For years now I’ve been a loyal user of Lancome’s Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. While I have tried others in the past, in a vain attempt to find something that worked as well (see Lumene, Clean & Clear, Boots #7, and Almay), I keep coming back to the Lancome. It’s the only one that removes 100% of my mascara and eye liner easily the first time, no matter what I’m wearing. But… it’s expensive. I try to stock up on it at the outlet mall (love those CCO stores), but I still feel guilty every time I use it.
So, recently I’ve been rebelling. Well, really it was because I was on vacation and ran out of Lancome (which really sucks when you are wearing a lot of waterproof eye makeup because of the pool). So, a quick trip to Target yielded me the Neutrogena Hydrating eye make up remover on the left. This was about 7 months ago, and I have to admit that I’ve been trying to find a product that this remover will actually remove. Harsh? Yes. But seriously, it leaves behind about 75% of my eye makeup no matter what it is. Waterproof, regular, mascara, eye liner, even eye shadow. This is a pretty poor performance for a product that claims to remove waterproof products. Avoid it all costs.
Strangely enough, the product that I nearly bought instead that day is the remover on the right. I picked it up about a month ago, and it is vastly different from the Hydrating lotion version. These are fairly large, thick round cotton pads saturated with eye makeup remover. They are not super wet, but they do feel damp to the touch. I use one side per eye and because the pads are so soft they can be really rubbed around and can be used to scrub the lash line to get every last little bit of eye liner.
The pads have removed everything that I’ve put them up against, including multiple kinds of waterproof eye liner and mascara. The pads do leave a very light residue behind. However, Neutrogena says to use the pads before you wash your face. I simply rinse the residue off when I rinse off my facial cleanser.
The only fault I can find with these eye makeup remover pads is that they really do seem to take a while to remove everything. It takes 3 or 4 minutes to really scrub off everything, much longer than the 1-2 swipes I need with Lancome Bi-Facil.
I’ll be restarting my search for a mass market eye makeup remover that works as well as the Lancome. Let me know if you have any recommendations. In the meantime, if you’re looking I do recommend the pads, but stay away from the hydrating version.