Saturday, November 6, 2010

Review: Exuviance Introductory Collection - Sensitive / Dry Skin

I was recently (ok, not so recently, but it was slightly recent) sent the Exuviance Introductory Collection for Sensitive/Dry Skin. I've been a fan of the Exuviance line for quite awhile. I was first introduced to them when I worked at ULTA. We almost always used the Cleansing Gel to remove makeup on clients. It removed everything and didn't sting the skin or eyes. And of course, I love their foundation as well. Since my skin tends to be on the drier side, I was sent the above collection for review.

You might also remember, that I was breaking out more. Now, I have absolutely no problem giving negative reviews but knowing that their products in general have never broken me out I wanted to give it more time.

Well, after testing that new makeup removing gel (which I still love), I discovered the problem. This sensitive skin formula does not remove makeup. It is super super gentle. Actually, yesterday when I was randomly offered a job at one of my local beauty stores, I told the sales associate about this stuff because if you do have extremely sensitive skin this is the cleanser/toner for you. I'll get into the lotions in a minute.

First of all, sometimes cleansers can cause my skin to get a bit of a prickling sensation, not completely uncomfortable but on others it could burn or sting. Not with this. And not even with the toner. I accidentally got some of both of these products in my eyes and they didn't sting! My house has really hard water and sometimes in the mornings the water itself will make my eyes sting. Not this stuff.

So, I'm a huge fan of the cleanser and toner but they absolutely need a separate item to remove your makeup. Personally, I'd rebuy the toner but not the cleanser. I'd prefer to use their gel cleanser which removes makeup but isn't irritating to cut down a step as I am super lazy.

The lotions weren't my favorite. They are heavily fragranced and while they didn't break me out, the night one seemed slightly too thick and the day slightly too thin. I'd rather use a separate moisturizer and sunscreen just so I can overdo the moisture and not have issues with piling on my face or a white case. And I honestly couldn't tell a difference using the eye creams but it is possible they just didn't have enough product to use it for an extended time to tell the difference.

Even though I wasn't crazy about this kit, I love love love the Exuviance line. I'd recommend not getting the kits and instead mixing and matching different products in all of the lines they carry to find the right combo that works for you. For me, the best combination is the Cleansing Gel and the Soothing Toning Lotion and lately for a moisturizer I've been loving my SkinMDNatural (on my 2nd bottle!).

Disclosure: These products were sent by the brand's PR for review purposes.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Great fair and balanced review. I like it that you tell it like you find it. And actually, I've never heard of this brand before.

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