Kate Somerville Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover ($48) is a new cleansing cream that promises to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and even waterproof mascara.
As someone with drier skin this seemed a treat especially since I typically embrace a double cleansing routine and this seemed like a great secondary cleansing step. At $48 it doesn’t come cheap but I’ve never had an issue indulging in higher end skincare. I had plans to purchase this during the Sephora Sale Event and happily enough Sephora offered a very generously sized pot free of charge if you made a $35 purchase. It was the perfect excuse to try it before I did indulge because even at 15% off that was quite costly for a cold cream.
Here’s how things went down after I tried it.
Sephora saved my ass on this one as turns out this is a cold cream and just a cold cream. Nothing more, nothing less and it doesn’t do anything that my Japanese Pond’s Cold Cream doesn’t already do (and better).
The biggest draw of this formula was the fact it promises to remove waterproof mascara. That sounded great! I haven’t met a cold cream that could tackle that task! However, I still had plans using it as a secondary cleansing step but during my testing I used it to try and remove all makeup first since a good deal of people would likely be using it in this way.
The texture has a lovely creamy consistency with a light floral scent that’s mineral oil free and contains some fairly beneficial ingredients for your skin however, since you are washing it off it’s debatable how good it is for your skin. It smooths on easily and didn’t sting my eyes. I used it on my dry skin and used a wet wash cloth to wipe it off. It did a fairly good job removing foundation, blush, and concealer but it struggled a good deal with my eye makeup and mascara. It did break down eyeshadow well enough but I had some residue that was left behind and with my mascara it was completely a bust as all it did was give me a bad case of racoon eyes with a good deal of mascara left on my lashes and around my eyes.
It rinsed away easily for me even though I read review saying it left behind a greasy, oil film. I didn’t feel that way in the least and my skin felt lightly hydrated and not stripped after using it.
As a secondary cleanser it worked quite nicely as well. In fact I liked it more as a secondary step since my cleansing oil removed more of my makeup than it did so this acted to hydrate my skin and ensure it wasn’t stripped after my initial cleansing. However, in some ways this is in fact where things failed for me though. Because as a secondary cleanser $48 is a good deal to spend as this isn’t acting to remove my makeup but merely to remove any residue left behind plus to give me a bit of lightweight moisture that my cleansing oil might have stripped from my skin. You can do this with a much cheaper cold cream in my opinion.
Turns out Kate Somerville Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover is just a cold cream. There isn’t anything super special about this formula in the long run and there are much more affordable options out there in the cold cream world.
If you are curious Turns Out Kate Somerville Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover is available at sephora.com.
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Water, Tridecyl Stearate,Tridecyl Trimellitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Undecane, Propanediol,Tridecane, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Honey Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate.