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Having sensitive skin ive always been careful with what I put on my skin. Ive always taken my make up off before bed (normally using baby wipes) as I had my eldest at 19 so baby wipes were normally the quickest and easiest option. For some reason ive always believed that more expensive products are better for your skin....obviously this isnt the case. My skin has suffered a little more since having my youngest so I wanted to start a proper regime.
*****Price and availability*****
I paid £21 for a 200ml bottle (I know that 30mls are included in sets, so that may be the best option so you can try out a few of their products at the same time). Estee Lauder is a top quality selling brand and their make up remover, along with their other products can be purchased from department stores, house of fraser, etc. However you can pick up a 30mls on amazon for £5 deliveres.
*****Take it away*****
The product is ideal because its suitable for all skin types. It comes in a mint green bottle with a pump action top. It claims to totally remove any make up including mascara. Simple instructions include: apply to dry skin skin, massage well then rinse off with warm water.
So I 1st used this product before bed quite a while ago. I still had my make up on from that day, so I pumped a little bit of the product onto my hand (roughly the size of a 5 pence piece). It was white with a slight hint of lime green like the bottle. Being very thin in consistency I thought I would need a lot, its so thin and light, exactly like a moisturiser. I stuck with the small amount on my hand, afraid of using to much and wasting such an expensive product and to my surprise the small amount covered my face (I left my eyes alone as didnt want to risk it as ive always used a separate eye make up remover for that.)
I started on my cheeks where I have my foundation then spread the cream onto my chin, nose and forehead, it cleaned all these areas. The smell was the same as the cleanser and toner I have also reviewed, clean and sterile with a hint of what would be a lovely perfume. I hate sweet products on my face as they are quite sickly and personally I find them quite cheap. Sounds strange, but just smelling the product makes me think it will clean my face as it does smell very clean and sterile.
*****Do did it work?*****
Yes! It did remove all of the make up from my face (foundation, pressed powder and blusher). With how thin and light the product was I seriously doubted it would work. I kept massaging it into my face thinking it would leave my skin soft but not remove anything....how wrong I was. As far as make up removing goes it did exactly what it advertised, without being harsh on my delicate skin. It smelt lovely and clean, only a small amount was needed, it works!
BUT.....and theres a big but....this product is absolutely pointless if you already use the estee lauder cleanser.....I Have been using the estee lauder cleanser for over a year now and it is my absolute best friend. You apply it as soon as you wake and in the evening before bed. The cleanser is that effective and thorough (yet gentle) that it also removes make up....meaning you can save yourself £20 and not buy this.
Being a mum to 2 young boys under 5 I try to save as much money as possible, so I tested both out with removing my make up and cleaning my face. Ive already explained the make up remover removed my make up effectively. But I then tried just using my cleanser alone. Before bed with my make up still on I applied the cleanser, it removed all my make up AND cleaned my skin AND moisturised it. The make up remover only removed the make up leaving it ready for the cleanser.
The cleanser in my opinion is the best product for removing make up and cleaning it at the same time. With the make up remover, while it removed the make up it didnt feel as if my skin had been cleaned. Not only that but the cleanser actually did a better job! Not saying that all cleansers would be the same, but in my opinion you cannot beat the estee lauder cleanser.
As far as make up removers go....id give this 5/5, but when given the option between make up remover or cleanser id go with cleanser everytime. For people who choose not to use the cleanser then yes id say go with the make up remover, as it does what it says. For me, ive saved myself the £20 odd and stuck with my eatee lauder cleanser (ive also reviewed that should that be of any help to you).
I received a 30ml sample of this product free in an Estee Lauder gift set recently. Take it Away is a makeup remover which is applied to dry skin to dissolve make up and mascara. It retails at £21 for 200ml.
The product is a white cream with a light texture which is easily applied and rubbed over the face. The fragrance is a little too synthetic and chemical like for my taste, but it not unpleasant. When rubbed over the face the cream becomes colourless and you can visibly see it dissolving and lifting some of the makeup. When ready to remove, water is applied to the face, and a milky residue is washed away.
Once I have washed with water, I find that some makeup and mascara has been lifted, but I can still see streaks of makeup over my face and my skin feels greasy and oily to the touch. This makes me feel quite unclean and that I immediately need to cleanse. This is even when I have used a light covering of foundation.
