Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sunday Riley Charisma Crème Cleanser REVIEW!

I have to preface this review by first stating that I have never been a fan of, or interested in, non-foaming cream cleansers. I have tried a few over the years, but have always felt as though my skin just wasn't getting clean enough. I just always preferred the experience and effects of a foaming cleanser. However, if ever there was a brand that could get me to rethink or reconsider what I was using- it is Sunday Riley.

Charisma Crème Cleanser is no ordinary cream cleanser. It is formulated for normal to dry skin types, and while I lean normal to combination- it works beautifully on my skin.

Non-foaming milk-based cleanser that cleans skin (and makeup!) thoroughly but gently. Silky, lightweight texture with great slip and a mild fruit acid blend that helps to wash away dead skin cells along with toxins, makeup, and debris. Lines seem to literally melt away with this softening, satiny, but non-greasy cleanser. Regenerates the skin and provides vital antioxidant and vitamin-packed protection for a youthful glow.

Skin softening blend of milk and aloe works with multi-fruit acids to leave your skin supple and refreshingly clean. Chamomile, lavender, and green tea soothe, and restore, reducing inflammation
Increases Collagen, Restores Elasticity, Anti-Oxidant, Softening.

I find everything about this cleanser pleasant, effective, and satisfying to use (it smells and feels phenomenal). I tend to use it once a day, and generally in the shower. I let it sit on my skin for the entire time that I'm in the shower- so that the lactose and fruit acids can really do their job exfoliating my skin in the most gentle and effective way.  Then I use my Clarisonic at the very end of my shower and rinse with warm to hot water. The end result is unbelievably soft and supple skin that is very clean. This cleanser is so gentle and non-stripping that even those with the most sensitive skin will be amazed by the results. I alternate using Charisma Crème Cleanser with Sunday Riley's Gray Exposé Cleanser (reviewed here) & Ceramic Slip Cleanser (reviewed here)- depending on the weather, and/or the condition of my skin. I find that my skin is the happiest and the clearest when I alternate between these cleansers. I never expected that my skin could ever feel so soft, moisturized, and cleaned from any cleanser- let alone a cream cleanser! I am so glad that I was willing to be open-minded enough to give Charisma Crème Cleanser a try because it has become one of my skincare staples.

If you are reluctant to try it because it is a cream cleanser then ask for a sample at Barneys- that's what I did, and then I was so surprised by the results that I ended up buying a bottle!

Key Ingredients:

  • Lactose (Exfoliates and soothes the skin, leaving it soft and supple)

  • Acai Oil (Powerful antioxidant with high levels of Omega 6 and Omega 9)

  • Bilberry Extract (very closely related to blueberries, bilberries have high levels of Vitamins B1, B2, and C. They're antioxidant, reduce skin redness)

  • Cranberry Extract (Restores radiance, antibacterial, antioxidant)

  • Green Tea Extract (Potent antioxidant)

  • Aloe Vera (Cell protecting, skin soothing, helps shield the skin from toxins)

  • Roman Chamomile (Long revered for its skin healing properties, great for eczema, irritations, inflammation)

  • Lavender (Anti-inflammatory, soothes sensitive or damaged skin)

  • Mild fruit and sugar-based AHA blend (Naturally exfoliating with gentle alpha hydroxy acids for renewed complexion and soft, smooth, younger skin)

  • Full List of Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis, Lactose, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) Hydrosol, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Hydrosol, Lipid Blend [Cocos nucifera Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, & Euterpe Oleracea pulp (Acai) Oil], Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Organic Multi-Fruit Acid Blend [Saccharum officinarum Extract, Acer saccharinum Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum Extract, & Vaccinium macrocarpon Extract], Camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Mannan, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid.

    Overall assessment: Another winner from Sunday Riley!

    4.2 fl. oz $45.00 at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale's, Beauty.comBarneys New York (Affiliate links).


    1. Thank you so much for this review, which was very helpful and told me everything I wanted to know. I have sensitive and oily/combination skin but think this could work even for my finicky face. I'll check it out!

      1. You are very welcome, Christine. You should try a sample first. Some people with oiler skin don't find this cream cleanser too rich. It didn't break me out when I used it, but if your skin is finicky you might benefit from a sample to make sure that your skin responds favorably.


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