NSPA Hot Cloth Polish, Melting Cleansing Gel review + giveaway! | New & noteworthy at the drugstore

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The products: NSPA Hot Cloth Polish & Melting Cleansing Gel

I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL this week, dear readers! But I plan on making it up to you today with a double-review of two rather unique new products and a giveaway, so… please don’t be mad.

» I already know I want these. Cut to the chase; take me to the giveaway! «

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish ($15.97 CAD/150 ml)

NPSA Hot Cloth Polish reiew

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

This Hot Cloth Polish was the thing that made NSPA, a cruelty-free British brand that’s new to Canada, stand out to me. I’ve wanted to try one of these since the Liz Earle hype blew up, and I gotta say: NSPA makes it worth the wait. 

Past the perfect scent (this is exactly what my brain thinks the archetypal cold cream would smell like), it’s a really interesting experience: a finely-woven muslin cloth (included), a very thick, white cleansing butter, and an exfoliation experience that removes your makeup without totally stripping your skin. 

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish review photos comparison

I wasn’t expecting the product to be as hard as it was (think very frozen ice cream, not summer soft serve), but it did spread nicely, and the thickness helps turn the Hot Cloth Polish into a spa-like, luxurious experience. The muslin cloth feels a little cheap, but the cloth-polish duo is $15 and full of good stuff like cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil — I think I can handle a flimsy seam for all of that.

Compared to the iconic Liz Earle at $36.75/100 ml, which I will admittedly likely now never try, NSPA’s Hot Cloth Polish is a steal at $15.75/100 ml. And hey, you won’t even need to pay import fees on it.

The NSPA Hot Cloth Polish ingredients: 

Aqua, Cocoa Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Parfum, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Neroli Oil, Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Linalool, Limonene.

NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel ($15.97 CAD/125 ml)

NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel review photos

I also tried out NSPA’s Melting Cleansing Gel, because I’d never used a melting gel before and I like new stuff. (What? Who doesn’t like new textures and technologies?) And, to my surprise… I liked this one even more than the Hot Cloth Polish.

It too is very dense, and applies more like a gel mask than a cleanser. For this one, you just massage it in all-over, then rinse off — it turns into a milky cleanser with a bit of water.

NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel review product swatch

NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel review

The Melting Cleansing Gel leaves a silky, moisturizing film behind, much like an in-shower body moisturizer, and was one of the most comfortable cleansers I’ve ever used on my dry skin. It removed all of my makeup without any effort, and–I can’t believe I’m saying this–was an even better eye makeup remover than my army of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils. It took everything off just as easily, swaps the messy mineral oil for vegetable oil gels, and was totally non-stripping.

If you have extremely oily skin, I think you’ll find the silky feeling kind of unsettling, but if you have normal to dry skin or dehydrated skin, you’ll love this.

The NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel ingredients: 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Grapeseed Oil, Aqua, Sucrose Laurate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum, Neroli Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Alcohol, Sucrose Myristate, Isopropyl Myristate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, CI 16035, CI 19140.

NSPA review giveway hot cloth polish melting cleansing gel

Win these things! (And one more…)

Wanna get your hands on these? Well, now you can — and not just at Walmart.

I’m giving away one Melting Cleansing Gel, one Hot Cloth Polish, and one Night Repair Cream (contains silicones) this week on theNotice, so get your entries in below!

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The verdict?

I know I’ve been reviewing a lot of products that I’ve loved recently (stay tuned; I have some serious fails coming up), but both of these products are a total must-have. The Hot Cloth Polish is a great way to try a hot cloth cleanser on a budget, and the Melting Cleansing Gel is a dreamIt removes even stubborn makeup with zero effort, and somehow manages to leave my skin feeling more moisturized than before… and, of course, I love the scent and packaging.

My only caveat for these products is that the muslin cloth of the Hot Cloth Polish might be a little too harsh for you if you have extremely sensitive skin. If you’ve ever washed your face with any kind of face cloth and not been in extreme pain, though, then this one won’t irritate you at all!

Availability: $15.97 CAD at Walmart (in Canada) & £6-ish at ASDA (in the UK)!

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  • Kelly

    Yay! These look great!

  • Helena

    That packaging is totally cute.

    • Right?? I love it — there aren't nearly enough brands out there that use serif typefaces on their packaging.

  • glogirl3

    The melting cleansing gel looks really interesting.

  • jenny

    I love gel cleansers so I am very intrigued by this line! Thanks for the giveaway, hun!

