Ahhh… If my dry skin could talk, that’s what it would say about new NARS Makeup Removing Water ($29).
Gentle. That’s the figurative word here and what I like most about the product, thanks to soothing botanical ingredients like cucumber, chamomile and hyaluronic acid. It works without any soaps, oils, fragrances or alcohol to remove makeup while, according to NARS, toning and moisturizing the skin.
And, even better, it’s supposed to work without scrubbing/rubbing.
MAC Cleanse Off Oil/Tranquil and I have been in a hot-and-heavy relationship for a while now, but when I heard that FranÃ§ois was releasing a new makeup remover that wouldn’t require rubbing, I was intrigued…
When I turned 36, fine lines seemed to crop up overnight! — so things like being able to remove my makeup without having to tug at my skin are suddenly a lot more important to me now.
And to remove long-wearing eye makeup, like waterproof mascaras, eyeliners and highly-pigmented eyeshadows, there’s NARS $25 Eye Makeup Remover. Described as a “high-performance, extremely mild makeup remover that removes all types of makeup, including waterproof,” the non-greasy, oil-in-water formula glides across skin, leaving a silky, smooth feeling without leaving a residue behind, and it contains soothing natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber to calm sensitive skin.
When I’m out running errands and wearing a moderate amount of makeup — maybe a primer, a little bit of tinted moisturizer, powder, eyeshadow, blush, gloss and mascara — I’ll soak one cotton round with Makeup Removing Water, and that’s enough to do the job (without my having to scrub/tug) in between 1-2 minutes.
But to remove more ambitious looks, and looks with long-wearing products or waterproof eye makeup, I find myself having to use a little more of the product, and elbow grease, to the tune of a few soaked cotton rounds and up to about 5 minutes.
That it is so gentle and moisturizing are my favorite things about NARS Makeup Removing Water, but in a perfect world it would handle the heavy duty stuff better.
Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world (shoot!), because if we did, it would also cost less than $29.
But hey, I still like NARS Makeup Removing Water for precisely what it is: gentle. And the next time my skin feels dry and/or sensitive, I plan to reach for it again.
PRICE: $29 for a 6.7-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,