If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love a strong face of makeup, but finding a single cleanser that can take that on (or should I say, off?) isn’t always easy.
For a while I was – unwittingly – double cleansing, following up my usual cream or gel cleanser with a micellar water to leave my face totally fresh & makeup free, but when I went back to wearing Estée Lauder’s famously bulletproof Double Wear foundation on a regular basis that combo just wasn’t cutting it.
Enter, Pixi’s Double Cleanse.
Created in collaboration with skincare expert Caroline Hirons, the Pixi Double Cleanse claims to make night-time cleansing easy by combining a solid cleansing oil & a cream cleanser into one neat little package.
First impressions were good. I’m a fan of Pixi’s minimal branding & the packaging felt weighty but not overly bulky. This isn’t a small product but since it’s essentially a 2-in-1 item, it should make things easier for travelling for those of you currently squeezing two cleansers into your toiletries bag.
Once you unscrew the lid, you can see the two cleansers, each contained in one tear-drop shaped segment. The design is cute but not exactly practical as I found it quite tricky to get – especially the solid cleanser – out of the narrowest part of the shape.
I’ve never used a solid cleanser before, so was excited to try the cleansing oil, but it ended up being my least favourite part of the product. I found the texture tricky to work with (extracting it with nail extensions is a nightmare) & because it takes a little while to melt down, I often ended up using more than I necessarily needed, which I suspect is why I ran out of the solid cleanser around a week before I finished the cream cleanser.
The cream cleanser itself was good, if a little nondescript. It was certainly moisturising but I did find it sometimes applied unevenly when my face was particularly damp from the previous cleansing step. A richer texture might have made application easier & the cleanser a bit more memorable.
I can’t deny that the Pixi Double Cleanse is effective. The first couple of times I used it, I followed up with my usual cotton pad soaked in micellar water & there wasn’t a trace of makeup left anywhere, which is incredible.
That being said, I won’t be repurchasing it. In part because the textures of the two cleansers just didn’t work for me, but also because I was disappointed by how quickly I went through them. I would say the solid cleanser lasted around a month, which considering you’re paying £24, doesn’t feel like value for money (for reference, my holy grail cleanser – the Algenist Melting Cleanser – costs £32 & can last me up to four months).
I’m currently testing out the Ole Henriksen Cleansing Gelée, which I’m loving, but if you have another cleanser recommendation HMU in the comments below, or on Twitter – I’d love to hear from you.