Well, not only is it less than $4, but it gets rid of most makeup with just one swipe. What's more, I am not alone in my love of the Target makeup remover. My friend Sabs and I do weekly ANTM-inspired photo shoots. (You know, because we have awesome hobbies like that.) The last time we had a makeup-intensive look, I reached for that blue-tinted bottle. "Oh, that stuff is great," she said. "And cheap!" Which pretty much sums it up. There are lots of other good removers out there, but if you just want an effective and simple one, look no further.
Reader Emalove must have been reading my mind. I recently ran out of makeup remover, and although I thought I could go without for a while, I'm definitely in the market to try a new one — particularly one that won't break the bank. Neutrogena's
Oil-Free Makeup Remover ($6) Emalove's favorite. Here's why:
I love this eye makeup remover. It is by far the best inexpensive one that I've tried. I despise greasy-feeling, oily makeup removers, so this one fit the bill right from the start. It feels really cool and light on your skin and removes all traces of my eye makeup. I don't use waterproof mascara, so not sure how it would work on that, but it removes my washable mascara in one or two swipes. It's gentle, and best of all, I don't have to rub or tug on my eye area.
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If you took my quiz on who owns what yesterday, you already know that L'Oreal and Lancôme have the same corporate owner. Even though each brand operates independently, my inner bargain hunter was wondering if the same products are merely being packaged and marketed differently. So I decided to compare my beloved Lancôme Bi-Facil makeup remover to the L'Oreal version.
At first, I was excited; both products come in blue-tinted bottles. "Ooh, maybe it's the same excellent stuff, just much cheaper," I thought. So I put on about three pounds of eye shadow on each eye, and then went to town taking it off. My results are below.
|And the winner is...|
|Price||$26/4.2 ounces||$5.99/4 ounces||L'Oreal costs 75% less than Lancome.|
|Packaging||The sleek, child-proof bottle looks elegant. A narrow hole dispenses only what you need.||Surprisingly sleek for a drugstore product, the bottle is nonetheless devoid of any fancy bells and whistles. Unfortunately, Junior will have no problem opening it and guzzling it down.||Lancôme's packaging is more user-friendly, if you care about this sort of thing.|
|The formula itself||Non-greasy texture, but feels smooth on eyelids.||The oil-free remover is similarly smooth, but Lancôme's version is slightly more so.||Lancôme, but just barely.|
|How well does it work?||Bi-Facil removed heavy eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara with just swipe — no tugging required.||Removed shadow easily, but required a little more work to wipe away eyeliner and mascara.||Bi-Facil. It's quick and effective, whereas the L'Oreal version required more product.|
Both products are good makeup removers, but they certainly aren't twins. In this case, having the same parent company doesn't matter — they're different formulas. I'm sticking with Bi-Facil because of its effective and gentle formula, but L'Oreal's version isn't too shabby, either.
Recently I ran out of my favorite makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, and thought I'd take a more affordable one for a whirl. I picked up a package of Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($4.94), which were reasonably priced considering that you get 80 pads in one container.
Almay makes these pads in oil-free and moisturizing versions, and I hemmed and hawed over which one to choose. In the end, since the pads were going on my eyes, I went with the moisturizing formula. A better name for the product might be Greasy Time Fun Pads, because, lemme tell you, these things are very oily. They'll leave a bit of oil on your eyes, which might be annoying if you wear contacts. I always blot up the excess oil with a cotton pad, because I don't want to have oily eyes.
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A couple of weeks ago I told you about 24-hour Mascara from Prescriptives. Frankly, what worried me about this mascara was how to get it off! I understand that it's supposed to stay on for a full day, but to me that just sounds like insurance that it will make it through the night. Come bed time, I want my makeup off—and I don't want to have to scrub my eyes out to remove it, either.
Prescriptives must have been on the same wavelength, because I've just come across a makeup remover solvent to help solve my waterproof mascara problem.
Better Off Fast-Acting Waterproof Makeup Remover ($18) is like pulling out the big guns. It's a dual-phase formula to gently and efficiently lift away long-lasting and waterproof mascaras. There's no oily residual on your skin and it won't irritate your eyes. I wonder if Prescriptives can actually read minds—I think they've just become my favorite beauty brand of the month!
Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($24) seriously takes off anything and everything. I've been using this for years and it has never let me down. It has a dual-phase process to it you can actually see the separation when it's been still for a while) so you need to shake it to activate the formula before each use.
Upon contact, it washes away even the most stubborn water-proof makeup and it also conditions your skin so that the end result is a smooth and soft face.
The only super-small complaint I have is that sometimes I feel like I need to wash my face one more time than usual to get the extra layer of oil off.
Having said that, it's really not that big of a deal. It leaves my face feeling nice and cool, and the best part of all is that it's really light and gentle so never stings my eyes or makes them watery and red.
So there you have it: Sometimes the best products around are the oldies but goodies!
Today's user review comes from Jennifer76, who recently declared her love for the Revlon Makeup Eraser Pen ($7.99) in the Beauty Product Junkies group. (Write your own reviews in the group, and I might post yours on BellaSugar too!) Here's what Jennifer76 had to say:
This is one of those products that once you have it, you wonder how the heck you survived without it. The tip is solid — kinda like ceramic or something — and somehow it dispenses just exactly the right tiny little amount of makeup remover. It's like magic.
It's much easier to aim than a Q-tip — plus no straggly cotton filaments left behind! It's totally perfect for fixing any hiccups in your liquid-liner line, making quick work of any mascara spots, or even cleaning up any end-of-day raccoon issues.
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Now that Beauty Week is over, here are some mild makeup removers to help wipe your makeup slate clean. These makeup removers are strong enough they will thoroughly remove all of the residue on your face from the day, but gentle enough they won't irritate your eyes causing redness and sagging skin. Makeup removers are also great for quick fixes for spot treating messes. Just dip a q-tip on them and you're good to go. Here are my top three choices:
This oldie but goodie has never irritated my eyes or my skin. It's a no frills, oil and fragrance free eye makeup remover that you can use all over your face, day or night. It's also super easy to take off; just rinse with water. This Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent is $14.50.
Napoleon Perdis Foaming Makeup Remover, $25, is so cool! You can put it in the fridge to chill it. This foaming marshmallow-like makeup remover leaves your face feeling fresh and crisp. Use water if you like, or just wipe everything away with a tissue.
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