I bought this non-rinse makeup remover last year, thanks to its novelty*. Not only is it fragrance-free, this oil-free/water-based product also takes makeup off quickly. As such, I even decanted some into a bottle to put in my kit, to use on clients pressed for time. I’ve since finished the 300 ml bottle (I forgot to take pictures before sending the bottle for recycling, so the stock photo will have to do). :)
This product cleans faces relatively well. However, I did have difficulty with more tenacious makeup – certain foundations remained on the skin, while waterproof mascaras required a separate remover. It is an effective makeup remover for light/non-waterproof makeup though; I can see many working people loving this!
Strangely enough, the cleansing sheets from the same line can thoroughly remove stubborn face makeup. Perhaps the different formulation (the wipes are in the Bright Up formula), high concentration of the liquid and/or strong cotton fibres of the wipes contribute to their increased efficacy? The wipes do not really sting the eyes either, unlike the bottled version which sometimes do this. Again, this could be due to the difference in ingredients. (Thankfully, this only happened to me – everyone on whom I’d used this remover never experienced the stinging, funnily enough. To be safe though, I used a separate eye makeup remover on people whom I worked on after that.)
Economically-speaking, the bottle is more value-for-money and I need not deal with the fiddly packaging of the wipes. The pump bottle is easy to use too – all makeup removers should dispense product in this hygienic manner! Do note that the fluid nature of the product sometimes causes too much of the liquid to be dispensed, so be careful when pressing the pump.
This product comes in four versions:
- Agecare (peach) for anti-aging
- Bright Up (blue) for brightening dull skin
- Moist (clear) for dry skin
- Sebum (green) for oil control
The pretty translucent bottles with a floral print have an understated beauty that makes them look more expensive than they really are!
In Singapore, Mandom Cleansing Express is priced at S$16.90 (Moist and Sebum) and S$18.90 (Agecare and Bright Up). The range can be found at Guardian Pharmacy, Meidi-Ya, Nishino Pharmacy, Sasa and Watsons. I’ve also spotted mini 50 ml bottles at various Watsons stores; they would be a good way to try these cleansers before buying the full-size bottles.
Image source: Mandom Beauty
* It was one of the two water-based cleansers new to our local skincare market then; the other was Cure Aqua Natural Gel. ;)