My Cleanser Line-up: Philosophy Purity Made Simple, Sampar White Velvet Mousse, La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Review

Hey everyone!

We’re over the hump! The week has practically flown by with the long weekend, and very soon it’ll be the weekend again! Today I’m going to share 3 cleansers that I have been using with you. I hope I’m not the only one who has several cleansers lining up in the bathroom, but anyways here we go!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple is probably the most heavy-duty cleanser that I have. It has a very creamy texture, and the smell is pretty light. It is supposed to be a hydrating and deep-cleansing multi-tasker: apparently it should replace your makeup remover, eye makeup remover, facial cleanser and toner. It is also supposed to work on both dry or wet face.

I have tried to use this in many different ways, and I can tell you that I wouldn’t use it on dry face, and I wouldn’t replace my eye makeup remover with it either. On dry face, the texture is so thick that it borders on balling up, and I have to rub my face much harder as a result. I also prefer to use Bioderma or a bi-phase eye makeup remover, because it’s better not to tug on the fragile skin around the eyes. As gentle as you might be when you massage a cleanser in your eye area, it is not going to be less aggressive than lightly pressing cotton pads soaked with makeup remover and then wiping the makeup off.

Other than that however, this is really convenient! Before I started testing this, I used a basic face makeup remover followed with my regular face wash. One step of Purity Made Simple however, achieves the same cleansed result (I check by seeing if more makeup comes off with my toner)! I do take a bit of time massaging my face with this, and once I rinse it off my face is clean without being stripped. I reach for this when I wear full-face makeup, when something lighter simply wouldn’t do!

In Belgium, Philosophy is exclusively available at Ici Paris XL.

Sampar is a young skincare brand from Paris, and the concept behind many of their products is for young girls who have just finished their studies and are working in a big city. The products are meant to combat the environmental strain on the skin caused by the urban lifestyle. You can also see this idea from the skyline of Paris on the bottle.

White Velvet Mousse is supposed to remove makeup clarify skin. It contains probiotic enzymes and AHA fruit acids for a daily mild micro-peeling. The foam is luxurious and cushion-y when you pump it out. It has a very light rose scent. I’m a big fan of rose so I am naturally a fan, but for those of you who dislike rose, the scent is so light that I don’t think it will bother the majority of you. The pump works really well, and I personally don’t need a full pump for my whole face.

I don’t use this ALONE to remove my makeup, and certainly not full-face makeup. I mostly reach for this when I have minimal makeup on, like my eyebrows filled-in and some BB cream. It is very pleasant to use, and my skin does feel smoother and brighter with it. However, if I’m wearing more than some BB cream, I don’t think it is effective enough as a makeup remover. I enjoy it enormously because of the scent and texture, but I do think people would resonate better with this product if it doesn’t claim to be a makeup remover.

If all you wear is some tinted moisturizer/BB cream, I would say go ahead and grab this because it makes cleansing such a pleasant experience! Like most mousse I’ve tried, it doesn’t dry the skin out at all, which is a huge bonus. If you do wear foundation/blush/bronzer all the time however, you might want to look elsewhere. I am personally very interested in trying Sampar Daily Dose Foaming Cleanser, for example. Not only does it look like it has better makeup-removing capacity, but it also targets combination/oily skin!

In Belgium, Sampar is exclusively available at Planet Parfum.

I got a tube of La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel when I purchased Effaclar K (I briefly introduced Effaclar K in the guest post I did for Makeupwithdrawal. Don’t think it’s detailed enough? Fear not. This is a product that I will continue using and hopefully one day I can check back to say all my blackheads are gone). At first I was a little worried about it being drying, but since it is also made for those with sensitive skin, I reckoned it was worth a try. I’m glad to report it does exactly what it promises to do!

I mostly reach for this in the morning when I need just a simple face wash to wash off the night cream and overnight sebum production. It is a clear gel that smells mildly like acid (it does contain citrus acid so it’s not surprising). It is soap-free and with a pH 5.5 that is close to the natural pH of human skin, which means it wouldn’t be too harsh. It foams up pretty well, and when I’m done my face feels fresh and ready for the day! My cheeks are rather sensitive and could react to products that contain acid, but this one is so gentle that my cheeks have not objected!

If you have combination/oily skin and are looking for a basic face wash, I would highly recommend La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel. It does the job exceptionally well, and the lack of soap and paraben should resonate well even with those who have sensitive skin.

Now that I’m done going through my cleanser line-up, it’s your turn: What is your current go-to cleanser? Do you also have several that you rotate? What do you look for in a cleanser?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: Some of the products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

25 responses

  1. Oh wow, three cleansers, I only have one :p. They all seem very nice tho, I never used a mousse cleanser before! My favourite on eis a Paula’s Choice cleanser, it gets rid of everything without being harsh. Can’t help it, but I’m kinda of a PC fangirl, lol!

    • That’s three excluding 2 that I have already reviewed… Insane I know! I really like mousse cleansers, though if you need something heavy-duty they’re normally not quite there. I should look into Paula’s Choice one of these days. A lot of people rave about it!

    • Hey hon, I’v tried that one and I do like it! I started using Clinique when they only had the soap bars available (don’t ask me how long ago that was haha), and it just isn’t too practical (also I was living in Taiwan back at the time. Humidity and heat aren’t soap bars’ best friends). With the gel things look much better!

