This will shock you all (or maybe not). As a teenager, I used to remove my eye make-up with … baby oil!
You will be pleased to know that I have moved on from that!
I first discovered that there were dedicated eye make-up removers when I received a trial sized Lancôme Bi-Facil. I love this dual action product but it’s the same old story – did I really have to spend that much to remove my eye make-up?
I then moved on to the Body Shop. First I tried the Chamomile Mild Eye Make-Up Remover. This was ok. It felt like a cleansing water. It got the make-up off, as long as it was not waterproof mascara. It was gentle and soothing. I then tried the Chamomile waterproof eye-make up gel. It performed a little better than the water but I didn’t find it all that impressive.
I then moved on to No7. The No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make Up Remover is a dual liquid formula which you shake to activate, just like Bi-Facil. This one has an oil-like liquid in it which I like. Review to come soon but I will tell you now that Bi-Facil is better!
Continuing my quest to find a product that will work but will not bankrupt me, I tried Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make Up Remover. I can’t decide whether I prefer this over the No7 one. It works and I’m happy enough for the price I paid. Again, it has a more oil-like liquid in the mix.
I now know that for me, I prefer the dual formula eye make-up removers, and I don’t mind the oil feeling as I have dry skin. Having said that, the removers feel moisturising rather than greasy.
Realistically, I think I will go back to premium brands for eye make-up removers. The reason is that although all of the above will take off the make-up, sometimes a little bit of rubbing is needed which is terrible for the eye area, and it hurts! I had to rub the most with the Body Shop products so will give those a miss in the future. I’ll probably still buy the No7 and Nivea dual formula eye make-up removers. I will definitely buy Bi-Facil, unless I find another premium product I prefer. You can’t say I didn’t try!