Review: Decleor Hydra Radiance Smoothing Cleansing Mousse

(Disclosure: this was sent to me as a press sample.)

Decleor is one of those brands I’ve only ever experienced on the rare occasions I’ve gone for a facial, so I was more or less a newbie to the brand when their Hydra Radiance Smoothing Cleansing Mousse landed on my desk a few weeks ago.

My first reaction was that this seems very similar to Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: like the Liz Earle product, it comes complete with muslin cloths (two of them), which are used to gently buff the cleanser off your skin. The application is similar, too: you just add some water to the mousse, and then gently massage it on to dry skin before getting down to business with the cloth. It claims to be a three-in-one product in that it will:

1. Cleanse: duh!

2. Polish

3. Plump and hydrate the skin

I was most interested in the final claim, because I’m a complete sucker for anything that promises it’ll make me look younger, so it was with great excitement that I started using it about three weeks ago.

This comes in a pump dispenser, and doesn’t look particularly mousse-like until you add water, at which point it lathers up nicely (and smells nice, too). I’ve found that a little goes a long way: one pump is all I need to clean my face, so I suspect it’ll last for a long time, thus justifying the £27 price tag. (QVC, who sent me this, currently have it at an introductory price of £24, but they’ll only be selling it until May next year).

As far as cleansing goes, I’m fan of this type of “hot cloth” cleansing anyway, and I really liked this, the main benefit being that it cleans the skin really gently, so you’re not left with that dry, tight feeling you can get with some cleansers. It also leaves my skin feeling very soft, but, much to my disappointment, I can’t really see any difference in it other than that: there’s no reduction in wrinkles, anyway, so while this works well as a cleanser, I don’t see much evidence of “plumping”. I’d also read claims that it would remove even waterproof mascara, but that wasn’t the case for me, and I’m still using my regular eye-makeup remover with it. (With that said, I’ve yet to discover a cleanser that removes my mascara: I really wish I could, because it would save me some money and free up some space in my bathroom cabinet!)

Overall, this is a lovely cleanser, which is a pleasure to use, but which I probably couldn’t justify spending £27 on. If you want to try it out at the reduced rate of £24, however, click here to buy it from QVC.

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