Well, it’s official — my skin and I aren’t getting any younger, and since we love long-wearing eye makeup, both of us were ready for the jelly that is Urban Decay’s new Meltdown Makeup Remover ($24), a creamy gel designed to whisk away waterproof eye makeup while moisturizing the delicate skin around the eyes.
The products contains a bunch of nifty-sounding ingredients like antioxidant-rich cranberry and raspberry seed oils, sea whip extract (similar to coral, also known as sea fan; the extract has anti-inflammatory properties), kukui nut oil (a powerful Polynesian humectant to aid with hydration), oat oil (to encourage collagen production) and beta carotene (to smooth and reduces the appearance of wrinkles).
I noticed the scent immediately as it’s…interesting — like eau de vanilla, funky musk, workout shoes and college dorm room incense. Not an award-winning fragrance, but I think the creamy texture, which feels almost like a lotion and spreads easily across my lids and lashes, makes up for it.
I pitted Meltdown against several long-wearing eye makeup products this week and found that as long as I was patient and forceful, it generally removed everything. Two pea-sized dollops on a cotton ball take care of long-wearing gel eyeliner, two coats of waterproof mascara, primer, concealer and eyebrow makeup from a single eye, but I really have to massage it in to remove every last bit of product from my lashes and lids.
I don’t think I’ll try to use Meltdown again to remove makeup along my water lines, however, as when I got it too close to my eyes, it left a slightly cloudy film that temporarily blurred my vision. It cleared after I splashed some water in my eyes, but I don’t want to have to deal with that every time I remove my eye makeup, ya know? To the product’s credit, at least it didn’t sting.
Urban Decay says Meltdown isn’t greasy, and I’d agree with that. It’s certainly not as greasy as oily eye makeup removers like Lancome’s, but I do think it leaves a slight film/residue behind.
I like Meltdown, but I can’t say I’m in love. Using it requires a lot of effort for my impatient @ss, LOL! But it is an option if you’re determined to go cruelty free (I assume sea whips/sea fans are not considered an animal). The product successfully removes heavy duty stuff as long as you’ve got the elbow grease to spare.
PRICE: $24 for a 2.5-oz tube
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,