MAC Cremewash Review

/ Thursday, December 29, 2011 /
Hey guys and gals,

So a few months ago, I went to a local stand-alone MAC store for the first time in my life. Immediately, this really friendly guy named Li came to help me. I wanted to look at waterproof mascaras, but unfortunately I didn't like the ones they had. Then I asked them if Li had any acne-prevention products, but instead he told me that I needed products to make my face more oily! Apparently the fall/winter's weather had been drying up my skin. He gave me a sample of MAC's Cremewash to try out.

Sorry for the quality of the photos - I'm taking these late at night under lamp light :(

The product is listed on the MAC website here.
Here's what the actual product looks like:

Please keep in mind, that when reading this review, to remember that each person has different skin types. My skin type is combination (my T-zone is oily, but the rest of my face is normal).

When I first tried it, I felt like it was very similar to the Origins Checks and Balances facial wash. Yes, it was very refreshing. The scent was pretty overpowering though. I personally don't like a lot of strong scents in my face washes; I prefer them to be rather plain-smelling.

It definitely was very frothy when I applied it to my face, except it didn't have the minty feel of the Origins Checks & Balances wash. (I'll do a review of the Checks & Balances soon).

Thus, the Pros:
-Very creamy, rich feel
-Removes all makeup

-Price! It's $24 for 3.4 fl oz. I could get my Neutrogena wash for $7, and that is almost twice the size - 6.1 oz.
-Acne breakout - The next day after I used it, my nose broke out in pimples. Real turn-off.
-Drying - right after I used it, my skin started tightening up. Of course, one must use a moisturizer with this...

Overall? I think that if you have $$ to spend, and you have very oily skin but don't have acne, this might work. This would not be a good product to use if you have dry skin. I personally feel that I would not buy the full-size version of this product though. Sorry MAC, I bet your other cosmetics are good, but for me, I'll rely on my drugstore face washes for now.

Have you guys tried the MAC Cremewash? Or the Origins Checks & Balances? How do you think the high-end, department store skincare products compare to drugstore ones in general? Leave a comment below!



{ Alex Elkins } on: December 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM said...

I haven't tried any of MAC's skin care products! Most of my skin care routine is made up of Laneige and even though it is a bit pricey, it really works for me and my skin has never been more silky and hydrated!

{ Med School Girl } on: January 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM said...

@Alex: I'm happy Laneige works for you! I've personally never tried that brand (I can't find it at any store I've been to, even Sephora) but I've heard good things about it. Happy New Year to you!

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