I have found that cleansing balms are the most efficient when it comes to removing makeup. It’s a messy and time-consuming process to remove eye makeup, and cleansing balms do make the process easier. They do melt makeup in a gross manner, but one wipe with a wet wipe, and it comes right off. I have tried several cleaning balms from Korean brands and so far it has been “some hits and some misses.”
The one-step cleanser effectively removes even waterproof mascara as the sherbet gently melts upon contact with skin.
My Experience with Etude House O-Le-Mong One Shot Sherbet Cleanser:
My tryst with cleansing balms started with me trying to find a cheaper alternative of Clinique Cleansing Balm. I was really fascinated by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm off because it made the whole makeup removal process so much easier, but it is a bit on the higher end and can be expensive for daily use, so I refrain from picking it up. Fortunately, I have found its equally amazing dupes, among the Korean skin care line Heimish, Skinfood, Missha and Etude House.
Etude House One Shot Sherbet Cleanser balm comes in a very sturdy and pretty, lemon yellow tub with a lid on top and an extra protection cover. The main ingredients of this balm are heavy mineral oils which worried me a little because most oils give me terrible acne but I reasoned that a skin care company must be aware of comedogenic properties of oils and would have somehow figured out how to compensate for that.
I usually use makeup remover wipes to remove my face makeup and for eyes, I have used various kinds of makeup removers such as micellar water, The Body Shop Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and even used a really expensive one by Estee Lauder as well, but they all failed to remove my eyeliner and mascara satisfactorily and also irritated my eyes. The cleansing balm by Etude House works great at removing makeup, but it does irritate eyes, so I would not be overzealous while using it.
Its consistency is like that of solidified oil, which when rubbed between the fingers turns into an emollient which helps in removing makeup. A small, pea-sized is enough for one-time use and can easily remove liquid lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. I usually gently rub my eyelids and lashes for a few seconds to remove all the stubborn makeup and then add a little water to remove makeup better. I then wipe off my face and wash it with a gentle face cleanser and that’s it. I go from full makeup face to makeup free face in just a minute. So long as I am extra careful while removing my eye makeup.
Pros of Etude House O-Le-Mong One Shot Sherbet Cleanser:
- A very affordable cleansing balm which is just as good as other expensive options.
- Easily removes stubborn eye and lip makeup.
- Does not cause acne even though it contains heavy oils in it.
- The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly.
- Pleasant, fresh citrus fragrance.
- Efficient at melting stubborn makeup which can be wiped off with a wet wipe.
Cons of Etude House O-Le-Mong One Shot Sherbet Cleanser:
- Availability can be an issue for some but some Korean websites do ship to India as well.
- It has fragrance which can irritate eyes a little so have to be a little careful while removing makeup from the waterline.
Would I Recommend Etude House O-Le-Mong One Shot Sherbet Cleanser?
I absolutely love this product and recommend it to all those who are looking for an affordable cleansing balm and would like to simplify their makeup removing process. It is comparable to other expensive options and smells great.
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