Aside from facial mists, makeup removers are products that I can’t live without, and you’ll always find them on my #skincareshelfie. Cleansing waters, oils, balms, you name it – I’ve tried them all but it’s hard to pick a favorite! Each makeup remover offers different benefits so it’s useful to own more than one type.
Three newbies that I’m introducing to my makeup cleansing routine include the Optimum Lip & Eye Makeup Remover, Cleansing Balm and Oil Soap Cleanser from Korean brand AGATHA. The brand infuses Parisian sophistication into its cosmetics collection, which you can definitely tell from the products’ sleek and fancy packaging.
The Lip & Eye Makeup Remover has an unusual texture – one that I’ve never seen before. It’s a combination of oil and water, and you can clearly see the two separate layers inside the bottle. Before pouring it on a cotton pad, you’re meant to shake it slightly to mix the oil and water layers together. The brand also created this makeup remover with an optimum water and oil ratio that can thoroughly cleanse waterproof makeup.
No matter how effective my cleansing balm or oil is, my waterproof eye makeup sometimes won’t budge so having a makeup remover that’s specifically made for the eyes comes in handy. The Optimum Lip & Eye Makeup Remover is gentle and thankfully doesn’t sting my eyes. It’s also formulated with plenty of moisturizing ingredients like damask rose flower, peony flower extract, rosehip oil and sunflower, as well as camellia, safflower and marchia extracts.
Overall, it does a smooth job at removing even the toughest eye makeup, like waterproof mascara, and layers of lip makeup like lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss. When removing eye makeup, I suggest placing the cotton pad on your lids for a few seconds, or even for a minute, before wiping it across. Trying to rub makeup off harshly will only cause the skin to stretch, and that can only lead to one thing: wrinkles!
After removing my eye and lip makeup, I use the Cleansing Balm for a deeper cleanse. It’s formulated with various naturally derived flower extracts, including damask rose flower and evening primrose, rosehip fruit and calendula flower oils.
The cleansing balm has a solid sherbet texture that melts instantly when applied on skin. It easily gets rid of the rest of my makeup – foundation, concealer, blush and highlighter – without drying my skin out.
I like to massage the balm in for a good full minute before rinsing it off to make sure that all my makeup is completely wiped off, as well as other dirt or impurities that my skin picked up throughout the day. I have an oily T-zone and other cleansing balms I’ve tried always feel too greasy on my skin, but this one doesn’t leave an oily residue so it’s a thumbs up from me!
The last step of my makeup cleansing routine involves none other than a foam cleanser. The Optimum Oil Soap Cleanser is actually an oil cleanser that turns into foam when you slowly massage it all over your skin.
Two pumps are enough for my entire face and I’m happy to say that this cleanser doesn’t break me out. It’s made with five natural ingredients that cleanse and moisturize skin including coconut, olive, meadow foam seed, sunflower seed and macadamia seed oils. After rinsing, my skin feels clean and remains hydrated.
What’s the verdict? All three cleansing products work perfectly together and fit well into my daily routine, but if I were to pick a favorite, I’d go for the Lip & Eye Makeup Remover. It’s extremely gentle and nourishing, and easily gets rid of my waterproof eye makeup as well as lip makeup – which works wonders for me since I’m always flaunting dark lip colors that can be hard to wash off.