Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream deep cleanses to remove makeup and dirt. Softens and moisturizes to help smooth skin and fight dryness. Provides a radiant, dewy base for makeup. To Use: Smooth over face and throat. Tissue off or leave overnight.
I’ve used all kinds of makeup removers from high-end to low-end and everything in between. Most of the popular ones out on the market left an oily residue on my skin. As I’ve mentioned a million times before on this blog, any type of cleansing product that leave some sort of residue on my skin annoys me to no end. I could literally see the droplets of water sliding off my face because of the barrier formed by the makeup remover. If I applied makeup right after (switching from a daytime to an evening look), the residue would make my makeup go on all weird and patchy. Again, very annoying but no big. What I couldn’t deal with was the cloudy vision or foggy vision. I tried splashing cold water on, eye drops, you name it, nothing worked to speed up the process. It sucked up a lot of time that I just did not have. So I looked into other methods of makeup removal. I don’t remember when or how I came across the cold cream method. It could have been something I read in Allure magazine or on makeupalley.com (back then it was the place for makeup junkies). Basically, you just apply cold cream to your face, then wipe it off with a tissue. That’s it.
I chose this specific cream by the brand Jergens because it read all-purpose and that made me optimistic about experimenting with it. As far as I knew, face creams were only supposed to be used as face moisturizers, not makeup removers. So I used it as a makeup remover. I used it a handful of times as a face cream but like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not particularly diligent about moisturizing my face. It did make my face look healthier and feel softer so I’ve also used it as an overnight cream after an especially bad sunburn (obviously it stung at first). I’ve even used it to clean up eyeshadow fallout when working with darker eyeshadows. It works wonders with removing glitter off your face as well (as water just seems to spread the glitter around).
Although the packaging looks cheap (which it is) I kinda’ liked it. I mean just look at that picture of the floating heads. The whole thing looks so retro and I actually find that appealing. The cream itself is a light pink (to match the outer lid) which I think is cute. The scent on this stuff is reminiscent of Nivea‘s scent, only heavier. The cream also happens to be a bit heavy which consequentially led to it leaving a residue behind on my skin. That said, the residue washed off easily with water and soap (or face wash, cleanser, etc…) as opposed to other makeup removers which refuse to budge. Also, not once did I get cloudy vision from this stuff. I used it on my waterproof mascara so some of it did get in my eyes but before I could register the slight pain, the pain (if you could even call it that), was totally gone. To be fair, it does clearly state “Avoid Eye Contact” on the packaging.
The main reason I enjoyed using this stuff was because I’ve always had romantic fantasies of sitting at my imaginary vanity table wearing my imaginary kimono and applying some sort of face cream. Doesn’t that sound so romantic? In reality, I was applying this at the bathroom sink (best lighting in the house) wearing my Tinkerbell pajamas so… yeah. Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream was fun to try but it’s not a must-have. It did open up my eyes to ease of makeup removal using the cold cream method and I’ve since moved on to discover an even better cream makeup remover (more on that in another post). This is the second time I’ve purchased this stuff because although it’s not a must-have, it is a nice-to-have.