Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dermalogica Precleanse VERSE Napoleon Perdis Foaming Makeup Remover | Product Comparison Review |

For the past six or so months, I have been playing with the idea of 'precleansers'. I am ADDICTED to my Mary Kay 3 in 1 Timewise Cleanser (click on pic below for a review by @jordysbeautyspot [a fellow Australian blogger and friend of mine] below). This cleanser is my holy grail cleanser and I simply do not think i could live without it! I love that it is 3 in 1 and so saves me time and money by removing my makeup, cleansing my skin and providing it with a daily light exfoliation all at the same time! 

 So with one product which does all of the above there is simply no need to go out and buy an additional precleansing product to remove your makeup. But alas. The curse of a beauty blogger. I just haaaddd to go out and test some of the precleansing products on the market. Come on guys. I had no choice. I did it for you. ;) ...One of the greatest things of being apart of the Australian beauty blogging and vlogging community is that it is a FANTASTIC excuse to just buy buy BUY and always be trying new and exciting beauty products. I can justify my beauty product/shopping addiction with the fact that I am helping people be reviewing the product... haha

So the first precleansing product I chose to try was Dermalogica's PreCleanse.

Now, initially I had issues with this product. SERIOUS issues. I had the worst outbreak of ACNE of my entire life around the time I was using this product. It was seriously that bad. I stopped using this product (and all the products I was using at the time of the outbreak) and switched up my skincare. This essentially cured my ACNE, along with various other measures I was taking which can be seen on my ACNE vlogs on my youtube channel. However, since then I have one by one been trying each of the products trying to isolate which product it was that sparked my ACNE. And I think I have isolated the product. It was the Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash I was using at the time. It was simply too harsh a cleanser for my skin. I have a feeling though that this precleansing product did not help the situation, contributing high oil content daily to my face. This is an oil based product so it makes sense that if you are someone with acne sensitive skin or oily skin this may not be the product for you. It does, however, effectively remove your makeup. I have tried this product on waterproof and standard makeup as well as foundation and eye makeup and all is removed effectively. The product works by first massaging the product around your face without any water for around a minute. Then adding some water to the mix. The substance turns a milky a colour once water is added and removes all final traces of makeup (often I feel this is the waterproof makeup dissolving part of the process). Finish by washing the product of the face. Your face is left feeling a little bit oily yes, which I suppose would be quite lovely for a dry to normal skin and would replenish the skins moisture balance. However, for an oily skin (or even combination skin if you are worried about oiliness) I would not recommend this product. With the oily residue however comes the most silky finish your skin has possibly ever felt. Restored and moisturised with the oils of the product, your skin feels supple and soft. As the name 'precleanse' suggests, this is just the initial step of a skin care routine; breaking down the organic compounds of your makeup so that your cleanser (the next step) can penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. The biggest plus this product has going for it is its scent. It smells so divine it could be confused with an Aromatherapy Co. product! Beautiful for an evening (when its use is intended) as the scent is so soothing and calming I am certain it puts me to sleep! The fragrance of the product is Lavender and Chamomile, a combination from another world. Heavenly.

Secondly, I have been trying out the Napoleon Perdis Foaming Cleanser. 

This product would be a much better option for those of you who experience Combination - Oily skin or even ACNE sensitive skin. It is of a lightweight, foaming texture and smells of Marshmallows. The Pump Top packaging makes the product easy and mess-free to disperse, in comparison to the Dermalogica Precleanse which can leave you with runny, slimy oil EVERYWHERE. However, I do not feel this product removes makeup as effectively as the Dermalogica product and definitely does not feel as luxurious on the skin or leave such a lovely soft and silky finish.

The Verdict:
Both products remove both waterproof and standard makeup to various degrees. With the Dermalogica product being the most effective of the two. If you are looking for something with a luxuriously soft finish and do not mind the oily residue, I would opt for the Dermalogica product as I do believe it is the more superior of the two. However the Napoleon Marshmallow Foam is an appropriate alternative for those of you with a more oily, or acne prone skin type who still wish to partake in the precleansing process. 

Let me know which of the products you use and which you prefer.


  1. I love the precleanse! It's easily one of my favourite products from the brand.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  2. Just found your blog and I love it! New follower here, I can't wait to read more of your posts xx

    1. Ill check you blog out too lovely :) nice to meet you! Xx

  3. I have heard so many mixed reviews on the precleanse! One minute I think I'll definitely get it and the next I'm not so sure!!

    Lovely post however, gonna follow you definitely!

    Sofia X

  4. I am looking for a new cleanser so this is really helpful! Thank you!
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  5. Great post! We haven't tried either of these. So it's good to know how they worked. Thanks for sharing doll!

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  7. Nice post, thanks so much for this sharing!


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