Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Five of the best new cleansers you need to know about


No skincare regime would be complete without the humble cleanser, one of the most essential items in your beauty kit.

Used both in the morning and at night, a good cleanser will keep your skin clear, fresh and glowing. Most importantly, this nifty product acts to sweep impurities away from the skin, which would otherwise act as a barrier to any other products we use on it.

The team at stylist.co.uk has been busy testing out some recent launches - read on to discover our pick of the five best and most innovative cleansers.

The cult classic cleanser

Liz Earle

What: Liz Earle 20th Anniversary Cleanse and Polish Beauty Trio

In summary: New fragrant twists on an award-winning cleanser

Good for: Normal skin

Why it’s making headlines: To celebrate 20 years in the beauty business, Liz Earle has released its cult cleanse and polish cleanser in three new limited edition scents. The indulgent, thick cream has been a cleansing staple of British women for years and is now available in three new, limited edition scents - calming rose and lavender, zesty grapefruit and patchouli and soothing orange flower and chamomile. 

Our verdict: Maggie Hitchins, editor of stylist.co.uk, says, "While some might argue ‘if it’s not broke then don’t fix it’, I quite disagree when it comes to this new take on a much loved classic. Part of a trio of newly released scents, I tried the rose and lavender and loved the sweet scent which gave the much loved Cleanse and Polish an extra shot of indulgence and, as ever, did the trick when removing make-up, dirt and the polluting effect of a day in London from my skin."

Price: £50 for three 100 ml pumps, uk.lizearle.com

The deep cleansing oil

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil

What: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

In summary: A lightweight oil for removing stubborn long-wear makeup

Good for: Normal to dry skin

Why it’s making headlines: Long-wear makeup, such as foundation or waterproof mascara, can be tricky to remove at the end of the day. This new lightweight oil will remove all traces of makeup without the need for heavy scrubbing, which can be damaging to the skin (particularly the delicate area around the eyes). The oil also includes triethylhexanoin, an ingredient derived from the Castor Bean Plant, to leave your skin feeling silky soft.

Our verdict: Anna Brech, deputy editor of stylist.co.uk, says, "It was a nice, smooth way to get rid of make-up – much better than face wipes! – and my skin does feel a bit softer and firmer."

Price: £22, clinique.co.uk

The gentle foaming cleanser

Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Cleanser

What: Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash

In summary: A deep cleansing treatment that won't strip moisture from the skin

Good for: Normal to oily skin

Why it’s making headlines: This new formula from Kiehl's promises a deep cleanse that won't dry out the skin. The emphasis is on protecting the skin's natural barrier, which can often get stripped by harsh soap-based cleansers, while also washing away the day's impurities. The formula is a gel that reacts with water to create a foam so soft that it is even suitable for sensitive skin.

Our verdict: Elinor Block, senior writer for stylist.co.uk, says, “I’m pretty strict with my cleansing routine and I like to feel that my face is properly clean. This one from Kiehl’s lathered up brilliantly, with great control from the pump so I didn’t over soap, and left my skin feeling fresh. I did need moisturiser fairly quickly after but it wasn’t left tight or devoid of any moisture.”

Price: £22, kiehls.co.uk

The Medicinal Cleanser

Erborian Herbal Energy Cleanser

What: Erborian Herbal Energy Cleanser

In summary: A cleanser formulated with a unique complex of Korean medicinal herbs

Good for: All skin types

Why it’s making headlines: This clever cleanser harnesses the power of Korean medicinal herbs to give your skin a deep and invigorating cleanse. It contains six year old Korean ginseng, gingko biloba and ginger, which effectively remove all impurities and toxins from the skin.

Our verdict: Sarah Biddlecombe, junior writer for stylist.co.uk, says, "I was sceptical at first that this medicinal cleanser might sting my sensitive skin, but it had the opposite effect; just one sweep of the cleanser on a cotton pad left my skin feeling smooth, soft and incredibly clean. It also smells incredible."

Price: £26, in store nationwide from Selfridges

The deep working cleansing gel

Dolce and Gabbana Cleansing Gel

What: Dolce and Gabbana Essential Cleansing Gel

In summary: A gentle gel formula to remove skin impurities

Good for: Normal to oily skin

Why it’s making headlines: Dolce and Gabbana developed their skincare line with the sensible motto of "Purify, Perfect and Protect" and this new cleansing gel does just that. Formulated with the brand's exclusive Gold Flavo Silk Tri-Complex, which visibly improves the skin's appearance, the gel reacts with water to create a gentle foam that will instantly dissolve any traces of makeup and dirt from the skin. 

Our verdict: Sejal Kapadia, writer for stylist.co.uk, says, "This cleansing gel formed a really lovely lather that was very creamy. It really cleaned almost two days of make-up without involving much scrubbing or time."

Price: £33, harrods.com



Five new mascaras you need to know about

Foundations you need to know about.jpg

Five of the best new foundations you need to know about


March beauty bulletin; the hottest new products to hit the shelves


Milan beauty blog: The foundation revelation

Tired HERO.jpg

How to banish tired looking skin and maintain a dewy complexion


The slick new apps that promise to streamline your beauty routine



These 6 beauty looks will be absolutely everywhere this Halloween

The most-shared spooky looks on Pinterest, from Harley Quinn to Maleficent.

by Moya Crockett
25 Oct 2016

31 killer beauty looks for Halloween

Scary good

by Anna Pollitt
24 Oct 2016

30 beautiful constellation and astronomy ear piercings

Get on board with the latest piercing trend

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Oct 2016

This is the one reason you need to wash your makeup brushes

Be right back, we've got some cleaning to do

by Sarah Biddlecombe
19 Oct 2016

10 minute morning routines

Ten women on the art of the quick beauty regime

by The Stylist web team
18 Oct 2016

YouTube star Tanya Burr defends the blogging industry

“Bloggers don't deserve to be vilified”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
14 Oct 2016

“I dream in perfume”: Jo Malone on her life in fragrance

The perfumier tells Stylist of how her remarkable sense of smell has shaped her entire life

by Harriet Hall
14 Oct 2016

Harry Potter make-up is here just in time for Halloween

You can now wear a love potion on your lips

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Oct 2016

MAC’s new Nutcracker-inspired make-up collection is truly magical

Totally dreamy.

by Moya Crockett
12 Oct 2016

Tiffany Blue nails are now achievable

"I believe in manicures"

by Anna Pollitt
10 Oct 2016