June 2, 2011

Beauty Abroad: Harnessing the Power of Mandom Cleaning Express Moist

Are you harnessing the power of Mandom?

I harness it like no one’s business when I get home after a super long day and just can’t be arsed to remove my makeup.


I have this intricate makeup removal slash nighttime skincare regime that borders on anally, obsessive compulsive.

It’s ok, no need to admit you have the same habits. You know you do, I know you do but we don’t have to discuss skincare club nor do we have to admit the amount of products we use to remove our makeup at night or what the actual amount of products going on our faces at the end of a rather long day.

First rule of skincare club, no one talks about skincare club or the products in skincare club.

Sometimes I’m lazy. It’s rare but I get lazy from time to time but I generally like my routine and I’m a creature of habit so I don’t mind the extra work of removing my makeup and taking care of my face in the evening. It’s rather relaxing and of course, I reap the rewards in the AM when my skin is looking flawless.

But we’re concentrating on the lazy methods today.


Mandom has been around for far too many years and is a Japanese brand that creates various beauty and hygiene products including the popular Gatsby men’s line of products like hair sculping balms. Btw those balms would sell so much better if they got Orlando Bloom to shut up about Fiber Neo and start saying “Gatsbbbbbby”!

What you didn’t think his hair was naturally that greasy did you? Hottie has Shiseido Uno in those locks.

Damnit what was I saying about Mandom?

Ohhhhhhh yes!

Mandom the champion of lazy makeup removal.

I’ve been harnessing the power of Mandom Cleansing Express Moist since 2008 and it’s been my absolute essential, HG product of choice for getting all my makeup off, even waterproof mascara, in a hurry when I want to get to bed straight away or I’m simply too lazy to go through the leg work of proper makeup removal.

Mandom makes various formulas of the product but I happen to like the most option.

I dunno how, I dunno why but by some miracle Mandom created something that resembles water into an amazing product that does a fine joy of removing makeup in a flash.

It comes in a pump style bottle, about 8.5 oz in size or so, and costs about 800 yen (10 bucks) retail but it’s ALL over the internet from $12-$15 and up or if you live in a strong Asian community or near one you can get it at local beauty shops and Asian markets.

What’s it do, how’s it work?

I suggest reading my detailed review by clicking here but here’s a break down:

You simply saturated a cotton pad (I like large facial tissue) with the product (three pumps should do you) and proceed to wipe it all over your face. Take another cotton round and saturated it with more product and proceed to do your eyes. Now rinse.


This pretty much does it! Easy, 1, 2, 3 clean up! You can rinse with cold water after but you don’t have to.

It basically removes makeup super easily including waterproof mascara and eye makeup.

Moral of the story?

If you’re lazy, wear minimal makeup, or just want an easy cleaning solution, Mandom is your BFF!

Loves it!

Hope you enjoyed this look back at Cleansing Express and if you haven’t heard of it before, hope you enjoyed the introduction!

Use it?

Love it?


P.S. If you’re a beauty blogger I highly suggest stashing this on your desk! I use it to remove swatches from my arm in between pic takin’!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • domncroxd

    am a user and have reviewed this! i like the sebum version better because of my oily skin, but there’s no doubt that mandom’s cleansing express is definitely a winner in my books ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      Oh my freaking gawd! Comrade my dad was the one that actually showed that to me as he’s a big charles bronson ad! He called me one day and said hey, charles bronson did a commercial..haha LOVE IT! isn’t it odd that he has an older face but a completely rockin’ built body!? lmao!

  • shinyprettythings

    i’ll be honest…after watching that looong ad, i completely forgot what website i was on. too busy staring at all that hotness. lol hollywood a-list stars only make such corny ads in Japan where americans cant see them! some of brad pitt’s japan ads are so cheesy hahaha

    omg i love that mandom cleanser!! usually i use cleansing oil, then Shiseido perfect milk, then i exfoliate, then like a million other products on my face after lol it takes forever!!! some nights, esp when it’ls like 3am, you just don’t wanna do all that LOL

    • the Muse

      lmao shinyprettythings…absurd wasn’t it? It was like a bad budget action movie lol! but the hotness was definitely brought! LOL god I <3 corny Japanese ads! they rock ;D! EXACTLY! that's when I reach for cleansing express ;D!

  • Angel

    OMG… This is my HG makeup remover! I’ve been using up bottles after bottles of it and best of all, I’m still loving it after few years! I’m eyeing the one with Q10 after I’m done with my current sebum control remover.

    Even Mandom’s facial cleanser is great – I love the tingly minty sensation after washing my face and the the cleanser with green tea is my absolute favourite!

    Way to go, Mandom!

    • the Muse

      yay angel ;-D q10 is a nice formula but I always head back to my moist for some reason! I like their baby face/barrier repair line of products as well!

  • Jonnie

    Holy crap… I need this! I am lazy a LOT, and his sounds like i should have bought it when I first read your previous review. Why oh why didn’t I? I will get this asap. Do they have it on imomoko? I saw a 10% off code on their FB page yesterday…

    • the Muse

      mmm yes Jonnie imomoko carries the entire mandom cleansing express line hun…and cheap to, $14.99 reasonable imho! not retail but not bad either!

  • Cat_g_83

    This stuff looks amazing. Must be searching this out for lazy days.

    You say that you ” have this intricate makeup removal slash nighttime skincare regime that borders on anally, obsessive compulsive.” Enquiring minds want to know what do you do? What do you rely on? What is your crazy lady routine?

    Come on, you know you want to tell us really!

    • the Muse

      ha cat ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve actually done a post on my daily nightly skincare a while back ago ;-D might do another one sometime soon! ;D so damn long to list all of it ;-D