Hello everyone! Today I am going to review the e.l.f. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser! The price of this may vary depending on where you get it, but I got mine at Walmart for $10. You can also get this at Target, Ulta, or here on the e.l.f. website. This review is loooong overdue as I actually purchased this over a month ago, and am almost finished with it! I guess that already tells you that I like the product hahah!
This is the description on the box:
It seems like in the year 2016, it was the year of gel melt cleansers in terms of makeup removal. I believe the one that really started this trend was Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, then IT Cosmetics made their own version, among many other brands. For those that are not familiar with how these work, you essentially rub the product all over your dry skin, then follow it up with water to “melt” the makeup. For reference, I have only tried e.l.f.’s version of this type of makeup removal gel so I cannot compare it to the other brands. I purchased this because I wanted to see what the hype was about with this type of makeup removal without breaking the bank. This e.l.f. cleanser is also an extremely affordable option with it being a third of the price of Clinique’s version (which retails for $29).
The e.l.f. gel melt cleanser has the consistency of exactly that–a gel. Because this was my first time using such a product, it definitely feels weird to be rubbing this on dry skin. I was curious to see if this would work for eye makeup as well–for those curious, I am happy to report that this does not sting my eyes! Now, you can definitely feel the product in your eyes and it definitely was uncomfortable, but it wasn’t painful by any means in my opinion.
Now….how well did it do at removing my makeup? A really good job actually! In my opinion, a little goes a long way with this makeup remover. As the box says, the gel turns into a milky cleanser and “melts” your makeup. It was a really cool experience to see all my layers of foundation and whatnot literally melt off my skin. I found that this product did not make my skin feel dry or “tight” after using it. I personally prefer to double cleanse, so I use my Biore cleanser after using this, but I do have pretty oily skin. If you have dry skin and want to double cleanse, definitely use a super gentle cleanser! Something to also note that genuinely surprised me: after using this product, I noticed that my pores looked visibly smaller! Although that was not a claim on the box, it was definitely a nice surprise! I will say that I would recommend this gel cleanser for face makeup, not so much for eye makeup. Nonetheless, I use it for both as it still removes most of my eyeshadow and eyelash glue, but I always use an eye makeup remover right after. All in all, I highly recommend checking out this gel melt cleanser! Before splurging on the more expensive brands, definitely give this one a try! Thank you so much for reading!