Long-lasting, smudge-proof makeup is what summer dreams are made of. What is less alluring is trying to get off waterproof mascara at the end of the day without aggressively scrubbing your face.
I was very intrigued by the new Urban Decay line of makeup removing products. I purchased the Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray ($32) because it seemed like the most mess-free option. The line also has a Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick ($32) that looks like a little deodorant you rub directly on your face, and a Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick ($18) which I would love to test on long-wear liquid lipsticks.
This makeup remover spray claims to be a gentle makeup remover that cleans the skin in one swipe and leaves you feeling refreshed. The product is made of three ingredients, and it is emphasized that there are no filler-products within the formula. It is made of: (1) cyclopentasiloxane, (2) caprylyl methicone, and (3) tocopheryl acetate.
Allow me to translate…
Cyclopentasiloxane is a skin conditioning agent that is silicone-based. Caprylyl methicone is a clear silicone that is used to make products smoother and to make it feel less oily. Lastly, tocopheryl acetate – also known as vitamin E acetate – is a synthetic ingredient that helps to keep oils from going rancid.
The packaging says to spray the product onto a cotton ball and wipe all over the face to remove makeup. I spritzed a generous amount onto a cotton pad and began wiping away my makeup. There was certainly product going onto my skin – my face looked shiny from the oil – but, there wasn’t really any makeup coming off my face. It was just sort of sliding from one side to the next.
I have become way too accustomed to bathing myself in setting spray, so I decided to just spray the product directly onto my face to see if it would work better. It felt like I sprayed PAM onto my face, but the makeup started to come off immediately. Without even using a cotton pad, I could see the makeup break apart and lift off of my skin. Rather than it actually removing the residue from the surface of my skin, I just skipped straight to cleanser and my makeup came off with ease.
Due to the oily feeling of the Urban Decay spray, I felt that I had to be extra thorough when washing everything off. As with other oil cleansers, you have to be diligent about drying your eyelashes after to get the oil out or you will end up with makeup under your eyes.
Below is a before and after of using the Makeup Dissolving Spray. The products seen in the first image include waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow. Only the liquid lipstick stained my skin a little bit, but everything came off completely.
If you enjoy oil cleansers, you will love this makeup remover. I usually only like using oil on my eyes when I am wearing waterproof mascara or eyeliner. I absolutely hate the feeling of it on my skin, so I’m not thrilled about the fact that this product only works well when I use it like a setting spray, and drench my face in it. A huge plus of this spray is that it is a travel friendly option to oil cleaners because it won’t spill everywhere. If you pick up this product, I would recommend just going for it, and spraying it directly onto your face and then going in with cleanser right after. I had a hard time getting over the thick, oily feeling of the product – but overall it is very effective.