The featured ingredients in the product are salicylic acid, which is a good pore un-blocker and anti-acne ingredient, as well as volcanic mineral extract. There is also peppermint extract, to give a cool menthol feeling when you use the product. I personally could do without the menthol (I dislike the tingle), but I imagine that guys with thicker skins would probably like using it. I also really like the inclusion of salicylic acid, which has good scientific literature behind it. I do use a 2% salicylic face wash a couple of times a week myself to help unclog my pores. I let it sit on my skin for a minute or so in order to get maximum effect.
The red foam in L'Oreal Volcano Red Foam.
We were told that before L'Oreal launched this product, they tested it on 240 men, and all of them felt that their skin really improved from it. Sounds good, right? The product is also very easy to use. It has a scent that is pleasant and a little cologne-like (apparently L'Oreal also had to work on the scent of the product to make sure it was suitable to the guys' noses, too!). As the product name suggests, the product comes out in a red foam. Well, it doesn't come out in a foam straightaway, but it does come out red. With some lathering, you get a nice bit of white foam that stays quite solid and isn't too drippy, and that cleans effectively, removing dirt and oil without an overly squeaky-clean feel.
How effectively? Well we were shown a demo where the Men's Expert Volcano Red Foam actually washed off camo cream! Yes, like the kind guys wear in army. Which is pretty darn hard to remove! It was actually quite good fun. Below you can see one of the L'Oreal guys getting his face all mucked up with camo cream (they eventually ended up covering most of his face, this is just a shot halfway through):
Torturing the poor volunteer by applying camo cream on his face.
The Men's Expert Volcano Red Foam was then used to remove the camo cream. I was kind of skeptical, but it did work. All you do is take a bit of the product in your palm, and than lather it up by rubbing your hands together. As you can see from the photo below, you do get a good amount of foam.
Lathering gives you a good amount of foam for cleansing your face.
Aaand, the washing! Unfortunately while his face got clean, his shirt was not as lucky. Some of the camo cream dripped onto his shirt, and the shirt got stained. Oops! Also note in the background of the photo the other volunteers who also had their faces mercilessly smeared with camo cream, so that they could wash it off with the Volcano Red Foam later.
All the camo cream is all off, after washing with the Men's Expert Volcano Red Foam!
The Volcano Red Foam is already out in stores, but because I'm kind of obsessive about beauty products, I couldn't help but take a snap of one of the new products that will also be coming to our stores, which is the Hydra Energetic Quench Max. This is another product under L'Oreal's Men's Expert range, and is a which is a gel moisturizer that hydrates your skin without feeling oily. It's particularly useful if you use a harsh cleanser, and feel the need to put some of the moisture back into your skin.
Also coming to you: the L'Oreal Men's Expert Hydra Energetic Quench Max
If you're looking for a quick cleanser that really removes the oil and gunk from your face, then this is a good one to try - if it can remove camo cream from your face, it should work for those with oily skins. And the salicylic acid is a great ingredient for acne-prone skin too. At $10.90, the Volcano Red Foam is a pretty good steal. The Hydra Energetic Quench Max moisturizer will be launching around now (if it hasn't already been launched), and will cost $23.90.
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)