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SW Basics Of Brooklyn Makeup Remover review

January 27, 2014

On instagram a few weeks ago, the lovely Miss Pearl from the Miss Pearl Store posted a photo of this makeup remover and asked for bloggers to contact her if they wanted to try it. Well, I wanted to try it so of course I emailed her. So for full disclosure, I wanted to say up front that I was sent this (along with a lip balm that I may review in the next few days), but I promise that my review is 100% my honest opinion.

If you haven't heard of the Miss Pearl Store, it is an Australian store that sells natural and good for the planet products. Some of the brands stocked include Priti NYC nail polishes (I love the look of the Black Moon Pansies polish), Scotch Naturals nail polish (I have never heard of this brand before but I pretty much want every single shade they have to offer - amazing brights, pastels and nudes), Manic Panic hair dye, Crazy Rumours lip balms (which have some amazing scents like spiced chai, french vanilla, mint chocolate, orange clove etc), and other interesting natural brands.  

The Miss Pearl Store also stocks skincare from SW Basics of Brooklyn, which is a brand that makes skincare out of a minimal amount of good quality ingredients. The product I am reviewing today is the SW Basics of Brooklyn Makeup Remover, and this product contains only 3 ingredients! If you love your skincare to be completely natural and no chemicals, then this look into this brand! This retails for $18 and contains 59ml of product. This range also has a body oil, a cleanser, a cream, an exfoliant, a toner, a body scrub, and lip balms.

Shipping from The Miss Pearl Store is a flat rate of $7 within Australia or $15 worldwide, and you can use the discount code "teamkat" for 10% off your order!

Before I start my review, I wanted to point out that I am loving the packaging from this brand. Sure, it's not the most functional (and I will get to that later on), but I love the look of it. Aesthetically, I adore the basic glass bottle with the almost modern take on a 19th century label design, and if I had a fancy house with a guest bedroom, I would buy this whole range just to make my bathroom look amazing.

If you are the type of person who loves removing makeup with an oil then keep reading because this product will be right up you alley. If you are the kind of person who hates buying makeup removers that are half oil/half liquid, because you hate the oiliness... then this review is probably not for you. I fall into the former category, and I only buy makeup removers that contain oil to remove my eye makeup, and I love using cleansing oils all over my face. This product only contains organic sweet almond oil, organic olive oil, and organic jojoba oil and this product barely has any scent to it.

The directions say to "apply with cotton", so when I first started using this I would hold a cotton pad over the top of the bottle and tip it upside-down to get a small amount on the cotton pad and I would repeat this a couple of times. This method would remove eye makeup very well, but I felt that without the liquid that other makeup removers contain, the cotton pad would absorb a lot of the oil and the cotton pad would become very dry.

Since I didn't want to pour too much of the oil on the pad each time I used it (I don't want to waste my precious 59ml), I started pouring a small amount of the oil onto my finger tips instead, and rubbed it directly only my eyes. I found this method worked beautifully! This oil removes every last scrap of mascara (even better than Shu Uemura cleansing oil) and then I would cleanse my face as normal and it would remove all of the excess oil.

This claims to double as a light moisturiser so I decided to give this a shot. I applied a small amount into my hands and applied this to my face. Even though I probably wouldn't use this as a moisturiser on a daily basis, I did find that this oil sinks into the skin very nicely without making me feel super greasy!

My main issue with this product is the way you dispense the product. You screw off the lid and just pour a small amount out (which can be easier said than done). Like I said earlier, this packaging looks amazing, but for a product that you don't want to waste (let's face it, it's not a large bottle!) and for a product that can potentially get very messy if you spill it, then this isn't the best way to dispense it. If this bottle had a pump (or an old school dropper to fit with the theme of the packaging) then I would highly recommend this oil as a makeup remover. As it is, I totally recommend the product but it comes with a "use at your own risk, and don't buy this if you hate not having a pump" warning.

Edit: I have been informed that you can buy pumps separately from the SW Basics website, however I can't seem to see one that fits this particular product.

I am really looking forward to trying more products from this SW Basics of Brooklyn, I love the design of the products and I love the philosophy behind the brand. Also check out the Miss Pearl Store, there are some great natural brands to check out... and don't forget to use "teamkat" to get 10% off your order!


  1. Ooo I love the Shu Umera cleansing oils and if you say this is better than that I must check it out!! :)

  2. Looks like such a neat brand! Love how simple the formula is and the aesthetic of the packaging is totally up my alley! xo




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