Fashion & Beauty

Take It Off: A Makeup Remover That Works

February 16, 2016

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Just this weekend a couple of us were complaining about how makeup removers don’t get the job done, leaving residue of eyeliner and tinted moisturizers on pillows and towels. Not a sight we like. We’re partnering with the PrettyGossip blog to provide this story. PrettyGossip is the site where a beauty-obsessed (in a good way!) woman shares things she has tried–cosmetics, treatments, procedures–to make her feel pretty. PrettyGossip is pretty honest about the products she tries. She acknowledges that she sometimes receives samples of new products for review, but she tells the truth (at least her truth) about them.

I HOPE YOU HAVE at least one skincare resolution. Always room to improve our skincare routine right? Your future skin will thank you! Please feel free to share your skin resolutions in the comments below. I’d love to read and be inspired by them!

Today, I’d like to review for you a super popular Korean cleansing cream from Banila Co. I purchased Banila Co’s Clean It Zero (sensitive formula) a few years ago and have been meaning to review it for you complete with an eyeliner challenge!  Let’s get started…

Banila Co- Clean It Zero

This bestselling cleanser is in sherbet form when you scoop it, but melts into an oil-type makeup and residue remover as you massage it over your skin. Formulated with papaya, acerola and herbal extracts, it leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple. Follow with a water-based cleanser.

This cleansing cream is amazing. No wonder it’s a best seller in Korea!

  • How to Use: Scoop a nickel amount and massage onto dry skin. Rub gently as the cream turns into oil. Notice as the makeup dissolves. You can either tissue off or rinse off with water. I often will double cleanse… more on that later. Please keep scrolling
  • Consistency: In the jar, the cream looks hard. To my delight, when I used the included spatula (see photo above) to scoop up the cream, it was super soft. Guess that’s why they call it “sherbet.” As soon as it touched my skin, the cream melted immediately into oil with the warmth of your skin. Super soft and emollient.
  • Scent: Subtle and not overly sweet.
  • Effectiveness: To really put the cleansing power to the test, I’ve put the cleansing cream up against some of the most hard to remove, waterproof eyeliners. Here are the eyeliners I used:

Banila Co- Eye Liner Challenge

From left to right… NYX The CurveMilani Ultrafine, They’re Real push-up linerMake Up Forever Aqua EyesBobbi Brown Gel Liner.

Let’s see how the cleansing cream performed in my eye liner challenge…

Banila Co- Clean It

Eyeliner Challenge Results: The Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes didn’t stand a chance! It was completely removed. Bobbi Brown Gel Liner also didn’t stick. These liquid liners stayed the best: NYXMilani, and Benefit. Not surprised because these three liners are always the most difficult to remove even with other eye makeup removers. I’d give the cleansing power a 4 out of 5.

Overall Thoughts: I highly recommend this cream cleanser for all skin types. You’ll be able to remove all makeup and prep your skin for your skincare routine. For dry skin, it’s the perfect cleanser all year round. Banila’s Clean It Zero Cream Cleanser is also great for all skin types, especially during the cold winter months when your skin is the driest.

If you like the squeaky clean feeling, you can follow-up with a foaming cleaner. Why you ask? It’s called double cleansing! You probably do it already without even realizing. Ever remove eye makeup with an eye makeup remover then wash your face with a face cleanser? That’s double cleansing! Think of Banila’s Clean It Zero as the all over makeup remover.

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