Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray
Urban Decay's Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray offers the concept of gentle and convenient makeup removal, but lacks the formulary "oomph" to back up all its claims.
This spray is about as simple as it gets. We can't remember the last time we saw a product that only contained three ingredients: two types of silicones and vitamin E. No fragrance or irritating components here, which is good news for your skin. The brand advises spraying this remover on a cotton ball or pad, then using that to wipe off your makeup (but then why bother with a mist, a traditional bottle with a restrictor opening would have been easier).
The formula does a good enough job removing dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup. The issue is Urban Decay's claim that the formula is "powerful" and can remove the brand's most tenacious waterproof makeup. We put it to the test, and found it simply can't; at least not without quite a bit of effort and a lot product.
Surprisingly, it takes a lot of product to get waterproof formulas to even begin to budge, which winds up making this an expensive option if you wear waterproof or transfer-resistant formulas on a regular basis.
While not bad by any means, it just doesn't have all it takes to get the job done effectively. You'll find equally gentle but more effective, faster-acting formulas on our list of Best Makeup Removers.
- Removes dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup.
- Fragrance free.
- Does not effectively remove waterproof makeup as claimed.
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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