26 Apr 2018

Review: Huxley Be Clean, Be Moist Cleansing Water


I mentioned earlier that I am a collector. I collected and tried over 100 Innisfree products, 60 Belif products and a majority of the Huxley ones. Among them, I have tried out the essences, toner, oil, creams, sunscreen, masks and now… the Cleansing Water and Cleansing Gel! I just bought the Cleansing Gel not long ago so I don’t have a review for that one yet, but I am more than ready to talk about the Cleansing Water that I have half emptied.

Let’s go through this elegant and wonderfully-scented Huxley Secret of Sahara Cleansing Water; Be Clean, Be Moist below.





Huxley Secret of Sahara Cleansing Water; Be Clean, Be Moist is housed in a tall and transparent plastic bottle. The packaging looks really simple but elegant. The liquid inside has a pale green colour that makes the whole thing looks classy.


However, one thing I really dislike about this packaging is that it tends to spill if you place it horizontally or upside down, even if you cap it nicely. You need to make sure that you cap it really tight to prevent any leakage, every time after using it (which is quite impossible).


The product inside is a clear and watery liquid with a wonderful fresh grass scent. It will produce rich bubbles when shook vigorously.



I normally apply it on a cotton pad and swipe it across my face to lift any dirt and impurities. It will leave a tacky finish on the skin so I always prefer to rinse it with water before proceeding to other skincare products.

INGREDIENTS

Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, 1,2-Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betula Alba Bud Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Bud Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Bud Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Propanediol, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

This uses mainly cactus extract as the main ingredient and PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides as the gentle surfactant here. You’ll be surprised of the amount of plant extracts like sodium hyaluronate, orange extract, lemon extract, centella asiatica, and many more that are used here. This looks a lot like a toner than cleansing water. Solvent like water, propanediol, alcohol, and butylene glycol are present in the tiniest amount as listed at the bottom.

PERFORMANCE

works well for eye shadow and non-waterproof eye liner
can take off waterproof gel liner, concealer and eyeliner

Huxley claims that this is a hydrating and effective micellar cleanser, or cleansing water infused with cactus extract from the Sahara Mountain to lift makeup, debris, and any impurities from the skin effortlessly. You can use this when you are travelling or has no easy access to cleansing oil for a quick one-minute cleanse. You can even use this on a cotton pad as your morning cleanser to skip foaming cleanser and hydrating toner!

As you can see, the product removes makeup and debris easily. Except for lip tint, it can take off any stubborn waterproof makeup, mostly attributable to its oilier texture.

However, it is definitely not a great substitute for foaming cleanser and hydrating toner. The product still leaves my skin feeling sticky and uncomfortable. It feels more like a cleansing oil in liquid form, or a diluted form of the Grab Water Essence, so I always feel like rinsing it. Leaving it on makes me feel uncomfortable.

CONCLUSION


Actually I bought this because of the high concentration of cactus extract inside. I am looking for a cleansing water that feels like a hydrating toner. Non-sticky, non-greasy, gentle, hydrating and effective are the qualities I'm looking for in a micellar water. So far only Son & Park fits the criteria the most, if compared to other micellar waters. I thought this Huxley one will work better but unfortunately it did not. It feels quite sticky and uncomfortable on the skin so I always feel like rinsing it. I didn't find it moisturizing or hydrating, even if I just leave it on my skin. Quite contrary, my skin will get dry and tight hours later if I didn't rinse off the cleansing water that is left on it.

In short, I'm not impressed. I must admit that it does a great job at removing makeup and dirt, smells great, and is quick and convenient to use, but that comes with a price too (the cost). It would be more "worth-it" if I can double it up as a hydrating toner but unfortunately this feels sticky instead of hydrating.

Not something I would repurchase as I can find tonnes other makeup removing or micellar cleanser that can do an equally good job without the stickiness, tightness, at much lower price.


Pros:
- effective at removing makeup, dirt, and debris
- smells great
- gorgeous packaging
- contains a lot of antioxidizing ingredients

Cons:
- pricey
- feels sticky when left unrinse on the skin

Overall impression: ★★★
Repurchasing: ☆
You can get this from: Wako Beauty | Kurator | Hermo etc.
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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