Friday, September 26, 2008
Mandom Cleansing Express - A quicke all over makeup remover!
I saw a review for Mandom Cleansing Refresh - Moist on Musings of a Muse blog and thought to myself. I am always looking for something to take off MU. I must have a zillion eye makeup removers in my bathroom. Why not a zillion and one? I hopped on over to webichi.com and found that Mandom has 2 versions of this makeup remover. One called Moist and one called Sebum Refresh. Mandom Beauty does have a 3rd cleansing express called Age Control. (It's peach colored) but webichi.com does not have this for sale ..yet. I have oily skin, and one thing I know is that Sebum is oil and the Cleansing Express - Sebum was probably for me! So if you have dry skin, check out the Muse's review. If you have combo/oily skin, check this one out! OK. check out both actually!
what this is:
It's a makeup remover that you can use ALL OVER your face. It will take off mascara with little effort and it also removes foundation, powder, blush, lipstick, etc with ease. It does a quick job of taking off "my face". ...
which leads me to this little saying at the bottom of the bottle:
"Ready for bed as soon as possible!"
How much do I love that?!
I pump 2 squirts into a cotton pad, I use one for my eyes and 2 cotton pads for my face. So I would say that I will go through this stuff fast, but I really only use it on days when I'm particularly lazy and don't feel like doing the, eye MU remover, cleansing oil, Clairsonic, Glycolic acid, wrinkle reducer, eye cream, moisturizer, acne topical treatment, more eye cream, etc. routine.
I can use the Mandom Cleansing Express, rinse face, and moisturize and be done. Well...yes. I do lose the benefits of all the other things I put on my face but at least my MU is off and I have moisturized..it's better than sleeping in my MU which is what I might do if I didn't have this stuff!
Mandom Cleansing Express removes almost everything from your face without drying it. Even though this version of the product is made for oily skin I can tell that my skin is not tight and dry after use...which is good because if it was, my skin would overproduce oil to compensate. I don't wear waterproof mascara, so I can't tell you about the effectiveness of removal, but I still find that my mascara does not always come off in one swipe with this stuff. Perhaps I need to douse a cotton pad and let it sit on my eyes for a few seconds before removing but It's not as good as an oil based MU remover, in this aspect.
The product itself comes in a pump bottle, like a lotion bottle. The consistency is water. It's not oily or thick or anything. Just water. So be careful in the first pump on the cotton as it may splash a bit. But it feels heavenly and I don't have the urge to rinse my face or anything like that. I feel that the residue it leaves behind is minimal. The directions claim you don't have to rinse but I do it anyway, just to have a clean slate...so to speak.
I paid $13.99 plus shipping from webichi.com. The bottle is pretty large (10.58 fl oz/ 300 ml) so for the price it's not bad. And since I don't use it every day I know it will last a decent amount of time.
It does have a scent but it is VERY light. The webichi site says it has a light rose scent but I swear to god that it smells like fresh coconut milk. Not that crap you get at the grocery store. No I'm talkin' the green coconuts that you climb up a tree, hack off with a machete and cut open. It smells like a mixture of light coconut milk and sea water and the beach (minus the sand). But still it's very faint. Even with my schnoz, I really have a hard time getting a good sniff of this.
Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Glycerides, Sodium Citrate, PCA Ethyl Cocoyl, Arginate, Tochopheryl, Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Hydroxylated-Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract [green tea] , Glycine, Soja Seed Extract [Soy]
No Alcohol! Well Butylene Glycol is an alcohol of sorts but looking on various resources it is not a big comedogen (1 out of 5) nor is a known irritant (0 out of 5). However some people my be sensitive to it. I am not, and therefore have not had any breakouts as a result of using this cleanser! Yippie!
It's not my holy grail makeup remover, but it's a huge time saver and worth the money on my lazy days.