For Sensitive Skin: Makeup Removers Tried & Tested


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


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


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.


Not My Cup Of Cleansing Oil – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review


We haven’t gone in-depth with my skincare practices, which, considering my own routine, should really be more frequently mentioned on Bun Bun Makeup Tips.

I’ll work on that, but in the meantime, it’s just much more fun doing reviews on skincare products that have a lot more to do with makeup. Like taking it off.

The other day I was going through this box of products that were either abandoned because they ceased working for me or were completely exhausted because they were so awesome. I shall make it a point to post on those products before the end of 2012. Heh.

I found in the abyss of the box the DHC Cleansing Oil and was sickened by the state of the remaining product.


Look at that dark brown stuff at the bottom of the bottle! EWWWW!!!! :S

What The Fuss?

Seeing the bottle again brought back unhappy memories we – the DHC Cleansing Oil and I – shared. Somehow, we never connected.

I was using the Fancl Cleansing Oil and after going through 4 – 5 bottles, I sought a change. The raving reviews of the popular DHC Deep Cleansing Oil finally got to me, and despite not being impressed when I tried it at the store and hesitating due to the hefty price of SGD40, I decided to bring it home.

And I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.


How To Remove Stubborn Waterproof Eye Makeup Without Tearing Your Skin – Biore Makeup Remover For Eye & Lip Review

Take it all off! Your makeup, I mean! Teeheehee!

It is important to remove all traces of makeup before you turn in for the night. NO EXCUSES! This is my third bottle of the Biore Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip and I can proudly say it will be my HG eye makeup remover until the end of time, unless one day it gets discontinued or is reformulated. =(

I always read about people having trouble removing makeup – waterproof mascara especially – on forums and wonder why, if they’ve always been bugged by that problem, never found the solution that I have? Is because those people in forums didn’t know about the oil-based makeup removers that hail from Japan? Or they didn’t have access to them?

Hmmm, I wonder.