It’s a gel, it’s an oil, it’s a makeup remover! This Clarins cleansing product has all the textures covered. When first applied, it feels like an incredibly light gel. You massage it on dry skin and it glides on like a dream. It feels a bit silicone-y as it goes on, and it has a soothing sweet scent that reminds me of the Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream of long long ago. It’s a bit of an old fashioned skincare scent that makes me feel nostalgic.
As you massage the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel into your face, it gets more of an oily texture and starts to break down makeup. It breaks down makeup in an extremely gentle manner and it does not irritate my eyes. However, I have not tested it on waterproof mascara so you might still need to bring out the big guns for that (aka eye makeup remover). Some mascaras are more stubborn than others.
Once your face looks like a Picasso and your makeup is totally melted, you can rinse it off. As it comes in contact with water, it morphs again, this time into a milky liquid that washes down the drain along with your melted makeup. If you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to use a washcloth and warm water for this step for maximum makeup removal efficiency. Skin is left feeling comfortable and soft. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, this one cleanse may be sufficient for you.
I’m personally a big fan of double cleansing, so after I remove my makeup with Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, I follow up with another cleanser. I’m currently using either the Spectro Acne Cleansing Gel if I’m feeling a breakout coming or the L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Cleanser/Scrub if I want more physical exfoliation.
All in all, I would definitely repurchase this and I recommend it if you’re in the market for a gentle luxurious feeling and efficient makeup removing oil. It’s a much-welcomed change after the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil, which I ended up not liking at all. Other makeup cleansing products I love are the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil.
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