Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: Review

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Pixi Double Cleanse: Review
Created in collaboration with UK beauty blogger Caroline Hirons, the Pixi Double Cleanse ($24 CAD) is a 2-in-1 cleanser designed to gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil. The product is a consistent best seller from the brand and I've been testing it out for a while now and have finally gotten around to share with you my thoughts and review. So to read on, click......

Containing two cleansing products, the Pixi Double Cleanse is housed in a lovely double compartment jar. The packaging is nice and sturdy but I have experienced some issues with the Cleansing Cream leaking into the Solid Cleansing Oil after keeping the packaging standing upright in storage. It's not a huge issue as the products work fine even if slightly mixed together, but I definitely think the divider between the two sides should have been built higher to prevent the cream from traveling into the solid balm.
So as its name suggests, the Pixi Double Cleanse is a two-step cleansing regimen designed to remove all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup. Step one is the "solid cleansing oil" formulated with oils of safflower, avocado, camellia, and evening primrose. It looks solid in the jar but melts to a rich oil upon contact; it is designed to remove makeup and sunscreen.
Step two is the "cleansing cream" formulated with water, caprylic/capric triglycerides (from coconut oil and glycerin) with added vitamin C, peptides, and arginine (an amino acid that improves skin elasticity and renewal). This feels like a lightweight face cream and it is designed to remove any remaining dirt and impurities.
Pixi Double Cleanse: Review
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
To use the Double Cleanse, apply the solid cleansing oil on dry skin, massage, and remove with a damp facecloth. Then, repeat the same steps with the cleansing cream. After removal, my skin feels very soft and sufficiently clean. The duo definitely vanquishes all traces of makeup so even waterproof mascara will remove completely. Although there is no noticeable greasy residue, I would still recommend following the Double Cleanse with a gentle foaming or gel cleanser as there will invariably be some leftover cleansing cream on the skin surface.
Neither the solid cleansing oil nor the cleansing cream removes easily with just water or even water with a foaming cleanser, so you do actually need a facecloth to properly use the Double Cleanse. I personally don't like using facecloths (or wash towels, as some may call them) since you have to regularly wash and dry them. Therefore, I would say that if you don't like the idea of using a facecloth, then the Double Cleanse is not for you.
All in all, this is a good product! The formulation is gentle and effective but it does need to be removed with a damp facecloth. I'm someone that prefers a cleansing balm that emulsifies and removes easily with just water (see Estee Lauder Micro Cleansing Balm and Farmacy Green Clean) but if you regularly use a facecloth in your cleansing regimen, then definitely give this a go!
Are you a fan of cleansing products that require a damp towel to remove? Have you tried the Double Cleanse from Pixi? Share with me in the comments below!

Availability:
Pixi is available online and in stores here. The brand is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.
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