April 19, 2017

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick Review

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick ($26) is one of several new Urban Decay Skincare products that launched for Spring 2017. This is actually a rather unique and interesting cleansing oil sticks from goes from balm to oil as you apply and massage it on your face. It acts to remove makeup, dirt, and oil with a mix of sunflower seed oil and vitamin e.

Last year, beauty stick everything was taking over our life. There were cleanser sticks, primer sticks, etc…etc…..! There was just a whole like of beauty stick everything going down. The idea of a cleansing stick made me break out into a cold sweat to be honest because it seemed messy also, kind of gross right? I mean swiping on your face and recapping? Just seems a breeding ground for bacteria. Apparently, that’s not the case though!? But I still find it a little odd. Although, I will say Tarte’s Frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser went a long way at changing my mind about cleansing sticks.

Let’s take a look at my review and thoughts about Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick.

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick comes in a large chubby swivel up stick that holds 1.58 oz of product. I dunno how long this will last you in all honesty. I’ve used it several times already and there’s still a lot inside but for $26 I think it’s a little expensive as I can get a mid-range cleansing oil for around $30 bucks that will be around 5 to 6 oz in size and will likely last a bit longer. I have a feel I’m going to run through this fast and maybe might get a month of use out of it at best. On that note, you might want to just save it for travel because without a doubt this is pretty darn handy of you travel a lot as it’s smallish, not liquid, and just easier to tote around versus a liquid cleanser.

I am of the strong mentality that cleanser should be easily used near and around your eyes. Even though I use eye makeup remover before I cleanse my face I still rely on my cleanser to remove any left over mascara or eyeliner that my eye makeup remover didn’t get. I’m also naturally inclined to wash around my eye area as I cleanse my face. It just seems unnatural to wash my face and avoid my eyes you know? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s important that my facial cleanser can be safely used around my eyes. This unfortunately is not a cleanser I can use around my eyes but I’ll speak about that more in a moment.

First off, I love this formula. It’s actually fantastic. It’s a solid balm that you’ll rub on your dry face. I’m still not convinced that rubbing it all over my face and recapping it is entirely hygienic but putting that aside I liked the formula on a whole. It applies easily and has a thicker, balmy texture which breaks down super easily once you add water. After rubbing it on your dry face you can rinse. It actually doesn’t emulify or turn milky the way a traditional cleansing oil will but the balminess breaks down and rinses away easily. According to Urban Decay it starts off a balm, goes to a liquid oil, and proceeds to turn into a microfoam. Personally, it went from a balm to a slightly slicker oil as I rinse but I experienced no lather or foam. It not only rinsed clean away but it didn’t leave me feeling tight nor dry. And it did a great job removing my makeup as well.

Unfortunately, I had severe issues using this around my eyes. A lot of reviews stated how great it removed eye makeup which excited me. I closed my eyes and I gently rubbed the stick across my closed lids and massaged it gently. I rinsed it off, all was a-ok. But after a few seconds my eyes started to burn REALLY badly. I actually got really nervous because it was lasting burning feeling that wasn’t going away. It was so severe I didn’t want to open my eyes because it was uncomfortable to do so. I rinsed with cold one several times and finally just laid down with a wet wash cloth over my eyes for several minutes. It went away thankfully but I actually got sort of panicky for a second there. The box doesn’t say anything about avoiding contact with eyes but it also doesn’t mention using it around your eye area either. But word to the wise, don’t use it around your eyes.

As for sensitive users, you have to be careful as well since this has a very strong sour apple candy scent. I liked the fragrance personally but I realize many users do not like fragrance in their skincare and this is a pretty strong sweet sour scent.

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick is actually delightful but I hate I can’t use it around my eye area as this is an area I just naturally navigate to when washing my face. But for travel reasons this little stick could come in handy although, I have my doubts I’d use it as a daily cleanser because 1. it’s pretty small for the price and 2. my poor eyes!

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick is available now at ulta.com, macys.com, and sephora.com.

Tried it already?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this product!

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyethylene, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Water, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Curcuma Longa Root Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract / Evening Primrose Seed Extract, Santalum Album / Sandalwood Wood Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Monarda Didyma / Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract / Basil Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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  • Isa

    Yeah, I can see how this would be useful for traveling, but I think I would rather stick to my liquid/cream cleansers at home. The whole swiping it over a dirty face and recapping it thing squicks me out a little. I would probably feel compelled to at least wipe it off which would waste product and is just more trouble than it’s worth. Some wheels don’t need reinventing IMO.

    • Isabella Muse

      totally squeaks me out that I’m swiping on my face and recapping! yuk!

    • Debbie

      I was buying some products today in Macys & I wanted to take off my eye makeup . I tried urban decay meltdown stick 🙁 when I left the store my eyes started burning I couldn’t open my eyes the burning got extremely worse by the minute 🙁 I went into Aveda right out side Macys sat in the chair with my eyes closed & ask them for a damp cloth . I still couldn’t open my eyes !! I was so scared 🙁 when I made it back to work my eyes were really red one of our vendors had eye drops & that helped a little : / it’s 11:00 at night now & my eyes still burn ? I’m keeping a wet towel on them & I hope by tomorrow the burning goes away ?

      • Isabella Muse

        I would suggest going to the doctor if the burning doesn’t stop. This happened to me as well! I rinsed with clear cool water and after several minutes it went away but if it still burning I highly recommend going to the doctor!

  • kjh

    Bad! So sorry. Did you have to resort to cortisone cream? Thanks for the ingredient list. I see more than one irritant. Bet Paula’s beautypedia is going to crucify this one. I had that same reaction to the Smashbox water primer. Mach 10 and your eyelids on fire! And water doesn’t help much. You bloggers really do suffer for your readers.

    • Isabella Muse

      cortisone cream? Applied into my eye? No. I just rinsed with cold water and applied a cold wash cloth to my eyes : My pleasure! 🙂 Try a cool wash cloth, just lay back put it over your eyes, it helps a lot!

  • Katie

    I really want to try one of these sticks, especially for traveling! I really like the Neutrogena cleansing oil though and the price is a lot nicer too. Maybe I’ll wait to see if a drugstore brand jumps on the “cleansing oil stick” bandwagon!

    • Isabella Muse

      mm I’d be curious to see if drugstores start getting in on the cleansing stick trend!

  • Michelle

    I dont even have sensitive eyes but YIKES this burned the heck out of my eyes! It gets my double wear off fine but its a nope for the eye area.