Nature Republic Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel Cream Review

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

I picked this up in one of the Nature Republic stores on my Korea trip because it just looked like a winner. I love aloe vera, the smell and texture is just so beautiful and cooling on the skin! Plus, I was in the market for a gentle makeup remover that didn't need a cotton pad because I'm lazy. My favourite makeup removers have been creams or balms, so this was my first time trying a gel formula.

If I remember correctly, I think I bought it for $9AUD which kinda sucks because Koreadepart is selling it for $3.38 USD! What is this, paying almost triple the price for a Korean product in Korea! 


The squeeze tube is great, precisely the kind of packaging I prefer because there's no scooping product out of a tub (and thereby getting water inside when you are in the shower). I was initially impressed with the large size of the tube (150mL), but it turns out you have to use a lot of product each use. 

I do like the light green colour scheme though, it makes me think of all things refreshing and cooling!


"The fresh gel type cleansing gel effectively removes makeup residue and impurities from your skin with its rich aloe vera extract" 

"Gently massage a fair amount over face and tissue off. Follow with a foam cleanser"


This generous amount you see is only just enough to cleanse my entire face once. It's quite a lot in my opinion!

The gel had so much potential- just look at that rich, creamy gel texture! As soon as I saw it I thought it would be really effective in dissolving my makeup simply because it looks and feels so creamy and emollient. Alas, looks can be deceiving. Not only do you have to use a lot of product to do the job, the product does not perform well.

This product feels great on the face, all smoothy and slippery plus I really enjoy the aloe scent whilst I massage it in. I don't 'tissue off' the product, I just use water to wash it off. It is definitely a moisturising and soothing product because my skin feels very comfortable afterwards. The problem is, it simply does not remove makeup well enough.

I have used this product around 10 times to cleanse my makeup off at the end of the day. I have even used it twice in a row to see if it was able to take off all of my makeup, but it did not. Below are some examples of my face after 1 use of this product. This particular day I was wearing light eye makeup and a red lip.


Definitely a bit of 'grudge girl' action going on. My mascara is still there and I have dark eyeshadow stains under my eyes which did not wipe off with a towelling.

You can see I'm definitely having skin issues at the moment :(.
I hadn't tried this on red lips before and I laughed when I opened my eyes and saw this in the mirror! The gel took some of the lipstick off, but a lot remained in the creases of my lips which must have smudged when I was washing my face with my hands. 

In terms of base makeup, under close inspection I can see tiny glitter flecks on my face- a good indicator that my BB cream and powder is not fully removed.

Overall, I want more out of a makeup remover. I would not trust this to remove even light makeup and you would definitely need to depend on a deep cleanser to do a proper job. I say save your money! All $3 of it!

*I bought this product with my own money. All my opinions are 100% honest.

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