Dissolve Gel-to-Oil Makeup Removing Cleanser
Mostly known for her inexpensive yet high quality makeup and brushes, Sonia Kashuk's Dissolve Gel-to-Oil Makeup Removing Cleanser shows she's thrown her hat into the skincare ring, too—at least the cleansing part of it. And it's a bullseye formula for normal to dry or combination skin!
Although not fragrance free, the scent is subtle and not likely to pose much risk of irritation. Squeezed from its sleek tube, this super-silky, concentrated formula morphs into a soft cleansing lotion when applied to damp skin.
This glides easily over your face and eye area, where it goes to work instantly to break up and allow you to rinse even the most stubborn, long-wearing makeup formulas. Best of all, this rinses without a sticky or greasy residue and its silkiness means you won't have to pull or tug at skin to remove makeup (a bad habit that can fast track sagging skin).
The formula contains replenishing ingredients to condition during cleansing, ensuring skin won't be left feeling dry or tight. Way to go, Sonia Kashuk—this cleansing cream/balm hybrid is a wonderful way to easily remove makeup and leave skin feeling clean and soft.
- Super-silky, concentrated formula morphs into a soft cleansing lotion when you dampen skin.
- Easily removes all types of makeup, including waterproof mascaras and lip stains.
- Doesn't leave a sticky or greasy residue.
- Rinses easily.
- Conditions skin with replenishing ingredients.
- Not overly-fragranced.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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