Happy Tuesday Sunshines! It has been years since I have last used the Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser, so I figured it’s about time to buy a new tub and test it out. I’m pretty sure this was the first ever makeup remover I’ve tried and honestly am not even sure what my thoughts about it were back then. In more recent years, I’ve used the Bioderma Sensibio religiously to remove my makeup at night and while I do still love it, it was time to try something else. So after testing it out for about two weeks now, it’s time for a review. I'm pretty sure most people have used or tried this cleanser before, but with all new products coming out, it's easy to forget some of the products that have been there for ever.
SIZE and price
Pond’s is a drugstore brand so this is definitely a cheap product, especially for the amount of product that you get. I still have over 75% of the cream in the jar, while using it almost daily for over two weeks, so this will really last me a long time.
The packaging is entirely made out of plastic, so this is nothing fancy. Scooping the product out with your fingers or spatula can be done hassle free with the wide opening and easy to open cap. Though, I’m not sure how hard it will be once I’m coming near to the end. One major drawback is that the product is not sealed with a foil so it can easily be tampered with when still in stores.
The white cream is fairly thick in consistency but can easily spread out by warming it between your fingers or massaging it into your face. Once really worked into the skin, it will become translucent and feels more like an oil than a cream. Though it feels a lot less oily than a cleansing oil.
application and result
I scoop about a table spoon of the cream and warm it slightly in between my hands before applying it to my face like a moisturiser and working it in to remove all my makeup. The cream is very gentle to the skin and it takes only a few seconds before all the makeup is dissolved, it also has a slight scent to it. I will gently massage it on my eyes to remove any mascara and eyeshadow. Once it’s worked in, I’ll take a clean face towel and run in under hot water and squeeze out the excess water before removing the cream with the towel from my face. I feel like this method works the best in comparison to removing the cream with a cotton pad as I feel like that will leave some residue behind and you’d still have to rinse your face afterwards.
If I’m feeling really lazy, I’ll move straight on to my toner but most days I’ll go in afterwards with another facial cleanser followed by my regular skincare routine.
The one downside with this cleanser is that it won’t always remove all your eye makeup, especially if you’re wearing waterproof mascara close to the lash line or eyeliner in your waterline. I always go back in with an eye makeup remover, toner or the Bioderma Sensibio and run it along my lashes with a cotton pad or q-tip to make sure every last bit is removed. For those that don’t wear much eye makeup this won’t really be an issue, but for others they might come across the same problem.
Once cleansed, my skin feels very moisturised and hydrated, so at times I can even go in with a gel instead of a lotion as moisturiser afterwards.
As the jar is not a liquid, it makes it easier to travel with, though you do have to carry an additional eye makeup remover or toner and a few face towels/cloths.
Pond’s claims that the cream is made up of a 50% moisturiser, thus ideal for those with drier skin. The mineral oil will help to breakdown the makeup and beeswax helps retain moisture in one’s skin. The formula does contain cetyl alcohol, acting as an emulsifier and is a fatty alcohol, thus won’t dry out the skin. For more information on alcohol in skincare products, you can refer to this previous post I did on the topic. There is also very small percentage of parabens in there, so stay clear if you’re one to look for products that are paraben free. As mentioned, there is a fragrance in this product, though it is not very strong.
Mineral Oil, Water/Agua, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behenic Acid, Fragrance/Fragancia, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben.
SUITABLE FOR ...
All skin types, especially those with dry or sensitive skin, and are looking for a budget friendly makeup remover that is easy to travel with.
THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Easy and fast to use
- Budget Friendly
- Gentle to the skin
- Packaging, not sealed
- Not ideal to remove makeup close to the waterline
- Contains parabens and fragrance
MY OVERALL THOUGHTS
As someone with dry skin, I am loving this makeup remover. Despite that I still have to go over my lashes to make sure all makeup is removed, it is much faster to use than the Bioderma cleanser and it is of course a lot cheaper. This cleanser is going to be my skin saviour during winter months when my skin feels especially dry and I will continue to use this.
As per the claims, it hasn’t clogged my pores and is very gentle to the skin though again, doesn’t always clean any stubborn waterproof mascara properly.
What’s your favourite cleanser and have you tried this one? Love it or hate it?