I picked this up as one of my add-ons for IPSY thinking it would be the perfect size for a short trip and take up much less space in my bag than my regular sized cleanser. Plus I had never tried a Glow Recipe cleanser before and I like to use the travel sized versions to get a feel for a product before I commit to an entire full sized bottle. I find it helps me waste less product. I can try things out on my skin and decide if it is right for me as travel sized products generally have enough inside them to allow me to do just that.
I have a mixed reaction to many Glow recipe products. While they all work well, sometimes the scent gets in the way. I’ve loved all of the watermelon scented items I’ve tried (both scent wise and product wise) but with the Pineapple serum it was another story. While that one worked really well and I loved the way it made my skin feel, I just couldn’t get past the scent. Every sniff told me I was smearing sticky sweet syrup on my face and I just couldn’t take it. So when I picked up the Blueberry Bounce, I was more worried about the scent than how it performed. So I opened and sniffed.
Would it be sweet as pie or subtle and clean?
The scent was oddly familiar, yet I couldn’t place it. I took a second sniff. After a moment of thought, I knew exactly what it smelled like. Does anyone remember those Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 1980s that had a scent to their plastic bodies? I think it was somehow impressed into the plastic so it had an odd fruity, plastic smell? Well Strawberry Shortcake had a friend named Blueberry Muffin. This Cleanser smells exactly like that doll, although I think the plastic scent comes from the bottle not the product.
I have to admit, I find the scent oddly appealing. More importantly it isn’t too sweet for me. I don’t feel bad about using it to get clean. So, now that I know the scent doesn’t bother me, what claims does it make?
This 3-in-1 cleanser functions as a makeup eraser, daily face wash, and a deep clarifying mask too. It’s got a totally unique texture—a light, bouncy gel that builds into hydrating, micro-foaming bubbles that deeply cleanse without over-drying your skin. Once you rinse, your face will feel supple, not stripped of moisture. It’s loaded with antioxidant-rich blueberry extract to protect skin and soothe inflammation. A mix of gentle exfoliating acids get rid of dead skin cells for clearer skin and smaller pores. This clean formula is free from parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, and synthetic dyes.
I can say right away, it does have an odd gel like texture. The gel sort of melts a little in your hand, but never really becomes a liquid. I suppose it might if you hold it a long time, but I don’t know why you would hold it that long.
On the face, it became more soapy than foamy which I guess is what they are calling mirco foaming. It washed my face well and rinsed off without leaving a residue on the skin. When I used it after removing my makeup, it was a nice gentle cleanser. It performed well.
When I tried using the cleanser with make-up on however, the cleanser did well with face make up, leaving only a little behind, but it was not very good with mascara or darker red lipstick. To get those off I had to go back in with my cleansing balm. It is a very good gentle cleanser and I think if you wanted to wash your face after the gym before applying makeup just to get the sweat off without stripping the skin, it would be a good product to use.
Since I am at the gym a lot these days, that does make it quite useful to me. Well I was at the gym a lot. Now I am sweating while walking outside, so it will still be used post workout, just in a slightly different way.
As a primary cleanser, I have to say it leaves too much makeup behind for me to use unless I am double cleansing. While I’m always happy to find another product that can be added to my gym bag, for when the gym reopens, I’m afraid that this probably won’t be joining my daily skin care team.