Byrdie: An Honest Review of Augustinus Bader’s New $65 Cream Cleansing Gel

"My skin felt soft, but clean; it was like I had already applied my serums and moisturizer."

Ok, let's briefly catch our collective breath. The specter of excellence that Augustinus Bader products create still haunts my mind. How do they do it? While The Face Cream cemented its fate in the skincare hall of fame, eager fans wondered and worried about what would be next for the German line.


So, when I saw the upcoming Augustinus Bader launch, it felt like Christmas (and frankly, it could be. What month are we in anyway?). Every time I test a new skincare product, my knives are out, and they’re sharp.

The Science: “The Formula took more than a year to perfect"

“When it comes to our skincare, we are not traditional beauty developers,” Professor Augustinus Bader, co-founder of the brand, exclusively tells me. “We have decades of scientific research behind our products. Our focus has always been on the science and efficacy of our products, and we intend only to release products that are best in class.” And best in class, they are. 

I wondered what the reasoning was behind developing a cleanser, besides reaffirming my belief that cleansing is the most important step of a routine. “After receiving many requests from our customers who wanted to achieve the best results from their skincare regime, we decided to expand into the cleanser category," answered Bader.

Like the creams that came before it, the cleanser contains the ingredient TFC8, the cornerstone of the product line. Though the ingredient sounds like its C-3P0’s cousin, it’s actually the brand’s proprietary chemistry that involves a complex of amino acids and high-grade vitamins, and it synthesizes molecules found naturally in the skin. In layman’s terms: it promotes natural skin cell turnover for healing and regeneration while mimicking your body’s own restoration capabilities. I know, it’s pretty meta. 

“The formula took more than a year to perfect," Bader says, and his thoroughness shows since the product served an ace against my makeup and my skin redness. 

The Results: Takes it all off


When I say it removes all of my makeup in one go, I mean it. I’d love to see Trixie Mattel use this to de-drag. I applied waterproof mascara to see if the cleanser passed my ultimate test, and it did. One swipe, and the mascara was gone. My skin felt soft, but clean; it was like I had already applied my serums and moisturizer. 

The most impressive feature for me was its ability to reduce redness. My skin will turn red if I just look at it. I always have a bit of redness in the morning on my chin and cheeks, but a few minutes (around five) after drying my face post cleanser, my complexion was almost completely even. 

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