Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser Review

Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser Review
Bare Minerals says "Transform your cleansing ritual with this beautifully innovative clay-to-cream facial cleanser that combines the benefits of purifying Brazilian red clay and mineral-rich sea salts with the soft comfort of a cream. Enriched with papaya and bamboo extracts, the formula works to gently remove impurities and help detoxify, to leave your skin feeling pure, soft and supple. This skin-enlivening formula is infused with the scent of bergamot and mandarin to help uplift the senses each time you cleanse." I first heard of this cleanser about two years ago and immediately put it on my Wishlist, and finally splurged on it a few months ago. The Clay Chameleon Cleanser contains 120g (4.2oz) of product and retails for $32AUD ($22USD), which is a pretty fair price for a high end cleanser, in my opinion. Bare Minerals is a cruelty free company. This cleanser was made in the USA.

Bare Minerals' Clay Chameleon Cleanser comes in a gorgeously simple white squeeze tube that looks lovely on my sink top. The front of the tube features the Bare Minerals logo, product name, and a list of key ingredients, with directions for use printed on the back. A full ingredient list and more in-depth product information were offered on the (long discarded) exterior packaging. This cleanser's packaging is beautiful, functional, and recyclable, so I'm willing to overlook the fact that it's cap can get a little gunky.
Bare Minerals Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser Swatch
The Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser is a dense pink cream that turns white as you work it into dry skin. This cleanser creates a slight pulling sensation on the skin, you need to use a lot of it to help it glide easily over the skin, causing you to go through the tube quite quickly. Bare Minerals' clay infused cleanser rinses easily with a warm, wet washcloth and doesn't create any sort of residue on the skin. If you've been reading my blog over the last few years, you'll know that I've been loving creamy clay cleansers, hence why I was so hyped to try Clay Chameleon, and honestly I'm kinda let down. Now, there isn't anything wrong with Bare Minerals' offering, it just doesn't stand out among the others that I've tried. The Clay Chameleon Cleanser is neither stripping nor moisturizing, but it also feels like a stretch to call it balancing - I can't put my finger on what, if anything, this cleanser does for my skin. I can tell you that it hasn't caused me any irritation or other ill effects, but it hasn't made a positive impact either. I feel completely aloof about this product. Bare Minerals' Clay Chameleon Cleanser is best used as a second cleanse at night, or as a morning cleanser (my preference), as it won't remove a speck of makeup - in fact, keep this cleanser away from your eyes, or you might be in for a bad, stinging time.

Clay Chameleon's formula is different that most of the creamy clay cleansers that I've tried - it contains much less clay, for a start! This cleanser has a base of water, glycerin, and emollients, with three surfactants (two of them mild, one not so much, but it's in the least concentration of the three), and two clays. Soothing bamboo extract, enzymatic papaya extract, and sea salt are included in small amounts, but due to the nature of a cleanser, they're more frill than function. This cleanser contains fragrance that creates an uplifting sweet lemon scent that's pleasant but unnecessary.

Bare Minerals' Clay Chameleon Cleanser is a disappointment for me. I don't think this is a terrible product, I've just used better cleansers, clay infused or not. I'll finish off this tube as my morning cleanser, and I'll keep admiring it's pretty packaging, but I won't repurchase when it's gone. If you want to try a creamy clay cleanser, I highly recommend saving a few dollars and trying L'Oreal's Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash instead - I love that stuff, and come to think of it, I'll probably buy it when I use up Clay Chameleon!


Ingredients:
Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-32, PEG-6, Myristic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-15-Buteth-20, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Montmorillonite, Succinoglycan, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sea Salt (Maris Sal/Sel Marin), Tocopherol, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).

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