Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Beauty Review: Purity Made Simple

Who doesn't love products that make your life simple? My skin a few months ago was going through some turmoil - breakouts, dryness, noticeable acne scars, you name it! My skin was going through a vicious cycle because the more I broke out the more makeup I wore. I've been using Cetaphil cleanser for years, but it was too gentle to thoroughly clean off the makeup. It was time to stop messing around with my skin so I finally settled on Philosophy's Purity Made Simple cleanser after reading many positive reviews.

Purity Made Simple is described as a "highly effective one-step cleanser". Deep cleans and dissolves makeup. Well, it's been 3 months and my skin is loving it! Surprisingly it didn't work well with the cult classic Philosophy Hope in Jar (this will be for another review) because it made my skin super dry and tight. Peeling, flaky skin not attractive. But Cetaphil moisturizer and Purity cleanser work harmoniously together. The creamy cleanser really deep cleans my skin and if you scrub your skin for 60 seconds like it says to do your skin feels and looks squeaky clean. It's also clears up nasty pimples right away and has prevented new ones from coming. I chronically break out around my jaw line but since using the cleanser I've had fewer breakouts! It's a tougher cleanser but it's definitely gentle enough for sensitive skin which I have on occasion. $14 (CAD) for the 3.5 ounce bottle is a little steep since I'm used to inexpensive drugstore brands, but it's definitely worth it for me. A little goes a long way - it hasn't even reached halfway through the bottle after 3 months.

All in all, it has made my life simpler! Healthier, pimple-flake free skin makes for less makeup and less time applying makeup! Happy shopping! What do you think of this cleanser? Love it or hate it?


Arianne said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Purity Made Simple. My skin really loves this stuff. It has yet to wash away any of my mascaras, but other than that this is just so yummy :)

psychoexgirlfriend said...

Thanks so much for this! I've been eyeing this cleanser for a while but have been on the fence about buying it because of the price. But you're right about how it's worth it to have nicer skin.

Make-up Junkie said...

Arianne - love it too! Yah, I always use a separate eye makeup remover because I wear waterproof mascara but besides that it works wonders!

Psychoexgirlfriend - you will love it! Let me know if you get it and what you think!

Nicole said...

Well I saw this was kind of the tipping point that made me buy this cleanser
and my skin hated that stuff
it made me get this horrible allergic reaction
i got red itchy bumps ALL OVER MY FACE. D:

Make-up Junkie said...

Hey Nicole,
sorry you had a horrible experience with Purity...that's the thing about skincare - it's personal to everyone's needs and reacts differently on everyone. Expensive skincare is an investment which is why I always recommend sampling it first if possible. Have the receipt still? You should try returning it if it gave you a reaction. If you got it at Sephora they are usually good about doing returns for reactions.

Anonymous said...

I went through a lengthy process of elimination to determine that the Purity cleanser was the cause of the rough, itchy red patches on my face. It was the last thing I suspected.

I did some research on the ingredients. Turns out many of the essential oils and the black pepper extract are known irritants.