St. Ives Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser – Review

St. Ives Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser – Review

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Sara Hassan , 13 Comments

I love the ever so famous St. Ives apricot scrub and of course that was the only reason I wanted to try this one. Did it win my heart? Read below to find out.

Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser
Gently removes make-up and cleanses skin. This cleanser effortlessly removes even the heaviest make-up while cleaning the skin.

Moisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertips and massage over face. Rinse with water. Avoid direct contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water.

My thoughts
This product claims to be both makeup remover and a facial cleanser. Initially, I followed the instructions given on the tube and it did nothing at all to remove my makeup. Yes, I was disappointed because I am a big fan of St. Ives scrubs and masks so I had high hopes. The second time I used it my way. After spreading it onto my face, I used a cotton wool ball to wipe off and there was some success yet it doesn’t guarantee complete makeup removal.

To start off, it doesn’t lather but that’s something typical of almost every cream cleanser. The thing that really bothers me is that if I use it as a cleanser, it doesn’t get rinsed away with water as they say. It just smears the makeup around and sticks on like a glue to the skin. It has a thick creamy texture to it which leaves my skin greasy even after I wipe it off with towel hence I personally would not advise using it as a face cleanser. As a makeup remover, it does a pretty decent job IF used liberally nevertheless the thick consistency gets in the way of total makeup melt down so it basically fails to dissolve the heaviest makeup as it boasts. I think it should’ve been advertised as a mild soothing makeup remover which would best suit someone who wears minimal makeup or perhaps has a sensitive skin. It has a mild chamomile scent that doesn't bother me as it goes away after I wash my face with my regular face wash.

Overall, it’s not totally bad but nothing to write home about. It will only work if used with a cotton wool. The only plus to this is the price I believe. I will continue using until it's used up but I wouldn't repurchase.

You might like it if...
  • You have a sensitive skin type
  • You wear minimal makeup
  • You want a makeup remover that doesn't dry out your skin
  • You find it affordable
You might not like it if...
  • You expect it to remove heavy makeup/water-proof mascara
  • You use it as a facial cleanser and it leaves your skin greasy
  • The scent bothers you
My rating

I got this for PKR 285 from Agha's supermarket. You could also purchase St. Ives products online at

What do you think about this product? Have you given it a shot?


  1. Aw, this is so disappointing! I love the Apricot scrub that I keep on going back to! One expect great results from the brand! Sad it didn't work out for you!

    Sana xx

  2. i also used it and it work okay.. i am not hating and nor leaving it...soon i will share my review too :)

  3. I have this one and its terrible! doesnt remove my eye makeup at all and feels like I havent washed my face at all.

  4. I like ur nice, crisp reviews.
    I have ever been a fan of St. Ives and so far ir hasn't disappointed me.

  5. Agh and I thought that I couldn't make this product work . I noticed makeup residue even after I cleansed with it so its was a let down for me too.

  6. Oh no, that sounds awful! I do love the scrub like you though =)

  7. What a shame, I love St Ives products : / Oh well, they couldn't all be great no? Maybe they'll reformulate it just like they did with the scrub, years ago it had the most huge beads, now it's a lot better. Thanks for the review Sara xx

  8. Totally agree Sarah .. I bought it with same high hope as I love their scrubs too but in vain.... Im not happy with it as well. Ill share my thoughts too soon,thx for sharing xoxo

  9. i love st.Ives scrubs .. but this seems disappointing


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