Disclosure: This product was passed on to me by a friend.
Whilst I've been a lover of MAC's Cleanse Off Oil for quite some time, I've never really ventured into trying any of their other skincare products. Quite a few of them are listed in cult favourite lists, but for me, MAC is for makeup, not for skincare. So when a friend passed on her bottle of Green Gel Cleanser, I was curious to see how good it is.
Described as a "fresh, vibrant, skin tingling cleanser", it's a foaming gel format. The product description really emphasises the freshness and lightness of it, so it's definitely designed to be more clarifying and less moisturising.
Firstly, I really dislike the packaging of this product. It's encased in a simple squeezy bottle, with a fairly large hole in the top, and a rubberised, tight fitting cap. The problem I have with it is down to the squeezy bottle and the large aperture; squeezing the bottle gently invariably results in a big glob of product being dispensed into my palm. I strongly suspect that this is causing me to work my way through the bottle faster than I should be!
Once lathered up, the gel makes a very light, watery foam. You do need to use a fair bit of water to get it to lather; too little and you get virtually no bubbles, and a product that doesn't slip on the skin, but once foamy it drips off the hands and face, giving you little time to work it into the skin.
Applied to the face and sluiced off with plenty of water, it's rather good; it leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh, and most importantly, with no tightness or dryness at all. That said, I'm not sure that it's really doing much towards deep cleansing: my skin feels clean, but not really clean.
All in all, this is a pretty decent face wash which would be greatly improved by more usable packaging. At a cost of £14 for 150ml, it's rather expensive - and given the wasteful bottle, it's not an expensive product that'll last a long time. Decent enough, but I won't be repurchasing.
If you'd like to try MAC Green Gel Cleanser for yourself, you can find it at MAC stores and counters, and online, where 150ml will cost £14.