After seeing YouTube videos from beauty vloggers praising this face wash, I was curious if it was the real deal. At $22 for an 8-oz. container at Sephora, Purity is a little pricey (there are several size options). I'm used to paying $6.99 for a 5 oz. tube of L'Oreal's Advanced RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser or getting 16 ounces of Cetaphil for about $10.
Despite the high price tag, the benefits sound great. It is called a one-step facial cleanser because it combines the power of a cleanser, toner, and makeup remover all in one product. This cleanser supposedly dissolves makeup and dirt with a pH-balanced formula that is gentle to the most sensitive skin and even the eye area. I feel that usually "gentle" equals "not-gonna-take-any-makeup-off-and-you'll-feel-like-your-face-has-a-layer-of-grease-still-on-it". So I challenged the Purity cleanser to take on my made-up face.
Both Cetaphil and Purity were successful in taking off non-waterproof makeup easily though my face felt so much cleaner with Purity. Purity was more lightweight, and it seemed like it would be a great year-round cleanser. Cetaphil felt like it left moisturizing residue on my skin. For the winter, this is more ideal because your face tends to dry out during that season. However, for the warmer months, I don't like to feel added heaviness. Neither of the cleansers left my face feeling tight or irritated.
Since I usually wear waterproof eye make-up, the next step was testing Purity and Cetaphil on how well they erase the stuff.
As you can see, black makeup residue remained around my eyes. If you are a waterproof makeup user, then I would not recommend Cetaphil for makeup removal. You will definitely have to use makeup remover as a separate step.
Now onto Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser