Because why not?

Garnier - Gentle Cleansing Milk.

28 October 2014
Before I started my Project Pan I had decided to slowly work my way through every cream, oil and balm cleanser I could find at a reasonable price (drug store), my first purchase was the Garnier Gentle Cleansing Milk.

This product claims that it removes makeup and softens skin while helping dry skin and is suitable for face and eyes, these were all features that I wanted in a makeup remover. I love me a hydrating cleanser, when I tried my first I noticed a massive change in my skin and I was hooked, I have flopped back and forth to use up my stash but when it comes to paying money for cleansers I now have a strict criteria that they must meet.

When I first used this I thought it would be a product that you massage in to the skin over your makeup and rinse off, I didn't bother reading instructions because fuck that. I quickly discovered that I was a dumb ass.

Using the product after that involved using cotton pads, which was actually good because I had a stash that I wanted to work my way through but even using this method proved a problem for me.

This is a creamy makeup remover, I like to squeeze a blob on a cotton pad and then smoosh another one on top to disperse the product, If you don't use the smooshing method it will seep in to where your eyeball should be nice and safe and make it feel like they are melting in your head, so the cotton pad smooshing method slightly reduces the chances of it getting in your eyes, instead of 100% chance of going temporarily blind you have an 85% chance.

Eye burning aside it does remove your makeup, but it's no miracle remover, you'll still have to do some work, I find after 6 cotton pads there is still makeup residue on my face but by this time I'm so fucking over it and I can't see so I just give up.

This product doesn't mention washing your face after use, but unless you like greasy residue and burning peepers I would highly recommend you go in with a proper cleanser afterwards.

You might have already worked out that this product pisses me off because it burns eyeballs, leaves a seriously greasy residue (not the good type) and doesn't really remove makeup as well as I would like it to.. But wait! There's more! Alcohol Denat is the 5th ingredient on the inci list. The fuck Garnier?? Alcohol Denat can cause irritation to sensitive skin and is also drying, this product claims that it is suitable for sensitive and/or dry skin. If you put an ingredient in a product that is bad for sensitive and dry skin and then add crap like glycerin and mineral oil it doesn't balance it's self out, you still have cheap crappy ingredients that are going to cause issues for people who believe the bullshit written on the label but can't be bothered reading the ingredients (me).

  • Isn't drying because it's like getting caught in an oil spill.
  • Eventually removes makeup, even waterproof.

  • Burns eyeballs.
  • Contains a lot of alcohol.
  • Leaves a greasy residue.
  • Makes me temporarily blind.

Conclusion: I don't like it, I wish I'd never bought it and Garnier can suck it. On what planet does it make sense to have a makeup remover that is 'safe' for eye use but burns your eyes or is 'good' for dry and sensitive skin but contains high amounts of alcohol? I feel like this product came from the movie Idiocracy.
Also biggest pet peeve ever: Right there on the bottle it says "No greasy feeling". It's simply a lie.

What is your favourite makeup remover?

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4 comments on "Garnier - Gentle Cleansing Milk."
  1. I love how brutally honest you are in your reviews. You make me laugh and I get to learn stuff, what could be better!!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm glad you enjoy my reviews :)

  2. Another one who loves your blunt & very honest reviews. I have had a giggle at several of them. :o)

    Don't have a fave makeup remover - tbh I just use some facial wipes (which admittedly do contain some type of alcohol, but its further down the ingredients list and the wipes haven't sent my skin into a spin yet) & then my normal cleanser to finish up. Don't trust makeup remover stuff since I have really sensitive skin & don't want to risk watching it go batshit crazy thanks very much. Not even fussed on all those micellar water things either since all I see is a whole lot of chemicals on the label & not many benefits.

    And yes Garnier and every other company who puts alcohol denat in their products, then turn around & claim it's ok for sensitive skin, WTF?! That ingredient is the biggest reason why I can't use most dry shampoos - me + that stuff = a hella itchy & flaky scalp.

    1. Thank you! :)

      I also don't mind alcohol in products when it's low on the inci list, it doesn't bother my skin so I don't worry about it, in this product it also didn't irritate my skin but it annoyed me with the claims!

      I don't mind micellar waters but I have to agree that they aren't the bees knees in all respects, I keep it in my kit because it's good for touch ups and applying makeup over the top of it without compromising the finished look but I don't use it in my personal routine.