Tool Thursday: Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover Review & Swatches

Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover
Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover


  • Net weight: 15 ml (0.5 fl oz)

Review & Usage

Makeup wipes are great for removing lip colors but most of the time they are too rough on my lips. For someone who works on lip swatches often, this Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover sounds like a godsend! I was browsing the Sephora website and saw this on sale for half price so I thought I'd go ahead and give it a try. I figured it wouldn't be too much of a loss if it didn't live up to its claim:

An oil-based formula for removing even ultralong-wear lipstick without rubbing.

Well, I will start off with what I like first!

  • I like the packaging! A small, portable, squeezable transparent tube with a thin nozzle making it easy to dispense. It even fits in the smallest makeup bag!
  • I like the formula! It's truly an “oil” in “gel” product. It is so light and slippery making it super easy to spread the product all over the lips. It doesn't leave a film on the lips, or any oily or greasy residue. Aloe Vera Extract is listed as one of its main ingredients which is nice because it is known to help soothe and hydrate lips. Another bonus is it's color-, scent-, and paraben-free.
  • I like the quick and easy removal process! Just squeeze out a small drop on the tip of your finger, massage all over the lips for 30 seconds, then wipe everything clean with a soft cotton pad. (The instruction says to simply leave it on but I find gentle massaging helps speed up the process!) Just be sure to work within your lip lines especially if you're removing a staining product as it could get really messy and stain the skin around your lips!

Sounds great so far right? But does it really get everything off? I mean, there are so many levels of “ultralong-wear lipsticks” on the market. We have everything from a typical long-wear matte lipstick/lip liner (think NARS Cruella or MAC Ruby Woo), to a staining tinted balm (think Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain), to a liquid lipstick (think Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette), up to a super stubborn staining liquid tints (think Stila Acai Crush Lip & Cheek Stain or Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain).

I'll say, for everyday lipsticks including long-wear matte lipsticks, and soft-staining lipsticks, this product works like a charm! Everything is lifted off the lips after 30 seconds without a trace. For this, I'm impressed, and excited! There are some other soft-staining lip products that I tested and found that I needed a second round before my lips were completely clean. Not a big deal! This could prove to be the ultimate lipstick removing product after all!

But the real test is whether it removes stubborn stains that I sometimes wear. I applied the Stila Acai Crush Lip & Cheek Stain on my upper lip and Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain on my lower lip and let it set for about 5-10 minutes then tried to remove it. Results? They didn't budge! These two are simply too stubborn for the Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover. It is not effective at all on this type of product. I was slightly disappointed in a way but considering that I don't wear liquid stains often, I wasn't too unhappy.

In terms of hydration, I honestly don't feel that it does anything to help condition my lips. I'm glad my lips are not dry, chapped, or tight afterwards but they aren't hydrated or moisturized in any way. Well, when the last step is to wipe everything off, I don't think the soothing ingredient has enough time to work on your lips!

All in all, I can only recommend this product to remove everyday to soft-staining lip colors. For strong liquid tints, you're better off removing with a cleansing oil/balm or an oil-based eye and lip makeup remover. Sometimes I'll use it to clean my lip brush and arm swatches, too. It works so much better than makeup wipes, not to mention much more gentle. So I think for a $5 product, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for casual lipstick wearers! For those curious, I think it is a fun product worth having!


US$5 at Sephora

฿235 at Sephora Thailand



  • Hey Jaa, I usually don’t use a separate remover for my lips (have you seen my skincare routine? I don’t need even MOAR), but this sounds great! Most of the time I use Bioderma during swatching sessions and it works, although maybe not so well for the really intense lippies!

    • Either the Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover or Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm! I’m pretty good at not letting it get into my mouth so I can’t say I’ve ever tasted either of them. LOL

  • I usually use my makeup remover, but like Linda mentioned I could do without the nasty aftertaste. I might check this out. I mean you can’t go wrong with $5. I’m not big on stains either so it might just be a fit.

    • Then I think this would be a great addition to your makeup kit! It works wonders on regular lipsticks! :) And yes, I agree with you. For $5, I think it’s totally worth a try!

  • I bought this a while back but since I’ve been wearing tinted balms lately, I haven’t gotten around to giving this a try. At least I know to hedge my bets when it comes to this remover. Beats using eye makeup remover xD

    • Yeah, you probably don’t need this to remove tinted lip balms. :D What balms have you been wearing lately anyway? Curious!

  • I saw this in the sale section as well and was so curious! Thank you for the review, hun. Extremely helpful. I’ll keep this one in mind if I ever need to increase my cart $ for a perk or something (oh, the things we think of). :-)

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