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Maybelline New York
The Flash Clean Clean Express Makeup Removing Lotion
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is a very good, soothing, fragrance-free makeup remover lotion for all skin types. Housed in a bottle, the fluid lotion works quickly to remove all types of makeup, including waterproof and long-wearing formulas—and it does so without needing to tug or pull at skin, which is always a plus.

The Moringa seed extract is a good antioxidant, but has zero ability to "remove impurities". It just sounds a lot better to say a natural ingredient is doing that rather than the truth, which is that synthetic (and perfectly safe) solvents are responsible for removing impurities! The moringa and other plant extracts this makeup remover contains are anti-inflammatory, so they help soothe sensitive skin around the eyes or elsewhere on the face (this product can be used to remove makeup regardless of where on the body it was applied).

Pros:
  • Removes all types of makeup quickly.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains some soothing plant extracts.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims
3-in-1 formula breaks down and removes stubborn makeup, cleanses, and moisturizes. Moringa Seed extract removes impurities.
Ingredients
Aqua/Water, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Litchi Chinensis Extract/Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Brand Overview

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Some of the foundations with sunscreen lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; disappointing lip balms; the Great Lash mascaras tend to be mediocre to downright bad.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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05.27.2014
Didn't do it!

Bought this for the sole purpose of removing waterproof eyeliner. The review indicated it would remove stubborn makeup, but it did not. Returned the product.

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Katherine B.
03.17.2014
Is this a cleanser?

I'm confused if this is a make up remover or cleanser or both? Every other review I've read online says to use cleanser after. What is correct? Also is there a fragrance? Thanks!

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