With dehydrated, moderately sensitive skin, it’s often hard for me to find makeup removers that will fully remove makeup without irritating my skin. I love the feeling and convenience of cleansing waters, but alas, many of them have a lot of alcohol which, over time, compromises my skin’s moisture barrier.
My skin can tolerate BioDerma Sensibio Micellar Water pretty well, but I’m always curious about other cleansing waters, so I picked up this bottle of Bifesta Cleansing Express Enrich Cleansing Lotion when I was at Mitsuwa a couple months ago.
Ingredients (via label)
water, glycerin, propylene glycol, PEG/PPG polybutylene glycol -8/5/3 glycerin, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, PEG-20 glyceryl diisostearate, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, PPG & decyltetradeceth-30, citric acid, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, disodium edta, sodium citrate, strene/vp copolymerbutylene glycol, glycerylamidoethyl, ethyl methacrylates, stearyl methmethacrylate
No one’s going to claim that this cleansing lotion is all-natural, as there are a lot of synthetic solvents and moisturizers in there. Be sure to check the ingredients list to see if there are any irritants that you might be sensitive to (some people are sensitive to propylene glycol). However, if you have sensitive, dry or dehydrated skin, there are two kinds of glycerin in there to help moisturize your skin as it cleanses.
While this product is called a cleansing “lotion”, it’s only a tiny bit more viscous than water. I do find the Bifesta Cleansing Express Enrich Cleansing Lotion to be quite comfortable to use. Unlike many other cleansing waters, it doesn’t sting or tingle when I apply it to my skin, and it feels very gentle. However, it does leave behind a moisturizing film afterwards that isn’t quite oily, but does feel a little tacky. This can be a boon for dry skin, but for perfectly clean skin, you definitely need to use a second cleanser to remove any residue.
I have to use more of the Bifesta lotion (usually 3 cotton pads as opposed to 1-2) and swipe a little more to get my makeup off than other cleansing waters. However, it does get the makeup off thoroughly. I don’t feel that it dissolves makeup as quickly as, say, the Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water or the Tony Moly Chok Chok Green Tea Cleansing Water or my trusty BioDerma. But, at least for my dehydrated skin, it’s also far more gentle.
(L to R) Marc Jacobs Lipcreme, Missha M Signature BB Cream, Kat von D Ink Liner, Secret Key Waterproof Gel Liner
After letting the makeup dry for 10 minutes, I wiped it off with a cotton pad saturated in the Bifesta cleansing lotion. Above is with one swipe, and below is with several swipes and gentle rubbing.
As you can see everything came off except for the faintest residue from the lipstick. (Please excuse the slight bumps on my skin, I always get prickly heat in the summer).
The Bifesta Enrich Cleansing Lotion is a good choice for those who have a compromised moisture barrier, dry, dehydrated, or sensitive skin. It does a fine job as a first step cleanser and will dissolve almost all of your makeup, followed by an effective second cleanser. I will absolutely repurchase, as this is one of the few cleansing waters that doesn’t sting my dehydrated skin.
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Do you guys like cleansing waters? Which ones have you tried and loved?
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