Glamglow Cleansers: Supercleanse and Thirstycleanse

Glamglow recently expanded their mask line to include new mud to foam cleansers. I’m a huge fan of their face masks so I knew I had to try the recently released cleansers. I purchased two of the new cleansers in the Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser ($39 for 5 oz) and Thirstycleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser ($39 for 5 oz) from Sephora the week they launched back in January. Today I have a review of both to share after extensively testing both.

Both the cleansers are designed for daily use. I found them to be gentler versions of their mask counterparts. The scents are identical to the mask formulas which I find soothing and refreshing. They both come cased in a hefty cardboard cylinder which keeps both of the cleansers in tact inside – a huge plus especially if you order online, you can rest assured that these are well protected. The cleansers come with a pump dispenser. I usually use two pumps of product although some may need three.

The Glamglow cleansers are mud to foam cleansers. A Sephora rep did a small demo on the back of my hand in store with the Supercleanse to show how it works. I was amazed at how it really smoothed the skin and also removed redness. A comparison of a treated hand to one that wasn’t treated showed a noticeable difference. The way you use these is pretty self explanatory and there are easy to use instructions on the packaging. Apply the mud on dry skin and massage into the face. Leave it on for as long as you would like (it was recommended a couple minutes at most). Then add water to your hands and massage it into the product to create a foam. Since these are thick mud cleansers, I found there wasn’t really a traditional foaming result with just a tiny bit of water, but it did create a creamy lather with water added. I found the foaming action to be very subtle. Then rinse off completely.

Deciding on which one to buy will depend on your skin type. I will say upfront that I prefer the Supercleanse to clear the skin and clean out pores. Although these are gentle and designed for everyday, for my skin I think these are still too strong for daily use. For me they are better suited for every other day use. More thoughts on each below.

The Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser is based on the Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. It’s designed for problem skin and helps remove pore-clogging debris and impurities. It claims to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and create a mattified, super clear complexion. I found all to be true. It works as an excellent clearing treatment cleanser and really does work to draw out impurities. Some have reported that it caused breakouts or a purging period. After using this I did have a few breakouts surface on the chin (3 to be exact). But none on other areas of the face and there were no additional breakouts after a week. The Supercleanse has a slightly cool feel on the skin but it’s not tingly. After using it I found it does give the skin a slightly tight feel with a matte finish.

These are described as being able to remove all traces of makeup. I found this to be true except for eye makeup since you don’t really want the mud to get into the eyes, I recommend removing eye makeup with a cotton pad and your go-to eye makeup remover first, then follow with this cleanser.

I like using this one at the end of the day or after a work out. It calms and cleanses the skin thoroughly. I found daily use didn’t dry out my skin although it did start to feel a bit too tight. I like this one every other day at most.

Ingredient listing:

-TEAOXI® Technology (Eucalyptus Leaf Powder): Delivers natural eucalyptol, natural linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids to soothe and treat skin.
-K17 and Mediterranean Clays: Detoxify, refine skin texture, and balance problem-prone skin.

-Bamboo Charcoal: Provides balanced replenishment to the skin with essential bamboo minerals.

-Black Cumin Seed Extract: Provides antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to help provide a more clear complexion.

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Nigella Sativa Seed Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Carbon (Bamboo Charcoal), Propanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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The Glamglow Thirstycleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser is a designed for dry or dehydrated skin but I found this to be quite drying on my normal combination skin. The product description details that it is formulated with ingredients to boost skin for intense hydration, replenish skin, and restore the skin barrier function. It’s supposed to create a hydrated, silky, and dewy fresh complexion. After using this I found the skin to feel more tight compared to use with the Supercleanse. It did leave the skin feeling silky and smooth but there was no dewy look and it definitely did not feel hydrated.

I didn’t experience any reactions or breakouts although my skin did feel slightly irritated after using this. The Thirstycleanse does an excellent job at removing all traces of makeup just like the Supercleanse but for something that is designed for dry skin I would have liked to feel more moisture. For this one I would recommend try before you buy. If you are in search of a moisture treatment, I’d recommend you opt for or stick with the Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Mask instead. I have sensitive skin and have had no issues with the mask (it’s one of my favorites). The cleanser on the other hand didn’t work so well for me mainly because I didn’t find it hydrating and it also left my skin feeling tingly after rinsing. It’s too bad that it didn’t work as I had hoped since it smells amazing (like coconut and almonds) and feels amazing when it’s on the skin too. It’s the after part that doesn’t feel so great.

Ingredients:

-TEAOXI® Olive Leaf Powder: Micronized to deliver natural linoleic acid to maintain moisture.
-Rare Brazilian Yellow Clay: Helps remineralize the skin and rinse away impurities, leaving skin softer and smoother without stripping moisture.
-Pure Green Coconut Water: Naturally high in vitamins and amino acids to immediately boost and replenish skin for intense hydration and lasting moisturization.
-South Pacific Plumeria Flower Blossom Extract: Rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 to restore the skin barrier function.

Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Powder, Allantoin, Mica, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Coumarin, Linalool.

