Makeup Cleansing Gel

4.50 fl. oz. for $ 20.00
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Curel’s Makeup Cleansing Gel is a good fragrance-free cleanser, but it’s only so-so at removing makeup, meaning it’s unable to do all that it claims.

This thick, balm-like gel cleanser dispenses from a squeeze tube and is easy to smooth over skin. You’re instructed to apply it to dry skin, massage it with circular motions to remove makeup, then rinse.

Unfortunately, when it comes to makeup removal, we found that it doesn’t work that well that way. Although this method is common among cleansing balms, it’s not the most effective with this product. This can remove regular makeup, but in our experience, it works much better if you wet your face first, or apply water as soon as you’ve put it on your face, as opposed to after massaging it around skin.

For longwearing or waterproof makeup it’s best to wipe this off with a soft washcloth. Otherwise, it’s not nearly as effective. Also typical of balm cleansers, after rinsing, skin feels much softer and smoother.

Another issue: there are specific instructions on Curel’s site about how to use this as an eye makeup remover, yet also a note to “avoid eye contact”,  which is conflicting information and confusing for consumers. (We should note: there is a small amount of drying isopropyl alcohol in this formula, though not enough to be of concern, especially since this is a rinse-off product.)

When it comes down to it though, although this is a gentle option, if you wear makeup, it just can’t stand up to the far better performing options you’ll find on our list of best makeup removers.

  • Smooth formula is easy to apply.
  • With water, can effectively remove makeup.
  • Skin feels conditioned after using.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Extra effort is required for this to remove makeup effectively.
  • Recommended usage on dry skin backfires.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Designed specifically for dry, sensitive skin, the mild and silky Curél Makeup Cleansing Gel gently and thoroughly removes makeup from deep within the pores while hydrating the skin. It softly cleanses away impurities while protecting the natural ceramides from being washed off the skin.

Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua, Octyldodeceth-20, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Ethylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol.

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curels specialty, its disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

Theres truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if whats inside the bottles isnt great for your skin. Dont get us wrong; Curels body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but theyre just the beginningdry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidantsand those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isnt the cure for dry skin.

If youve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isnt the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when youre getting a truly superior formula, its money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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