It’s review time once again and this time around, I’ll be looking at the unfortunate disappointment that is the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I'm a big fan of Mario B but this product just didn't cut it.
How much is it? $36
How much product do you get? 236ml
Wait, that’s a lie. I do like the bottle and nozzle.
It doesn’t leave my skin feeling clean, fresh or soft. Here’s a pic of the back of the bottle and what Mario B claims the product will do:
Well, this stuff didn’t refresh my skin or clean it very well. As for the Alpha Hydroxy Acid breaking down dead skin cells… no. I wasn’t looking for this to be a super-cleanser that would make my skin glow and leave me feeling ultra-refreshed but I was expecting it to clean my skin really well. It failed.
It doesn’t lather/the consistency is kinda weird/crappy (it’s like a thickened gel). The product states that it’s non-foaming but I did expect it to build up some sort of lather so I could easily smooth it around my face. It didn't.
The smell. Truth be told, lots of Mario B’s products aren’t that easy on the schnoz but their awesomeness makes me overlook the stench. Anyway, this stuff smells like dirt. Wet dirt. Gross, wet dirt. Gross, wet dirt and plants. If the product was amazing or even just good, the scent wouldn’t have been an issue at all. However, the fact is that the product sucks and the icky smell just adds to my dislike for it.
NOTE: The scent may appeal to some!
The price. It’s not super-expensive and like I said, if the product was good, I really wouldn’t care about the price but $36 for this cleanser is $36 too much.
I used this cleanser for a fair while and gave it a proper shot but it did absolutely nothing for me. While I do have acne, I didn’t buy this to help my skin concerns in any way, shape or form – I just wanted a cleanser that would clean my skin well. Unfortunately, it didn't do that.
I will absolutely not be re-purchasing this product. Massive disappointment considering I’m a Mario Badescu fan.
Have any of you tried this? What did you think?