Artis Phantom Cleansing Silks, £43.35
Artis overhauled the makeup brush arena with the launch of its paddle-style makeup brushes, now the brand is making its first foray into skincare and they’re determined to be just as disruptive. These dissolving cleansing silks claim to be able to double cleanse and exfoliate in one go. Could this be cosmetic magic or a new cult product in the making?
Elle Turner, Deputy Beauty Editor
I love a good beauty innovation. Any brand that’s prepared to go off-piste and try something new and different gets my vote. Skincare-wise, I do enjoy the ritual of taking my makeup off. I favour a really luxurious oil or balm cleanse that melts away the day, but, it has to be quick. Two minutes and I’m done. It’s why “multi-purpose” is a word I like a lot. A product that can do the job whilst also ticking off other skincare chores (ahum, exfoliating) and enable me to jump into bed quicker is an absolute champion in my eyes. So, I’m intrigued to see if this 3-in-1 number delivers on its promises.
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It’s not often that a beauty product comes along that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before (since one of the best perks of my job is that I’m able to trial hundreds of products), and this is certainly different. The 3-in-1 cleansing discs come in a pack of three and look curiously futuristic on first appearance.
Gripes first. Before you get to the cleansing pad, you have to first make your way through the outer cardboard packaging, plastic sachet and plastic film, to get to the biodegradable nanofibre mesh that houses the product. Which makes it quite long-winded and means a lot of packaging is going to waste.
That said, the product itself is interesting. First, you apply the mesh to your face (I chose my cheek) and spritz it with the glass water bottle provided to release the product. Remove the mesh and you’re left with a silky disc of product on your skin that feels like a grainy milk. When massaged, it makes its way from a liquid consistency to softer balls of product which you then rinse off. Because of the way the nanofibre technology in the cleansing disc is spun, it’s said to deliver the ingredients more efficiently to your skin. And because the actives (which include vitamin e and jojoba) aren’t activated until they come into with the water, they’re more potent.
Kudos goes to its ability to both exfoliate and cleanse which saves on time, though you will need a separate make-up remover for around your eyes. Overall, it left my face feeling clean and surprisingly soft.
I’d highly commend this for innovation. It’s ability to transform itself from a liquid to a solid exfoliator before dissolving almost to nothing was impressive and it makes good on its promise to both cleanse and exfoliate. For weekends away when you're limited on liquids, this is an excellent alternative to carrying a face wash and scrub (both of which take up a hefty amount of space in your clear plastic airport pouch). For everyday however I’ll probably stick to my regular cleanse as the faff (you need a separate eye makeup remover) and excess packaging is a bit too much for me.