IS Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish THE best make-up remover on the market? Well, I think so. It doesn’t hurt either that this product’s now won over 75 beauty awards including one last week from the CEW(UK) Beauty Awards.
I believe Eve Lom was first out of the starting block with her (also multi award-winning) Cleanser which I’d describe it as a very soft, vaseline type balm. There are quite specific instructions on how to use the cleanser for optimum results and twice a week it’s suggested you follow her signature 7 Step Facial Technique to:
…encourage improved blood circulation, muscle tone and lymphatic drainage, while helping eliminate toxins.
This is easy to do using the Eve Lom Cleanser as it’s so slippy, but not with cream cleansers, so I’d suggest a using facial oil instead. I’m going to try to do this twice a week myself from now on and see if it works – it all helps!
It’s £55.00 for a 100ml pot , granted you don’t need to use much product, but it’s still very much a luxury buy.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish at £24.75 for a 200ml tube, is less than half the price for twice the amount of product. To date, it’s still the only cleanser that I can work into my eyelashes (I wear waterproof mascara and use shadows from my HD Palette as eyeliner, they do not budge!) without stinging – even my beloved Eve Lom Cleanser stung my eyes.
If it’s available, then always buy the tube version of a beauty product and not a pump. Not only are tubes more hygienic than a jar you stick your paws into every day but you can cut down the tube to scoop out every last bit of product, an awful lot seems to collect in the neck of tubes. Wrap clingfilm around the cut part of the tube to seal any unused product and store in the fridge for the last couple of days to keep it fresh.
I always purchase Cleanse & Polish online from the official Liz Earle website if there an amnesty on Postage & Packing or there’s a special offer. Fortunately, there’s a new offer every few weeks on all sorts of products on there so it’s always worth checking out the website. They usually send out a complimentary 30ml mini tube of the cleanser with your Hot Polish order, which is useful for holidays.
Now, thanks to Ruth Crilly’s addictive, funny and informative A Model Recommends website, which I originally landed on for information on the Travalo Spray Bottle, she mentioned this product from Asda.
N-Spa Hot Cloth Polish
Created by Nirvana Spa ‘The UK’s No. 1 Day Spa’ (nope, never heard of them either). It’s a cream cleanser you massage on and wipe off with a muslin cloth dipped in warm water – sound familiar? The first six ingredients are also the same as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as is the consistency of the thick white cream.
There are noticeable difference of course, the Asda version contains perfume (parfum) and yes, it does smell a bit ‘cheap’ to be honest, whereas Liz’s contains rosemary and chamomile extract and eucalyptus oil and smells reassuringly expensive, (WHY is that so important?).
Normally priced at £7.00, it seems to be permanently on offer with a 2 for £8.00 deal, which makes it £4.00 for 150ml.
There’s no argument that Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is the superior product, so I use it only to take off my eye make up. The Asda version states quite clearly on the packaging that is it not to be used on the delicate eye area and I can confirm it does sting (didn’t read the packaging!).
I then use the Asda product for the rest of my face and neck. The products are very similar and the Asda cleanser (used with the Liz Earle muslin cloth only, not the cheapy cloth the comes with the Asda one) works in exactly the same way and my skin is still soft and feels clean afterwards.
I have noticed though, that Cleanse & Polish works by actually dissolving make up and all other cream cleansers, whilst still doing the job, tend to move the make up around and you have to work that bit harder to make sure it all comes off. For hygiene reasons, I use two Liz Earle muslin cloths in rotation and always have one washed and ready to use.
Using these two products together means I can stretch out my luxurious Liz Earle Cleanser and that 200ml tube will last me for ages.