  2. I’m all about the Nude Cleansing Oil – it’s soo gentle and soothing and even removes my makeup. Best cleanser I’ve found so far and I’m seriously glowing when I use it! (if I may say so myself..) If I’m lazy I’ll use the Nude Foaming Wash (no SLS here either, removes makeup too and is just as gentle). It might only take one minute less but I can use it in the shower, unlike the Oil where you need dry face and hands.

    I still have some of my Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser left, and went back to it this winter when the weather was so cold and dry the Oil didn’t cut it. After using it twice, dry skin was gone!

    Sunny – have you tried the Caudalie face wash? If you like mousse cleansers, I think you’ll like this one. And it smells SO good!

    • Hey Adeline, thanks for the amazing list of recommendations! I’ve read about Nude and Liz Earle, but I haven’t tried anything from them. With all the good words circulating in the blogosphere I’m sure I will though!

      I have tried the Caudalie one! In fact, I think that’s the one that got me hooked on mousse! I’m a bit fan of Caudalie. There’s nothing I’ve tried from them that I dislike!

      • Oh I really recommend the Nude Oil. It’s a bit pricey (I get it through FeelUnique or Naturisimo, although they often have offers on the Nude website) but lasts for ages. Their customer service provides nice samples too if you ask them. Hope Liz Earle is available in Belgium though! (pretty sure it’s not in France, so it’s not reach all of Europe yet..)

      • Hmm Liz Earle is not available here sadly. I just checked 😦

        Also, did you just introduce me to two sites that ship free? I don’t know if I should thank you or start crying lol

      • Ah, yes. I know the feeling! πŸ˜€ (and so does my bank account)

        How annoying about LE! I could also send it to you from the UK so let me know if you ever want to try it. πŸ™‚

  3. I got a sample of the philosophy cleanser from one of my beauty box subscriptions in luxe box! Glad I know it’s good! Can’t wait to bring it around for traveling!!

    I use bare escentuals foaming cleanser and it’s great on taking off makeup too I love the foam!

    • Yay I hope you’ll like it! It’s certainly great for traveling, since it doubles as a makeup remover AND face wash!

      I’ve heard great things about the Bare Escentuals skincare line. I’d love to try it some day, but first I have to finish what I have!

    • Eh, every 3 weeks? That’s a HUGE bottle! I’m saying it’ll last me quite a while even if I use it every day!

      I like Aveeno too. It’s just that we don’t get this brand here 😦

  4. I use only two cleansers at a time, usually an oil cleanser and a cream/gel type. Currently I’m finish up a bottle of Kose Deep Cleansing Oil which I don’t like all that much, but I’m determined to finish and I also used Clarisonic Hydro Cleanser in conjunction with the Clarisonic brush. I would have never tried the Hydro Cleanser if a small bottle hadn’t come with the brush, but now I can’t live without it!
    The ideology behind Sampar is fascinating! I don’t think I have ever heard of a brand with such a specific targeted demographic. How much is that cleanser? It sounds like something I’d totally buy if I lived in Europe!

    • Haha glad to hear you figured out what combination works! I’ve been curious about Clarisonic, but having to find the right combo and the price put me off a little!

      Sampar is indeed a very special brand in that sense! The cleanser costs 29 euros, but there are always sets/discounts on the Sampar website ( I just checked but apparently they’re not shipping out of Europe yet. There is one place where you can find it in the US, but it’s in Cali!

      I’m interested in their Glamour Shot. They have one for face and one for eyes, and apparently it disguises imperfections in a heartbeat! I’ve seen a friend dab it on and the result was amazing! Maybe one of these days I’ll find a tester to play with haha

  5. That La Roche Posay gel cleanser sounds absolutely perfect. I’ll definitely be giving that a try, thanks! I love using gel cleansers after an oil one just for the extra gentle cleanse, to make sure everything’s off.

    Right now I’ve been going for the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, which gets rid of pretty much everything and leaves my skin so nice and soft. It’s not drying at all! I’d recommend that if you haven’t given it a try yet. πŸ™‚ I’ve been trying out the Vichy 3-in-1 cleanser/toner for a little while too and that’s pretty great if you’re looking for a one step, no fuss thing (but it doesn’t work so well on waterproof mascara unfortunately).

    • Ahh everybody keeps talking about Liz Earle it’s got me so curious about the line! From my experience just about nothing but a bi-phase remover or cleansing oil works on waterproof mascara though. I still prefer a bi-phase one because I don’t want to have to massage the oil around my eye area!

      • Definitely try the Liz Earle if you get a chance! I’ve been using Mac’s Pro Eye Makeup remover, which does the job really well and can be used all over the face! I’ve tried the Lancome and Clinique bi-phase removers before and they both sting my eyes, unfortunately, though they were really great at getting rid of the mascara 😦 You always have to be so careful with cleansing oils! I always end up with a film over my eyes when I get them inside and end up not being able to see for a while.

  6. I use a few different cleansers depending on what my skin is dishing out at me for the moment. But I do use the Shu Uemura Balancing Oil Cleanser to remove my makeup. Love that stuff. And I also like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser if my skin is irritated.
    The La Roche Posay sounds like a great one for summer for me though-I love their stuff a lot!

    • I tried a sample packet of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil (can’t remember which! It’s either the pink one or the yellow one), and it’s really pretty efficient! I tried to remove eye makeup with it as well. It worked and didn’t sting, but I still prefer something on a cotton pad!

      You should try the La Roche Posay one. I have been very recently introduced to Effaclar K and this cleanser, but already I know I’ll want to try more!

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