I hope you are doing super! So this month I will review four Korean make-up removers… because blogging about one doesn’t really give you much comparison. I know, I know; I mentioned in my earlier post that I don’t use a lot of make-up, and I don’t. I use the basics, enough to make me look put together but not so much that it looks like I am ready for the runway. So back to it, this month’s post will focus on: Etude House – Real Art Cleansing Oil (Fresh), Etude House – Lip and Eye Remover, Innisfree – Olive Real Cleansing Oil, and Etude House – Happy Bedtime Green Tea Cleansing Tissue.
Personally, I do not like oil cleaners. I feel that they leave the skin too oily. Of course, the purpose is to remove the make-up and then you cleanse your face with a foaming product, but I still don’t like the oily feeling. The reason I own oil cleansers is because I received them as samples/service when I made purchases in Korea.
Etude House – Real Art Cleansing Oil (Fresh)
The instructions for this product is to gently rub the product directly on your skin (no cotton pads needed). I found this oil to be very thin, almost liquidy. It says Avoid contact with eyes, but how am I suppose to remove my eye make-up? Do they expect me to use another product? I rubbed it in my eyes when I first used it attempting to remove my eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara. BAD call. My eyes were so irritated, and they wouldn’t stop watering for the entire evening until I went to bed. It was terrible. Maybe I have sensitive eyes, but wow, it was unpleasant. For the demo, I used it on the bad of my hand, and it removed all of the make-up I had on my hand minus the purple liquid-pen-like liner. That was the hardest to remove. It left a faint mark even after using the foam cleanser. I wouldn’t purchase this product because to me, it wasn’t an all-in-one cleaner. Since it stung my eyes, I couldn’t use it to remove my eye make-up which means that I would have to use another product specifically for eyes.
Would not purchase or recommend.
Etude House – Lip and Eye Remover
This product is very mild but effective. It smells like nail polish remover, but is not! The name is quite deceiving. Why would anyone want to remove their lip and eye? They must have missed the word “Make-Up” between “Eye” and “Remover”. LOL! This product needs to be shaken before using as there are two separate liquids that needs to be combined. You moisten a cotton pad and then gently rub it where you want to remove your make-up. I find it every effective and since it is so mild, I can rub it on my eyes all I want to ensure I remove all my eye make-up. I would definitely re-purchase this product (and have a few times)!
Would recommend (and re-purchase).
Innisfree – Olive Real Cleansing Oil
This product definitely has more of a real oil texture/feel…like olive oil! It smells amazing. I want it as an oil moisturizing product for my body in the winter…of course this isn’t that product. This product did what the other two products above does. However, it also struggled with the purple eyeliner! As mentioned previously, I do not enjoy oil products as cleaners, so I wouldn’t purchase this product, but I would recommend it if you like oil cleansers!
Would recommend (if you like oil cleansers/removers).
Etude House – Happy Bedtime Green Tea Cleansing Tissue
I’ve used this product for a long time, and I really like it. Why? Because it is effective and smells fresh! I also like it because I don’t have to use a cotton pad as the liquid cleansing product is soaked into the ’tissue’. This product is definitely very mild and I can rub my eyes with it to remove all my eye make-up too! I guess as you can tell, my major test is how well eye make-up is removed. I find that since the cleansing product is in the tissue, it makes it easy to clean my whole face with it rather than use several soaked cotton pads. This one also left a faint mark from the purple eyeliner, so I can’t say that it is more effective than the other cleansers, but will say that it can clean a larger surface area of make-up.
Would definitely re-purchase and recommend!
So hard to see, but far left is where I used ET’s Real Art Cleansing Oil, the second blank is the ET Lip and Eye Remover, third is Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil, and the last part was ET’s Cleansing Tissue. All of them removed the make-up but left behind a faint hint of the purple eyeliner.
So my conclusion is that I like and prefer cleansing products that are not oil based. But then again, it is definitely a preference and not the end-all-be-all. There are so many different kinds of make-up removers out there, which I know can be hard as a consumer because you can’t try it in the store easily (like you would with lipsticks, lotions, etc), which is why it is so awesome to shop in Korea because they always give you loads of samples. It is definitely a great way to market products. I know that is how I end up trying a lot of new products! At the end of the day, find the right make-up remover for you and use it…use it well! Remember, don’t sleep with your make-up on!
Notice how your mascara flakes? It is time for a new one! The shelf life of mascara is actually very short, about 4 months! If you don’t want your mascara to expire faster than its estimated expiration date, don’t pump the wand in and out — you’re only exposing the product to drying air. (My go to mascara? Innisfree’s Microcara! It is thin and small, gets from the root to the tip!) If you fear forgetting when you started using your mascara, write the date on a piece of paper and then tape it around the tube. Simple solution!