    • This is the first melting gel that I've ever tried, but I absolutely loved it! It's quite different from your typical "gel cleanser," imo ;)

  • sylirael

    Ooooooh… Goooooooh… :-D

    I have to admit, ever since the Goddess Lisa Eldridge spoke about the Liz Earle stuff, I have been curious about the whole face cream polish thing. Especially since I feel as though it sounds like something you get done at a car wash. You know, to your car.

    I'm big on novelty, what can I say!

    I have to admit that I never even bothered to look up the price of the LIz Earle stuff, after hearing even 'luxury product' bloggers blench at it, so it's nice to hear that there is an effective and cost-effective alternative! :-D Probably also not available here, but…baby steps, I guess. ;-)
    My recent post Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll #5

    • YUP. I'm big on novelty, too :P

      The Liz Earle isn't CRAZY expensive imo (especially when you compare it to, say, ExfoliKate), but NSPA's is definitely a heck of a lot better-priced!

  • Thank you!

  • Katherine

    These sound really nice! You write such thorough reviews.

    • I don't know if that was a compliment BUT I'M TAKING IT AS ONE. Thorough is what I aim for :P

  • beautyreflections2013

    Ohhhh! These sound great! Is this at Shoppers?
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  • Jamie

    Both sound wonderful. I have combination skin, but it's the overdry parts that worry me most! I've been using Cetaphil for its gentleness, but the natural ingredients of these cleansers really appeals to me.

    And of course the packaging is more sophisticated and less of an eyesore than a weird off-white/tan/yellow bottle with a blue pump. ;)

    • YES. These are so well-packaged, especially for the price! (I've always thought Cetaphil was a bit of an eyesore. Like, yes, it's iconic, but — it's not really the kind of bottle that I'd want sitting on my counter. :p)

  • Ann

    Ooooh, that melting cleansing gel sounds right up my alley!!

  • Jenn

    Like I needed more stuff for my face LOL

    • We all need more stuff for our faces when it its FUN STUFF being discussed!

  • Annabelle

    A giveaway? Yes please!

    I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw what they were priced at and at the fact that they could be picked up at Walmart, of all places! I am definitely interested in trying the cleansing gel – currently using a Seikisei (Seikisho? I forget the English name) cleansing oil atm but think I can do better… And then to hear that this is ever better than the cult favourite Shu? This is a must try for me now!

    Thanks for the reviews, Rae!

    • Yup! :o Less stripping, better-priced, and not as messy! (I like the scent more, too.)

  • howdoesdeedoit

    Luuuv hearing about new products /brands. This is great and finally…can get this in Canada too heh!
    My recent post Sephora Collection – these are a few of my favourite things…

    • Hah! Yup — it's always nice to find something that I'll actually be able to re-buy when I run out :p

  • BooBooNinja

    You said I could comment about anything at all, right?
    Last night I dreamt BF hadn't done Halloween right so he had to dress up in a suit and tie and do it again Saturday morning. In my dream I was jealous because I wanted to play too.

  • Sam

    I'm totally intrigued!

  • Lauren

    That gel cleanser sounds great- especially because it takes off eye makeup well! The hot cloth polish sounds very luxurious!

  • tweetyscute

    Cant wait to try this

  • cristi andreea

    good products

  • I have been following your blog for a very long time, I think i may have also commented on a post or two. 'Neways, i have terrible luck with giveaways…but keeping my fingers crossed for this one!
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  • laura

    You make these sound so tempting. I live in the states, is there anywhere to buy these? You mention Walmart but it really doesn't seem like these are available there…

    • Not that I know of, Laura! Your best bet is probably to enter this giveaway and hope for the best ;)

      If you're desperate, try tweeting @nspabeauty, too — they might be able to provide you with a list of stockists, and if not, at least they'll know there's interest!

  • Jeannie Lam

    I have never used gel cleanser before! I'm really excited to try this brand.

  • Jolie

    Would love to try these products, they seem great,

  • cathy

    amazing review on the Nspa products

  • Robin Wilson

    I hadn't heard of Trind nail products until now, but I am really intrigued and would love to ry them. Thanks for the chance and best of luck to everyone! :)

  • Robin Wilson

    OMG! Please disregard my previous comment…my mind was somewhere else. I meant to say that I hadn't heard of NSpa until now. And your review has me very intrigued, especially about the melting cleanser gel, I think it would be really good for me. But I would love to try all of the products! Thank you for the chance and best of luck to everyone! :)

  • EuterpesDelight

    I've got a sample of a hot cloth treatment I haven't tried yet (Eve Lom, I think?) that I got from the Lux Beauty Boutique subscription I had from their Boostr campaign last year. Maybe I'll actually use that if I win this so I can compare them ;)