E.L.F. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser is one of a few new hydrating skincare options that E.L.F. Cosmetics launched for Spring 2016. I think E.l.F. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser will become instantly recognizable if you use Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm as this is what I’m hearing it most compared to. I have yet to try out Clinique’s formula so I can’t really compare but I do use Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm and E.L.F.’s formula is quite similar to this beloved, Korean favorite.
E.L.F. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser ($10) is a very, very handy little cleanser. This is a thick almost silicon-like gel that you smear onto dry skin and massage on. You’ll use a little water to activate the formula and emulsify it just like you would cleansing oil. As you add more water the formula breaks down into a milky lotion and acts to whisk away dirt, oil, and makeup. It did struggle a little bit with all my eye makeup during my test phase but I typically take off most of my eye makeup before cleansing so this wasn’t a major issue for me. It also gave me a bad case of fuzzy, trippy vision but hey, so does cleansing oil so that wasn’t an issue.
I like the texture, I loved how quickly it breaks own and emulsifies, but I am slightly spoiled using Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil as it seems like this is the only product that doesn’t leave me feeling dry and tight lately. After rinsing I felt a bit dehydrated using E.L.F.’s formula and my skin was already a bit flaky around the cheeks and this seemed to add further flakiness and tightness to the area. I’m going to save this one and use it in the Summer when my skin isn’t so busy misbehaving as I really liked how well it cleansed and how easy it was to use. It’s much like a cleansing oil but presented in a gel formulation versus a liquid one.
One thing that is worth mentioning though is the price. This is $10 for 1.41 oz of product versus Banila Co Clean It Zero which is 3.38 at $16 so you do get a considerably amount more bang for your buck from Banila Co.
It didn’t quite work out for me at the moment but E.L.F. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser will be part of my warmer weather line up. It’s very easy to use and whisks away makeup very nicely without leaving a film behind. My skin is a little too picky to enjoy it at the moment but as the weather warms up I’ll likely be quite happy to have this one around to remove my makeup.
Anyone try it yet?
Available now at elfcosmetics.com.