Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater (and Agave) Dual Phase Makeup Remover Isn’t Afraid to Face Anything

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Eyes, Product Reviews, Skin Care

These days, the only resident of Casa de MBB who regularly parties like a rock star is Tabs, but back in the day, gurl, my middle name was margarita (on the rocks with salt, please!).


Kidding, of course (sort of). 🙂

Interestingly enough, the new Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover ($7.99) contains two ingredients that also appear in my former favorite drink.

No, not cucumber and rose water, although I bet those could make a tasty drink. I’m referring to aqua (water) and agave.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Benzophenone Centrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Listed above both rose water and cucumber in the list of ingredients, agave, the botanical du jour, has been quite the trendy ingredient lately, popping up in numerous skin care products for its alleged hydrating properties (I haven’t seen any clinical evidence to show what it supposedly does), but it’s not the star of this show.

That honor goes to cucumber and rose water, the two botanicals that get top billing here.

Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover is, as the name implies, a dual-phase remover. Phase One: shake well (like it’s a bottle of salad dressing). Phase Two: remove.

It cuts through even long-wearing stuff in a flash, probably due to the solvents, silicones and alcohol it contains. I tested it against the big guns — NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, MAC Paint Pot, MAC Fluidline, YSL Crayon Yeux Haute Intense Long-Lasting Eye Pencil, Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer — and it whisked all of them away in about two minutes.

I use it with those little cotton squares, about 10 drops per eye to remove everything, and since it’s a bargain compared to $30 department store makeup removers, I don’t mind having to use a lot.

On top of how well it works, it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent, cause my skin to tighten, cloud up my eyes when I use it on the water line, or leave behind a greasy film. Great, great and great. 🙂

PRICE: $7.99 for a 4.3-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at CVS/pharmacy stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ if it relied on more natural ingredients)

It’s for the greater good, Ryan!

It’s only 9:45 p.m., and I’m totally ready for bed.

So sleepy…


One upside to going to bed early, though, is having more time to dream about Ryan Gosling’s abs. They made an all-to-brief appearance in Crazy, Stupid, Love. last night.

I would like to demand, on behalf of all womankind, that 1) Ryan’s abs get more screen time in his upcoming films, and 2) Ryan stops wearing shirts.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Heidi says:

    Mmmmmm……. Ryan………..

    Uh, ahem, anyway — this sounds like another great Nuance product to check out.

  2. Kaelin Chan says:

    Wow, that is some HAWT dish…..mmmmm 😉

    makeup remover is cool too though.
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  3. HanaBerlin says:

    Where are the products made? I went to CVS to check out the products and the OCD in me went all wonky trying to figure out where they are made. Does anyone know?

    • Karen says:

      Hi HanaBerlin,

      You might want to contact the distributors to find out. Here’s the info from the bottoe:

      Advanced Healthcare Distributors, LLC
      Concord, NH 03301

  4. jen. says:

    I might have to check that out when I run out of my Yes to Carrots remover (which I actually like a lot).

    Random Ryan Gosling -related link:

  5. Shauna says:

    OoO! I’m excited to try this 🙂 I’m happy to hear that it’s natural ingredients, works well, & best of all $7.99 @ my local CVS!?

    Currently I use the m.a.c makeup removal wipes (love them) so we’ll see what happens

    Thanks Karen!

  6. Crystal says:

    I didn’t see this when I was looking at Nuance stuff last week at CVS. I have to check for this next time. Its hard to find something that will get eye makeup off, and the price is right!
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  7. Chris25 says:

    I saw this at CVS when i went searching for Nuance products, but I too was a little put off by the fact that it doesn’t contain more natural ingredients.

  8. Vijaya says:

    Oooh! Affordable and works well? I have to try this one out!
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  9. Twyla Munden says:

    Karen, you’re killing my budget!! lol. I am headed to NH in November for my annual shopping spree and I keep adding things you recommend to my shopping list!! I’m gonna need a suitcase just for the makeup/products… THANKS!!! Have you used RIMMEL Eye Makeup remover – its my favorite as I can smudge mascare on top of eyeshadow and remove it with a qtip dipped in Rimmel and there is no oily residue, air dry, reapply eyeshadow… It doesn’t give me clouds or feel greasy at all……..good stuff… $7 in Canada, most likely cheaper in the USA.. lol

  10. Nina says:

    im pretty sure there should be a law forbidding that gorgeous man from wearing shirts!

    im about to run out of makeup remover …. ill check this one out!

  11. Haha, I remember that scene in Crazy, Stupid, Love. How could anyone forget? Haha! “It’s like you’re airbrushed!” 😛
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    • Karen says:

      Seriously… that Dirty Dancing move would totally work on me.

      • Linnea says:

        Haha. That was a classic scene. Loved Emma Stone’s reaction to his body. Absolutely perfect. “SERIOUSLY?! ” and I will admit.. when he was talking about his “big move”.. I was laughing. Then he did it.. Suddenly it was WAY too hot in that theatre!

        Definitely a good flick!

  12. Neetha says:

    Got to try this one out.. Its affordable too.. 🙂
    I use Lancome Bifacil eye makeup remover
    and when I am out of that I use baby oil to remove all makeup..

  13. Cat says:

    I’ve been seeing her products at every major drugstore, and I’ve wondered if they were another poor celebrity attempt at making money, but I’m glad they’re getting good reviews so far (I like Salma Hayek!) I will definitely have to pick up this remover, I love to do my cat-eyes and all the black liner is a you-know-what to take off!!
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  14. I am always looking for the perfect makeup remover. I haven’t found it yet. I will have to try me some of this. Sounds kind of delicious too.
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  15. Mariana says:

    This sounds like the miracle makeup remover I’ve been looking for! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Nuance line and have been eager to try a thing or two. Since I can’t seem to find a makeup remover that does the job I think this might be the first thing I try. Thanks for the review!

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