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Bottom line is I think they are both worth looking into. I’ve already ordered a backup of the Supercleanse because I know I’ll run out of my first bottle within the next month. Both are available now at Sephora and Glamglow. They are also releasing cleansers to match their other masks as well but I have not yet seen or tried them yet.
Have you tried these Glamglow Mud to Foam Cleansers? What did you think? If you’re a Glamglow fan, which is your favorite mask to use?
  • I saw all four cleansers a little while ago, and the one that I found the most intriguing is the Powercleanse one that will apparently be available only in May! The mud to oil to foam concept has me hooked. I might wait till May to get that one before I look into these 🙂

  • I have been using the thirstymud cleanser for about 2-3 weeks now and I have been loving it.

    I wear a full face of makeup 5 days a week (to work) and I use the thirstymud cleanser to remove everything and it does a wonderful job.

    This removes everything as well as keeps my skin feeling super smooth and hydrated!

  • Anonymous

    Haven't tried any of these cleansers and I do not see anything good they can deliver – only irritation and damage! The description mud-to-foam makes these to cleansers sound like the latest breakthrough for your skin – granted it is novel – but it is nothing more than marketing gimmick.
    Both cleansers contain the detergent ingredient Sodium C 14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. It is almost as harsh, drying and irritating as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, one of those simply not good for skin ingredients. It foams, it dissolves oil and leaves skin clean – but so does my dishwashing liquid – and it is not good for skin. Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (included in the second formula) is a much better choice when it comes to detergents, but that formula contains the Olefin Sulfonate as well, so still not good for skin. The clay in both formulas does not make a difference since it will barely touch your skin and will be rinsed down in no time. It is better to get a good clay mask and use it properly. Finally adding insult to the injury are the eucalyptus and mint in the first product. Truly yikes! Even reading the ingredient list hurts my skin.
    I hear you saying so what? Well, your face will not fall off when you use these cleansers of course. If one has sensitive skin, olefin sulfonate, eucalyptus and mint will irritate and further sensitize it. So those people will stop using it – good choice. If one has somewhat robust skin they won't notice the slight irritation and continue using it. The irritation will add up and manifest itself with dullness, tightness, flakes, breakouts etc. Those skin flareups that seem to appear out of nowhere are usually a late response to damaging products like these.
    I apologize for my long comment. I am a trained cosmetic chemist and I simply cannot keep quite when I see companies literally ripping of customers and hurting their skin. Both cleansers have cheap and hurtful formulas. I, personally, would not use them, not for free, not even if the company paid me, not even once.

    • Hi! I definitely agree with you- those ingredients you mentioned (and others) irritate my skin, I have found. As a chemist, which brands/products do you recommend? Eminence/Skinceuticals/Image Skincare? French ones? Japanese ones? Thanks so much for your help!

    • michelle

      Interesting to read this because I've come across more reviews from people saying (one of these) cleansers has caused terrible rash or breakouts of sorts. Definitely turned me off from even considering a sample as these people have also mentioned how long it took them to get their skin back to normal/clear :/

    • Anonymous

      This exact same comment (probably from the same person/source) is everywhere at reviews of this product. I wonder why would anyone go around putting the same remark unless its some competitor troll. Suspicious. Anyway ive been using the supercleanse version for over a week now and its fabulous.

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  • Hmmm I love the GlamGlow thirsty mud mask, might just stick to that!

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  • Anonymous

    I haven't tried these cleansers but after your review, I think I'm going to pass and stick with my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. My combination skin dries out really easily so I always need to use really gentle cleansers.

    I absolutely love the GlamGlow ThirstyMud and PowerMud masks though! I just started using PowerMud (once or twice a week), Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer, and Sunday Riley Good Genes… it's only been 2 weeks and my skin has been looking and feeling amazing.

    Myan

  • Super cleanse sounds good for me right now and in the summer! I need to have something to help with the blemishes and keeping skin clear from SS.

  • What a shame this made your skin feel more dry. I was considering getting this until I read your review. I do use the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Mask (I think that's what it's called), and it works beautifully. What a shame the cleanser doesn't do the same.
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  • Great review! I might give it a try after I finish my stockpile of First Aid Beauty's Red Clay Cleanser. xo Kelly mydazzlelight.blogspot.com

  • Sound like interesting products! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

  • These sound really interesting and if they're just as good as they're masks they'll be a great hit! Loved reading about them and I hope I'll get the chance to try them when they are sold here in Spain! xx
    Ingrid
    http://www.ingridhughes.com

  • I love both of these masks so I'm dying to try them. Especially the Supercleanse. The mask version really helps clear out my pores and clear up breakouts. I would love to have the cleanser in my stash

  • Anonymous

    Im using thirsty cleanser for 3 days.. im realised that i got pimples after using it. Is that normal for the first timer?

  • Anonymous

    I used the powercleanse for about 3 days and my skin is drying out like crazy. I usually have super oily and acne prone skin, but my face looked like it got sunburned and started peeling. I know this is probably bad, but I tried to pick off all the nasty dead skin cells because my lotions were not sinking into my skin anymore. My face feels like a tomato and I'm going out of town tomorrow for a conference so I'm really disappointed that this cleanser did this to my skin. ): Anyone have suggestions on good cleansers that won't do something like this? D:

  • I am breaking out so bad right now and have been using this cleanser for about 5 days, I thought maybe it was pulling everything out of my skin but its getting worse everyday and I'm starting college in 2 days, I think I'm going to have to take this product back 🙁 I'm really sad, i was so excited about this product and don't wanna give up on it