Product Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

When did nighttime facial cleansing get so complicated? With makeup remover, precleansing solution, cleanser, toner, and exfoliator, this one seemingly simple step can easily take 10-15 minutes at least. And on nights when I'm really tired, I confess, this entire routine seems too daunting and I go to sleep without washing my face. (One of the ultimate beauty sins, I know.)

Luckily, Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser ($10-$49.50 for different sizes) is salvation in a bottle for lazy-minded girls like me. This gentle but highly effective cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and the lotion-y formulation removes all manner of makeup, dirt, and oil in one easy step without leaving behind any residue. I've been using it for the past two weeks and love how much quicker getting ready for bed is because of it. Purity Made Simple lifts away all traces of mascara and the matte-est, most budge-proof lip colours easily and quickly. I mostly use it at night to wash everything off at once, but in a pinch I'll use it like any makeup remover by squeezing some on a cotton pad and pressing it to my eyes and lips. It works equally well both ways.

I'll admit: Having to switch cleansers and put away Purity Made Simple to test other cleansers for reviews is going to make me pretty sad. It's just that good. And this pleasant re-introduction to Philosophy has piqued my interest in its other products.

Available at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and BeautyMark.

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