The season of Halloween is about to come yonder, which means yes to special effects makeup galore to get your paint (and scare) on, but it also means furiously scrubbing at your face trying to get all that gunk off.
Really, we’re just here to make your life a tad easier and as beauty junkies ourselves, we totally get the struggles that fellow beauty enthusiasts face. Here’re 12 heavy duty – we’re talking melt your face off kind of heavy! – to invest in this Halloween to get rid of your Harley Quinn (or whichever freaky, spooky character) face paint!
1. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
Raved about by the reviewers on Sephora.sg, a little goes a long way in removing an entire face of makeup.
Said to remove even waterproof mascara and eyelash glue and makes your skin feel “oh-so-soft” after application – get this if for a gentle makeup remover that is not only really good at what it does, but also doesn’t suck the life out of your face!
Retails at SGD52 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and online store.
2. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
Highly recommended by the makeup community on Reddit, as well as full 100% approval 5/5 star rating by the reviewers on Sephora.sg, you can cast all doubt about this cleansing balm’s effectiveness.
Smooth to the touch, melts makeup almost immediately on contact with your skin, and said to remove even the Reddit user’s “strong AF lash primer and water proof makeup” – this is a definite winner in terms of removing heavy duty makeup!
Bonus: According to reviewers, it has a heavenly, soothing smell and doesn’t dry out the skin right after! Downside? The price, but you’ll be guaranteed to be getting bang for your buck!
Retails at SGD50 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and online store.
3. Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water
#TeamBroke and just want to find something more affordable? Get yourself Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water which is said to not only be suitable for sensitive skin, removes everything – even waterproof mascara – off of the face, AND, without even needing to rinse the oil off right after because of how clean and refreshing it feels.
Plus, you know it’s pretty darn good since it’s even managed to nab an Allure skincare award – twice!
4. Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
Said by reviewers to be “the only makeup to completely remove eye makeup without any residue” – one cotton pad of the makeup remover apparently is able to take off ALL eye makeup – yes, we’re talking waterproof eyeliner, mascara, fake lashes galore.
At only SGD13.60 and for what it can do for you – this is an absolute steal!
5. The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and Cleansing Butter
A makeup remover that not only removes everything “without fail”, according to reviewers – yes, we’re talking foundation, eyeliner, mascara – but is also suitable for sensitive skin. Plus, it doesn’t irritate contact-lens wearers.
At only SGD19.90 for an all-in-one makeup remover (instead of buying regular makeup removers AND eye-and-lip removers), we’d say this is worth every penny.
Retails at SGD19.90 and is available at all The Body Shop retail outlets.
6. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
With many reviewers on the Bioderma site branding it as a ‘holy grail’ product, that supposedly takes off even the notoriously stubborn Heroine Make Long and Curl (that would usually require buying their own specialised mascara remover!) – you can bet it can remove the heaviest face paints you decide to don on Halloween!
Bonus: Sure, it may retail at SGD41.90, but you’re essentially paying for a giant 500 ml bottle that’ll probably last you for a long time. Worth it? Yes, it is!
7. E.L.F. Makeup Remover Pen
Not quite the makeup remover to use at the end of Halloween night, but super useful if you’re trying to fine tune any face paint and want to get rid of small little details – this not only doesn’t smudge the makeup unnecessarily, it also offers pin-point precision for you to truly perfect the look you want.
Starting over? Say goodbye to those hair-pulling days!
Retails at SGD8.50 and can be bought online at Shopee.
8. shu uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil
There’s a very strong reason why shu uemura’s cleansing oils are a consistent cult favourite amongst beauty junkies alike.
Good for days when you don’t want to be too fussed about scrubbing and tugging hard removing even the most stubborn makeup – shu uemura’s high performance balancing cleansing oil does it all in one shot, and leaves the skin feeling clean and not greasy, despite being an oil cleanser.
Check out our own review of the shu uemura cleansing oil to see it in all of its glorious action!
Retails at SGD50, it is available at all Sephora retail outlets and shu uemura boutiques and counters, as well as Sephora online store.
9. L’Occitane Immortelle Cleansing Milk
With a 4.6/5 star rating on its review page by 25 different people (as of now!) – you know this is gonna be pretty good. A makeup remover that is gentle, great for sensitive skin, yet quick and effective at removing all traces of makeup while being moisturising, removing your heavy-duty makeup, we guarantee, will be absolute fuss-free!
Retails at SGD42 and is available at all L’Occitane retail outlets.
10. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Another micellar water that has earned the title of ‘holy grail’, and often mentioned as a cheaper alternative to the HG Bioderma Micellar Water, get this bad boy if you’re looking for something fuss-free – perfect for those days when all you want to do is to just hit the bed makeup-free in no time.
Retails at SGD17.90 and is available at all Watsons and Guardian retail outlets.
11. Ciate London Makeup Melt
A balm formula that apparently does wonders in removing the most stubborn lipsticks and eye makeup, you don’t even need to douse your face in water after – simply grab a towel and wipe the formula off, and poof – your makeup’s gone in an instant!
Plus, you gotta admit how stunning the packaging looks!
Retails at SGD29.50 and is available at only online at lookfantastic.com.
12. Bliss Fabulous Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser
Supposedly amazing at removing all traces of makeup super easily in just one wipe, some users even said that they would leave the formula on for a little longer because it made their skin feel oh-so-soft and fresh after.
A makeup remover that is so good it can double as a mask of sorts? Count us in!
Retails at SGD36 and is only available in a travel set. It is available on lookfantastic.sg.