Long Wear Makeup Remover
5 fl. oz. for $22
Last Updated:04.01.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Long Wear Makeup Remover is an excellent, fragrance-free makeup remover suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. It quickly and easily removes all types of makeup, including long-wearing, full coverage formulas like those from Dermablend. Note that this is not a liquid like most makeup removers; rather, it’s a fluid lotion packaged in a squeeze tube. For best results, use this before cleansing.


Quickly, gently and effectively removes long lasting and resistant wear makeup. Thoroughly cleanses skin with no harsh or excessive rubbing. Removes waterproof mascara, long lasting lip, eye and foundation makeup on face and body.


Aqua / Water, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.

Brand Overview

Dermablend At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note.

Weaknesses: Please refer to the individual product reviews below because almost every one has its own problems and distinct weaknesses; the makeup provides substantial coverage but the tradeoffs may not be worth it.

The only reason to consider this line is if you have complexion issues that demand serious coverage. Skin care from Dermablend was clearly an afterthought, because what was produced is a barely passable lot that is easily replaced by products from other lines and in all price ranges. Dermablend is owned by L'Oreal, whose own makeup collection is far superior (though none of their foundations offer opaque coverage).

For more information on Dermablend, owned by L'Oreal, call 1-800-662-8011 or visit www.dermablend.com.

Dermablend Makeup

Dermablend is one of the original opaque makeup products designed to cover serious skin discolorations such as scars, birthmarks, and vitiligo. Their core products remain the pairing of Cover Creme followed by an application of Loose Setting Powder. The main problem with this system is that in exchange for hiding your flaws, the thick texture looks obvious and greasy on the skin. Even the before-and-after images published in Dermablend literature and on their Web site make it obvious that the subjects' skin is heavily made up.

Dermablend does not disappoint if you have something to hide, but in public (especially in daylight), it will be no secret to others that you're wearing heavy-duty makeup. The concept is well-meaning, but from a reviewer's standpoint, rating these products is a tough call; whether or not to use makeup to camouflage rather than to enhance skin is a personal decision. The need for this type of makeup is intertwined with potentially delicate self-esteem issues. However, if using such cosmetics to conceal what bothers you about your skin increases your self-esteem, I’m all for it. When it came to rating Dermablend’s products, we compared them directly to similar niche products rather than using the makeup-at-large approach we take with mainstream cosmetic lines. Dermablend is worth exploring if you can tolerate the unavoidable tradeoffs in exchange for concealing what's bothersome about your skin.

As for the ancillary products in this line, L'Oreal has not made much of a dent since acquiring Dermablend in late 2000. Their former, not-too-impressive Melasyn products are gone, and the newest items, which are less specialized than the core products mentioned above, don’t have much going for them to promote the brand to mass appeal status.

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Long Wear Makeup Remover

Can this be used as a regular cleanser for those who can not tolerate detergent cleansing agents?

Reviewed by
Gina L.
Beautypedia Team Response

Yes, though as it doesn't contain "classic" cleansing agents it wouldn't be ideal if skin gets really dirty, sweaty, or is oily. This product is best at dissolving and removing long-wearnig makeup. What you might want to consider is following its use with a toner, most of which also have a mild cleansing action, and can do so without drying or irritating skin.

Thank God for Dermablend

I have been using dermablend to cover a large birthmark on my face since I was 13. I am now 44 and I still love it just as much now as I did when I first discovered it. Yes it's thick, it's not a coverage you use by choice but when there are so few other options you appreciate it and learn to accept the fact you'll never have a dewy "natural" looking face and you know what? That's perfectly ok. I get so many compliments on my makeup and people want to know what I use so they can get some.

Reviewed by
Janelle D
Truly great remover

I've used this remover for 4 years. No breakouts, no greasy feel. Just lovely! The cost might seem hi but a little goes a long way. My makeup melts away.

Reviewed by
Rose r.
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