I use it as a makeup remover myself. It was one of the first beauty rituals I learned from Ma Hubley: Every night before bed, she'd put on a good thick layer of Pond's and take it off, revealing almost creepily young looking skin underneath. Her own mother, likewise, had a portrait in her attic that was aging rapidly, thanks to diligent use of Pond's Cold Cream. (Yes, that is a "Dorian Gray" joke in a beauty review. We're doing classic products, so why not, right?)
Does It Work?
However you use it, Pond's Cold Cream will take off every bit of your makeup and leave your skin feeling softer. When I'm using it regularly, I notice that my fine lines stand out less. It's especially great in the winter, when your skin is dry as a bone most of the time. Pond's totally takes away that tight-face feeling I always get in the cold weather. It'd be worth the price for that alone.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
Possibly my favorite thing about this product, other than its apparently miraculous youth-preserving properties, is its smell. I find it very clean and fresh-smelling. It always makes me feel like I've done something nice for myself in the five minutes it takes to remove my makeup properly. ("OK, I didn't get much done today, but at least I washed my face properly. Check that one off the list.")
Ease of Use:
The goal is to really massage your face with the cream, for at least a solid minute, before wiping it off with cotton balls or pads. Do not under any circumstances use toilet paper or facial tissue to wipe it off. It'll feel like sandpaper and be just about as good for your skin.
Bang for Your Buck:
Is it worth it? Totally. For less than five bucks, you get 3.5 ounces of one of the all-time best classic beauty products, a clean face, and at least the illusion of younger skin. And when it comes to my beauty regime, I'm completely willing to settle for illusions, as long as they fool other people as well.