I then use my regular cleanser to take the remaining makeup and oil off my face. Once thoroughly cleansed, my skin does feel clean and soft. Estee Lauder do recommend cleansing and toning after using this, but to me this product is just an extra effort. I would rather do a double cleanse. I have used this several times and each time my skin has felt oily and unclean. I think this product is more suited to those who wear a full face of makeup, or theatrical makeup, as it does lift off some makeup, making cleansing slightly quicker. For those who only wear a light covering of makeup, I don't think this product is necessary as regular cleanser should remove that any way.
Overall, this is a nice product to use on the odd occasion I am plastered in makeup, but otherwise it is an unnecessary extra step in my routine. I will not buy this in the future.
Estée Lauder have had a few gift with purchase promotions recently and a couple of weeks ago I got a goodie bag from them including this make up removing cleanser amongst numerous other things. The one I have is not the full sized product but is a fairly generous sized 30 ml tube which will last quite a long time.
I think it's really important to properly remove all traces of makeup before washing my face, as I don't want makeup to remain overnight and clog my pores. I find a lot of cleansers are not as thorough as I would like and don't completely succeed at stripping away all my makeup, especially foundation. I usually use Clinique makeup removers and am very happy with them but seeing as my usual foundation is from Estée Lauder (Double Wear) I was really keen to try this Estée Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover as I thought an Estée Lauder cleanser would surely be capable of removing their own popular long wearing foundation.
This makeup remover is one which takes the form of a watery cream which you rub onto your dry skin. It is intended to remove all makeup, as you can tell from the "total makeup remover" description, and this includes eye makeup including water proof mascara, eyeliner, and all long wearing makeup. This format was something new for me as to take my makeup off I normally use an oil based cleanser on a cotton pad to wipe my eye make up off and then a foaming cleanser on my face which needs to be lathered with water and then rinsed off.
When I first used this I was definitely expecting the cream to be thicker, but it is quite runny and I have to be careful squeezing it out as it can be a bit runny and slippery. I start with quite a small amount. As it is so light and not really thick it is easy to spread this over my skin. I rub it over my face with circular motions and it feels light and refreshing. I expected it to sort of rest on the surface, as the tube said it would have to be rinsed or wiped away, but in fact it actually somewhat sinks into my skin while rubbing it on, and it feels quite hydrating. It doesn't feel greasy as it is water based rather than oil based. It has a nice fresh scent which Estée Lauder have described as a crisp herbal citrus. I think that is a good description. It is quite planty but not overwhelming and just smells really clean.
This cleanser does an effective job of getting all my makeup off. It works well on the foundation, which I was pleased about as I would have found it a bit of a con if Estée Lauder "total" makeup remover struggled with their Double Wear. I often wear waterproof mascara as I have quite watery eyes which start running as soon as I get in the wind, and this does also manage to get the waterproof mascara off. This is not instant and it does put some black smudges around the general eye area at first, but a little bit of rubbing cleans it off and I don't need to vigorously scrub.
When I rinse with water I am not left with any greasy residue or any makeup, just a nice clean face. It leaves it feeling very soft. I'm happy with the results as it leaves me able to get to my skin and use a cleanser on my makeup free face. It has not irritated my skin and I have been using it a lot since I got it, including on quite a few consecutive days. I do have somewhat sensitive skin and react to different products every now and again, so I would say from my experience this seems okay for sensitive skin. It feels very gentle. Estée Lauder say it is suitable for all skin types.
I would definitely think about buying this when my tube runs out. The full size is 200 ml and comes in a pump bottle for £21.
This is the most fantastic makeup remover. I cannot recommend it enough, I used to use Clinique's foaming cleanser to remove makeup but it did not 100% remove all my makeup. I got a sample of Estee Lauder's total makeup remover about 6 months ago and I have used it ever since.
It can be taken off with cotton pads or removed with water, I love this because if I am quickly redoing my makeup before going out again I use the cotton pads and when I am going to bed I use water.
It is for all skin types and it removes even long wearing and waterproof makeup.
It has a gel/ cream consistency which I love because I have quite oily skin but it is definitely creamy enough for a drier skin.
It also removes eye makeup remover hence why it is called 'total makeup remover' so it is ophthalmologist tested to ensure it is suitable for the eyes as well as being suitable and sensitive enough for contact lens wearers.
***How to use***
I use about three pumps for the whole of my face. Rub it in circular movements on dry skin, then remove with cotton pads or wash it off with warm water.
***The after feeling***
Smooth, clean and soft skin ready to cleanse with soap.
200ml = £18.50 (great value for money- it lasts for ages!)
I would definitely recommend trying this product!
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