Student Style: Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash VS L’Oreal Paris Perfect Clean Foaming Gentle Scrub

By | September 10 2010 | 9 Comments

garnier and l'oreal paris scrubs

Blackheads. Ugh – really, is there a beauty-related word more mank-tastic than blackheads? One of my all-time least favourite blather confabs was centred around those of you who seem fascinated with de-gunking the clogged pores of loved ones.

I am plagued with blackheads and exfoliating scrubs usually don’t do the job for me, meaning that I fall victim to every product promising merciless manual extraction of the vile things. There seems to be a – forgive the pun – breakout of scrublet-topped cleansers on the market at the minute, so I pitted two against each other in a typically scientific endeavour.

Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash, €6.26, promises to remove dead skin cells and visibly reduce shine for the be-blackheaded among us – yada yada, I can even hear the Davina McCall-esque voice from the ad as I type. Now, I have dry skin – yada yada, you say! – and yet am very prone to spots, meaning I don’t fit into either of the typical ‘oily=spotty, dry=notty’ camps.

The 2% salicylic acid in this formula, however, shifted my flaky, dead skin and revealed a new, smooth, lovely layer beneath. It also promises to fade marks, which my face has in abundance (probably from all my prodding and poking at spots and blackheads). Although I haven’t been using it long enough to see if it delivers on that promise, I have high hopes. The nifty thing about this product is that the cap twists open to release the gel and then shuts to facilitate mess-free buffing with its 170 soft flexi-bristles. I am well chuffed, ladies.

Perfect Clean Foaming Gentle Scrub, €6.25 from L’Oreal Paris, aims to do a similar job. Nicely peach-scented, this watery gel is a bit messy, as you have to apply it separately to a soft rubber brush before using it on your face. I really liked the combo of gentle exfoliating formula with supple scrublet, as the two combined did a good job without being causing irritation – no St. Ive’s sandpaper effect here! Had I used this alone, I would be more impressed, but Garnier’s salicylic acid means the former pipped L’Oreal Paris to the post.

Still, needless to say, both are great value for money.

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9 Replies to "Student Style: Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash VS L’Oreal Paris Perfect Clean Foaming Gentle Scrub"

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    Is salicylic acid OK to use even if you don’t get spots? Thankfully my spotty days are over, but who wouldn’t want skin as smooth as glass?

    But I don’t know if it’s only worth while to bother with if you have spots, y’know?

  • Melody says:

    I use and like the Garnier one, only use it when necessary for about a week at a time, then I go back to something less harsh til I need it again. But it is great. Feel fresh afterwards and I really do think it works.
    My teenage sister saw it in my bathroom the other day and called out “how do i turn on the garnier thing??” Kids these days expect way too much!

  • Polkadot says:

    That scrublet yoke from L’oreal is total rubbish! I feel like i’m rubbing my face with a teeny tiny squidgee that you use to clean windows!

  • Christina says:

    There is another version of the L’Oreal scrublet which also contains salycilic acid. Haven’t tried it myself but I love the scrub version – great smell and the scrublet itself is so soft!

  • Kirstie says:

    I LOVE the scrublet! Works with any cleanser too.

  • Stellar Las says:

    I have two of the L’oreal scrublet facewashes, the one about and the white one which contains salysilic acid and I like them both. Although the white one does leave my skin a tiny bit tight after use even though I have quite oily skin. For that reason I don’t use it every day but both great cleansers.

  • Breige says:

    Tried to post on this earlier but my post was eaten. Ya, there’s a white one with the L’Oreal which has salicylic acid, I don’t think I would have said the orange one and the Garnier one were the same, except for the whole scrub thing. I like the white (and blue) L’Oreal ones, pink one is ok too, it’s creamy not a gel like the others so it’s more for sensitive skin

    And Kirstie, I argee, I use my scrublet with different cleansers too! Been using it with the grapefruit Neturogena and also have used it with Olay’s thermal heater

  • A says:

    Ya I prefer the garnier product but the Loreal scrublet is bigger and way handier than what feels like scrubbing your face with a big shower gel or something

  • Sarah says:

    Hmm, so cant afford my clinique thingys this month, might try that garnier!

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