Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Best Makeup Remover For Dry, Thirsty Skin

Estee Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover
Oh, the woes of dry skin. I've heard some oily skin types wish for their prolific, productive pores to dry up so that they could attain a foundation finish that lasted all day, but I think that is a classic case of 'the grass is greener on the other side'. While yes, products do last much longer on a dry canvas, they also don't look as nice. Exfoliation is necessary to remove the pesky flakes of skin that abound, but there are many side effects of even the gentlest exfoliation on sensitive or thirsty skin. Please don't punish your skin further with a harsh remover. Take It Away could be the answer you've been waiting for!

When I envision a makeup remover, I think of something akin to the Magic Eraser commercials, where an extremely scummy, dismal shower door is transformed one swipe at a time into an ideal and glossy surface. Unfortunately, most makeup removers with that kind of power leave the most damage, and are the most irritating.
Estee Lauder Take It Away makes taking off your makeup a pleasure for dry and sensitive faces, as just one or two pumps, warmed between your hands and applied to a dry face with gentle rubbing motions, will take off foundation, lipstick, and even mascara easily. There is no rinsing required, although you may follow up with a cleansing water or toner afterward if you so desire. To gain the best results, it is recommended that one rinses this off with plain water, but I would think perhaps only combination to oily skin types would benefit from that method. The formula is gentle and refreshing, with a lotion-like consistency, and I feel like my skin is much softer after applied.

I've been using this bottle for at least 6 months, though I do alternate between the other removers I've opened so that I'm not being wasteful. There's still a lot left in the bottle, and I anticipate it lasting another 9 months to a year. The shelf life is a staggering 24 months, and even in my hot and steamy bathroom, the formula has remained stable. I can easily see it meeting the claim.
Take It Away has a light, fresh scent, and is not offensive. I think even those who dislike fragrance in their skincare wouldn't mind this, as it dissipates quickly and isn't overtly strong. This is a completely opposite aroma from the signature Estee Lauder fig.
While I do find that extravagantly glittery or shockingly long wear products put up a tough fight when faced with this particular product, in Estee Lauder's defense, I don't think their target market regularly wears the offenders mentioned. In that case, I prefer to use an eye makeup wipe like Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads to disperse the worst of it, and then follow up with Take It Away. The formula is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, and safe for contact lens wearers.
Estee Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover contains 6.7 oz. of product, and retails for $25.00 USD. While I bought mine from Amazon, it can also be bought direct from Estee Lauder, or your local department store counter and corresponding websites.

Overall Rating: A+

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Disclaimer: I purchased this product for review. There are no affiliate links within, and I am not affiliated with the company or being compensated for my opinion.