When I saw the recent makeup removal launches from Urban Decay, I was very intrigued. We all know I love a good cleansing oil so the innovative additions to their line-up looked right up my alley. The one that particularly caught my eye was the Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray. It sounded too good to be true – just spray on your face and wipe off the makeup? Even waterproof mascara? Surely there’s a catch.
It finally made it’s way to Mecca recently so I ran in store to check it out. I sprayed a little on my hand and was impressed with how easily it removed the build-up of swatches on my hand (typical trip to Mecca, of course) so it was a no-brainer to throw it in my basket and give it a proper test-run at home. The product isn’t cheap so I wanted to see if it was really worth that price tag. The ingredient list is simple – only three ingredients, one of which is Vitamin E. The spritz itself is incredibly fine and the packaging is essentially the same as their best-selling setting sprays.
From the first try, I was hooked. It feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, a barely-there oil that washes off easily with no greasy residue. After washing the oil off with a damp face washer, my skin feels lovely and nourished. And the best bit is how truly effective it is at removing makeup. The description says that the product will take off makeup in one swipe, which is definitely the case for foundation and cheek products but I’ve found that waterproof mascara or liquid lipstick does take a little bit of going over. Still not enough, however, to irritate the area or feel too harsh on the skin.
I’ve been trying this out three ways. Spraying it on a cotton pad before applying to the face, applying to my hands before applying to my face and just spritzing the product directly onto my face. I’ve found the former method to be a little more effective but there’s not a huge amount of difference between any of them – it comes down to what works for you. It normally takes two or three cotton pads to remove makeup from my entire face. It does a really thorough job but I like to follow it up with a second cleanser anyway. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to double cleansing, it would seem!
It also can be sprayed on the face before being rubbed in with your hands which also works well. This is particularly effective on waterproof makeup or liquid lipstick as it gives it a second to break down the makeup before you wipe it away. It’s as simple as spritz on, rub off makeup and wash face with a damp face washer.
All in all, I’m very impressed – it works just as well as some of my favourite cleansing oils and it’s so quick and effective that it’s definitely earned it’s spot in my skincare lineup. This is quickly becoming a new favourite step one in my double-cleansing routine as it is so easy and fuss-free. I was expecting to get along well with this so I’m excited that it exceeded my expectations, next on my list is their Cleansing Oil Stick…