A while back I was sponsored by Dermalogica to do a review of their new Clean Start Line. This will be sort of a continuation post, if you need any more information about each product, then click here for my haul. A more indepth explanation of what each product is supposed to do will be listed there. Here, it’s more about what it did.
Overall, I’m one happy reviewer. I loved the line for it’s fresh and clean feel and the packaging while their fruity scents made my morning and night routine enjoyable. The effectiveness of each product was pretty good. I used this line during exams and with an average of about 4-5 hours of sleep, I should have had more blemishes. But nope, I only had one or two during that stressful period.
Let’s dig deeper shall we?
1. Dermalogica Clean Start Wash-Off for Face, Back and Chest
This would be my favourite product of the whole range. A gel cleanser with a zesty orange bang, it feels so good once you foam it up between your palms and apply it to your face in circular motions. After the rinse, it gives a very nice clean feeling and tones down the skin. My complexion just looks better after a session with wash-off and it’s very soft and gentle. As you can see, it doesn’t produce a lot of foam at all, but just enough to pack a punch.
2. All Over Clear – Spray On Toner
I have to be honest, I’m just not a fan of toners. This one smells like lemongrass which I wasn’t a fan of either. Just like any toner I’ve tried before, I really didn’t see much of a difference or feel that different either although it was a welcomed and refreshing spritz in the morning. It easily absorbs into the skin with a few pats and I like the spray on technique, it’s a lot easier without the fuss of cotton swabs.
3. Ready, Set, Scrub – Exfoliant and Clay Mask
I liked it, but I didn’t love it. This is a very fine scrub which is good because you’re going to be spreading it all over your face. Don’t use too much because you could end up on the itchy and scratchy show but the clay really did calm and soften after the rinse off. It smells like fruit loops. Whether it really did anything is questionable but it was fun.
4. Dermalogica Clean Start Bedtime for Breakouts
This is an effective product after a couple of uses. For large zits, it really does help to shrink them overnight but don’t expect Honey I Shrunk the Kids shrinkage, it’s a gradual one over a series of 3-4 days but it does work. I really don’t like the smell of this product, it smells like burnt plastic and if benzoyl peroxide which is a more effective acne medication can smell like soap from the Proactiv, Dermalogica should have smelt this baby first before putting it in this line.
5. Welcome Matte SPF 15 Moisturiser
When you put this moisturiser on your hand, it feels matte, but on the face, not matte. It gives a nice glow actually but I like it for a night moisturiser. It really does seep into my skin easily and it’s a very light and enjoyable lotion to use. Not the best that I’ve tried, but it does the job.
6. Brighten Up SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser
It’s a very light coverage product, probably lighter than any other tinted moisturiser that I’ve tried before. Not a product that I would use in this case because I like the coverage so really, it’s a moisturiser for me which I don’t really need. I didn’t see that much of an improvement in the brightening arena too, but it again blended easily and felt nice on the skin. You’d just have to have really good skin to pull this one off. I don’t have that kinda skin.
7. Smart Mouth Lip Shine
Phew. Last one. The one thing I didn’t like about this was the smell. Smells way too strong and it pivots on the edge of being gross with the orange and vanilla put together. I don’t use it anymore because the smell gets to me. Other than that, it’s a great lip balm, and provides decent shine. Not something a makeup obsessed person would particularly like to use because lipsticks and lipglosses are sometimes fun to put on but as an overnight treatment, it does a pretty good job in keeping lips soft.
Despite some glitches in the smell of some products, or even whether the product was particularly unique, I liked the Dermalogica Clean Start line overall. I think it was reasonably effective but most of all, I’m a sucker for marketing and boy does this line make you feeeeeeel good. :)