Antipodes : Manuka Honey Face Mask & Juliet Cleansing Gel
My first run in with Antipodes (a natural skincare & make-up brand from New Zealand) was their beautiful Vanilla Bean moisturiser. I picked it up on a whim, but it quickly became a skincare staple for me. Since then I have been hooked on their great smelling, miracle working, all-round-lovely products. So when these two little gems arrived in the post, I was excited to say the least.
I think one of the first things to note is the wonderful, sleek & clean packaging. I'm a sucker for 'good looking' products and this definitely ticks all the boxes for me. Secondly, the smell, as with the majority of Antipodes products, is just yummy; plenty of vanilla pod & mandarin notes with a lovely smooth, almost 'yoghurt-y,' type texture - which is a good thing, by the way. Not too thick but not too runny, just a good, well balanced mask.
It's a product aimed at all skin-types and unlike other masks you can use this every 'sunset' - their words, not mine, which I think would be great if you really suffer from dry or blemish prone skin on a daily basis. As I fall into the combination category it works wonders for me, particularly when having a bad skin day/week or winter-induced dry patches. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated, smooth and soft, but not overly oily or 'heavy' once removed. The manuka honey element also gives is a great cleansing & antibacterial feel to the overall process; leaving me with clean, healthy skin.
It's something I will definitely repurchase as I think it's a very unique product & it leaves my skin feeling heavenly! What more can you ask for?
I can't deny that this product took me a long time to decide whether I liked it or not. I can honestly say I do after a good few weeks of use, but perhaps for unusual reasons...
Firstly, the smell of this product is very intense, however still natural. I think the manuka honey, green apple & cardamon pack a strong punch and to me it was a little bit overwhelming at first. Some people like the scent, some don't, so if you can give it a whiff before you buy - that might be a good idea. Either way, it has grown on me & I do find it quite nice, it's just something I'd never really smelt before!
Secondly, the texture is very runny. I would expect a gel to have a certain amount of thickness or something, anything, to it, but as you almost pour this product out, its consistency is very watery. This isn't a particular problem to me, but may be to someone who prefers a balm, although if you like your cleansers on the lighter side then this could be for you. Having said that, as you apply the gel to your damp face it does thicken up and slightly foam (in a good way) which quickly disappears and takes your makeup with it.
One thing to note is that I don't find this particularly great on the eye area, it stings a little & I do struggle to remove eye make-up with it - although, to be completely fair, it doesn't say to use it on your eyes, or claim to remove that, so maybe I'm being a bit harsh. As for the rest of my face however, it does work wonders.
My skin is left feeling very cleansed, not stripped, but perfectly balanced. I prefer using this in a morning as it gives a great, fresh base for make-up. I personally think people with combination or oily skin would enjoy this product & it could be a great Summer cleanser for you, however if you do have drier skin I can't say you'd enjoy it as much. It can leave my skin a bit tight, but not in a uncomfortable way. Oh, and the brightening part? Not something I have noticed, but if you have particularly dull skin, you may notice this.
As mentioned above, I think during hotter periods this would be a really nice cleanser to use, but for the winter I feel I perhaps need something a bit thicker & nourishing.
In short : do I like it? Yes. Do I love it? No.
I can't hand-on-heart say I would repurchase this, although I am getting a lot of use out of it. For £24.99 and 200ml you do certainly get your money's worth! I've been using it for a few months now and I'm still not even half of the way down.