Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review
Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is an über-popular non-foaming gel cleanser that's touted as "the ultimate daily face wash: use on dry skin to dissolve away makeup and grime, or on wet skin as you start your day. The pH-balanced, creamy gel formula is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is left feeling healthy and soft, never tight. Its cleansing power comes from the same gentle cleaning agents found in contact lens solution, so it’s tough on impurities and still safe to use on your eyes. You’ll see." The hype around Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser has been huge..and long lasting. This product has been on the market for a couple of years now, and is still raved about constantly, so I had to try it for myself. Available in two sizes, a 60ml (2fl oz) travel size for $9, or a 177ml (6fl oz) full size for $18. Glossier products are cruelty free, and in the case of the Milky Jelly Cleanser, vegan. This cleanser was made in the USA.

We've all seen Milky Jelly all over Instagram, so I shouldn't have to tell you that this cleanser comes in a cute, chunky, translucent white bottle topped with a pump. The product name and a brief description are printed on the front of the bottle in black lettering - which will rub off pretty quickly. Packaging is recyclable.

Milky Jelly really sums up this cleanser's texture - it's a bouncy, dense, whitish gel that spreads nicely over the skin. Glossier says that their cleanser can be used on wet or dry skin, personally I prefer to use Milky Jelly on wet skin only, as it has much better slip. Used on dry skin, I feel like this cleanser can cause a bit of a drag over larger areas of the skin, i.e forehead and cheeks. I mainly used Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser as a morning cleanser, though I'd occasionally double cleanse with it on light/no makeup days. This cleanser often left my skin feelings ever so slightly tight and filmy, despite rinsing pretty easily.

So many people claim that Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is the *ultimate* makeup remover...and that seems so wild to me. In my experience, this cleanser removes very light makeup only - the kind of makeup your stereotypical ~Glossier Girl~ would wear. That's hardly my style. MJC won't budge dark, heavily pigmented, or waterproof products - it's hardly the makeup removing wonder it's so often claimed to be. Glossier also claims that because their cleanser includes an ingredient commonly found in contact solution it'll be gentle on the eyes, but that wasn't my experience. I found Milky Jelly to be a little bit stingy on my eyes - another reason I wouldn't reach for it for makeup removal.

Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser has a base of water, rose water, and gentle surfactants and emulsifiers. Conditioning ingredients like Allantoin, glycerin, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid make and appearance in the middle of this cleanser's ingredient list, before it rounds out with more texturizing ingredients and preservatives. Milky Jelly doesn't include any additional fragrancing ingredients, but the inclusion of rose water gives this cleanser a soft rosy scent.

I liked Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser more than I expected to. I bought this cleanser partially out of skepticism and though I didn't love it immediately, it definitely grew on me. That being said, I still think this cleanser is highly overrated by Glossier's fan club - it makes a great morning or second cleanser, but it isn't all it's chocked up to be when it comes to taking off makeup - Glossier it's self must be aware of this considering they just released Milky Oil, a companion product meant for makeup removal. I recently finished Milky Jelly, and have since moved on to a different cleanser, but I'm pretty sure I'll repurchase it when Glossier makes it's overdue arrival in Australia. I think pretty much everyone would like Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser, and recommend it if you haven't tried it yet - which seems unlikely at this point!

Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

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