Friday, 6 December 2013

The Lowdown On Eye Makeup Removers

We all know how much of a struggle it can be to remove your makeup at the end of the day when your bed is calling you, and now imagine having to use a separate eye makeup remover on top of your nightly routine....noooooooo.

I will be the first to admit, that sometimes i just resort to using face wipes, as it's the easiest and quickest thing to use, especially when you're already in bed!

Over the last few years i have tried several eye makeup removers and makeup removers in general, and wanted to give you guys the lowdown on what's good and not so good!

MAC Cleanse Off Oil £19

I purchased a travel size of this to take with me to Cuba and i am so happy i tried this! This is an oil based cleanser, which removes all dirt and grime, as well as stubborn eye makeup. I apply a few pumps and massage it into my face and then i get a little bit of water, which then emulsifies the oil. Let me tell you guys one thing.......when you're massaging your eyes with the emulsion, your vision can get quite blurry! I don't find it irritates my eyes, but i have to ensure i have removed everything from around my eye area. This is a great all in one cleanser, for those who don't want to use two products.

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover £15

I really dislike this product because as soon as i applied it to my eyelids, it stung like mad! At first i thought hmmm....maybe it's meant to feel this way? But after several uses i found that it was too uncomfortable to use and it made my eyes sore and irritated. I found that it did remove eye makeup, but i had to go over it with several cotton wool pads and personally i don't want to keep rubbing my eyes.

Boots Essential Fragrance Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads £1.50

I love these! You get 40 pads in the tub and they are pre-soaked with eye makeup remover. This is the best value eye makeup remover, costing only £1.50. A few years back, i took a couple of these when i went backpacking, because they are so small and lightweight and i didn't have to faff around with cotton wool and eye makeup remover. These pads remove all eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. You are left with a very greasy residue, so you do have to wash your face afterwards.

Clinique Take The Day Off £17

I really enjoy using this, because it is a bi-phase makeup remover (which i like) and it literally takes the day off, like it says! This is perfect for contact lens wearers and people who have sensitive eyes. I did find that after using this product for ages, whenever i removed my eye makeup, a couple of eyelashes would fall out! Now, i don't know if it's because i was rubbing my eyes to much but i am a bit cautious! This bottle will last a good 4-5 months, depending on how often you use it.

*Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover £19

Another bi-phase eye makeup remover, which i have just started to use recently. This is probably my favourite bi-phase makeup remover at the moment. I find this very gentle on my eyes and i don't need to tug with the cotton wool pad to remove my eye makeup. Again, this is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. I have done a full blog post HERE.

Bioderma Crealine H20 £14.50

I have been using this solution for yonks now and i still love it! I find that it doesn't remove stubborn eye makeup or waterproof eye makeup as effectively but it removes normal day to day eye makeup. When i have been filming tutorials, i normally use a bi-phase eye makeup remover and then use the Bioderma afterwards to ensure my skin is nice and clean. I wouldn't really classify this as an eye makeup remover but more of a general makeup remover. The fab thing about this is that it does irritate the eyes! Full bog post can be found HERE.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish £14.75

This cleanser is not suitable for people who want something quick! This has been one of my favourite cleansers for the last 2/3 years and i still manage to use it! It's a thick cream texture and i just put a couple of pumps and apply it all over my face. The muslin cloth works wonders, you run it under hot water and then wipe away all your makeup. It's kinda weird seeing all the crap from the day on the muslin cloth! I still would use a bi-phase makeup remover if i had a lot of eye makeup on, but when i am just wearing mascara and eye liner, this does the job at removing it. My face feels so clean and fresh after using this product. Full blog post can be found HERE.

KIKO Cleansing Eyes & Lips £5.99

This is a dual layer product and needs to be shaken before it can be used. It removes eye makeup really well and i don't have to keep going over my eyes. It doesn't irritate, nor make my vision blurry and removes everything from waterproof mascara to long lasting lipsticks. It is one of the cheapest ones that i have tried and works just as good as the higher end makeup removers.

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover £8.50

I picked one of these up when i was given a £5 Boots No7 voucher, which you can use on skincare and makeup. I wasn't too keen on this eye makeup remover, as i found it left a very oily residue and once the solution was shaken (as it's a bi-phase remover), it would separate very quickly. This meant for every eye, i had to keep shaking it to mix the solution and just found it a bit annoying. I think this is an ok eye makeup remover and does remove everything, but it's not one i am in a hurry to repurchase.

What are my thoughts overall? To be honest i think the cheaper drugstore ones are just as good as the more expensive eye makeup removers. I do love my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, MAC Cleanse Off Oil and the Bioderma Crealine H2O, as they are all rounders. When it comes to actual eye makeup removers, i always prefer going with a bi-phase remover, because it gets rid of stubborn eye makeup, but i don't prefer a higher end brand over the drugstore ones. I find that they pretty much do the same job.

What is your favourite eye makeup remover?

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  1. Wow what a big collection you've got going on! I love Bioderma, you just can't top it in my opinion :)

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  2. Great review!!!! Always on the hunt for a good makeup remover & I'm about done with my BOOT'S NO7 clarifying cleanser. Thinking about jumping into my mini Bioderma a dear friend sent me:)

  3. Amazing review! Going to purchase kiko - I've been loving their products lately. Have you used the L'oreal skin perfecting range Micellar solution?. It's currently on offer in superdrug

  4. Try the garnier 2in1 makeup remover

  5. The Clinique one works well

  6. I'm really enjoying the Body shop camomile cleansing butter. It removes all my make-up including waterproof mascara (I only use waterproof) and it's actually replaced my holy grail Emma hardy cleanser (I know you don't like it) as it's a fraction of the price, smells gorgeous and leaves my skin feeling soft.

  7. I actually make my own bi-phase type eye makeup remover, as well as my own oil & cream type cleansers which really get all the makeup out of my pores. I absolutely LOVE them. I find that any of the commercially made ones contain far too many ingredients in them that are not good for the skin or eyes. This also allows me to use very high end, beneficial, exotic ingredients which would cost a fortune if buying them in premade products, and also gives me many cleansing options such as the hot cloth method, microdermabrasion while cleansing, masking & cleansing in one step, etc. I'm always amazed at how incredibly clean my skin is after I massage my makeup removers into my skin, then take them off with a warm microfiber cloth. And my skin always looks & feels amazing the day after. Super hydrated, no dry patches, oily areas completely balanced & soft as a baby's bum :-) I get the best cleansing possible for a fraction of the price, and my skin has never looked or felt better.

    I haven't bought any type of makeup remover in quite some time, actually.

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