Balm style makeup removers have taken the market by storm recently as Clinique, Estee Lauder and Urban Decay have all recently released a product of this type. My thoughts are that brands are finally hearing consumer’s frustrations with the current makeup removers on the market: they don’t fully remove the makeup, they dry out your skin, they’re expensive and wasteful… I could go on. So it’s great that a new product is finally being introduced to combat all of this.
So here’s the back story to me purchasing the product:
I chose to purchase the Urban Decay oil stick after seeing Jeffree Star review it on his channel and seeing it work so well. I also liked that it was a stick rather than a liquid because it would be great for the travels that I was just about to do as I didn’t have to worry about leakage and it didn’t require any cotton pads or anything. My sole product to remove makeup could be this stick- no wipes, no micellar water, no cotton pads, no eye-makeup remover. This excited me very much and after testing it in store on a long-wearing liquid lipstick and seeing the magic happen before my eyes, I was sold.
As for the product itself:
Firstly, it smells phenomenal. It has an incredible citrus, turmeric, floral smell that I love so much. I wish it could be a candle. It does an excellent job of removing my makeup and leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and fresh afterwards.
The way I use it is that I apply it directly to my face over my makeup, wet my fingertips and rub it into my skin to lift all of the makeup. I then use water to rinse it all off and go in with my cleanser as well (but it’s not really necessary).
However, this product had a rough start. I rubbed it across my eyes as I had seen others do, and my eyes started stinging like crazy and went really bloodshot. They stung like crazy for about 30 minutes while I had a cold cloth on them and eventually they calmed down.
Attempt 2: I used it the same way all over my face but for my eyes, I got some of the product on each index finger and gently rubbed them over my eyelids, but not too vigorously and it seemed to work out ok but there was still a bit of mascara left.
I now use it the same way all over my face and eyes and try to avoid the opening of my eyes and I definitely DO NOT open my eyes at any point during the entire process. Due to this, there is often a bit of mascara left, particularly on my lower lashes but I’d rather this than burning eyes. I suspect this occurs because of the fragrance but I’m not 100% sure.
I’m really disappointed in this product as I do not have particularly sensitive eyes and never have had any such issues in the past. Obviously, it hasn’t happened to everyone but I was surprised that it happened to me because as I said, my eyes aren’t that sensitive. I’ve tried the Estee Lauder balm as well and my eyes were perfectly fine. The stick does do a great job of removing my makeup and does leave my skin feeling great so I do plan on using it up but I definitely won’t be repurchasing it and I don’t really recommend it unless you’ve somehow tested it and know that it doesn’t sting your eyes.
This product retails for $42AUD which is rather pricey but as it’s a stick, you’ll get plenty of uses out of it. If this product worked for me I’d say it’s worth the price because it does such a good job of removing my makeup and requires no other product to assist it. However, as it burns the crap out my poor eyeballs… it wasn’t worth it for me and I wish I could return it and get the Clinique or Estee Lauder one instead. 😡
I hope you found this post useful and helped you with your purchasing decisions (lol can you tell that I’m a marketing student? XD ). What’s your favourite makeup remover? I’d love to know!