Hi guys! Just as a heads’ up, I’ll be posting once a week in September. I’ve got a ton going on at work right now and am putting in some serious overtime. Anyway, I’m looking at the Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick today. It’s been a while since I last posted a review for a cleansing oil. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you probably know that I love cleansing oils and love testing and reviewing new ones.
$26.00 for 45 g/ 1.58 oz. This is pretty expensive for a cleansing oil per ounce. Cleansing balms, on the other hand, are more expensive. The only other balm that I’ve tried is the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm. For reference, that’s $18 for about the same amount of product.
This is a retractable stick, similar to a lip balm or a glue stick. The tube is white (unusual for Urban Decay) with a black liquid sloshing around as the main image. The text on the front is all white within this black mass (other than the standard purple UD logo) and the text on the back is black. The cap is also slightly translucent. The product itself is a yellow color, similar to Vaseline. Somewhat random. I think Urban Decay struck a great balance between their edgy, darkly-colored image and the lightness and freshness of a cleanser.
I’m not crazy over the stick form in general. I prefer watery consistencies in my oil cleansers, and balms usually don’t offer that. Having to rub the stick on my face deposits less product than I’m used to, so I notice how hard it is to spread. I don’t like pressing down with this on my eye area, either, which makes removing heavy eye makeup harder. That said, balms and sticks are very useful for travel.
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyethylene, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Aqua / Water, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Parfum / Fragrance, Curcuma Longa Root Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract / Evening Primrose Seed Extract, Santalum Album / Sandalwood Wood Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Monarda Didyma / Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract / Basil Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Points for the first ingredient being an oil and not being mineral oil!
This smells light and floral. It’s very refreshing! And once again, very in-line with a cleanser scent but a bit surprising from Urban Decay.
I normally rub this all over my face, excluding my eyes. I’ll try to place a lot of product along my brow bone and the tops of my cheekbones to work that into my eye area. I’ll also rub some along my fingers to get a bit more product on my face and move the stick around slowly for added product. Moving the stick around slowly also helps deposit more product without tugging. The contact with my skin helps more product melt off the stick. To get a bit more give in the product, I’ll mix in a couple drops of water.
The emulsion is great. It is consistently very bold and just so satisfying to see! There’s something really cool about your cleanser changing color and texture. The product does rinse off pretty easily, but it can sometimes give my skin a weird feeling. It’s partly like stripped skin but partly like healthy, hydrated skin. My other concern is that I always manage to get it in my eyes. If I’m careful with where the cleanser is used and applied, or if I use another product like the Too Faced Mascara Melt-Off, the product still gets in my eyes. I rarely have this problem with other cleansing oils. I’d rather not use this to remove eye makeup.
There is one other game-changing component. That is the shower use. I normally apply it before I get in the shower and then rinse it off at the end of my shower. The steam opens my pores and the heat makes any oil more emollient. In this situation, I do prefer a thicker cleansing oil that is less likely to run off my face.
I’m not crazy over this. It can do its job well, but there are some stipulations. It also doesn’t quite seem as fun as some of my other oil cleansers. Some of my problems with this product in particular are also problems that I have with cleansing balms as a type of product. I’ll probably use this for a few specific instances, but otherwise it’s a bit of a waste.