There are many cleansers out there, some of which even go beyond the cleaning duty by offering skin nourishing ingredients. However, many of them have a relatively watery or creamy texture and are not very convenient to use in combination with cleaning enhancement products, such as electric face cleaning brushes.
I personally own a Clarisonic brush and while it cleans well and the experience is nice, it is annoying to use if the cleanser is too liquid or cream like. After some searching, I found the perfect cleanser to use with such brushes, the Lancôme Gel Éclat, which has the absolute perfect texture and cleaning capability for the application.
While I think that owning an electric cleansing brush is not a must, if you do decide to buy one or own one already, having the right cleanser for it can be equally important and could make the difference on whether you will use it often or forget about it. I personally try to (but I do forget) use it 1-2 times a week but I would not recommend using one more often than that, as they can be quite harsh (especially if you exfoliate by other means). However, the good news is that the Lancôme Gel Éclat is a good cleanser even without using a brush.
Let’s have a detailed look.
The Lancôme Gel Éclat cleanser doesn’t come with outer packaging. However, it does come with a plastic seal around the cap, so you will know if it is new or if someone opened it before.
The actual product comes in a white plastic tube that has a shiny finish and the typical blue rose logo of Lancôme. Even though the product is not specially designed, it looks nice and elegant.
A 125mL tube retails for £23 which is neither as cheap as chips or as expensive as some other high-end cleansers. It’s a high price considering the ingredients but an acceptable one considering it is from a high-end beauty brand (because let’s face it we pay for branding most of the time).
One tube will last you around 3 months+ depending on frequency of usage.
Texture and Colour
The Lancôme Gel Éclat cleanser comes as a white thick gel with a silky texture. When it comes in contact with water, it becomes more liquid but still creamy in texture and foams up slightly.
I am against adding fragrance to cosmetics, because it makes them more expensive, adds zero skincare benefit and can potentially cause damage to the skin and irritation. However, I must admit, this product smells amazing!
It has a soft clean scent, a mixture of a powdery and gel-type fragrance that will make you want to use this.
This is an interesting category. The product itself states on it that it is compatible “for all skin types” but Lancôme states on their website that it is for “normal and combination skin types”.
Nevertheless, I have oily skin and this cleanser works well for me. I believe that it is compatible for all skin types with the only potential problematic ones being the drier types. There are two ingredients (see ingredients section) that can cause drying however, there are also high amount of others that can counter the effect. If you have dry skin perhaps try a sample of this first to ensure that it is not too much for you.
This cleanser lasts for 12M which is a reasonable amount of time. If you opened up a product and haven’t used it up in a year, it’s time to declutter.
Here’s what Lancôme says about this product:
“Gel Eclat foam cleanser is so fine and voluminous that glides on the skin to gently liberate the skin from impurities.
Rinse off and rediscover the radiant effect of clean skin.
Normal and combination skin types.
Hydrates the skin for a comfortable and non-drying cleansing experience.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This cleanser is very easy to use. It comes out of the tube easily by squeezing and it transforms to a much more slippery texture when it comes in contact with water.
It cleans really well, even a full face of makeup and it works amazingly well with an electric face brush. Because it is so thick at the beginning, it doesn’t run down or off the brush, even when it’s spinning and vibrating.
All you need to do is put 1-2cm of the gel on a slightly wet electric brush and clean your face. Rinse off afterwards or repeat one more time if you had a full face of makeup on.
Alternatively, place it on your hands, rub it with a little water and then massage on the face. It’s absolutely lovely!
What I really hate about electric face cleansers is the fact that when you wet them and then put some liquid cleanser on, it all runs down your hand and neck by the time you reach your face or during usage. Not to mention what happens when the brush is spinning or vibrating.
This cleanser works amazingly well with electric brushes because it is thick, before coming in contact with water, and it sticks to the brush. It’s a little like a toothpaste sticking on a toothbrush but with a silkier texture.
It also works really well overall, even if you don’t use an electric brush and it leaves the face clean, soft and smelling gorgeous.
This cleanser contains 23 ingredients of which 15 will offer your some benefit (some on skincare and others in cleansing ability etc), 3 potential negatives and 8 irritants.
Overall, the potential negatives are not serious. Even though there are two ingredients that could potentially be drying, the high amounts of glycerin and the presence of other ingredients could counter the effect. I personally didn’t find this cleanser drying but I have oily skin.
The biggest drawback of this cleanser is the presence of fragrance as it doesn’t offer any benefit other than a nice scent and could potentially damage your skin, to an extent.
Although this cleanser is nowhere near as skin nourishing as others in the market, it doesn’t necessarily make it a bad one as cleansers are meant to…clean! You will rinse this product off anyways and even if it was packed with a long list of skincare goodies they would not have enough time (or even the right formulation sometimes) to be absorbed considerably, or at all, into your skin. One could argue that skin nourishing ingredients in rinse off products, such as cleansers, are just a waste of money as they will mostly, or even entirely, end up in the drain. With that being said, if you are convinced that your more nourishing cleanser is helping, you can still use it on the days you don’t use your electric face brush. Win-win.
Lastly, I would normally criticise that one of the promotional ingredients of this product, the Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract, a skin conditioner, is likely only contained in 0.01% or less (because it is listed after Butylphenyl Methlylpropional which should only be contained in 0.01% or less in rinse off products) but then again it doesn’t really matter here. It’s a nice example though that companies can literally contain a dot of an ingredient and market a product around it. This product even states this ingredient at the very front of the tube. But remember, just because something contains ingredient x, it doesn’t mean it is immediately good or it works!
To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that make this product a cleanser and any skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Aqua/Water – Self explanatory.
- Myristic Acid – A cleansing agent that creates foam. Can also act as a lubricant.
- Stearic Acid – Cleansing agent.
- Potassium Hydroxide – Primarily a pH adjuster but can also act as a cleansing agent.
- Palmitic Acid – A fatty acid skin replenisher and cleansing agent, especially good for older skin. Some claim it has anti-oxidant properties.
- Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
- Lauric Acid – A fatty acid that acts as a moisturiser and skin replenisher. It can help fight acne due to its anti-microbial properties but is also anti-viral and a cleansing agent.
- Coco-Glucoside – A cleansing, foaming agent and conditioner. So mild that can be used in baby products.
- Glycol Distearate – A skin conditioner.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Flower Extract – Skin conditioner with possible whitening and anti-wrinkle properties.
- Disodium EDTA – Can counteract the effect of hard water by binding with metal ions and therefore, stopping them from interacting with our skin and hair.
- Rosa Gallica Extract/Rosa Gallica Flower Extract (French Rose) – Skin conditioner.
- Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract – Skin conditioner and protector.
- Myristic Acid – Can be drying. Considered a neurotoxin but only if used in concentrations much higher than was is allowed in cosmetics.
- Palmitic Acid – Can be drying.
- Parfum/Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this cleanser have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methlylpropional.
Full list of ingredients:
Glycerin, Aqua/Water, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Lauric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Parfum/Fragrance, p-Anisic Acid, Tocopherol, PEG-14M, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Extract/Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Butylphenyl Methlylpropional, Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract.
The Lancôme Gel Éclat has the perfect texture to use with electric face brushes and is relatively cheap. A little goes a long way and it makes the skin feel clean and soft. While it’s not a very skin nourishing cleanser it doesn’t really need to be, as most of the goodies would end up being washed off anyways. This cleanser works well even without a brush and is worth a try no matter of your skin type. Be careful though because the scent is so good it’s addictive!
I recommend this product, especially for use with electric face brushes.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
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