus scent. I don’t think this cleanser is “unique” or deserves a “cult following” that it’s rumored to have, but it does make process of removing makeup and dirt from my face more enjoyable that it was before.