[Review] Banila Clean it Zero Make Up Remover

I was looking around for a suitable make up remover to replace my trusty Shu Uemura Face Cleansing Oil, to be used for both light daily make up as well as heavy waterproof make up days. I chanced upon the Banila Clean It Zero Makeup Remover, which came in 4 different types. I got the Clean it Zero Classic- which is suitable for Normal skin type, but it also came formulated in Resveratrol for Oily/Combination Skin, Purity for Sensitive Skin, as well as Radiance type for dry skin.

The Banila Clean it Zero is a sherbet cleansing balm that claims to be an all-in-one cleansing step to remove make up completely, as well as clearing pore debris and rehydrating the skin. It contains active ingredients such as papaya extract to naturally exfoliate skin and remove impurities from the pores.

For light make up days, I took a dime size amount with the spatula provided, and applied it to a dry face, massaging it in an outward circular motion. The sherbet cleanser had a wax-like, solid texture and yet at the same time, felt mild, lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. It spreads evenly across the face without melting down, which was a pleasant surprise as most balm cleansers dissolve quickly upon contact with the skin. After washing off with warm water, the skin felt soft and hydrated, though slightly dry on the cheeks. I pretty much like the results, and decided to try it on one of my long-lasting lip tints to see how well it works for extremely waterproof make up.

As you can see below, the cleanser worked to remove the tint a shade down, but sadly did not remove the base pigment totally. I had to rub hard to get it to the state you see, but had to resort to using my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil to remove it completely.

As such, I would recommend the Banila Clean It Zero Makeup Remover only for light to medium coverage make up, but might not work well for long-lasting, or strongly waterproof make up foundations and lipsticks. In fact, I would recommend to double cleanse after using as it does not leave my face feeling refreshed as compared to an actual cleanser. Try it out if you haven’t!

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