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Friday, 1 June 2012

Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover Review

After yesterday's post about my Watsons haul, I received a comment from a reader asking about Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover. Neither she nor I had seen it before, and I found out that it is the newest Bioré facial makeup remover, replacing the well-loved Bioré Hydra-Clear Makeup Remover. I had been meaning to try the old one for the longest time, but I hadn't finished using my Bifesta Water-Based Makeup Remover yet (comparison review soon!).

This is the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover.


Review after the jump! 

I have to confess, the pink pump bottle was what attracted me initially. Though there was no discount for this product at the Watsons Private Member Sale (30 May 2012), I decided to get it to replace my almost empty Bifesta Water-Based Makeup Remover (which I love to death).

The packaging states that the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is not oily or sticky, has a smooth serum-like texture that glides on easily, contains 1/3 moisturising essence and removes even waterproof mascara. Sounds like a dream makeup remover!


Interestingly enough, it is not advisable to use facial cotton pads or tissue to apply this makeup remover. I think it would be because the moisturising essence can only work most effectively when applied directly on skin.


Ingredients list below.



Here's the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover without the packaging. The pink pump bottle looks so adorably cute; I would have bought it just to try, if only because of how it looks. I like that there is a plastic cap cover the pump - full marks for hygiene.


I wasn't wearing makeup today, so I can't show pictures of my face before/after using this product. Instead, I swatched the basic sorts of makeup products that most women would use on a daily basis on my arm and let them sit for a good 15 minutes before attempting to remove them with the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover.


Swatches from left to right:

Cargo 3 Triple Action Mascara
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black
Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in 05 To Die For (third darkest shade)
Bourjois Flower Perfection Youth Extension Foundation in No. 54
ZA Concealer Perfection in #2
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in 18 Soft Cardinal
Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in 05 I Like Cotton Candy
Milani Lip Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Gloss Pencil in 05 Hot Flash
NYX Round Lipstick in LSS643 Femme

Close-ups:


As suggested, I squeezed two pumps of the makeup remover onto my hand. It is clear and quite thick compared to normal cleansing oil, therefore the "jelly" texture, I guess. It smells slightly fruity, like kids' shampoo or the Herbal Essences line of hair products.


True to the packaging's claims, it had a very smooth texture and glided onto my arm like silk. After thoroughly massaging it into my arm for a few minutes, I washed off the murky mess of makeup remover and makeup with water. As you can see, most of the makeup has been removed quite cleanly, except for a few of the swatches.


From left to right:
Cargo 3 Triple Action Mascara (brown stain)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black (black line)
Milani Lip Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Gloss Pencil in 05 Hot Flash (red stain)
NYX Round Lipstick in LSS643 Femme (pink stain)

L-R: Cargo 3 Triple Action Mascara,
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black

L-R: Milani Lip Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Gloss
Pencil in 05 Hot Flash, NYX Round Lipstick in
LSS643 Femme

Looks like these are the most stubborn makeup products! The stain left by the Milani Lip Flash in Hot Flash really looks like I cut my wrist, haha. After the first round of cleansing, I did a second round. This time, everything else came off except for NYX Round Lipstick in LSS643 Femme. 


That is one stubborn lipstick; the femme fatale of the pack! I'm not sure if you can see it clearly, but the pink stain of Femme was impossible to remove from my wrist. I had to break out my Bioré Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip (review soon!) before it would disappear.

My arm felt incredibly smooth and moisturised after cleansing with the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover; clearly the moisturising essence worked perfectly! It didn't feel oily nor sticky, and did remove almost all traces of mascara from my arm - pretty impressive for a full-face makeup remover.

However, it didn't remove the lip products very thoroughly, so I suggest sticking to the Bioré Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip to ensure the removal of all lip products, especially lipstick that tends to stain.


Let's Break It Down

Product Name: Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover
Product type: Makeup remover
Amount of product: 230ml
Price per product: 24.90 SGD
Comments: Great moisturising properties, transparent and slightly thick liquid that is not oily/sticky, removes most makeup very well except some lip products, smells pleasantly fruity, hygienic and pleasant bottle design
Where to buy: Watsons (if anyone spots this products elsewhere, do let me know in the comments!)
To buy or not to buy: It's a very decent makeup remover, but the only drawback is its inability to remove some lip products that are more prone to staining. When I do a comparison with Bifesta Water-Based Makeup Remover, I'll let you know which is more worth buying

Product approved 4/5.

P.S. If any of you would like me to review the makeup products that I've swatched or mentioned in this post, do drop a comment and I'll try my best to put up a review on them.


Disclaimer: I was not paid, sponsored nor influenced by external sources when reviewing this product. My opinions as expressed in the review are solely my own.

Rachel loves sharing about the beautiful things in life from different perspectives. She writes on beauty and lifestyle in Cherchez Beauté, and does more abstract stuff on Antelune. When she's not writing, she's playing with her dog Holly, doodling and reading fiction. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.