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For Sensitive Skin: Makeup Removers Tried & Tested

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Makeup removal is an essential step in our end-of-day beauty routine. We all know the effects of improper makeup removal – dirt and impurities accumulated on our skin can cause clogged pores, inflammation and irritation. Add to that sensitive skin and you’ll have a whole new level of skin problems.

Makeup removers work by dissolving makeup with oil, water, gel or cream-based solutions. On my sensitive and acne-prone skin, oil removers don’t work that well, but those specifically for the eyes and lips are safe.

Here are my thoughts on some makeup removers I have tried/am trying:

Water-Based Makeup Remover

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 – I think anyone who wears makeup must have gone through at least one big bottle of this. Be wary of fake ones though! I once saw a ‘good deal’ on Qoo10 and it turned out too good to be true. The liquid smelt like kerosene and felt soapy. It would have been detrimental if I’d used it. There are other ranges under Bioderma – the blue one is for dry & dehydrated skin, green for combination & oily skin, but I only use the red as it’s supposedly the most gentle for sensitive skin. It stings my eyes though.

Plante System Cleansing Micellar Water – I bought this at a Guardian at Changi Airport as I forgot to pack a makeup remover. Oh my goodness, how it burnt my skin! >.<” I stopped using it after one use.

TDF Therapeutic Makeup Remover – I bought this only because it was on sale. Retail price $32 and I bought it for $15. Score! I think it’s a decent makeup remover, but only good enough for light makeup. It takes a lot of product and cotton pads to really get my skin near clean.

Chanel Eau Douceur Cleansing Water – Love the classic packaging, love the pump, love the luxurious scent, love the quality, don’t love the price. Lol. Can’t believe I paid over $50 for water. But I’d say the quality is well worth the money. It is really gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves behind this beautiful slightly waxy on the skin, giving it a natural-looking glow. In terms of efficacy, it’s not exceptionally better than the others.

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water – (not pictured) What intrigued me initially – the dispenser which works like those nail polish remover pump dispenser where you push down the top – is what turned out to be rather annoying. Even with a bigger piece of cotton pad, it squirts off in random directions every time. It’s not ideal for targeted removal too coz you can’t get the right amount of product on a cotton bud. It leaves behind a sticky residue which I prefer to rinse off. Dispenser and residue woes aside, I love the refreshing scent.

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Makeup & Acne Remover – (not pictured) This is the latest water-based makeup remover in my collection. Saw it off a YouTube ad and thought it sounded pretty interesting! The ‘reduces acne’ claim was the one that made me go out and get it. It is alcohol and fragrance-free, does not sting my skin, and removes makeup and impurities very well. One large cotton pad is enough, compared to 2-3 pads with the other water-based removers.

Wash-Off Makeup Remover

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Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser – I was quite crazy about it for a while. It dispenses a thick gel which you apply on dry skin. 20 seconds later it will foam up and you ‘move’ the dirt away before splashing all the dirt off with water. My skin always feels smooth and clean after that. If only the packaging could be improved! There’s always so much product wasted inside the bottle and if I dig it out and transfer it to another container, the product doesn’t function quite as well anymore.

TDF Wash-Off Cleansing Lotion – I bought this together with the cleansing water. Luckily I bought the small bottle coz this doesn’t work for me at all. It always leaves my skin super dry, and when I move my facial muscles it feels like cracks on a cement wall.

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New Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover: Smoother, Softer, More Superior

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We all know the importance of a proper cleansing routine – the lack of one will lead to outbreaks, puffiness around the eyes, formation of fine lines. It shouldn’t take longer to remove your makeup than it does to put it on but you still need to be thorough.

My definition of a good makeup remover is one that quickly and effectively removes makeup while at the same time is gentle to my skin, does not make my sensitive skin go haywire, and does not leave behind an uncomfortable residue.

The new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is an improved version of its predecessor, and I am happy to share with you just how much better I think it is!

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But first, let me share with you The Swatch Story:

The Swatch Story

The Swatch Story is one that is close to the hearts of all (hardworking and professional *ahem* hehehe) beauty bloggers. We aim to produce accurate swatches of products – foundation, gel-liner, blush, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, lip gloss, and more.

The reader takes about 2 seconds to scroll through swatch images, maybe more if she’s interested in a particular shade, but it would have taken the blogger about 1000 times of those 2 seconds to create the image from swatching > photographing > editing > writing > publishing.

Here’s my illustration of The Swatch Story:

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And so on.

You see, in order to quickly switch from one set of swatches to another, I need an all-rounder makeup remover that can remove long-wearing makeup eg. waterproof mascara, smudgeproof eyeliner, super red lipstick.

It must get the job done quickly, without the need for rubbing or scratching as these will leave red marks on my skin which will show in the next set of swatches. It must also leave a non-sticky and non-greasy after-feel for the next set to go on as clean and soft skin is the best base for accurate swatches.

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The new and improved Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is all of that and more. Makes my life so much easier now! :)

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