la vie celeste exfoliating cleanser

Our Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by Danielle on January 23, 2015


For me, cleansing is the most important part of my skin care routine. During my carefree college days, there were plenty of nights when I would use being “too tired” as an excuse to skip washing my face before bed. On a few occasions when I was crunched for time, I not only slept in my makeup but went to class the next day STILL sporting it! The memory of this causes me to cringe. Now, in my late 20s, I‘m a reformed woman.

All this being said, I was eager to try the La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40 in the shop) to see if this product could handle being the most important feature of my regimen. In the past, many cleansers have been banished to the trash can when they consistently left makeup behind, overstripped my skin, caused me to break out or just left a weird residue. I am thrilled to report that La Vie Celeste has not been guilty of any of these offenses. It’s one of the few face washes I’ve come across that achieves that perfect balance of removing every trace of makeup while leaving my skin feeling soft and soothed.

If a product has any proclivity to cause irritation, I would be the first to experience it. My skin is best described as combination, acne-prone and extremely sensitive. This cleanser feels like a nourishing treat for the skin, coating it without any lather to gently remove impurities. I had never heard of Mother of Pearl being enacted as a skin care ingredient, but I must say, I’m a fan of it now! Apparently, it helps hydrate skin cells while encouraging repair and circulation. The formula also features pink and white clays, which serve to exfoliate and close pores. I can’t say I notice a difference in my pores, but those seem to be a bit stubborn, and I’ve yet to find a product that made an impact there for me. For a boost of antioxidants, there is tea, apple, gingko biloba and ginseng extracts. All in all, quite an attractive formula!

I find the cleanser to be mostly without scent — maybe just a hint of clay essence. Tan in color, I did have to take extra care to rinse every bit of it from my white sink and counter; it doesn’t stain, but apparently I am a messy face-washer and am inclined to leaving tan drips all over the place, which I’m sure my roommate doesn’t love! But taking extra care to tidy up seems like a small price to pay for this cleanser.