March 30, 2021

E.L.F. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
1 stars out of 5

E.L.F. Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser ($6) is yet another disappointing offer from the Holy Hydration Skincare Collection. This collection seemed so promising especially for a dry skinned girl like myself but sadly, the products are not as hydrating as one would expect.

Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser is a gel cleanser that acts to remove makeup and dirt and according to marketing contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. The “gentle” formula removes makeup and hydrates skin for a fresh feel.

This comes in an acrylic paint-like squeeze bottle that holds 3.71 oz of cleanser for $6. It’s very affordable and sounds promising.

The gel formula does contain fragrance but comes across as being fragrance-free to me! It has this weird detergent-like scent. If you’ve used Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser maybe you might know what I mean. It’s sort of an unpleasant scent to my nose. The cleanser has a very light lather which can make or breath a cleanser. I personally like a heavier lather! It just makes me feel like I’m getting my face clean for some weird reason! Lighter lather seems like it doesn’t nothing. That being said, it really is doing nothing in this case…! I typically test how effective cleansers are at removing makeup by going over my face with a cotton pad saturated in micellar water. Each time I used this and swipe my face after I came away with quite a bit of dirt and makeup this failed to pick up. But that’s not the worst part for me.

It does have a good deal of ceramides and HA as promised but they are lower on the list. Sadly, none of that helped me as after using this my face felt so tight and so dry it! Ugh! It was awful! I swear this sucked every single bit of oil out of my skin. That might be great if you have oily skin but as for someone that already struggles with dry skin that would be a big no. I’m pretty disappointed as the marketing is all about how hydrating the formula when in reality all the products I’ve tried from this line thus far are anything but!

There are some raving reviews out there but I strongly recommend you sort them from lowest to highest as a lot of people experienced the same dryness I did!

All in all, E.L.F. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser is being tossed. They can keep this formula. It’s way to stripping!

E.L.F. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser is available now.

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Where to buy

Ulta ELF

E.L.F. Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser is a new, permanent “hydrating” gel cleanser that’s $6 and 3.71 oz in size. This formula is marketed as have ceramides and HA which it does but sadly, all of the hydrating ingredients are quite low on the list. The gel formula produces a very light lather and didn’t do that great a job removing my makeup as some residue was left behind after cleansing. The worst part of the experience was how crazy dry and tight this left me feeling. Not only did it not remove makeup well but it made me incredibly dry!

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Polysorbate 20


  • Affordable.


  • Leaves behind makeup residue after cleansing.
  • Very, very drying.
  • Has an odd detergent-like scent.
  • Very low lathering.


E.L.F. Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser might be appealing to oily skin perhaps but it’s ability to remove makeup well makes it a skip!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kimmwc03

    Interesting. I have been using this for a couple months on my combo/oily skin and I don’t find it the least bit drying. I also found the fragrance light and barely noticeable. I won’t be purchasing again but I like it enough to finish the bottle.

    • Isabella Muse

      Nooo go on my dry skin! I feel so tight after using this! It’s not a strong scent just not a pleasant one. Sort of smells like a fragrance-free detergent, soapy.