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Monday, June 27, 2011

Waterproof Eye Makeup Removers

Choosing the right eye makeup remover can be challenging if you wear waterproof makeup. For me, I wear contacts when I go out, so therefore waterproof makeup is a must.

My holy grail (HG) is Yves Rocher's Express Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes with Cornflower. It isn't oily, you don't have to over-rub your eyes and it's light.  Just a quick shake and dispense onto a cotton round and it removes the most stubborn of waterproof mascara. This stuff is amazing. The only prob is it's in Canada only and since I've moved here to NYC I have to rely on my mother or sister to bring some down when they are visiting or when I go to Montreal to stock up.  I literally stalked them to the point where I don't have to anymore, they just know, lol. On those rare occasions where I run out, like now (NOOOO!), I've had no choice but to try to find an alternative in the Big Apple. Trust me, I've even emailed them to find out why it isn't available here, lol.

Even though the bottle has recently changed, just seeing it makes me misty-eyed
The Plus:
- Its cornflower enriched formula with soothing properties.
- Presentated in the form of a two-phase lotion.
- Its rapid results.
4 fl oz $5.95 CAD
Sephora's Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
Pretty good, very close to my HG, even in appearance, a good alternative. It even has cornflower extract in it. My only prob is the cost. $6 for the small bottle which is way smaller than the Yves Rocher. Plus, with Yves Rocher, since I'm a member, I get free gifts and the remover is often on sale.

-HydroSenn+: Moisturizes intensely. A polysaccharide derived from an Indian plant (cassia angustifolia), this ingredient forms a protective barrier on the skin's surface that is able to harness and retain water for optimal moisture that lasts all day long.
-Procapil®: Promotes lash growth.
-Cornflower Extract: Softens and soothes skin.
-Pro-vitamin B5: Stimulates cell renewal and has moisturizing properties.
I've tried Andrea EyeQ's Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, Ultra Quick ($4.59) and though they do remove the eye makeup, it's oil based so you get a lot of grease on your lids and in your eyes, which clouds your vision for a bit. I haven't used this in years and just checking the ingredients now, it contains mineral oil. If I no longer want to put that in my hair, why should I put it on my eyes, right?

Formulated with Aloe Vera and Botanical Extracts, these soothing pads are ideal for those who wear waterproof eye makeup or have sensitive eyes.
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil (Wheat), Soja (Soybean) Glycine Oil (Soybean)
I've tried Target's up & up Makeup Remover ($4.54) waterproof eye makeup remover, and despite the great cost and decent reviews, it didn't do much for me. Hey, I tried. I always give the store brand a shot in whatever I buy. This is claimed to be comparable to Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, which I guess now I won't be trying. It's oil-Free, contains aloe, and is petroleum-free though, which is good. Sorry, I can't seem to add an image. 

I recently decided to revisit Avon's Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, I mean afterall, I sell the stuff and it was on sale, half price, for $1.99. I remember it not doing much for me in the past, but the rave reviews made me try again. I've been using it for the last 2 weeks or so and it still doesn't remove all of my waterproof mascara, or at least not as good as my HG. Plus, it's a cream, so either I put too little and it does nothing or I put too much and it gets messy and into my eyes and burns. I still have to go over it with my regular makeup wipes (we'll discuss that on a later date). Just realized it also has mineral oil.

At this point, I think I will just bite the bullet and go to Sephora and invest in the big bottle, at least I can justify spending $9.50 for the 4.2oz than $6 for the 1.69oz. Which, in retrospect was a silly move to begin with even if I just wanted to try it!

1 comment:

  1. I ran out of my eye makeup-remover, so perfect timing!! I will give Yves Rocher a try, I'm not happy with the brands I tried so far...thx for posting ;-)