When I began my makeup journey a few years ago, the only removal method I was familiar with was the cleansing cloth (aka the facial wipe/makeup wipe/cleansing towelettes/etc). Fast forward to the present day and 7483 beauty videos later, my makeup removing process has definitely expanded. Here are 6 products that I use to take my cake face off; some better than others, so read on to see my thoughts on each method.
Yes To Grapefruit Correct & Repair Facial Wipes: Whether I’ve got major cake face or minimal makeup, wipes are usually my go-to if I’m feeling lazy/tired and want to get through my skincare routine ASAP. Currently, I’m using these Yes To Grapefruit wipes, but I definitely prefer the off-brand Target cleansing wipes (Up&Up), because they don’t sting my face and they’re more affordable. I’m okay with settling for cheaper cleansing cloths because, personally, I’m just looking for something to remove the majority of my makeup since I always follow up with my regular cleanser.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution: When Bioderma was made available to purchase in the US (through Beautylish), I freaked out and bought the double pack right when they launched. I wouldn’t recommend using Bioderma if you have a full face of makeup, only because you’d have to use A LOT to remove it, and this stuff ain’t cheap! I usually use Bioderma to remove very minimal makeup or I’ll use it to quickly cleanse my face right before makeup application. What really surprised me was that it can actually remove waterproof eye makeup. It takes a bit more time, but it works!
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: To be quite honest, this cleansing water works just the same as Bioderma. It all feels the same, works the same, and uses just about the same about of cotton rounds. One difference is the price; the more affordable alternative being the Simple cleansing water. While Bioderma doesn’t have a scent (at least I didn’t detect one), the Simple Cleansing water has a very faint smell of witch hazel, which I’m not a huge fan of, but thankfully the scent doesn’t linger. I would definitely choose Simple over Bioderma just because of the price and the accessibility! Currently, there aren’t any drugstores that carry Bioderma, so you’d have to order it online and wait for it to ship. The Simple cleaning water is available at most drugstores.
The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Make-Up Cleansing Oil: This product was my first time using a cleansing oil and I have to say, I really like it! The oil is light, it breaks down my makeup, and it’s easy to wash off. I like that it doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue on my face and it also left my skin feeling soft. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued, so I won’t be able to repurchase it. 🙁
Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil: This cleansing oil is a bit thicker than The Body Shop oil. It did a great job at breaking down makeup, but since it was a heavier/thicker oil, it didn’t glide across my face as easily as The Body Shop oil. It also took longer to rinse off and it didn’t leave my face feeling as fresh.
Coconut Oil: It’s amazing how many uses there are for coconut oil! This stuff breaks down makeup like a DREAM. It seriously melts away waterproof eye makeup in seconds and breaks through tough-to-remove liquid lipsticks. The only thing I don’t like is the greasy feeling afterwards. Unlike the cleansing oils, coconut oil won’t emulsify and wash off easily, so you’ll have to use a wash cloth to wipe down your face and immediately follow up with your normal cleanser. Other than that, I’d have to say this is my favorite type of makeup removal. It breaks down all makeup fast, it’s affordable, and readily available at the grocery store.
I hope you found this post helpful! Which cleansing method do you prefer? What cleansing products are you currently using? Let me know, because I am always looking for new products to try!