Cleansing creams come with many benefits–they’re effective cleansers, but they’re milder than soap. They often contain hydrating ingredients and oils, so they’re suitable for dry skin. They almost sound too good to be true.
Our editing department purchased Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute, a luxury cleansing cream, and put it to the test. We looked at the ingredients and the effect it had on skin and determined whether it was worth the price. Later on in the article, we also talk about how to properly use the product. This is what we learned during testing.
Guerlain Crème de Beaute
Tell Me More about This Cleansing Cream from Guerlain
Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute looks and feels just like a night cream. It’s smooth, rich, and buttery and smells divine. Little surprise, as Guerlain’s a French perfumer founded back in 1828. The cleansing cream comes in a frosted glass jar with gold trim.
As its name suggests, it not only cleanses skin and removes makeup, but it hydrates as well. It certainly looks the part of a high-end product; the question is, does it act the part?
※Depending on where and when it was manufactured, your product may come in different packaging.
How Long Will Guerlain’s Cleansing Cream Last Me?
Sometimes, department store skincare looks expensive, but once you do the calculations, you realize you’re also getting more for your money (hello, Shu Uemura). So we decided to figure out exactly how long it’ll take you to use up a jar of Crème de Beaute.
One jar gives you about 200 ml of product. Every time you cleanse, you should be using about a cherry-sized dollop (2.5 g). Once you run through the math, you’ll see that a jar should last you about three months. That’s not bad at all. It’ll hold out for even longer if you use it as a “special cleanser” once or twice a week.
Putting Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute to the Test
We had a group of editors put Guerlain Crème de Beaute to the test. Specifically, we were looking for the four following factors.
Test ①: Cleansing Power
Test ②: Ease of Use
Test ③: Hydration
Test ④: Ingredients
Test ①: Cleansing Power
What else is a cleanser supposed to do?
Tough on Even Waterproof Products
We tried the cleanser out on the following products.
Products We Tested on
- Waterproof Mascara
- Shimmery Eyeshadow
- Waterproof Eyeliner
- Lip Tint
- Liquid Foundation
Almost everything came off. We actually tested 23 different cleansing creams, but in regards to cleansing power, Guerlaine’s product came out on top, earning full points for its effectiveness.
Only the waterproof mascara and lip tint left behind the faintest bit of residue. While this cleansing cream should be enough in most cases, if you wear especially long-lasting products, we recommend either using it in conjunction with a dedicated eye makeup remover or double-cleansing (following up with a separate face wash).
First Few Uses Won’t Improve Your Blackheads Much
Next, we tried the cleanser out on our pores. We applied it to our nose and massaged in with the pads of our fingers.
Skin felt smooth and clean after we rinsed off. However, we didn’t see any huge different in our blackheads with just one use. Still, judging by how well this worked on makeup, it may be worth it to continue use and see if you notice any improvements in three months (right around when you’ll use up your first jar).
Test ②: Ease of Use
Because the best cleanser is one you’ll actually use.
If Only the Jar Were Easy to Open…
The sleek, stout jar was pleasing to the eye, but it ended up being supremely impractical. We had to twist the cap on and off, but the lid was so big and so sleek it was hard to find purchase. Things only get worse if you have wet hands.
Thick, Slick, and Spreads Readily Over Skin
The cream felt dense and springy. Still, it spread easily, and we had no trouble massaging it into makeup. If anything, the sleek texture reduced friction and protected skin.
Envelops Your Face in a Lingering Perfume
We couldn’t get enough of the scent. It’s hard to compare it to anything, though Geurlain describes it as a mix of the fresh smell of white tea, the warmth of musk, and the sweetness of jasmine.
It certainly didn’t smell like artificial flowers, as drugstore lotions are wont to. Think more the earthier, refined scent of high-end perfume. The fragrance lingered even after we’d rinsed off. If you love perfumes, you’ll appreciate this cream, though it might prove overpowering for those sensitive to smell.
Test ③: Hydration
This product can cleanse; now let’s see if it deserves to be called a cream.
Skin Stays Soft and Moisturized after Cleansing
Skin was soft and supple after rinsing off. It felt as if we had already put on our creams and lotions.
We also used a skin moisture analyzer (the Corneometer) to measure water levels in the skin before cleansing, right after cleansing, and five minutes after cleansing. The Corneometer showed higher water levels in our skin five minutes after cleansing than it did before cleansing, though predictably, skin was the most hydrated right after rinsing off.
Hydration Levels in Our Skin
- Before Cleansing: 42
- Right after Cleansing: 66.2
- Five Minutes after Cleansing: 51.9
Test ④: Ingredients
Because who doesn’t want to know what’s going on their skin?
Has a Few Additives, but the Formulation is Overall Simple
The Crème de Beaute doesn’t claim to be additive-free, but we did notice that there were no dyes in the formula.
And though there were fragrances and mineral oils, we found the ingredients list to be relatively short and simple. We won’t claim that the cleanser is particularly mild, but folks with sensitive skin should be able to use it.
Contains Two Well-Known Skincare Ingredients
Guerlain’s cleansing cream features two cosmetic ingredients: Nigella Sativa seed oil and Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract.
Nigella Sativa seed oil (also known as black seed oil) is particularly impressive. It’s been prized since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It used to be rumored, even, that black seed oil could cure anything but death.
However, it is one of the last ingredients on the list, so you may have to use the cream for a while before you notice any changes.
The Final Verdict: Works as a Cleanser and a Moisturizer. Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute Earns Our Seal of Approval
Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute washed away waterproof products but didn’t leave skin dehydrated. We were pleasantly surprised when we saw that our skin was more moisturized a full five minutes after cleansing than it was before. If your normal cleanser leaves you feeling kind of taut, consider this as a replacement.
In short, we thought this cleansing cream looked, acted, and smelled the part. It is a bit expensive, but it’s worth every penny.
How to Use Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute
Just in case you wanted to be sure you were doing it right.
- Use the included spatula to scoop out a cherry-sized ball.
- Using the pads of your fingers, massage product into your face and down to the nape of your neck, allowing it to mix with your makeup.
- You can then either rinse off with warm water or wipe off with a tissue or a cotton pad soaked with cleansing water.
While double-cleansing isn’t necessary, if you have oily skin/feel that the cream leaves your face greasy, you may want to follow up with a separate face wash.
We put Guerlain’s Crème de Beaute to the test. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it does actually cleanse and hydrate skin at the same time. Overall, it’s a worthy purchase.
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