Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee Review

Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee

Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee is a new cleansing gel which contains vitamin C, and hydroxy acid to gently cleanse skin while brightening it up.

Having dull skin I was interested in checking this out to see how great it would be at easing dullness and brightening my complexion!

Take a look!

Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee is affordable budget price of around $5.99-$6.99 depending where you buy it. This is a water based cleanser with a thin gel-like texture that lathers up when wet.

This has a bright, citrus-y scent and a formula which contains hydroxy acid (to exfoliate skin while washing), salicylic acid, and Vitamin C (for brightening skin and dark spots).

Most of these ingredients sound great in theory but I didn’t really notice much difference in my skin when using the cleanser. One thing I disliked was the addition of salicylic acid which tends to dry my skin out and give it a too tight feeling. Lucky enough in my entire time using the cleanser the ingredient didn’t strip my skin too much but it did leave it feeling tight after use.

I’ve been using this over a month now and I’m down to the last bit in the bottle and can’t really say my skin is any brighter or exfoliated after use. I’m still flaky (patchy cheeks, dryness around my nose and cheeks) and my dullness is unfortunately still sticking around like a bad penny.

The cleanser itself creates a nice, gentle lather that rinses easily. It removes basic makeup such as blush and BB Cream easily.

As a basic cleanser it performs quite nicely although is a little drying (or at least for me) but promises of a brighter look to skin, easing dullness, and exfoliating, well, that just didn’t work out so great for me.

I’ll stick to my Clean & Clear Brightening Cleanser which worked much better for me!

Anyone try this?


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Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee 1


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  • 2/25/13 18:00 charlotte:

    The flakes and dullness sound like a need for exfoliation. Most products like this contain acids which irritate (a nice way to say damage) your skin and thus cause the skin to produce more cells to defend itself.. you then have to exfoliate away the dead ones to reveal the new cells underneath. The problem is it just keeps acting upon the skin as long as you use it, in effect creating a continuous cycle of dullness and flaking when used on a regular basis. The entire time you are uncovering new skin the acids are damaging it.. you never catch up. In the case of a cleanser you are applying it every day, maybe even twice. If you have acids in your moisturizer, primer, or foundation it has the same effect, compounded by the amount of products you are using. I have much better results with physical exfoliation, since you can control when and how long it is applied, or using a single chemical exfoliant only for a short period of time when needed.


    • 2/26/13 11:36 the Muse:

      I typically exfoliate once or twice a week but unfortunately still pretty dull and dry 😀 new york winter air combined with dry heat just makes my skin flaky :-/


  • 2/25/13 18:06 Tammie:

    Yeah, I’m with ya. I’ve been using this for a while and while it’s a nice cleanser it’s nothing special.


    • 2/26/13 11:35 the Muse:

      *nods* agreed!


  • 2/25/13 20:19 Michelle D:

    I have to admit, the addition of alpha and/or beta hydroxy acids in a cleanser baffles me. How much effect can they have if they’re only on your skin for a moment, then rinsed off?


    • 2/26/13 11:33 the Muse:



  • 2/25/13 21:54 Amy:

    Sodium Laureth Sulfate could be the ingredient irritating your skin too. It also has a potential to being highly dangerous, sadly…


  • 2/25/13 22:23 yelena:

    you know what cleanser i am actually hooked on now? is the sephora cleansing oil. it just gives my skin a nice clean feeling without stripping the moisture from it or leaving it tight like you just described. :)


    • 2/26/13 11:32 the Muse:

      yelena I actually have it, quite good you’re right ;D


  • 2/26/13 6:52 isabella:

    I guess you saved me some money
    this was on my “to try list”


  • 2/26/13 8:55 Jennifer Sorenson:

    I was excited to try this new cleanser, however I was not impressed.

    It does have a nice texture to it, but it contains lemon which if you go out in the sun it may make your skin have sun spots. It does get rid of make-up.


  • 2/26/13 9:54 Michelle:

    Hey Muse-I just tried a new-to-me product that I think is AWESOME for dry, flaky skin–Paula’s Choice 1% BHA Lotion. I put this on at night & the next day almost all of my flakiness was gone! And ‘NO’ I do not work for Paula’s Choice! I also tried a few other products from this line & have really liked them as well. You have to purchase from the website-that is the only place they are sold. And great customer service, FREE samples & reasonable prices.


    • 2/26/13 11:32 the Muse:

      thanks michelle! Will have to check it out 😀


  • 2/20/15 17:04 Brenda Tabor:

    Love this product & my husband uses it too & loves it. Having trouble finding this product on line & in local stores. A young man in line at Target Mary Esther, FL told me about this product, saying he & his wife used it. Their skin looked wonderful & so much younger. Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee Dull Skin.


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