Hello! Today’s post is once again long and overdue – please accept my apologies! Even though micellar waters are usually the product of choice when it comes to make up removal, it’s products like the Galénic 2 in 1 Face and Eye Make-up Remover that should be holding that crown.
Galénic 2 in 1 Face and Eye Make-up Remover
With a gel-like milk/lotion texture, 2 in 1 Make-up Remover eliminates all traces of make-up from the face and eyes in one step, leaving no oily residue. Removes even the toughest make-up formulas.
WATER (AQUA). CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (emollient/skin repairing). PROPYLENE GLYCOL (humectant). MELILOTUS OFFICINALIS FLOWER WATER. CETEARYL ALCOHOL (emulsifier). POLOXAMER 188 (surfactant/anti-microbial). ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (emulsion stabilising). CARBOMER (emulsion stabilising). CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE (anti-microbial). FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). SODIUM METHYLPARABEN (preservative). TRIETHANOLAMINE (emulsifier).
My first use of the Galénic 2 in 1 Face and Eye Make-up Remover was during a lazy Sunday afternoon where I try (and fail at) a few different make up looks. Smokey eyes, contouring, winged eyeliner – things I always attempt multiple times but never succeed at *shakes fist*. Rather than inflict a harsh make up wipe on my skin, I cracked open the lid of the Galénic 2 in 1 Face and Eye Make-up Remover.
When I opened it up for the first time, I noticed the scent. It’s not a scent that smells like death, but more of a fresh, clean scent that I personally feel has a slight hint of an alcohol smell to it. My first thought after that was “oh no, what if it burns my face off?”. Luckily for me, and my face, it doesn’t.
In fact, this is one of the gentlest make up removers I’ve tried to date. The formulation is a thin, milky lotion that when massaged into the skin, “melts” into a transparent watery gel that removes make up such as foundation easily without any irritation. I like to massage a small amount into my skin with my fingers, and then use a cotton wool pad to wipe the make up away. It almost feels as if you haven’t used anything on your skin, compared to some micellars or wipes that can leave the skin feeling tight and irritated. In fact, after use my skin feels soft and hydrated; even though I haven’t needed to use water to rinse the residue away.
I’ve used this as a pre-cleanse product (e.g. before something like a hot cloth cleanser), but I’ve also been naughty and used it just on its own for those times I simply need to get in bed as quick as I can (read: under the influence of alcohol). When I have been naughty and used it just on its own, I haven’t woken up to any spots or irritation nor have I woken up to a face oilier than a Saturday night kebab (that then requires copious amounts of clay based masks).
My only complaint with this product is that I don’t like to use it to remove my eye make up. Whilst it removes eyeshadow well, I found it wasn’t as effective as removing things like mascara and eyeliner, and it made my eyelashes feel a little bit sticky. Whilst I haven’t suffered any irritation to my eyes with this, I personally prefer bi-phase eye make up removers as they are a lighter formulation (and generally are a lot faster at getting the job done!).
I wasn’t sure about whether I would repurchase the Galénic 2 in 1 Face and Eye Make-up Remover, but after the recent problems that I have had with micellar waters I think I will. At £6.65, it’s affordable and most importantly it removes my make up without burning my face off. If you have dry skin and are wanting a make up remover with a difference I’d give this one a go.
What do you use to remove your make up?