--What does the promo say?--
"Ultra mild cleansing gel for blemish-prone skin. Helps purify the skin and regulate oil secretion. Paraben-free."
I was sent a few mini samples of this from online pharmacy Farmaline, which came in a transparent squeezy tube with a screw top lid. However, other users on the web report that the full size has a twist-open lid which dispenses the product in a very controlled way and closes securely. No problems in any case.
Only a small amount of the product is needed - just a pea-sized amount is fine. Lather up, rub it onto the face, and rinse with a damp flannel. Job done.
The gel itself is pale blue, but lathers up to a white creamy foam. Rinses off with no visible residue.
Smells of soap even though it's soap-free. This seems to be thanks to an artificial fragrance used as part of the ingredients. Make of that what you will.
--Texture and consistency--
The gel itself is smooth, not sticky, and the lather that builds up with the addition of water is luxurious and plentiful. This washes off easily and makes for a pleasant experience.
--Effects on the skin--
Skin feels smooth and like oil production is under control. The effect is similar to having had a really nice facial! Over time, acne is reduced.
--Value for money--
With so little product needed each time, one bottle of this would last you ages. Avène is a cult brand in France and is stocked in every pharmacy and supermarket, and it seems that the French are onto something here for sure - I definitely noticed an improvement in my skin condition in just a few days of use. I would definitely purchase a full-size bottle.
Cleanance Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion, £8.75
Cleanance Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion, £10.50
Cleanance K, £10.50
Triacnéal Treatment Cream, £23