23 August, 2014 Top Six: Makeup Removers
As much as I love applying makeup, wearing a full face and feeling all done up, there really is nothing better than removing it after a long day. I’ve compiled my six favourite makeup removers from various price ranges and brands, and there’s something to suit every skin type as well.
First, my favourite makeup remover of all time – Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. This product pioneered the whole cleansing water trend, and it’s still the best one. A light, watery texture, this doesn’t sting or leave residue, and removes even the heaviest eye makeup in one swipe. I pour a little onto a cotton pad and wipe all over my face – usually 2 pads is enough for my eye makeup, and then I use another one for my face, lips and brow makeup. I do go through a bottle fairly quickly and it’s hard to come by (Escentual currently stock 100ml, 250ml and 500ml sizes, but I haven’t seen it on the high-street). You can buy Bioderma here, and please let me know in the comments if you know anywhere to buy this apart from online stores!
Next is the Garnier Micellar Water, a dupe for the Bioderma Sensibio cleansing water. This removes makeup fairly quickly, doesn’t sting and feels light and refreshing on the skin. The only difference with the Bioderma cleansing water, is that I like to wash my face after using the Garnier product, whereas with Bioderma I don’t feel the need to remove any excess makeup remover, because it seems to melt into my skin. Garnier’s Micellar Water is widely available and comes in a huge 400ml bottle for only £3.99 – buy here as well as in Boots and Superdrug stores. It’s such great value and is also amazing when poured onto a cotton bud for any mistakes or smudges.
Moving onto something a bit more heavy-duty, is the REN Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. This cleanser is meant to be used as part of a two-step cleansing routine; I apply this directly onto a full face, and massage for about three minutes to loosen my eye makeup, as well as any dirt or oil that’s been collecting throughout the day. I’m then left with a serious case of panda eyes, which I combat by rinsing the muslin cloth provided under a hot tap, and then press the cloth onto my face to remove all of the makeup residue. I usually repeat the process until everything is gone, and then do a second cleanse with something like the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. This combination is a lovely way to remove makeup and do a deep cleanse without stripping my skin of moisture. The Rose Centifolia cleanser smells gorgeous and is a really nice part of an evening routine. You can buy it here for £16.
A multitasking product that is amazing as a primer, hydrating mask, aftersun AND makeup remover is the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. I primarily use this for an intensive moisture boost if I’ve been in the sun, but after running out of Bioderma on my last holiday I found this to be really effective at removing makeup, and gentle too. I apply a small amount onto a cotton pad and gently rub at my eyes to loosen product – this would be amazing for sensitive skin, and as a great all-round beauty staple to keep for makeup emergencies. Lait-Creme Concentre comes in 30ml and 75ml sizes, both of which you can buy here.
My most recent makeup remover purchase is the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, which was first blogged about by Grace from The Beauty Drop in her Boots haul post. The minute I saw this I knew I had to pick it up – a lightweight, gel cleanser that turns into an oil on contact with skin, and then a milk to wash it off? Sounds like pure luxury to me! I’ve really enjoyed using throughout the week, and definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a makeup remover that’s gentle, feels comfortable on the skin, and effectively removes even the heaviest makeup, including waterproof mascara. If you’re interested in cleansing oils but don’t know where to start, this is an excellent transitional product. I bought mine from All Beauty, where it was reduced from £20 to £15.95 – get it here whilst it’s on sale!
Lastly is the richest makeup remover of the bunch, the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. This is a traditional cleansing oil in that it applies as a silky, oily texture, and upon contact with water, turns into a milk to aid the washing off process. This smells of citrus fruit and is full of nourishing, natural extracts such as grapeseed, olive and rosehip oil, as well as Vitamin E to soothe and calm your skin. I like to use this when my skin is feeling dull and congested, and this seems to brighten my complexion as well as remove all traces of makeup. The oily texture can feel strange at first but it’s a nice addition to a regular skincare routine, and although this can leave a slight residue on my skin, it’s nothing a muslin cloth and some warm water can’t fix. It’s currently on offer here for £7.33, along with the entire Superfacialist by Una Brennan line, so definitely check it out!
I always love reading comments about other products you think I might like, and please let me know your thoughts on the makeup removers I’ve mentioned in this post!