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I have heard big things about the Murad brand but never got chance to try much from the range until recently when I got a free gift set with a purchase on the Regis website. I got the cleanser in this set and couldn't wait to give it a try.
The cleanser came in a generous sized sample tube with 45 ml to play with I could get a firm impression of whether I liked this cleanser or not. It is a clear product in a pearly plastic tube with orange accents.
What is special about this one then?
The skin cleanser from Murad was made with the specific aim of combating the daily impact of the environment and its pollutants on skin. The Essential C Cleanser fights the environment to claim back beautiful skin and work as an anti ageing skin care product. Packed with the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, the Cleanser provides all the antioxidants to help you win that battle.
What's in this cleanser?
• Phospholipids bind moisture to the skin
• Mandarin orange, Basil and Grapefruit impart a fresh, clean scent
A tube of the Murad Essential c cleanser costs £30.60 for 200 ml on the John Lewis Website. I do think this is a bit expensive for a cleanser.
This cleanser felt silky smooth on the skin. You apply it to a damp face and neck and lather up. It smelt wonderful and the citrus scents leapt out at me. Overall it cleansed quite well. I applied it to a face full of make up and had to use an oil based eye make up remover to get rid of the mascara stains but apart from that it cleansed my skin nicely and it felt a little but not overly tight afterwards. I always use a moisturiser after cleansing though so this was not an issue.
I got a little tube of this Murad Essential C Cleanser in a beauty box, and then I got another a few months later, so I’ve been using this cleanser for a while now. It is quite expensive at £34 for 200ml so I’m glad I got some free! It seems to be widely available online from the brand store at www.murad.co.uk and places like Sephora and Beauty Bay, although I haven’t seen it in-store – mind you, I haven’t gone looking.
The cleanser comes in a simple clear plastic tube which is smart and allows you to see exactly how much product you have left. Mine has a screw lid, but the full-size product has a flip-top lid which I prefer as it is easy to manage. The packaging has orange accents and the product itself is a thickish clear gel with tiny orange spheres inside.
The cleanser is designed for environmentally damaged skin – perfect for someone like me who lives in busy and polluted London. It is meant to remove impurities and irritants, and restore moisture. It contains allantoin, an ingredient designed to soothe and moisturise skin, rejuvenating it to promote a healthy and beautiful complexion. The ingredient sodium PCA helps to bind moisture to the skin. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants, designed to defend the skin from free radical damage while adding nutrients.
The instructions are simple enough: massage a small amount over dampened face and neck, rinse with warm water and pat dry. I found the product to have a pleasant, light citrusy smell; it lathered up reasonably easily and felt pleasant on my skin. It didn’t cause any irritation, did not dry my skin out and was easy to apply and wash off. I used it in the morning only, preferring a more cream-based cleanser for evening.
In general I’ve been impressed with this product. My skin has no dry patches or overtly oily patches, feels in good condition, and looks brighter and more radiant. I don’t have any complaints about its performance.
My only real issue is the price. At £34 a tube it is pretty expensive. Previously I reviewed a Lancome cleanser which, while being expensive, was excellent value for money because I only had to use a tiny amount at any one time. This isn’t the case with this Murad cleanser: I have to use the same amount as I would for any cheap cleanser from Boots or Superdrug.
Overall, if money is no object (!) I recommend this cleanser: it does a good job. However, if you are, like most of us, trying to watch the pennies, then I’d suggest either sticking with a “drugstore” cleanser or going for something like the Lancome product which, while being expensive, lasts for absolutely ages.
So I spotted a 45ml sample of this Vitamin C cleanser attached to the front of this month's Marie Claire magazine, the sucker that I am for beauty products I had to put in my trolley.
I had never heard of the brand Murad before. After Googling, I found out that Murad is a big beauty and cosmetic brand; according to their website, when Dr. Murad began to develop formulas to help patients with specific concerns, he looked to basic tenants of The Science of Cellular Water and discovered three common issues that had to be addressed in order to optimize skin health, regardless of a patient's skin concern: hydration, inflammation and oxidation. Through a "recipe" of ingredients that addresses these issues, Murad products improve and preserve the strength of the cell membrane which is the foundation upon which healthy beautiful skin is built. Murad Vitamin C cleanser aims to cleanse without stripping skin of vital moisture, whilst soothing environmentally stressed skin and gently removes impurities.
This cleanser is available direct from Murad, online or from Murad salons which are dotted around the country. It is priced at £34 for a 200ml or £10 for the 45ml which I received free with Marie Claire!
The packaging is simple and transparent so the cleanser can be seen through the tube. The cleanser is colourless with small orange beads of orange peel oil contained within. The cleanser has a fairly runny consistency -it is in-between a gel and water, so it can be easy to over -dispense this product! The cleanser has a lovely mild smell of orange which is not synthetic or overpowering.
When the cleanser is applied to wet skin it feels fresh and soothing on the skin, along with the fragrance it really does give you an uplifting feeling. The cleanser is light and is easily massaged over the skin, due to the consistency it glides over the skin, without lathering. At first I thought that the orange balls would exfoliate my skin in someway, when in actual fact they instantly dissolve on the skin when massaged. My make-up is visibly being lifted from my skin as I massage this over my face and I can take this over my eyes, without any irritation, to lift off non-waterproof mascara.
This cleanser is easily washed off my face and my skin looks clean and fresh. My make-up has been removed effectively without stripping my skin of moisture; my face doesn't feel tight or irritated. I think my skin does look brighter after using this too, which can't be a bad thing!
Overall, this product achieves all of its aims and it leaves my skin looking clean and bright without feeling dry. I really like it, but I'm not sure I could justify spending the £34 price tag, especially I as I bought the sample for such a low cost. I would recommend people to try use this, but via Marie Claire! I think I will be stocking up on a few samples before the issue is withdrawn ;) Due to the price I will award this 4 stars.
Thanks for reading x
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chitosan Ascorbate, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Rice Amino Acids, Zinc Aspartate, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77492) / This formula contains allantoin and panthenol to soothe environmentally stressed skin and Vitamin C to neutralize damaging free radicals with patented Skin Repair System /