BareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam - review


I've been using this cleanser on-and-off for the last couple of months, but it's really only in the last fortnight that I've started to use it daily.

Reason being, I've had so many cleansers on the go that I needed to finish some before I could focus on this, but I've panned some now and it's been nice to play around with new things.

Anyhoo. This cleanser. I like it in theory because it's a pleasure to use, but in practice it's a little drying on my skin so it's not one I would buy or recommend.

Indeed, I think what I'll do once I've reviewed it is set it aside and then look at including it in Project Pan next year - but for now, I would like to try something else and give myself a few new items to muck around with in the bathroom.

BareMinerals claims/product details:

  • Gently wash away makeup, dirt and impurities with this creamy, foaming cleanser
  • Achieve a deeply cleansed, fresh skin without any associated stripping or tightness 
  • Infused with mineral-rich sea salts, elderflower extract and rosemary extract for a softened, revitalised complexion
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • RRP $32 AUD for 120g or $86 AUD for 250g (so the smaller one is cheaper per gram)


This cleanser is a pleasure to use, but unfortunately it can be drying on my skin so it's not one I would buy or recommend.

It's a white cream that foams beautifully on contact with water, and the foam it creates is wonderfully velvety, soft and rich - it's a really lovely feeling on the skin. I can see why they've called it 'plush'.

It has a light and fresh scent that I enjoy and that's not overpowering, although note that it does contain artificial fragrance (which is fourth-last on the ingredients list) so that's something to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin.

A little goes a long way with this and even half a pea will give me enough foamed product to cover my face and neck, so don't overuse this because a small amount will get the job done and there's no point in using any more than you need to.

The good news is that this product cleans very well, so it's been a good cleanser for those hot days when I'm sweaty (sorry, gross) and need to remove not only the makeup from my face, but also the gunk that's built up during the day. Indeed, this washes everything away very well, and I have no complaints about how it performs: it's very effective.

Having said this, unfortunately it has a high pH (between a 9 and a 10), and although it doesn't contain SLS or SLES, something is making it foam that much and it's possible that other ingredients are making it feel a little astringent on my skin. Sure, it's not terrible, but if I use this twice or even once a day, I can feel my skin start to dry out a little. So for me, I prefer to use this no more than twice a week - otherwise my skin starts to get unhappy with me.

On the claims: yes, this washes away makeup, dirt and impurities; yes I think it cleans deeply, but I wouldn't call it gentle; no I don't think that it doesn't strip or tighten the skin (it does this a bit for me with frequent use); and yes, I do think it softens and revitalises the complexion.

Overall I think this is an effective cleanser that's an absolute pleasure to use, but it's not without issue and it does dry my skin out a little with frequent use so it's not something I can use every day. Still, I can use it now and then without noticing any impact on my skin, so it's not all bad.

Lovely to use but not perfect.

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