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A few weeks ago, I ran out of my beloved Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and, for some reason, kept putting off repurchasing it. It was at that time that I decided to try out the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser. I’d been getting on really well with the Ultra Facial Cream and Midnight Recovery Concentrate and wanted to see if other products lived up to the magic of those two.

I hadn’t heard much about the cleanser before, I didn’t really know what to expect or how well it would perform with my skin, but £16.50 for 150ml seemed like a good deal to me so I figured, why not. My naive self thought this would be a creamy cleanser, like Cleanse & Polish, but it absolutely wasn’t. It’s more like a facial wash – it looks like the kind that makes your skin feel all tight and dry afterwards. You apply it to your skin whilst your skin is wet and it foams up and then I use a cloth to wash it all off. So, nothing like Cleanse & Polish, they’re not really comparable, but I’m still doing a comparison review post anyway.

I usually take off my makeup with a Micellar water anyway, so the Kiehls cleanser didn’t have a massive effect on that portion of my skincare routine. I did keep forgetting to wet my face beforehand so had to somehow splash water on my face with the cleanser in my hand, not quite a dealbreaker but a tiny nuisance all the same. Although the cleanser does foam, it doesn’t strip or dry out my skin whatsoever, which was a little surprising. I was expecting to dry my face and have it feel like it was about to drop off.

I did actually end up really liking this cleanser – as with the Ultra Facial Cream, the cleanser completely stopped the horrible dry skin on my nose but in terms of spots, I’m no closer to having clear skin. It did the job, it cleansed my skin, my skin felt clean, but I was still getting horrible spots and they were lingering for a while. With Cleanse & Polish, it really does get rid of my spots quicker than usual. I prefer the creamy consistency and the scent is much better and more relaxing.

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I still use the Kiehls cleanser, but I have since bought two new Cleanse & Polishes so they’ve taken over the main space in my bathroom. The Ultra Facial cleanser stays in the shower, so that I don’t have to remember to wet my face. I do a second cleanse once I’m out the shower and then carry on with all my skincare products. So although I’m still using it almost daily, I don’t think I’ll repurchase it when it runs out; Cleanse & Polish is better suited to my skin. 

What Kiehls products have you tried?


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