Splurge/Steal: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and Acure Facial Cleansing Crème



Before I begin, let me point out that I am not using the word dupe. It’s just that I’ve noticed similarities between Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and Acure Facial Cleansing Crème and I though t I would share. I have been on a bit of a cleanser kick lately. I picked up the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip a couple of months ago as part of Sephora’s annual VIB sale. I really wanted the Luna Oil, but they were out and I this was my consolation prize of sorts.  What can I say? I didn’t want to walk out empty-handed during the frenzy of shopping going on. I picked up the Acure Cleansing Crème while at Whole Foods. I didn’t pay close enough attention—it’s not a cream cleanser. It’s a cleansing crème and it foams. (They both do.) I had gotten it as a test for cheaper addition to my cream cleanser stash as I am all about cleansing cream and washcloth for gentle exfoliating.

As I rotated between my cleansers, I noted that these two were similar in a few ways. I decided to compare the ingredients thinking there might be similarities there (not really–see ingredients below). Even though the ingredients aren’t a match and the prices and green-ness aren’t either, I stand by my observations. Here is what I think they have in common:

  1. Smooth surface effect from deep cleaning and pore tightening. (I wouldn’t say I achieved a “ceramic” surface with either, but definitely smooth and toned.)
  2. Better suited for oil or combo skin.
  3. Pleasant fragrance. (They don’t smell alike; they both smell really good.)
  4. Concentrated product. (You definitely don’t need a lot and if you go overboard, you may feel stripped.)
  5. Preferable for a morning cleanse or second cleanse after makeup removal. (I would not try taking off eye makeup with these despite what some reviewers say. You don’t want to get any of it in your eyes. Trust.)

I don’t use these every day because they are too strong for me. Plus, I have really tried to cut foaming cleansers out. While I probably won’t repurchase these (SR has a  non-foaming cream cleanser that I may try at some point–yes, I have a problem), these have been really nice to use occasionally (usually on hot summer days when I just want to feel really clean).

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser ($45, 4.2 oz)
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) + Montmorillonite (French Green Clay), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Citrate, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Jasmine Officinale Oil, Santalum album (Sandalwood) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Edta.

Acure Cleansing Creme ($10, 4 oz)
Organic Curoxidant™ Blend [(Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Calendula Ocinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile), Fair Trade Organic Aspalathas Linearis (Rooibos)], Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Soap), Organic Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Fair Trade Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olivoyl PCA, Sodium PCA, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Glucono Delta Lactone (Fermented Sugar), Organic Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitamin E, Marrubium Vulgare (White Horehound) Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Stem Cell Culture, Fermented Resveratrol Extract (Probiotic), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Olea Europea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative), Essential Oils of Salvia Ocinalis (Sage), Lavandin, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass), Mentha Spicata (Spearmint).

The Line Up: Fancy Sunday Pampering


I just thought I would review what I used for a recent round of pampering. I busted out all my green beauty faves and fancies for this one…

First Cleanse
I removed sunscreen, makeup, and a few layers of sweat and grime with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. This pineapple-scented oil takes it all off–including mascara. You really work it into dry skin to break down the makeup, then add water to emulsify. I like to splash a little water on and pass my hands over my face gently to emulsify because I don’t want to press the oil in further. It rinses pretty clean, so no need to use a washcloth–yet.

Second Cleanse
I then did a second cleanse using Yuli Halcyon Cleanser. This beautiful bio-active gel leaves skin clean, fresh and toned without stripping. Halycon, along with the OLO cleansing oil are probably my most repurchased green beauty items. They are hall of famers.

Exfoliating Mask
Next I applied Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask for some gentle exfoliation. This floral jelly does its thing without burning or irritating the skin one bit–even if you leave it on a little longer than directed. It features beta-hydroxy acids, french pink clay and willow bar. It tightens as it dries. The closest description I can think of for the texture when dry is an an egg white. I left it on for about half an hour. This pot is almost empty and I definitely will repurchase.

Now for the Wash Cloth
I wet a wash cloth with warm water and put it over my face to moisten the mask, remove it and provide light exfoliation. I followed by splashing cool water on my face.

Hydrating Mask
I patted my face dry then applied the Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask (not pictured–sorry I accidentally tossed it without photographing it like the noob that I am). This two-step sheet mask was a gift from a Korean friend. Innisfree looks to be a green brand, but I had trouble finding an ingredients list in English. You apply a gel to the skin, then put on the sheet mask, which is also soaked in gel. It was very hydrating and brightening. I do like hydrating sheet masks and hydrogel masks and I will do some digging around for additional options. After leaving that on for about 20 minutes, I removed it and rubbed in the remaining gel.

Tone and Treat
Once the gel from the mask was absorbed, I spritzed some Yuli Panacea Elixir (another all-star) and patted in a few drops of Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I am going to use this a little longer before reviewing it, but so far I really like it. My only gripe is the addition of blue coloring. I let that sink in and then patted on some MV OrganicsRose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. This one is new promising. I finished with Waxlene balm on my lips. Pampering complete.