There are plenty of legitimate reasons that I'm obsessed with liquid matte lip color. The pigment dries quickly, lasts for hours, and won't smear off onto my date. But the biggest downside of these longwear products is their removal. At this point, it feels like I've wasted whole hours scouring my pucker with sugar scrubs in the hopes of erasing the stains left behind. Even worse, the often-painful aftereffects of this time-consuming process have caused me (and my tender lips) to take a break from these mattes.
However, after months of searching for a solution, I've discovered relief in the form of a makeup remover. Ciaté London Makeup Melter ($22) was designed with stubborn longwear formulas in mind (including waterproof mascara). Unlike most traditional cleansers, Makeup Melter is a nongreasy balm that you massage directly into lashes, lips, or skin. As you rub it in, the product turns into a soothing oil that breaks down longwear potions, reducing them to just their pigments. Once you can tell your makeup has fully dissolved, you use water to rinse your face clean.
Because Makeup Melter contains murumuru butter (the rich extract of palm tree seeds), it's intensely conditioning and nourishing. That means your skin will never feel stripped after cleansing — as is so often the case when removing aggressive formulas. So far, I've put the unscented treatment to the test on Huda Beauty Liquid Matte, Kylie Lip Kit, and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Just a mere swipe made all three as easy to remove as lip balm. If you're as obsessed with durable makeup as I am, you need to add Makeup Melter to your stash ASAP.