Some days it’s a real effort to take my makeup off. After a long day the last thing I want to do is stand in front of the mirror for 15 minutes removing my daily face. Tuesday evening was one of those nights.
Despite the bad press that facial wipes get, I have no problem with using them. I like to take my make up off with them and then cleanse as normal. My favourite have always been the MAC wipes but they can be costly (£20 for 100 sheets) so they’re more of a treat than a necessity. I had no wipes to hand, and instead reached for the new Neutrigena Hydraboost which promises to cleanse, remove make-up and leave skin feeling supple and soft to touch – without the use of water.
Although I have confidence in Neutrogena as a brand and I was curious to see how this would perform. Would I really be able to sufficiently remove a day’s worth of grime and makeup off my face without water? Hmm I was dubious to say the least.
Hydro Boost Gelee Milk combines the lightness of a gel, with the efficacy of a make-up remover milk. It removes make up, dirt, impurities, leaving no greasy residue, while quenching skin with a boost of vital hydration. The combination of Neutrogena’s cleansing technology, hydrating agent and Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally found in the skin and known for securing moisture and creating fullness.
As I squirted the product onto the back a cotton wool pad and swept it across my cheek, I glanced at the amount of makeup that came off in one swipe. Just how many cotton wool pads would I have to use??
Almost ten minutes later and I was still sweeping away – using both sides of each pad, so not to waste them. By this point I was beginning to wish I’d just washed my face normally. I could have double cleansed in this time. As I touched my skin, yes it felt supple, as promised, soft too, but it also felt sticky and I didn’t like that one bit. I do like the scent of it though, very fresh and spa-like.
My patience wore thin after using a handful of cotton pads (used on both sides), and they weren’t looking any cleaner.
In the end, I just washed my face with the Hydra Boost Exfoliator Cleanser instead as I wasn’t convinced my skin would be clean enough, by using just the Gelee Milk. I noticed I’d used quite a lot of product for one ‘cleanse’ too.
What I will say, is that I tried it again the following two days and I find the process a lot easier. Why? Well I hadn’t worn make-up for a start. I could see the dirt my face had picked up throughout the day and the cotton pads looked cleaner, far quicker. I also used less product as a result of wearing no make-up! Again, my skin felt soft after use and ‘plump’ when I touched it. I then applied serum and moisturiser, as normal. When I woke up, my skin still felt nice and hydrated, which was impressive.
Based on these findings, I think the Gelee Milk will be reserved for non make-up wearing days and when I’m feeling extremely lazy. I just don’t feel comfortable using this as my main cleanser on a face full of make up and not using any water to rinse away product. If I had to use this to remove make up, then I’d use wipes first to optimise make-up removal and then use the Gelee Milk afterwards – otherwise I’ll be standing at the sink all night!