Who hates taking off their makeup? I do, I won’t even lie. But, I do love the satisfaction I feel after I’ve washed my face before bed. It’s like the best feeling knowing that when I wake up, I won’t have makeup smeared all over my pillows, or if I rub my eyes, I won’t get old mascara all over my face. I’m smug, I know. I’m a fan of stuff that makes my nightly routine easier. I want to get in and out in the least amount of time (hello, how do people do 15 step routines?). I have tried it all, micellar waters, cleansing oils, wipes, etc. My current routine includes a micellar water for my eye makeup, and a cleanser for everything else. Not ideal, especially for the nights when I am feeling really lazy.
Enter Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleaner. What’s this you ask? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure! At first glance, I thought it was just another cleanser. After trying it out for a bit, I realized that it is much different from a cleanser. Think traditional cleanser, meets micellar water, meets oil cleanser. If you combine all of those products, that’s essentially what Clean+ is. Plus, Clean+ is fragrance, dye and alcohol free, approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association, and it is made for sensitive skin.
I also have to admit that I had no idea what to do with this product at first. Do I use it for my eye makeup or not? The instructions weren’t very clear, and it was hard to find any information on it. The instructions say to apply to dry skin and remove with warm water or cotton pads. Garnier does advertise Clean+ as being able to remove waterproof mascara, so I decided to give it a go and see what it was capable of.
I started with a grape size blob. I applied it to my eye makeup first, and let it stand for a few seconds before applying to my face. I spent the most time going over my eye makeup, but I could feel it working very quickly, think about a minute. It felt very similar to a cleansing oil, with every pass, I could feel it breaking down my mascara. My lashes quickly went from stiff, mascara covered, to clean and soft. I chose to remove it with a damp cloth because I felt like cotton pads wouldn’t really remove everything. There was a lot of makeup left under my eyes, and I didn’t like the feeling that was left on my skin after, so I have been dual cleansing when I use Clean+. I kept my eyes closed until I thought I had removed enough of the product, so I did not have any issues with stinging eyes, so be careful if you use it to remove your eye makeup too.
To show you how Clean+ works, here are some before and after shots. I used Dior mascara, Urban Decay liner, a L’Oreal gel liner and a Make Up Forever cream blush. These are some of my every day wear products and some of the longer wear products I have.
As you can see, it removed everything! Am I a fan? Yes! I like the consistency over a cleansing oil, but I prefer my two step routine because I feel like my skin is cleaner afterwards. I do not have sensitive skin, but it does seems to be pretty gentle on my skin. I personally just don’t enjoy the feeling after. Should you try it? Yes, definitely! Clean+ retails for $7.99, so it’s a pretty good value. I will continue to use it while following up with my usual cleanser, but I will also be using it on my makeup brushes because I think it will be amazing on my tools to get clean out stubborn makeup like cream liners.
Have you heard of Garnier Clean+? What is your favourite makeup remover?
*This is a sponsored post courtesy of Crowdsocial but it in no way affects my opinion.