REVIEW: L'Oreal Skin Expert Pure Clay Cleansers

by - October 05, 2017

I'm such a cleanser junkie that it's kind of ridiculous. Cleansers and pack masks are the only skin care products that I keep in my bathroom and I still manage to have an entire shelf of skin care. I know, I know, I'm excessive. As soon as I saw that the L'Oreal Skin Expert Pure-Clay Cleansers were being released, I was intrigued... so clearly I had to pick up two. Right? Right? Anyway, I've been using these for a few weeks now and I'm honestly surprised at how different the two are.

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The L'Oreal Pure-Clay Cleanser range contains three different cleanser options, all containing a blend of three mineral clays, and formulated for specific results. I think this was the most interesting thing about these cleansers for me, because I liked the idea of choosing the right cleanser for my personal needs. I only picked up the two that appealed to me personally, but this line also features a Purifying & Mattifying Cleanser with Eucalyptus that could be interesting for someone with an oilier skin type. 

L'Oreal Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliating & Refining 
This cleanser is enriched with Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan clays and Red Algae Extract. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliating & Refining leaves skin with pores looking tighter, and less visible, without over-drying.

This is the first of the two that I picked up because I was hoping it would help with dullness and texture that I was developing as summer came to a close. Because this cleanser does have a physical exfoliant in it, it isn't one that I can use every day because I much prefer a gentle chemical exfoliant for every day use. I use this one about once or twice a week and I think it does a good job. It's not overly abrasive and doesn't leave my skin feeling sensitive afterwards, but it does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. Something that I don't like about this cleanser is that my skin does feel a little bit tight after I use it and I absolutely have to follow with hydration, but ultimately I don't mind that since I'm only using it a couple of times a week. Overall, I'd say that this is a decent cleanser, definitely one worth trying for someone who does prefer a phyiscal exfoliant, but not my personal favorite. I would probably have preferred this if it didn't have the physical scrub aspect to it. Still, good and definitely something I think a lot of people would like. 

L'Oreal Pure-Clay Cleanser Energizing & Brightening
This cleanser is enriched with Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan clays and Charcoal. Pure-Clay Cleanser Energizing & Brightening leaves skin looking radiant and luminous, without over-drying.

I almost didn't pick this up because of the charcoal, because I worried that this would be drying. I needn't have worried - I'm a little bit obsessed with this cleanser. Unlike the Exfoliating & Refining, this is a smooth, rich almost gel-like formula that feels amazing on the skin. I like to use this as a second cleanse in the evening or as a morning cleanse, because it's definitely a skin cleanser rather than something to remove makeup. While it does foam, I don't find this to be drying and actually my skin comes out feeling almost plumped and hydrated after I use it. I did notice that I had a little bit of minor breakouts when I started using this, but they were really small and they went away fairly quickly, so I'm chalking it up to this actually getting in there and pulling buildup out of my pores. Honestly, I could not be happier with this cleanser and I'm definitely going to keep using it. 

Overall, as a junkie for cleansers and someone who really cares about how a cleanser behaves on my skin above and beyond just cleaning it, I think these are a great addition at the drugstore. Personally, think the Energizing & Brightening Cleanser is the one that I'll keep going back to after I get through this tube, but I really like that they have three very distinct options for different needs. And trust me, though I haven't tried the third cleanser in the range, these two that I have are incredibly different from each other and perform quite differently. If you're interesting in trying these, I'd really consider your needs and skin type before choosing which of these you'd like to try.

These are available now wherever L'Oreal skin care products are sold and retail for around $10!

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