Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray ($26) is a new makeup remover spray or mist that removes makeup including waterproof mascara. I’ve heard it described as magical and miraculous which of course, had my ears perking up because if nothing else I’m all about getting a good deep clean.
I was a little skeptical of the entire spray makeup cleanser thing though. The idea sounds fun, heck, even innovative in some aspects but I find spray remover anything tends not to work. I mean, take the Revlon Revlon Brush & Sponge Daily Cleanser, great idea, but doesn’t quite work out. But spray cleanser for your face? Maybe that would somehow be better?
Ok, so technically you aren’t going to mist this directly on your face. I read a few reviews where people were all, “Mist it and wipe it off!” Ah, yeah but no. You actually have to spray it on a cotton pad and wipe off your makeup. Misting this directly on your face is going to create a massive mess especially because the formula is very slick. Trust me, don’t mist it onto your face. Essentially this is acting like a micellar water in the fact you don’t have to rinse after using it.
Urban Decay houses this one in a 3.38 oz bottle and formulated it with some interesting 3, yes, 3 ingredients. First off, Cyclopentasiloxane which is a basic silicone, next up, Caprylyl Methicone, and finally Vitamin E. Keep in mind that the combination of cyclopentasiloxane and caprylyl methicone give this formula a very, very slick, slippery texture that I would go so far as to call greasy. You might recall how much I disliked Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser because it felt so oddly greasy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s aces at removing eye makeup and I use it daily for that but I dislike remove my makeup with it because it leaves a disgusting film behind. I’d say the same for Urban Decay’s formula.
First off, Urban Decay’s formula is a little tricky because I literally felt like I was moving my makeup around my face versus actually removing it. It’s like I’d swipe off blush from my cheeks but was literally pushing it down my jawline as I swiped versus picking it up with the cotton pad. As for eyes, you have to saturate a pad well with the remover and hold the pad over your closed eyelids for a few minutes before swiping quickly away. If you don’t hold the cotton pad there for several minutes you’ll leave a good deal of eye makeup behind. Keep in mind you have to use anywhere from 5 to 10 sprays of the remover to get a pad nicely saturated for removal. I did the old toner/micellar trick after using this to see how much makeup was left behind and I can say that there was A LOT of makeup left on my face after I use this cleanser. Not to mention I had racoon eyes the next day after using it because it didn’t remove all my mascara.
I’m actually really struggling to see what everyone loves so much about it. It left my face with an awful slick film and I felt compelled to splash with water after not to mention follow up with a foaming cleanser since so much of my makeup was left behind. I just felt like I was moving makeup around my face and not necessarily removing it when I used it. I also felt like I’d use this very quickly since it does take a good deal of sprays to get a single cotton pad saturated well. A foaming cleanser or cleansing oil will likely last you longer.
It’s an interesting concept but Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray was a no go for me. If you didn’t like Garnier’s Waterproof Cleansing Water, you probably won’t like this either. It feels really greasy, leaves behind a slick film, and does a poor job removing makeup in my opinion.