I am a girl who LOVES waterproof makeup. Hardly ever will I buy a mascara, concealer or foundation that doesn't say something along the lines of "long lasting," "waterproof" or "extended wear." But with that staying power means that when I'm ready to take off all my makeup, a little extra TLC is required to properly remove it all. Leaving any makeup behind can clog your pores causing blackheads, all forms of acne and even boils. Yuck!
I've always used the standard makeup wipes and liquid formulas to remove my makeup. I'd never really branched out or thought of using anything else. More from lack of knowledge than anything else... But, a few months ago, I was introduced to the Clé de Peau Cleansing Cream. It removed my waterproof makeup flawlessly, but came with a hefty $72 price tag...Something to consider, but not in my budget at the time. I was left feeling like the whole experience was much more luxurious and felt like less of a task, as so often removing makeup does. And so it stuck with me, and I decided to begin searching for other companies that offered cream makeup removers.
I started my search at the drugstore and was only presented with two options: a Noxzema cream (a product that used to be really drying for me, so I was a little weary) and the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser. I ended up choosing the latter after reading that it removed waterproof makeup and was HUGELY disappointed. It literally became super chunky when mixed with my makeup and felt disgusting. There are no other words...it quickly was returned and my hunt continued.
Shortly after, I stumbled across the Urban Decay Melt Down Makeup Remover during one of my many trips to Sephora. And after testing with a few waterproof products on my hand, I decided to give it a whirl. When I first tested the product, the consistency was good, creamy and smooth. The instructions say you can use it with or without water. I think this starts off better without water, but if you rub to long it begins to get dry and "sticks" to the skin. You then have the option to wipe it off with a tissue or rinse with water. It claims to be non-greasy and nourishing for the skin with ingredients such as:
- Sea Fan Extracts to combat inflammation
- Gatuline In-Tense to stimulate collagen production
- Fruit & Nut Oils to moisturize
Unfortunately, I do feel like it's a tad greasy after use, so I wouldn't feel comfortable just wiping this off and carrying on with my routine. I always wash my face after using this product to achieve that squeaky clean feeling I love. The smell is mild and the only way I can describe it is a mix of sunscreen and grandma = P So I guess more of a powdery smell to it... Not my favorite, but I didn't buy it for the smell, and I wash it off any way.
All in all, I think this product performs very well. It removes all of my waterproof makeup in one use except my Dior Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara. This is the only mascara I've had an issue with, requiring two uses before removing all of it. Still, I find this is much easier and more luxurious than any liquid makeup remover that I've used. Gone are the days of trying to rub off our eyeballs! Don't deny it, you know you've done this...
If I go to compare it to my original love, the Clé de Peau Cleansing Cream, I'd give it an eight out of ten. Ten being Clé de Peau. But for only a third of the cost, I'd say it's well worth it. Not to mention I use far less than if I were using a liquid formula, thus lasting way longer.
What do you think? Have you tried any cream makeup removers? Let me know in the comments below! xo