I recently tested the ilike Grapeseed Cleansing Milk ($36 in the TIA shop). When I received the Hungary-based product from TIA, my first thought was: what is this stuff? I ask this question with full sincerity because honestly, I just don’t know. I know what it says it is, but it seems, to me anyway, to be a product with a variety of uses that are not clearly defined. And it appears to do them all, in varying degrees, fairly well. It’s not a mega-doer, but the cleansing milk has subtle results that occur over time and make you look at it and ask yourself, what’s its real purpose?

That said, here’s my take on how well it performed in the following areas:

Cleanser – Not all things that say what they are really are what they claim to be. I don’t advocate this product as a full-fledged cleanser, per se, but for some it may work quite well. I used it for two weeks as my sole face wash, and it seemed to work well for me. It didn’t remove all vestiges of makeup, but in the general places - cheeks, forehead, chin and nose area - swiping my face afterward with witch hazel showed no residue. It was not so exceptional, however, in the neck and hairline areas, but then a cleanser of this type rarely is for me, so all in all, it passed.

In the morning, the product was a wonderful face refresher. It leaves a soothing sensation and has a pleasant scent, which I really like this about this product.

Hydration – The cleansing milk is highly hydrating. After cleansing my face and drying it before bed, I would apply the product again to a slightly damp face, then remove any remaining residue. My skin felt refreshed, softer, smoother and hydrated, so I didn’t feel compelled to use my heavy night cream after using the cleanser.

Irritation – None whatsoever, not even to my eyes. (I used the product by itself nightly to remove my eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara with good results.)

As a side note, I often used my Sirius LED lights ($149 in the TIA shop) after using the product without any other topical addition.

Hyperpigmentation – I’m not sure if this is an anomaly, but I noticed after the third week that three pigmented areas on my face, left from mild skin eruptions, were beginning to fade (as they were fairly new, they were quite noticeable). This really hyped me up because this is an area that has over the past year become a big problem for me on a more regular basis. This change became a major incentive for me to use ilike a bit more extensively and intensively daily to see how much better these areas would get. I’m happy to say that after four weeks they are now undetectable under my makeup and only slightly so barefaced. YAAAY! It usually takes six to eight weeks for dark spots to totally disappear on their own. This is a BIG hooray for me!

WHO’S IT FOR?

The product is ideal for dry, mature, sensitive skin, though I think (and have read) that it will work for just about anyone. My skin, being super-sensitive, drinks it in. The product has an overall soothing effect and leaves my skin feeling softer and hydrated. In the morning when I use it as my sole face wash, my skin looks great and it doesn’t feel or look dry.

HOW I USED IT:

I applied it in a variety of ways: I tend to be heavy handed with testers because I want to know if I buy it that I’ll be getting my money’s worth. As a makeup remover, I would slather it on at night, massaging it in and waiting about two to three minutes. Afterward, I would either use a damp cloth to remove it or simply rinse my face well several times, and then use a sensitive face wash to remove residual makeup.

On some occasions, I would apply it directly to pigmented areas and leave it on overnight as well as any mild skin eruptions. By morning the eruptions were noticeably smaller and my face was still hydrated. Over the time I’ve had the product, my hyperpigmentation has decreased noticeably to me.

In the mornings, I would use less, but again massage it all over my face and neck, rinse it off with warm water, and then (sometimes without additional face cream or serum) apply my makeup. Voila, that’s it.

I cannot say that this will produce similar results for everyone; I’m not even sure what results it’s supposed to produce in the long run; nevertheless, for me, it’s been a pleasant surprise. When you consider the amount of product you get for the price, and when compared to some other more expensive products from TIA that failed me miserably, this one is going on my wish list. I sincerely recommend it.

(Editor’s note: Also read Marta’s review of ilike’s Seven Herb Mask.)

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthum Gum, Glycine Soja, Citrus Reticulata, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (mixture of natural essential oils), Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, D-Limonene