I’m a big believer in not overspending in unnecessary places, as it leaves more money in the kitty for shoes! If I can find a product which does the same job for half the price, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m buying that one.
When I discovered nspa, a budget line with high end results, I knew I had to give it a whirl. The product which caught my attention most was the Hot Cloth Polish, which is a clear dupe of Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish.
Given that Liz Earle has come under fire recently for changing the formula of Cleanse & Polish, I know there are a lot of people out there looking for an alternative after feeling let down by the brand. Lix Earle claim it came down to perseverative ingredient which according to the European Commission cannot be used anymore, but others say it was purely a profit-making move to reduce the levels of the expensive ingredients.
Whatever the case, I thought I’d put it to the test and compare and contrast the two to see which one comes out on top.
First things first, what is the price difference? Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish is available in various sizes and multipack options but the most comparable one is the 100ml Starter Kit which comes with 2 muslin cloths and retails for £16.
The nspa Hot Cloth Polish is only available in one option which is a 150ml with 1 muslin cloth for £7, less than half the price of its rival.
I think the cloth is where you see the biggest difference in quality. The nspa one feels very flimsy and thin, whereas the Liz Earle one is a much weightier and more absorbent fabric. However, if truth be told they both serve the same purpose and work equally well when it came to washing the product off.
The one major difference between the two is the consistency. I preferred the Liz Earle version when applying it, as it sunk into the skin far easier and quicker. The consistency of the nspa one is much stiffer and takes a bit more working.
Having said that, in terms of scent the nspa one wins for me. I found Cleanse & Polish to be really overbearing and if you suffer from sensitive skin, I would imagine this could be a real issue. Hot Cloth Polish on the other hand, is far less fragranced, making it gentler on the skin.
I used both products twice a day over a 2-week stint. The nspa version left my skin a touch on the dry side but this was easily balanced out with a good face cream. Overall, I really enjoyed using it and my skin looked radiant and less congested.
With the Liz Earle version was skin was much better hydrated but I did get a couple of blemishes while using it. As I already mentioned, the scent also bothered me.
My honest opinion is, unless you’re a huge and loyal fan of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, the nspa version is a worthy component at a fraction of the price. The next time I need to restock my beauty cupboard I will be repurchasing nspa Hot Cloth Polish.