Cleansing is no longer as simple as just using a facial wash. Good skin starts with proper cleansing and not by avoiding makeup. I've come across quite a number of ladies who are terrified of applying foundation because they're worried that it will cause breakouts or worsen their complexion. The fact is, if you properly cleanse your skin at the end of the day, you'll have nothing to worry about. Proper cleansing should be practiced whether or not you apply makeup since the skin care that you apply in the morning will clog up your pores all the same if you don't thoroughly clean them off before applying your night skin care.
So, what's considered as proper cleansing? My cleansing regime consists of a gentle cleanser (Cetaphil) in the morning and at night, I double cleanse first with a cleansing oil to get rid of all my makeup and then again with Cetaphil.
In this post I'll be reviewing several makeup remover cleansers that I've recently tested and one of them is completely amazing...
MAC Cleanse Off Oil
Having read Jenn's review on the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, I expressed how I'd love to give this cleansing oil a try and being the sweetest girl she was, Jenn got me a generous sample of it. The Cleanse Off didn't cause any adverse effects to my skin despite containing Bitter Orange Oil (I've been worried that I may be allergic to that) instead it performed spectacularly. When the light oil is massaged onto my foundation-covered skin, all the gunk melted off my face in no time. Dissolving super waterproof mascara and eyeliner is hardly a chore for the Cleanse-Off. After cleansing, my skin didn't feel oily but comfortable and soft.
I'm on the fence with which I prefer more -- the I Nuovi Cleansing Oil or the MAC Cleanse Off. Both are quite similar in terms of performance but I occasionally do get a rash from I Nuovi if I don't rinse off the emulsified oil quick enough. However, you can't beat I Nuovi's price (RM72/150ml). That said, MAC Cleanse Off Oil is wonderful and I highly recommend it if it's not out of your budget. If you'd prefer something cheaper that works just as well, I Nuovi's a sure winner.
But what about Shu Uemura? It lost out to I Nuovi a long time back! [read comparison here]
Lancome Baume Eclat Balm-to-Oil Massage Cleanser
Along with the Cleanse-Off, Jenn gave me a travel-sized tube of Lancome's Baume Eclat to compare with. The balm-to-oil texture takes some getting used to as it felt like I was rubbing Crisco on my face. While it did remove almost all traces of makeup, it required a substantial amount of rubbing. On the plus side, it's less messy compared to using a cleansing oil as in no dripping. I use this mostly when I'm traveling so that after dissolving the makeup, I can simply wipe it off with a wet tissue. Nevertheless, it's not something that I'll consider purchasing full-size.
[read Jenn's comprehensive review here]
Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion
With the rate of a bottle a month, I was looking for a cheaper alternative to dual-layer eye makeup removers and that's when I settled for the Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Lotion. Yes, it removed foundation and waterproof mascara but not quite effortlessly. In the end, I gave up and just used cleansing oil to remove all of my makeup in one step. I'm still wondering why I didn't just do that in the first place since cleansing oils are the best that I've ever used for removing eye makeup. Not only have I saved on eye makeup removers, I'm using less cotton pads as well. I'd occasionally use the cleansing lotion to remove any mistakes, swatches or light makeup. I'll probably repurchase but not for a long time more since I still have more than half a bottle. I recommend this to anyone who's looking for a highly affordable makeup remover.
[read Prettybeautiful's review on this]
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