Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser: Review

I’ve been head over heels for Glow Recipe’s newest launch into skincare. I’ve been a fan of their site since stumbling across it. has been my go to site for some K Beauty items I never would have checked out otherwise. There’s only two items in the brands initial launch. With the praise it’s received so far I’m sure there will be more items added. See my review of the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask HERE.

Next up is the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser which I’ve been testing since it’s launch. Details per Glow Recipe:

The Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser is an unexpectedly bouncy makeup eraser + cleanser that deeply hydrates skin, eliminating the need for a hydrating toner.

Blueberry extract delivers antioxidants. Gentle AHA unglues dead skin cells and clarifies. Hydrating, pH balanced suds microfoam, melting makeup and prepping skin to maximize the efficacy of skincare. pH: 5.5

This can be used two ways–As a cleanser and as a wash off mask. Photo from Glow Recipe:

The package is a simple blue plastic squeeze tube. The cleanser is thicker gel style. It does have a very faint blue tint to it as well as a few flecks of what looks like real blueberries. The scent is very light and minimal with just a hint of blueberries. I love that the scent isn’t overpowering. It has this odd texture to it. It’s not a standard thick slippery gel cleanser. For example–I rub my hands together to apply this to my face and when I pull my hands apart it creates these long strings of cleanser. So it has this almost bouncy stretchy kind of texture to it. It stretches out like melted cheese.

This cleanser will lather with no water to some degree. The rubbing action on your skin with your hands turns this from clear to a thick and very lightly foaming cleanser. Add water and you have an intense foamy lather. This is one of the best foaming SLS free cleanser I’ve used. You actually only need a little to pack a big foamy punch. It’s hydrating and not drying. I usually don’t like foaming cleansers. However, there are a few jelly or gel style cleansers I like that are not drying. This is one of those.

In comparison to Drunk Elephant Beste this is a touch thinner and much more hydrating. I prefer this to the Beste for the non-drying reason. Beste is thicker and doesn’t have that stringy bouncy feel. It’s just a thick gel. Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is thinner and lighter than the Glow Recipe. Indie Lee foams in the same way as Beste and Blueberry Bounce. They all lather some by themselves with no water. Then they foam very well with water. They all wash away clean. They are all SLS free. Indie Lee is the lightest in texture followed by the Glow Recipe. They are both non drying. The Drunk Elephant happens to be a touch drying and is the thickest. I would rebuy the Glow Recipe and the Indie Lee.

This won’t remove all your makeup. Especially if you use a long wearing foundation. I like it best as a second cleanse after an oil based cleanser. This is also a good morning cleanse. As a mask this is different. It’s a gel style mask. It is hydrating like a basic gel style mask. The only part I don’t like about using this as a mask is that it feels like it takes forever to remove. Because it’s so potent in it’s foaming capabilities you have to rinse for a long time to remove this as a mask. Otherwise it’s a nice hydrating gel mask. It just uses more water and takes some elbow grease as well as time to remove. Ultimately as a gel style cleanser I love it, as a mask it’s not my favorite.

Photo from Glow Recipe:


Water, Palm Kernel/Coco Glucoside, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Physalis Peruviana (Groundcherry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract

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