Thursday, 5 September 2013

Faves and Fails- Makeup Removers

If you have been blessed cursed with angry, sensitive skin like mine, you will know what a pain it is to find a makeup remover that does not irritate your skin, effectively cleans your skin and does not leave any form of residue that might cause your skin to break out. Not an easy task. I am always looking for the next makeup removing product that will promise to fill all my boxes but not my pores, and more often than not, I keep stumbling across duds and get annoyed with the empty promises that seem to be thrown out there by manufacturers and sellers of the same. 

In my search for my HG makeup remover, I have come across some faves and fails, so I will categorise the ones that I have left now into one or the other category. 

Firstly, I like to start on a positive note, and I will take about my faves!


I rarely pick up any No7 skincare or makeup products unless I have one of those substantial discount vouchers because I think their products are just overpriced for what they are. One of the products that I did pick up was the Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser. I smear this over a cotton pad and it does a pretty good job of taking off my makeup.
My all time favourite makeup remover is Bioderma Crealine H2O - this effortlessly takes off every single trace of foundation, lipstick, eyeliner etc with absolutely no irritation or tugging. It is remarkable how this product works, and I cannot wait for it to become more easily available in Ireland.
L'Oreal have been bursting out new skincare items regularly and two such items were the Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil and the 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution. The oil is remarkably effective at removing face make up but not really eye makeup, and the Micellar is the closest dupe that I have found to the elusive Bioderma Crealine H2O.
Lastly, another makeup remover I have been loving recently is the Lancome Galateis Douceur* which is great for sweeping across the face and removing the bulk of my makeup.


A few more cleansers and cleansing washes that I have tried and loved are the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Soothing Gel Cream Wash, which is a really nice, gentle and effective cleanser that I use in the shower most mornings. I also love the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser in the evenings- it smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin feeling so clean and polished- and I alternate this one with the Soap&Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser and the No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser. Another pretty effective cleanser is the No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser which applies to the skin like gel and turns into a milky substance once rubbed in with water.


A couple of makeup remover/cleanser fails include: Lush Ultrabland- I really liked this when I got it first, but for some reason, this and my skin are not getting on at all these days. I haven't used it meaningfully now in a few weeks and I can't see myself getting back to this before it's expiry date. It's a pity but you win some, you lose some. I love La Roche Posay generally but I was extremely disappointed with the Effaclar Eau Demaquillante Purifiante- to be honest, water from the tap would probably be more effective at removing my makeup. I find that I have to absolutely drown the cotton pad with this before I used it at all and even then, I had to tug it along my face to remove any makeup. I wouldn't repurchase or recommend this, even though I do love so many La Roche Posay products. I feel similarly about the Nuxe Eau Demaquillante Micellaire- it does not come anywhere near Bioderma. I put the Soap & Glory 'The Greatest Scrub of All' Facial Exfoliator in this category too because I don't really rate it, and I never reach for it. Finally, the last of my product fails include Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel and Vichy Purete Themale Cleansing Milk - these both just break me out really badly any time that I use them and dry my skin out.

So that concludes my round up on my favourite and least favourite makeup removers and cleansers. Thanks for reading and hope you are enjoying SBBC! 
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  1. Great round-up Aisling! I'm no good at cleansers or removers but it's great to have a post like this that explains which ones work better for which things.

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