To give credit where credit is due, I did not come across this makeup remover by myself — it’s actually the same makeup remover Annie Jaffrey has been using for years. She’s raved about it several times both on her YouTube channel and her blog.
I know it says it’s for your eyes, but really, who cares? I personally use it as an overall makeup remover because if it’s gentle enough for my eyes, it’s gentle enough for the rest of my face. And when I say it’s gentle enough for my eyes, I mean it. I can open my eyes while using it and my eyes don’t burn, sting, or itch in the slightest — it’s really quite magical.
So What Is It?
Glad you asked! The makeup remover comes in a 4 fl oz. recyclable bottle and is of a clear, gel-like consistency. I usually use about a quarter-sized amount for my entire face. The directions say to apply it to a cotton pad and wipe your makeup off with it but I’ve never felt the need to do that — using it the same way I would use any regular face wash has worked just fine for me.
A single bottle will typically last me anywhere from three to four months. It usually sells for about $6.30 on Amazon which makes it quite affordable in my opinion, especially given how long it lasts.
As I’ve mentioned before (and will continue to mention) skincare products should be gentle and should not contain any harsh or irritating ingredients that could sensitize your skin, clog your pores, or strip your skin of its natural oils leaving it tight or dehydrated. This gentle cleanser certainly fits the bill: it’s noncomedogenic (see here for a thorough list of potentially pore-clogging ingredients), fragrance-free, and ph-balanced.
As I mentioned, this cleanser has a clear, gel-like consistency. However, as soon as you start mixing it with water and applying it to your face, it emulsifies into a milky, ever so slightly foamy texture. And while I generally prefer cleansers to be non-foaming, I give this one a pass just because it tends to be so gentle on my skin and, really, it doesn’t even foam that much.
Another reason I love this makeup remover is that I’m not really a fan of makeup remover wipes since I don’t think it’s the most beneficial thing ever to tug and pull at my skin and lashes. I also don’t like the method of using a damp wash cloth after applying makeup remover to get it off my skin — it’s just another hassle I don’t need. And so my favorite thing about this product is that I don’t have to do any of that! The makeup just dissolves so easily and so gently with almost no effort from me.
In terms of how well it removes makeup, I really think it does a fantastic job! I typically wear very minimal makeup on a day-to-day basis (spf, concealer, mascara, eyebrow pencil, and some blush) and it definitely removes all of it. Every once in a while I’ll wear a full-face of makeup where I’ll whip out the foundation, eyeliner, setting powder, bronzer, the whole nine yards — and it still performs just as well. Amazing!
I will say its one downfall is probably waterproof mascara. Seeing as I tend to avoid waterproof mascara precisely for the reason that it can often be quite difficult to remove, I can’t really remark on how well it performs with it. That being said, I know I bought waterproof mascara once accidentally and while the product did a semi-decent job of removing it, there was definitely lots of mascara left over.
Another thing that bums me out is that it’s basically impossible to find in-store anymore. I used to be able to buy it at Whole Foods but, for some reason, they’ve stopped carrying it. You can technically still get it off Amazon but I do fear the day Earth Science discontinues this product.
*Update* My sister (probably the only person that has read every single post I’ve written, God bless her soul) was at Whole Foods recently and she called me while at the store to let me know that they are selling it in-store again!
I’ve been using this cleanser for probably about 4 years now and I have no intentions of leaving it. I know the K-Beauty movement encourages double-cleansing with an oil-based cleanser as your first step and, honestly, I’m all for it. Unfortunately, I’m incredibly paranoid about using oil-based balm cleansers because I’ve read many reviews of people breaking out from them. And it’s taken me way too long to get my skin to clear up this much so I’ve become quite protective of it.
That being said, if you have any oil-based makeup remover suggestions that are noncomedogenic and have not broken you out, please do share them below!