Liz Earle v Superdrug - Battle of The Hot Cloth Cleanser

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Hey Ladies,

If any of you has spent any time with me on here, twitter or real life will know I am officially a Liz Earle addict so when I heard some rumblings on Twitter about Superdrug releasing a hot cloth cleanser I was intrigued, so I thought I'd try it out & compare the two for you ...

Liz Earle , Superdrug

Liz Earle , Superdrug
Texture - I tried to demonstrate with the pictures the difference in textures because they are completely different, although both creamy, they're creamy in different ways; the Liz Earle is a rich opaque cream, when you spread it on your face you can see the cream on your skin, whereas the Vitamin E one is more emollient and thin almost like a moisturiser & it disappears on your skin.
Winner - Personally Liz Earle but it's totally what you prefer, I wouldn't say one is any better than the other.

Formula - As expected Liz Earle is the more 'Natural' formulation, but the main ingredients are identical, as you get down the ingredient list the Vitamin E cleanser has added vitamins & perfume & parabens whereas the Liz Earle has natural extracts, no parabens or perfume.
Winner - Liz Earle, mainly to do with the perfume as I try & avoid added perfumes in skin care.

Performance - There isn't too much difference in how they perform in removing makeup and cleansing the skin, when taking off my mascara I think the Liz Earle is slightly more effective because it is a thicker formula but that could just be my imagination but I definitely notice after cleansing with the Vitamin E it needs a little more removing on the eyes whereas the Liz Earle doesn't.
Winner - Liz Earle, it removes eye makeup that little bit more effectively.

Smell - Liz Earle is much fresher smelling than the Vitamin E cleanser, it smells of eucalyptus & definitely brightens you up in the morning with an almost menthol-ish effect, the Vitamin E one I would describe as a much 'warmer' smell, like a rich almond smell very comforting,
Winner - I can't believe i'm saying this as I normally DETEST essential oil/herbal smells but I prefer the Liz Earle as it's just nice and fresh.

Price - There's no comparison with the price really, the Superdrug offering will cost you £3.99 for 200mls & a muslin cloth (although you can get it for £2.99 at the moment via the link below) and the Liz Earle costs £23.45 for 200mls & a muslin cloth. I don't think we need to do the maths on this one!
Winner - Superdrug, although I will say that you use more of the Superdrug than the Liz Earle due to the packaging, although I compared the 200ml sizes when you have the pump (100mls) of the Liz Earle it allows you to restrict how much you need for example one pump is full face of makeup & half a pump is morning wash & second night cleanse.

Overall - Liz has won 4 out of my 5 categories but this is down to my preferences for smells and textures, in terms of Performance they are similar I just find the Liz Earle slightly out performs in getting rid of my eye makeup.

Best For - I'd say the Liz Earle is suited for all skin types whereas the Vitamin E is more for normal to dry as it is packed with vitamins and it feels like it absorbs into your skin because of the formulation.

I have to say I'm really impressed with the Superdrug offering, it is good & does exactly what you need it to do, I have a tube sitting in my boyfriends house for when I stay at his house. I prefer the Liz Earle because I just love that little bit more luxury for my skin care but this is a great product if you're watching your pennies that month & will tide you over til you can get yourself another tube of the Liz Earle!!

You can get the Vitamin E Cleanser Here & the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Here (There's a great offer on where you can get three different sizes of the Cleanse & Polish (350mls in total) for £30.35)

I hope this was useful for a few of you if you had problems with Liz Earle or have never tried a Hot Cloth Cleanser it may be a good stepping stone before you try Liz Earle. Let me know if you've tried it & how you compare it to the Liz Earle!


  1. Have you tried the Boots Sanctuary one? I think it's better than the Liz Earle one! It's about £10 but I got it with a £5 off facial skincare voucher. It's a similar texture to Liz Earle but not *quite* as thick.

    I liked the Liz Earle cleanser but it didn't "wow" me and I can't really justify the price. I think my skin has improved since I've started using the Sanctuary one.

  2. Great post. I've only recently started using the Liz Earle one and I really like it, I'll probably give the Superdrug one a go though.

    I've tried the No7 one and found it a bit meh, the Sanctuary one didn't do much for my skin to be honest. The Soap & Glory one is great, oh and Ultrabland by Lush is ah-mah-zing.

    Hehe, it's clear I have a bit of an obsession with Hot Cloth Cleansers.

  3. I saw this in Superdrug a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at the price & that you get the muslin cloth! I will probably get it in the near future :)

  4. I was considering biting the bullet & ordering some Liz Earle but I may try the Superdrug first! At the momeny I'm alternating between Soap & Glory's Clean Mary with a hot muslin cloth & my Konjac Sponge :D

    Lois xx

  5. i got the No7 one with a £5 off voucher and am just trying to finish it up.. i reckon i only have a week left but am eventually going to move to Liz Earle...

  6. Oh thanks for this. I wanted to try the Liz Earle one but didn't want to spend so much. I am definitely going to try the Superdrug one.

  7. Great review! Theres no way I'll ever afford the Liz Earle one so it's nice to know the Superdrug one is still good :)

  8. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love this review! I recently finished my Liz earle HCC and was excited to try out the Superdug one however Im pretty sure its breaking me out and I cant wait to get another bottle of Liz earle xxx


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