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Summary: The Precision Pore Cleansing Pad is a small, nubbed silicone disc that boosts the effectiveness of facial cleansers. It does an excellent job lifting makeup and sunscreen products, much better than cleansing with fingers alone. It provides only minimal exfoliation properties, so it is gentle enough to use daily.
Funny thing about foundation, concealers, or sunscreen is that it closely matches skin, so you never know by looking if it’s completely removed by your cleanser. A swipe of toner-saturated cotton reveals what the cleanser left behind. What if there was something that could make your cleanser work better?
I tested Sephora’s Precision Pore Cleansing Pad this week with my regular cleansers and found the pad’s texture works wonders by lifting water-resistant makeup that my fingers and cleanser alone can’t completely remove. This little silicone pad massages the skin and (I’m guessing) provides some traction that catches and breaks down cosmetics.
I put the pad to the test by doing heavy swatches on my wrist with a Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow, and a Guerlain lip liner – all set with Coty Airspun loose powder. All of these products are quite water-resistant and challenging to normal facial cleansers. I created two sets of makeup swatches and cleansed both sets with water and Boots Botanics Moisturizing Deep Cleansing Foam for 10 seconds. For variation, one set received only fingers as a massaging agent and the other set received the cleansing pad.
The makeup in the finger washing set had significant makeup reside after the 10-second wash. Upon rinsing, most of the pot rouge dissolved, but at least half remained of the cream shadow and lip liner. The cleansing pad completely broke down ALL makeup with zero residue after the same 10-second wash. Fascinating!
The cleansing pad rinses clean and can easily be washed and air dried. It has a suction-cup on the back so you can stick it on a smooth surface when not in use – no need to let it sit in a pool of water.
My pores show some improvement since using the cleansing pad. Granted, I am meticulous about cleansing and use a separate makeup remover prior to cleansing, so I didn’t expect miracles. However, I can see this as an essential tool for those that don’t pre-remove makeup and find their cleansers aren’t doing a thorough job.
I noticed this doesn’t leave my skin feeling as smooth as washing with a baby washcloth or facial scrub. I feel these options provide more exfoliation than the cleansing pad. For this reason, I would say the main function of the pad is to enhance the cleansing process and not to remove flakes. This can be a good thing, because it is gentle enough to use daily.
The Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad is an exact dupe of the pad (they call it a scrublet) provided with L’Oreal’s Go 360 Clean cleanser series. L’Oreal’s version is available at major drugstores, so this is a convenience if Sephora isn’t nearby.
My major gripe with this cleansing pad is it’s hard to hold onto when cleansing. It gets slippery easily. I wish it was made with finger loops instead of one little wobbly suction cup on the back-end.
$5 on Sephora.com.
Overall: Definitely recommended!