Review: Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water (Makeup Remover)

Friday, January 06, 2012

Removing makeup, especially when you have too much on, can be a pain in a girl's a**. I tell you, when you get home tired from the day's work and you could no longer wait to take you're much deserved rest, taking off all the makeup on your face will be the last thing to do on your list. This is when a GOOD makeup remover comes in super handy. 

But what makes the usual makeup remover a good makeup remover? The answer is relative based to the user but for me, a good makeup remover does not sting the eyes and removes makeup in a flash.  And just recently, I found, not just the good, but the best makeup remover (for me, at least) to date.

I got the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water as part of the loot given when I attended the brand launch last October, 2011 (read my post about the event HERE). It took me a while to try this out since I was, and still am, satisfied with how the Pure Beauty Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Liquid works. But when the holidays came and I was all out with glitters and shimmers, I knew I needed something better so I took this out of my stash. I have seen the wonders of the Cleansing Water with my own eyes during the demonstration but still I was amazed when I got to try it myself.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water:
Remove Makeup While Nourishing Your Skin
  • Created with mineral rich Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan and White Birch Sap that retains moisture in your skin.
  • Infused with 6 essential herbs to protect and nurture skin: Rose Mary Lip Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Lavender Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, and Ginger Root Extract.
  • Quickly and gently removes makeup leaving nutrients to replenish and rejuvenate skin.
  • Removes waterproof makeup and skin impurities.
  • Rinse-free. Oil-free.
  • Safe for contact lens wearers.
Directions: Moderately saturate a cotton pad and leave on skin for a few seconds, then gently remove makeup. It is not necessary to wash product off after use.

I was wearing this eye makeup when I first tried the cleansing water for the first time.

I saturated a cotton ball with the cleansing water, let it sit on my eyelids for about 10 seconds and slowly wiped the makeup away. In just one swipe, the cotton looked like this and it left my eyes with almost no makeup.

So I was not contented until I tried it with the best waterproof makeup I have - K-Palette 24/7 Eyeliner and Maybelline mascaras. Again, I saturated a cotton ball and let it sit on the makeup but I did not wipe the makeup up. I just took the cotton ball away to see if it'll remove the makeup even without wiping it. To my surprise, YES, it does remove most of the makeup like magic! Still, a couple of swipes is needed to get rid of all the makeup!

What I LIKE about it:
  • I got it for free. -- Who doesn't want free stuff?
  • Removes makeup in a flash
  • It's water! -- Different from the usual oil-based makeup removers.
  • Easily removes stubborn waterproof mascaras and eyeliners
  • No pungent smell
  • Leaves the skin feeling soft
  • No oily residues
  • A little amount goes a long way -- No need to saturate the cotton with it, a few drops will work as good.
  • Does not sting my eyes!
  • Did not cause me any breakouts or skin-related issues
  • It has nutrients that nourish the skin!
  • Oil-free and alcohol-free
  • Safe for contact lens wearers like me
  • Available in selected Beauty Bar outlets -- Beauty Bar Eastwood Mall has it!

What I DON'T LIKE about it:
  • Expensive! -- It costs around Php1,500 to Php2,000 (~$40 to $50). I'll get back to you for the exact price. EDIT: The price is Php1,695!
Will I repurchase?
YES! It works pretty awesome so why think of the price? :)

I only use the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water for heavy and super waterproof makeup. For light makeup, I use either the Pure Beauty Cleasing Liquid or the Pure Beauty Cleansing Oil. (Ang mahal kaya!)

I am in love with this cleansing water so much that I am now eyeing on the Koh Gen Do Spa products. Oh why does Koh Gen Do need to be so expensive? :)

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