Cleanser Showdown: Review of Six Drugstore Cleansers

            Cleansing is the first and most important step of skin care. Cleansing gets rid not only of makeup; it also gets rid of dust, dirt and pollution off of the face. A thoroughly cleansed face will absorb the next skin care products more easily. That is why I’m quite picky when choosing my cleansers. There are some that disappointed me; but here are the ones that stayed in my collection.

Note: I am a firm believer of drugstore products. (mostly makeup, but skin care as well) That’s why all of these are either found in the drugstore or are drugstore-priced.

 

CRITERIA:

PACKAGING – Is the packaging presentable or pretty enough to give as a gift to someone? Is it fragile? Is it sturdy or flimsy? Is it bulky or travel-friendly? Does it get dirty easily? Is it hygienic?

PERFORMANCE – Is it easy to use/apply? Are the instructions easy to follow? To whom do I particularly recommend this product? (dry, normal, combination, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, troubled, mature, wrinkled skin, men)

LONG TERM USE – Will I use it again or continuously? Will I repurchase it once I run out? Are there long-term skin benefits?

VARIETY – Are there enough choices or variants for everyone? If it is a product for a specific skin type, does it perform well?

VALUE FOR MONEY – In skin care, it does not matter whether the price is high or low; as long as the product works for one’s specific skin needs and/or preferences. But! J 😉 Also, it helps if the brand offers samples or deluxe sizes of their products so people can try it first before committing on the full size. 🙂

Product Name CRITERIA
Packaging Performance Long Term Use Variety Value for Money
1.Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash 5 4.5 3.5 4 5
2.Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam 5 5 4.75 5 4.75
3.Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam 5 4 3 3 4
4.Etude House BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam 5 4.75 4.5 5 4.5
5.Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser 4.75 5 5 5 4
6.Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser 4 4.5 4.5 5 5

Overall Rating:

  1. Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash: 4.4/5
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  2. Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam: 4.9/5
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  3. Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam: 3.8/5
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  4. Etude House BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam: 4.75/5
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  5. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: 4.75/5
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  6. Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser: 4.6/5

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PACKAGING

Out of the six, both of Etude House’s and Missha’s foam cleansers come in squeezy tubes; which makes them not only hygienic but also very easy to use. Cetaphil’s, Eskinol’s and Clean & Clear’s cleansers come in plastic bottles that you can also squeeze to get the product out. I deducted 0.25 points for Cetaphil because the packaging is not as attractive as the others; and out of the bunch, it is the widest. Therefore it is the bulkiest in terms of width. Even the smallest size they have which is supposed to be “travel size” is still too wide and bulky. I gave Eskinol a 4 because the packaging is not attractive at all. It’s definitely not something I’ll instantly be attracted to when I walk along the drugstore aisles. Other than that it is still hygienic and sturdy. Etude House’s foam cleansers have cute packaging; but only the BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam comes in a mini/travel size (50ml) so I can easily put it in my travel bag without the need to transfer it to a smaller container. I still gave both Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam and Missha Cleansing Foam a 5 because although they’re quite big and too bulky for travel; I could easily transfer them to a smaller container because they come in squeezy tubes. 🙂

PERFORMANCE

I already talked about the products’ packaging above so I could conclude that all of them are very easy to use and apply. Cleansers are the easiest to use out of all skin care products because we already know how much product we need to use and when to use them. (Easy.) It’s always the first step of a skin care routine.) Now let’s talk about the performance of the individual products:

  1. Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash: recommended for all skin types, basic facial cleanser, preferably for daytime use, gentle, no tingling sensation, easy to rise off, leaves skin feeling fresh and clean but not tight and dry, has a mild and fresh scent
  2. Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam: different variants for different skin needs, Tea Tree (6) is for acne-prone & sensitive skin, Aloe (7) is for dry and irritated skin, both variants I’ve tried worked well for me and lived up to their claims, favorite foam cleansers I’ve ever tried. (Sadly, I think they’re discontinuing it, at least here in the PH. Hopefully not.), has fragrance (not too intense)
  3. Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam: recommended for oily and acne-prone skin, not for duper dry and sensitive ski. I have dry skin and it works fine; but it tingles slightly which is a bit annoying. (not painful at all) leaves skin fresh, smooth and clean, green tea is also really good for moisturizing the skin and is also an antioxidant, has a stronger fragrance than the others
  4. Etude House BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam: recommended for oily skin, cleanser and exfoliator in one, has scrub beads, not recommended for daily use (due to exfoliating properties), oily skinned people can use it more than once a week, dry skinned people can use this only once a week, leaves the skin squeaky clean and cleanses it thoroughly, has a fresh clean scent
  5. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: recommended for all skin types (even for babies), VERY gentle, has no scent
  6. Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser:: recommended for acne-prone and troubled skin, tingles a little bit once applied (tingling sensation goes away after a minute), helps heal my pimples, has a mild alcoholic scent

LONG TERM USE

Out of the six, the ones I recommend for long-term use are Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam (all skin types), Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser (all skin types) and Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser. (for acne-prone/ troubled skin) They are the ones that gave my skin better results and helped me solve some of my skin issues.

VARIETY

  1. Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash: only two-three variants for their facial wash, this is my most recommended because it suits all skin types
  2. Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam: different variants for different skin needs (12 in total, one for every month of the year)Every-Month-Cleansing-Foam
  3. Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam: Missha has a good variety of foam cleansers to choose from. They also collaborate with different cartoon characters (Line Friends, Wonder Woman, Betty Boop, etc.) so their packaging is always cute and eye-catching. (That’s one way to have fun while taking care of your skin. 😉 )
  4. Etude House BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam: comes in two kinds; blue one is for oily skin and pink one is for dry skin. I’m planning to get the pink one once I run out of this (huge) sample I got because that may suit my skin better. (I have dry skin.)
  5. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: comes in two kinds; a gentle one for all skin types and one for oily skin. The gentle one works fine for everyone.
  6. Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser: Eskinol’s cleansers come in different kinds for different skin needs. (8 in total)

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VALUE FOR MONEY

Clean & Clear Facial Wash ≈ 200 pesos for 100mL of product

Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam = 198 pesos for 100mL of product

Missha Creamy Latte Green Tea Cleansing Foam = 162 pesos for 172mL of product

Etude House BB Deep Baking Powder Cleansing Foam = free (50 mL sample size)

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser = 105 pesos for 60mL of product (comes in various sizes)

Eskinol Pimple-Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser = 80 pesos for 225mL of product

 

All of the six cleansers are affordable but I deducted 0.25 and 0.5 points from Etude House cleansers because of the ratio of the price to the amount of product. The Missha one is much more affordable than the Etude House ones but it did not perform as well as those two so I deducted one full point. I also gave Cetaphil a 4 out of 5 ranking because it is the most expensive of the bunch and some people might not afford it, especially if they are on a tight budget. It comes in smaller sixes though, so more people (especially students) may be able to afford it. (or at least try it)

Overall, my favorite is the Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam. Etude House BB Deep Cleansing Foam and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser come close second. I like the others fair enough but I do not recommend them as much as the previous three I mentioned. That’s all for this post. I hope you liked it.I’ll see you in my next one. Annyeong! :*

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