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The Ordinary - in my personal opinion - is one of the most iconic new beauty brands of the 2010s and this year their long-awaited first cleanser was launched. Obviously I picked up the Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser | £5.50 | as soon as I could, but did it live up to my expectations...?

First things first; the packaging is the usual basic tube that I'd have expected from the Ordinary - it essentially looks just like their moisturiser. It contains 50ml of product, which really isn't a lot for a cleanser, and I feel like my bottle is almost half-empty after just a few weeks of use! For comparison purposes here are some typical measurements of popular cleansers - Oskia Renaissance is 100ml, Fresh Beauty Soy is 150ml and Glossier Milky Jelly is 177ml. Obviously these alternatives are considerably more expensive, however part of this is a false economy because if the Ordinary's product contained as much as these other examples - it would cost £10-18. That being said; they did bring out a jumbo version of the moisturiser, so maybe they'll do the same with this. 

Onto what the product claims to do! There's a rather fluffy description on their website as to how the product works, but essentially it starts as a oil-based cream-balm that you massage onto your skin and then on contact with water, it emulsifies down into a milk that can easily be rinsed off. It's formulated with squalane and other oil-soluble esters to hydrate and plump the skin.

I tried this for a little while as morning cleanser and I think it's nice and does the job. Despite being a very affordable product, the texture feels surprisingly lovely on the skin, melting in beautifully. After use I definitely noticed that my skin was soft and hydrated but still felt nice and clean. I then decided to switch it up and use this as a makeup-remover. I really like balm cleansers but the pots they typically come in are quite impractical for me a lot of the time - I love that this gives me the same feel and effect without the faffing. It does a really good job of melting down my makeup (including black eyeliner and mascara) so it can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth. I usually just go over my eyelashes again with a cotton pad and micellar water, as it can be hard to get right in there with an oil-based cleanser and cloth. However this didn't bother me because I could remove all of my face makeup and the vast, vast majority of my eye makeup using this. It also doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes, which is another 'tick in the box' for me.

This product hasn't changed my life, however I really like it and would still really like it if it was 3-4 times the price it is. My only bugbear is how little product you get in the tube but the formula itself is solid, so I'm declaring this a 'hit'! 

Have you tried / will you be trying this cleanser?

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