I feel like I’ve reviewed a fair number of makeup removers on this blog because, love it or hate it, removing makeup comes with the territory when you choose to wear it. Finding a good makeup remover can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re a fan of anything waterproof. Now days there are so many options to choose from that figuring out what to try can be a bit daunting. I’ve always seemed to lean towards makeup cleansing oils and have rarely been disappointed. However, I recently ordered a set on QVC that included a cleansing balm and I finally decided to give it a go. So glad I did because I’m absolutely loving the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm!
If you’re unfamiliar, IT Cosmetics focuses on not only producing products that work, but are also designed with plastic surgeons to actually benefit the skin. For example, Bye Bye Makeup is not only a makeup remover and cleanser, but also an anti-aging serum! I suppose you could use only this and call it a night if you were so inclined. Me, I tend to follow with a separate cleanser and a bunch of other lotions and potions. Never simple over here! 🙂 But back to Bye Bye Makeup…!
I had never used a makeup removing “balm” before this. Something about the thick, rich texture with a soft citrus scent (love the scent!) gave me the impression that it was really for those with drier skin types. Bye Bye Makeup is designed for all skin types, so I braced my normal-to-combo/oily skin and dug in to the pot for what was a bit too much product – you definitely need only about a large pea-sized amount for your whole face because it spreads out beautifully. Upon first look, you’ll notice that this stuff looks solid. It’s not…not exactly. It reminds me of coconut oil in that it’s kind of a soft semi-solid until it comes in contact with your skin. It then melts into the skin and starts dissolving the makeup. But don’t stop here! You want to add water to turn the substance into a gentle milky lather. Now is when the real work begins!
Massaging the milky substance into the skin, I was surprised at the complete lack of oily or greasy sensation. Yes, it feels hydrating, but not oily or greasy. It’s a really nice skin conditioning sensation. As you work the water into the Bye Bye Makeup, you will 100% see the makeup dissolving off of your face. It’s a weirdly satisfying sensation. 🙂 I take maybe a minute or two massaging this around my entire face – basically until I feel the makeup residue is fully loosened – and then rinse it all away. It’s like magic! As I said, I do follow that with a separate cleanser mainly because I’m dealing with a lot of clogged pores and subsequent pimples and have started using a Salicylic Acid cleanser to hopefully improve the situation. If you tend to be on the oilier side, you may prefer doing this as well, though I don’t think it’s necessary because it doesn’t leave any uncomfortable residue. No matter your skin type, I think you’ll find Bye Bye Makeup leaves your skin feeling soft, supple, hydrated and clean!
The packaging of Bye Bye Makeup has it’s pros and cons. It’s a nice lightweight plastic tub, but it looks fancy. It’s minimal in its white base with a metallic silver screw top. It’s pretty to look at without being distracting, or really even drawing attention to itself. So if you’re one of those people who has to have everything in your bathroom looking Pinterest-worthy, this sucker should meet your standards. The main…and really only…con I have with the packaging is that you have to stick your fingers in the pot. Not surprising given that it’s a rather thick balm and there’s really no other way to package it, but if dipping your fingers into your skin care bothers you, then cleansing balms in general probably are not for you. Certainly not a deal breaker for me.
One final quick note about this makeup removing cleanser that I want to mention. I cannot verify this or even really be certain that it’s true, but I feel like my eye lashes have been looking longer and possibly thicker since I switched to the Bye Bye Makeup. The only difference in my skin care routine has been this product, so if I’m not delusional, I think my lashes are looking better! 😀
I purchased the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm in a QVC set, but it is also available individually on QVC, at Ulta and on the IT Cosmetics site. Bye Bye Makeup retails for $38 for a 2.82oz/80g tub. I was skeptical that this tub would last very long when I first saw it, but you need so little that I think you’re set for quite some time! 🙂