Rated 3.64 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review The honest review that you're looking for!
I was happy when I learned that I would be receiving a skin care product as part of the Stellar Product Testing Panel, because as a mother of three kids aged four and under- let's be honest...self care is not exactly my top priority right now. My skin care routine is very basic and minimal, and I wear make up *maybe* once a month...if at all! With that being said, this was also my first BHA cleanser.
Initially, I used the Clear Genius Cleanser once a day: in the evening time just before bed. However using it every day seemed to dry out my (already fairly dry) skin and I eased back in to using it every other evening right before bed. This seemed to work much better, and I almost immediately saw a difference on my nose (hey sebaceous filaments, lookin' at you!)
Normally I prefer to ease a new product in to my routine slowly to be sure that my skin doesn't retaliate. Unfortunately two weeks isn't much time to (honestly) test and review the effectiveness of a skin care product when you're easing in to it, so I dove right in! Thankfully it didn't have any negative effects on my skin itself, and it seemed to clear up my nose a bit!
I am excited to continue using the cleanser, as so far it has yielded positive results! It's also probably important to note that I'm not a fan of strong smells, and I was pleasantly surprised by the (pretty faint) smell of the cleanser. It smells a bit like the salty fresh ocean air, but without the lingering aroma of fish ;)
All in all, I'm impressed! Thanks again to the Stellar Product Testing Panel, I'm happy to continue using this product!
Most Helpful Critical Review Decent Gel Cleanser for the Shower
I started using the Clear Genius Clarifying Gel Cleanser during a busy time as a Mom of two boys, two and under, while trying to move during a pandemic. Using the Gel Cleanser was a refreshing break from our busyness, and helped me feel like I was doing a little extra for myself. I realized quickly that it required a thorough rinsing after, making it much easier to use in the shower over splashing my face from the sink. It has a very light scent and made my skin feel clean without being stripped of moisture. I didn't notice any drastic changes in my skin for the better, but I actually got a few pimples, although it was hard to tell if it was related due to the busy season. Overall, because of how it made my skin feel immediately after using it, I plan to continue applying it occasionally, but not as my primary daily cleanser. Thank you Stellar Product Testing Panel for letting me try it out!
Reviewed by 70 customers LOVE
Brittany from Alabama
I really love this cleanser. Its gel, but it doesn't go on that way, it's super light weight & doesn't dry my face out. I love how thick & foamy it is.
Jenn from Los Angeles CA
Honestly this product is okay, it didn't really do anything for my skin. But i'm not saying that it's bad my experience will probably be way different than yours.
Found my new cleanser!
NatalieK from undisclosed
I wanted to give this new product a try and I'm so glad I did! My skin has never been clearer! There were a few days where I had to wear a mask for 8 hours and I feared I would break out, but this cleanser has helped keep my skin clean, clear, and smooth. I have NEVER seen these results with any kind of cleanser, not even medicated.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because my skin tends to feel a little tight and dry after using it. I have combination skin and typically where it's not oily is where it feels tight and dry. But so far it's nothing my favorite moisturizer won't fix.
Stinks and dries out skin
Ashley from Alachua, Fl
This face wash is not my favorite. It smells like something I would clean my bath tub with, leaves my face super dry, and is really thick. :(
I would buy this product again and again
Madi from New jersey
I wash my face in the morning and at night with this product. I highly recommend buying this product
Lives up to expectations :)
EliannaP from undisclosed
This cleanser is the perfect addition to my daily routine, along with the other clear genius products. So far I've enjoyed using it and it has lived up to my expectations. It leaves my skin feeling clean and looking clear every day. If you're looking for a basic cleanser, I highly recommend this one.
made me breakout
skylarv from undisclosed
Ever since I've started using this product my face has broken out really badly. I waited a few weeks to see if it would go away but it hasn't and now it's too late to return the products. :(
Kelsey from Orlando, FL
I use this morning and night as a cleanser. It's so gentle yet gets the job done. Does not dry out the face either, and has helped with breakouts by keeping my skin so clean.
Al from ND
This cleanser and entire clear genius line works wonders for my sensitive skin!!
Irritating and disappointing!
sophias from undisclosed
I bought this cleanser in combination with the Clear Genius toner after the recommendation from Emma Chamberlain. I wanted to revamp my skincare routine since I've been stuck with the same one for years, and this was NOT what I was expecting. I would say that my skin is pretty resilient and can handle a lot, but the morning after using the cleanser and toner, there was obvious irritation, but I tried to stick out since I thought my skin would "adjust." Two days later, my sister pointed out how red and inflamed my skin was, and my acne had actually gotten worse. I switched back to my old routine immediately and saw my skin go back to normal within minutes. Also, the pump to the cleanser was broken when I got it, and the "gel" toner felt heavy/clogging on top of the skin. I don't want to see any other teens make the same mistake I did!
