Review: Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser

This is a product I picked up during my trip to Canada earlier this year, since I was a silly little thing and forgot to pack one of my own cleansers. After a brief while of trialing this, I’ve decided now is a good time to write about this product. I picked this up in Walmart for $9.98 (Canadian dollars…) so at the time it worked out to about half the price in GDP. For a drugstore price range, this is pretty average with some of the drugstore brands here, so I was pretty happy. Aveeno over here in the UK can cost slightly more, so that worked out nicely for me too.


I’m going to be quite honest and say I picked this up in a something of a rush while I was in Toronto. I had been using my boyfriend’s bar of soap for a couple of days and found it just didn’t make my face or my body feel clean enough, so when I was looking around Walmart for a cleanser for the rest of the trip, I didn’t do any reading on blogs for reviews for anything I could find in the local drugstores. I bought this on a gut instinct, won over by the claim that it contains “moisture rich soy extracts“. Canada is much colder than the UK and certainly was when I was visiting, so a gentle cleanser like this one claimed to be was one I judged at the time to be a pretty good option.

Compared to the bar of soap in my boyfriend’s bathroom, it certainly worked much more effectively. And for the duration of the trip, I was pretty convinced this was making much more of a difference for my skin. Back home however and adjusting back to the climate I’m used to, I didn’t find this to be quite as spectacular.

The cleanser itself is a gel formula and normally this is what I gravitate towards when looking at products – I have oily and slightly sensitive skin and typically gel textures clean my skin but are no where near as drying or irritating as foam or creamier formulas. For that I was definitely happy because it glides over the skin really nicely and didn’t lather up too much. This is great for me because the cleanser I’m using now often leaves me with itchy and uncomfortable eyes and a sore nose where it lathers up so easily.


The gel itself does look slightly odd, at least in my opinion. It has a strange greyish-iridescence that if it were an eyeshadow would make so many bloggers and YouTubers I know go mad, but for a cleanser seemed a little bit odd to me. Am I the only one who thinks this reminds them of some kind of heavy duty cleaning product? Maybe I’m just being silly.

While it certainly worked nicely for not over-lathering, it did dawn on me how much of a pain it is to wash it all off completely. For someone like me who is very stubborn about making sure every residue is washed off properly – it never truly felt like it was gone. I could feel it in my hairline or the edges of my brows. I always use my gel based cleansers in the shower while I’m cleaning my hair and such and my face will end up completely submerged under the water, and yet it never felt like my face was truly clean of it.

As far as I could tell, it didn’t clog my pores so that was a relief, but I simply wasn’t happy with this product. It certainly has potential but it definitely wasn’t for me. Do I regret buying this product? No, certainly not. I bought it when I needed a cleanser and it did it’s job when I needed it. Unfortunately, I know there are other cleansers out on the market that will work much better for me, so I decided to stop using it.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I’m gradually working through and testing out my purchases from my Canada trip. If you want to read my posts where I talked about what I bought, then please click here for my Skincare Kit, and here for the rest of my haul. I hope you are all doing well, and until then, take care and I hope to hear from you and speak to you again soon.

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