About Face: Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser

Okay, so it’s now officially two weeks since I started using the products I chose for my Sephora Favorites Customized Skincare set. As promised here is my review of the Algenist Melting Cleanser. I wanted to see if this could probably be a replacement to my beloved Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. While this is a cleanser that can be used morning and evening, during the warmer months I prefer using this type of cleanser at night due to its texture. Like the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm this cleanser melts away all of your makeup once applied. The added bonus of this cleanser is that it is fortified with anti-aging ingredients to smooth skin. It starts off more like a gel but once water is added to it, it becomes a creamy lather. I used this with my Clarisonic Mia to make sure I was getting a deep clean and followed up with Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. Usually, I use a toner to clean any left over makeup that my cleanser may have missed, but to my surprise when I looked at the cotton pad, there was hardly any makeup left. My skin still felt hydrated and not greasy. After about a week, I started to notice that my nighttime moisturizers also seemed to absorb better into my skin.

In all honesty, I don’t think that I would give switch from my Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, but I would definitely have this as a backup. The price point is quite reasonable for what this product claims to do – $38 for the 5.0 fl. oz size. You also don’t have to use a lot. However, unlike the the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, you do have to add water and you have to really wash it off. If you’re tired or it’s been a long night, you might not want to do all of that. If you do, here’s a little trick that will save you money. With the Sephora Favorites Customized Skincare you don’t have have to pick 5 different products. You could just pick up 5 of these and it actually would come up cheaper than purchasing the full size product and you’ll get an additional 2.5 fl. oz basically for free.

To see all of the products that I chose to customize my set click here.

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