Review: Ole Henriksen Uncover The Truth 3-In-1 Melting Cleanser
If you're not familiar with my family, we kind of have an obsession with Halloween and dressing up. We're THAT family on the block that goes all out and is THE house to see on Halloween. My husband and I usually dress up for Halloween about three times a year because we attend a couple of parties and also dress up on Halloween for the kiddies too. We also get dressed up as a family each year for Fan Expo, which means lots of costumes and lots of makeup being used in this house. What does this all have to do with this review? It means I was on the hunt for a good cleansing balm to help take off all that darn makeup!
In the past, we've used makeup wipes and our usual facial cleansers, but that generally meant multiple washes and lots of scrubbing and STILL having bits of makeup traces here and there that were left behind. I went to Youtube in search of what was being used and saw that a lot of beauty and special FX gurus were using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I was pretty close to ordering it myself, when I happened upon the Ole Henriksen Uncover the Truth 3 in 1 Melting Cleanser at my local Marshall's for only $16.99. I had been wanting to try out this brand for a while anyway, so I thought, why not take advantage of the savings and try it out.
The 3-in-1 cleanser comes in a round plastic jar. It doesn't feel cheap at all, but certainly doesn't scream high end either, but it is attractive packaging, I think mostly due to the bright orange colour of the bottle. The lid and writing are all in a contrasting white colour. The jar holds 90ml or 3 fl. oz and says that it contains rosehip fruit, cherry seed and sweet almond oil.
Usage and Review
The cleanser is a light orange colour with a gel consistency. I've heard some say it has no scent, but mine has a citrus scent to it. It's not overwhelming, but it was definitely on the stronger side when I was applying it to my face.
Instructions on the back of the jar say to use dry hands and massage a small amount onto face and neck. Gently massage in an upward and outward motion until you feel it turn from a gel to an oil. At this point add warm water and continue to massage until the oil has turned to a milk texture. Rinse with water.
The gel felt cool going on the skin and I could immediately feel it breaking down my Halloween makeup and loosening all the glitter on my face. As I added water to it, I could feel everything loosening on my skin. I rinsed with a soft cloth and warm water, just to give a little extra help with getting all the glitter (in addition to all the makeup) off of my face. The gel/milk cleanser rinsed off easily and I didn't feel as if I had a residue left on my skin. While I didn't feel particularly hydrated from using the cleansing oil, I didn't feel dry either, which isn't bad after wearing Halloween makeup all night. I was pleasantly surprised that it took off all makeup with a single use and a single rinse. It did exactly what I was hoping it would do. All my makeup was gone with no little traces left behind (except for stray glitter, but we all know glitter is going to stick around for at least a week or so).
My husband had the same results and this is probably his new favourite thing. He was really
impressed by how well it worked on him. I honestly thought this was perfect, however the following day I started with a breakout. Which just grew. I wound up with pimples all over my cheek, chin and forehead. Initially I wasn't sure if it was caused by the makeup or the cleanser, but as the breakout grew, I had pimples where I only had foundation and no cream makeup or glitter primer had touched. I've used the white foundation multiple times on other occasions and knew this didn't give me a reaction, which only left the cleanser.
I don't usually break out easily from trying out new products, but I'm guessing that the oils in the cleanser clogged my pores or my skin just didn't like something in the product. I'm glad that I received another cleansing balm in my October Boxycharm that I could use, that didn't give me a reaction and that cleaned just as well. You can find my mini review of the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm HERE.
This is a tough one. I really enjoyed the way the product felt and I liked the scent, which was fresh and clean. I worked extremely well and I was happy with the performance. The normal price of this is $32 US which is pricey. I only paid $16.99 CDN for this at Marshall's which I think is more in line with what it's worth. It appears Sephora Canada has discontinued this product, so if you're interested you'll have to check out the Ole Henriksen website directly or hope you luck up at your local Marshall's or Winners. While this didn't work for my normal/combo skin, everyone is different and it might work out for you. It does work as it says...my skin just didn't agree with the product.
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