MAR 14 2016

Mereadesso Face and Neck Cleanser

The Mereadesso line offers multi-purpose products for the busy woman who doesn't have time for a complicated beauty regime. Everything is paraben and sulfate free, and not tested on animals.

The Face and Neck Cleanser is the hardest-working multitasker you've ever met. It's a non-foaming, gentle yet effective cleanser with a milky texture. The brand copy describes it as an "all-in-one makeup remover, mask, scrub and toner that will even conquer waterproof mascara." Wow! That's a lot to claim about a single product. But now that I've been using it for almost a year, I can confirm the following about each of these claims:

1. "makeup remover": yes, this does an excellent job of removing all kinds of makeup and thoroughly cleansing your face and neck. But if I have eye makeup to remove, I always follow up with my favourite eye makeup remover (Bioderma's Sensibio H2O Micellar Water). Do you have to? No. I'm just a product nerd and slightly neurotic.

2. "mask": this cleanser amazingly does leave your face soft and moisturized as if you had just used a hydrating face mask. 

3. "scrub": it comes with a machine-washable cleansing cloth which you are instructed to use to buff off the cleanser after applying it. This is the "exfoliating" part of the product: you use gentle circular motions with the cloth all over your face, and then rinse off with water. I would still use a physical exfoliant in addition to this at least twice a week (see my post on Physical Exfoliants to choose the one that's right for you).

4. "toner": again, because I’m a product nerd, I prefer to use a separate toner. But the impressive moisture-retaining properties of this cleanser may eliminate the need for toner for many people, particularly in the warmer months.

It is sold in a reusable plastic pouch that's great for holding everything from the cleanser during travel to your favourite makeup brushes.

One of my favourite things about this cleanser? It smells DIVINE. I actually stop to smell it before applying it to my face - it smells that good. If you can't tolerate fragrance, this may not be an appropriate cleanser for you. See instead my reviews on my two favourite fragrance-free cleansers: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream and Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash.

120ml/4oz (US $45) Click here to buy