For a long time, I had just relied on good cleansing oil to remove them. I think liked the idea of taking care of everything by using one product. Maybe I was trying to be frugal, too.
Then one day, I saw the melted black mascara running on my face and realized it wasn't as effective as I thought because it also seemed I was neglecting other parts of my face while concentrating on the eye area. I decided that it was time for me to use a separate remover again.
When I first started wearing makeup, there weren't many options for waterproof eye makeup remover. The original Lancôme Bi-Facil was the exclusive one that was known to do a proper job, so my understanding back then was that I must shell out monthly for a bottle no matter what.
If you can afford it, go for Bi-Facil by all means. I still believe it is one of the very best.
Problem with a more expensive eye makeup remover is that you could easily end up hoarding without realizing it. The remover itself might be great, but skimping on it means possible irritation caused by tugging and pulling with insufficiently moistened pads.
Luckily we have more options now including the affordable drugstore products.
I happened to have found a few good ones that made my wallet much happier (and me, cause that meant more money for lippies), and I wanted to share them with you.
L to R
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover
L'Oreal clean artiste waterproof & long wearing eye makeup remover
Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
(hint : there is a dud here)
I will start with my favorite.
Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($5.99 for 100 ml)
I have mentioned in my drugstore favorites post about how great this remover is.
It works fast without irritating my eyes or the skin around them.
It is not greasy nor dry, which I find quite ideal.
It is perfectly priced as well.
L'Oreal clean artiste waterproof & long wearing eye makeup remover ($7.49 for 118 ml)
This is another good one that I have recently found.
Knowing L'Oreal is the parent company of Lancôme, I was hoping it would be near identical to the Lancôme Bi-Facil, but they are different both in ingredients and consistency.
L'Oreal clean artiste feels much lighter, which makes sense since the oil part is only 1/3 of the bottle.
It still does wonderful job effectively removing all my eye makeup.
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99 for 100 ml)
You guessed it. This one is the dud.
It is the most expensive one here, which would have been easily forgiven if it did its job properly.
My biggest problem with this is that it is darn difficult to mix the solution before use.
I start with vigorously shaking the bottle 15-20 times, but it quickly separates back. I have to use my other arm to shake it another 15 times for equation. I don't want to end up with uneven arms, you know?
Once it is mixed, it does an adequate job removing the makeup, which is why I haven't thrown it away.
It takes more time and I need to make sure to moisten the pad well to avoid irritation.
I do not recommend this.
However, I have not experienced any real irritation with any of the products mentioned above.
They don't burn my tired eyes from daily contacts wear nor my sensitive skin around the eyes.
If you have drier skin type, I think you would prefer Lumene.
L'Oreal clean artiste can be more easily located and is better suited for normal to oily skin, in my opinion.
Go for the Boots No7 if you want good daily exercise for your arms.
Have you tried any of these affordable waterproof eye makeup removers?
How do you effectively remove your eye makeup at the end of the day?
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