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Urban Decay

Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick

1.58 fl. oz. for $ 26.00
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Urban Decay's Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick is a product that's interesting in its concept, but unfortunately includes some ingredients that are less than ideal for anyone's skin.

This wax-like stick comes in a plastic tube and swivels up. It starts off like a thick balm which "melts" to an oily texture when it contacts skin, then becomes somewhat foamy but with a cushion-y feeling (though not a frothy foam like with a foam cleanser, the foaming action is very light).

It does an effective job removing makeup (even long-wearing formulas), rinses away cleanly with just water, and is convenient to use, no leaking bottles here!

The big problem is that this contains some potentially irritating ingredients. If you're looking to use this to remove eye makeup, it's just not a good way to take care of your skin. Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick includes fragrance along with several sensitizing plant extracts. Although rinsed from skin, these ingredients still have the potential to cause problems, especially if you use this around the delicate skin of your eyes (see More Info for details).

We like this product's concept and fast makeup removal but prefer the far gentler options on our list of Best Makeup Removers.

Pros:
  • Easily removes makeup.
  • Rinses easily.
  • No-mess formula.
  • Convenient to use.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
  • Contains potentially irritating sandalwood and spearmint extract.
More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don't get lulled into thinking that if you don't see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:

Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385

Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
You cant get enough of our long-lasting products, but how the hell do you take them off?! With Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick. Formulated to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup (yes, even Vice Liquid Lipstick and 24/7 Pencils!), Cleansing Oil Stick is as powerful as it is gentle. Nonirritating, nourishing ingredients leave skin clean, refreshed and without a trace of makeup. Meltdown hydrates, yet never leaves a greasy residue. This three-phase, oil-based remover transforms from a balm to liquid oil to microfoam, gently dissolving even the most stubborn makeup. The stick format is portable and travel-friendlyno leaks, no risk of TSA confiscation. We laced the luxurious oil formula with turmeric root extract, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E to leave skin feeling soft, clean and makeup-free. (And Cleansing Oil Stick smells as great as it works!)
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyethylene, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Aqua / Water, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Parfum / Fragrance, Curcuma Longa Root Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract / Evening Primrose Seed Extract, Santalum Album / Sandalwood Wood Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Monarda Didyma / Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract / Basil Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Urban Decay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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