Not for me
CAILYNS from Charlotte, NC
This whole entire line dried my skin out completely, it was painful! The worst I've seen my skin in a long time.
ACNE BREAKOUTS !!!!
Lè simp from Austin Texas
I only used it about three or four times but right away it caused severe acne breakouts and I literally haven't had acne this bad since high school:,( I got red bumps and pimples all around my cheek and mouth area including the jawline, I'm pretty sad that this wash was so bad because it seemed so hyped up and Emma chamberlain recommends these products so I thought why not let's see what the hype is about..... Anyway DO NOT BUY!!!!!
MarcoR from undisclosed
Works really well. Nice texture, foam and beautiful smell!
DO NOT BUT THIS!!!!!!!
Jell8512 from NY
This doesn't even deserve 1 star...I have sensitive skin and was assured that this would be a good cleanser for me by the lady working at Ulta but it ended up being the worst mistake ever!!! Right after the first use I noticed a red patch of irritated skin right in my T zone and I kinda just brushed it off thinking I rubbed my skin a little too hard when washing but however when I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror to my absolute horror I saw that my entire face was red, hot, bumpy, itchy and swollen all over. It was TERRIBLE and It got so bad that I had to go to urgent care! My face is still swollen 2 days later...SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT USE THIS CLEANSER!!!
I would buy this product again.
Jess from Indiana
I have combination skin, and it does dry out my face if I use it often without moisturizing after. If you are going to purchase this product just make sure to always moisturize after. Overall I really like it, it has a cooling feel on the skin.
emma from raleigh, nc
I'm so impressed with this product. I have really dry skin so I was nervous about trying out this product, but it didn't strip my skin at all. I have been struggling with acne appearing from my mask and this cleanser really cleaned the dirt and grime out of my pores and my skin is glowing. I'm really loving it!
Don't trust the good reviews
Sad from Ohio
Before buying anything I always look into the reviews & there wasn't many for this product but there way a lot of them stating this face wash gave them a heat rash & then some stating it was amazingggg , there was no in-between, so I bought it trusting the good reviews & because I really wanted to try this line & 2 days after using my face broke out into a heat rash. Don't waste your money on this cleanser.
Removes dirt and pimples
NatalieD from undisclosed
It actually works really well, my skin feels clean after each use. It just sucks that we have to wear masks right now. These masks keep giving me pimples and my bliss face wash makes them go away. A never ending cycle.
Love this product
Katie from undisclosed
This is one of the best facial cleansers I have ever used even in comparison to one prescribed to me by my dermatologist. I started using this face wash almost 2 months ago and I love it. I use the wash twice daily along with the bliss toner in the morning. I never write reviews for any product, but this product is amazing in helping my skin. This face wash is also great for sensitive skin like mine because it is so gentle on the skin. 10/10 recommend!!
Unique from Colorado
I've been wanting to try this cleanser since it first came out and I was finally able to get it. My first thoughts were the cleanser is light weight and when I put it on my face I immediately had a cool feeling on my skin.
I've been having hormonal acne so before I used this face wash my acne looked bruised and very red/irritated but this cleanser seemed to take away that irritation.
My skin type is combination. Oily in the T zone and very dry around the chin. I also have rosacea and sensitive skin and this product did not irritate my skin but everyone is different.
Liz from Harrisburg, PA
I normally don't leave a review but for this one I felt obligated. It felt promising just reading what it is supposed to do and using it with the other 2 genius clarifying products (which I haven't had any problems with). But, after a few days of use my face started itching really bad and became highly irritated. Once I stopped using this it went away. I do not recommend for anyone who has sensitive skin. There are better products out there that can help with acne issues. So disappointed.
NOT A GOOD CLEANSER
LO from richfield minnesota
I used this product only in the morning with the matching toner. I used it for about 3 days, on the 3rd day my skin felt dry, tough and itchy. I looked in the mirror and noticed red bumps around my checks, nose and forhead. I have oily, somewhat sensitive skin. Very dissapointed and frustrated about how my skin looks now.
IZZY THE GIRL IN PAIN from Georgia
I followed the instructions and it burns and is drying out my skin with hot rashes that are spreading
RUINED MY SKIN
Hailey from South Dakota
I traded off my normal cleanser for this product to hopefully completely clear my acne up. Caused the worst acne breakouts I've ever had my entire life. My face hurts the the point I can't talk or move my face.
Ken from Los Angeles, CA
This cleanser is great! It has the benefits of SA & didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight whatsoever, so the hydrating ingredients really make up for the potential drying and irritation of AHAs