Wednesday, June 9, 2010

RareMinerals™ Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanser Review

Since I was getting married, I didn't take any risks with my skin and stopped trying out new skin care and face makeup products several months before the big day. Now that all the wedding celebrations are over and I don't have any photographs to worry about, I can work my way through the packages of skin care samples stashed in what the hubby calls "the fufu closet."

The last few days I have been trying out the RareMinerals™ Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanser:

According to Sephora, it is considered a "natural" product because it doesn't have a lot of those chemical ingredients that are bad for the skin. RareMineralsis the skin care line that is part of the Bare Escentuals (BE) family. BE has not done too much to impress me so I usually pass, but this cleanser intrigued me.

The main reason I wanted to try this was because the cleanser is a powder and you mix it into wet hands to make a milky cleanser. The directions say to wet face and hands, then take a small amount of the powder cleanser into wet hands, rub together to form a lather, then massage on to face. The cleanser should then be thoroughly rinsed off with water.

This is what it looks like out of the package:

When mixed with water, it becomes a milky paste:

The verdict? It works pretty well!! It is not lathery or foamy, but that is due to the lack of sulfates, and I will happily give up the foam factor if that means not putting sulfates on my skin. My skin was very clean and fresh after using this, and the cleanser even removed all my face makeup. I found that after I cleansed, if I went over my face with a makeup wipe, there were no traces of makeup left behind. However, you do need to use a separate eye makeup remover beforehand to make sure that mascara, liner, and other eye makeup is completely gone. I also liked that the cleanser has tiny exfoliating granules mixed in to the powder that exfoliate the skin so gently that it removes dead skin cells while leaving the skin super soft. The exfoliants are not harsh at all so you can use the cleanser everyday.

The only negatives? It has a funky smell...sort of like clay...which I am sure I could get used to, and it really isn't that bad. Also, it can be a bit messy. When you mix the powder with water, the milky paste starts to spread and gets all over your fingers. I have nothing bad to say about the effectiveness of the cleanser. =)

Kajal Couture Overall Rating: A-

Kajal Couture Overall Opinion: This product gets props for ingenuity,  having lots of natural ingredients, and for performance. I gave it a minus for the smell. If you are searching for a new cleanser, check this one out...if you are a believer of BE products, you might really like this!

Have you tried any RareMineralsproducts? Your thoughts?


  1. I heard Saturday was a lot more crowded but I wasn't there that day. I went on Sunday. There was a lot of people to me. There was some stuff sold out though by the time Sunday came, like the OCC lip tars in the colors I wanted so I plan on getting them first thing Saturday! Let me know which day you decide to go. Is this your first time going? :)

  2. Ahhhh wish we had Sephora in the UK! I envy you! Luckily managed to find something similar in the UK by a company called Dermalogica.

    Love your blog by the way. xx

  3. Hey Sejal! I love Bare Minerals make up for my skin (I use their foundation), and have been using the Rare Minerals blemish therapy at night. The blemish therapy contains sulfur which is good for the skin but tough on acne. There is absolutely no drying effect, and usually my blemishes are reduced overnight or after 2-3 nights of using the blemish therapy. I haven't tried the facial cleanser, but I'm too loyal to my Olay gentle foaming face wash with aloe since I have sensitive skin and it doesn't leave my face red or tight like most cleansers.

    And responding to DesignerSpray's comment, I have also tried the exfoliating cleanser by Dermalogica that is very similar in that it is a powder which turns into a paste after adding water. Only problem was the high price!

  4. @LipGlossGossip Yes it is my first year!!! I am going on Sunday...we should def meet up!

    @DesignerSpray Ooh but you get so many great brands in the UK that we don't get here....ahh the grass is always greener...

    @Stephanie That blemish therapy sounds awesome...I will have to check it out! I'm curious to try the Dermalogica cleanser too!



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