These days it's very rare for me to buy skincare on the high street, i.e. in Boots / Superdrug. I've got so used to using REN and Origins products that it rarely crosses my mind to look at high street brands. A few months ago though I was having one of those days where you just wander round Boots picking things up on a whim (which incidentally is a good way to accidentally spend £100) and I decided to give this Vichy cleanser a try.
The Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Cleanser claims to be 3 things: 1) a cleansing milk, 2) a toner, and 3) an eye makeup remover. I'm going to start at #3 as this was the one I was most sceptical about. As a light cream/milk formula I really wasn't holding out much hope at its makeup removing properties - particularly eye makeup. My only experience of a cream makeup remover has been the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (which admittedly is a lot thicker than this) and that was a disaster - it made my face look like I'd been chemically burnt! I've seen a few people say the same, but then equally I see lots of people raving about C&P so who knows, it must just affect different skin types in different ways. Anyway, I digress....
I put the Vichy 3-in-1 Cleanser to the test one night when I had particularly heavy eye makeup on (lots of mascara and a thick layer of cream eyeshadow) and I was well and truly surprised at how good a job it did. Firstly I was impressed by the fact it didn't sting my eyes at all (I know a product that claims to be an eye makeup remover *shouldn't* sting, but I had my doubts anyway!), and then secondly by the fact that in one go it removed all of my makeup.
Although it does remove makeup well, I have to say that I've only occasionally used it for that purpose. I mainly use it as my morning cleanser and then, if I am not being lazy, a second cleanser in the evening after removing my makeup with the REN No1 Purity Cleansing Balm (I just prefer the balm formula for makeup removal).
It does a pretty good job as a cleanser - it's really gentle and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. I wouldn't rave about it, but I am enjoying using it. I'm not sure about the toner claim, I don't really see how a cleanser can also be a toner (for me the point of a toner is to make sure all traces of your cleanser are removed), but I guess as it's quite a runny formula it does feel a bit like a cross between a cream cleanser and a toner.
All in all, it's a nice product - not one I'd race to repurchase, but it's a decent cleanser and if you prefer a gentle milk/cream for removing makeup then it's one to try.