Hi-tech formulas dissolve the day's dirt and make-up
Estée Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion
The claim: Aloe vera (for moisture) and cucumber (for cooling and soothing) feature in a light cleansing milk (HK$240), one of the brand's three new make-up removers.
The review: The light, silky texture of this lotion belies its strength. We expected to have to do a fair bit of scrubbing to remove all traces of make-up, but found it dissolved even lipstick almost on contact (when used with a cotton pad). The only problem came when we got the lotion in our eyes, but the stinging went away as soon as we washed it off. The formula is recommended for drier skin types, and we found it to be gentle and hydrating - and able to work as a nighttime cleanser all on its own. Tama Lung
The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Make-up Cleansing Oil
The claim: This rinse-off cleansing oil (HK$199) is designed to dissolve make-up and impurities without drying out the skin. It can be used on dry skin and removed with water.
The review: With just a few drops on the fingertips or facial cotton, this cleansing oil easily removes make-up and mascara. It does feel a bit greasy, but when rinsed with water as suggested, it changes into a creamy texture and washes off easily, along with make-up residue. It feels gentle on the skin - and being somewhat sensitive to certain creams and make-up products, we were glad this cleansing caused no irritation. It says the product is formulated for Asian skin but it worked just as well for us. Tracey Furniss
Benefit Remove It Makeup Remover
The claim: This oil-free, no-rinse formula (HK$220) removes even waterproof eye make-up. It can be used with a cotton pad before cleansing, or with a cotton swab for make-up touch-ups.
The review: The packaging gets top marks and the product comes in the prettiest bottle we've ever seen. Clumsy or heavy-handed types may need to be careful with the tip-and-pour nature of the bottle. The product itself does not disappoint. Gentle yet effective, it works well even for those with supersensitive skin and eyes. It removes all make-up (from waterproof mascara to stubborn gel eye liner) without stinging or irritating the skin. Its oil-free, no-rinse formula also gets the thumbs-up. Plus, it smells great too. Pin Lee
Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Oil
The claim: A supercharged blend of five botanic oils removes oil, dirt and make-up while hydrating and soothing the skin.
The review: This cleansing oil (HK$79) was extremely effective at removing even the most stubborn make-up residue from our skin. The formula worked fast, but is gentle enough for sensitive eyes and skin. After the oil emulsified with the addition of water, it left our skin soft and supple. Unlike many other cleansing oils, it was quite easy to rinse off with water. Over time, we noticed that our skin was more hydrated and less sensitive overall. We recommend using a smaller amount in the morning, as we found that our skin did get a little shinier than normal after about six hours. Jacqueline Tsang