Best Eye Makeup Remover? (eco, luxury and mid-range)

I used to skip eye makeup removers and micellar waters altogether - except for Bioderma when its hype was big on YouTube. I was sceptic if rubbing your eyes with a cotton pad would damage the skin and be very wasteful. After discovering the good removing technique and good products my opinions have switched. I might not use a separate makeup remover every single day, but I’ve tried a few from different categories. Enjoy today’s post!

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Do You Need to Use A Separate Makeup Remover?

If you’re good at double cleansing and don’t wear a lot of waterproof makeup, I’d say no. But having a good eye makeup remover or micellar water in your stash can be life changing for touchups or taking off very stubborn makeup. I’ve done some looks on my friends and a couple of clients, and I’ve always liked to start with a quick micellar cleanse and a moisturizer. Having bio-degradable cotton buds and some makeup remover are excellent for fixing a cat eye or smeared mascara.

My favorite way to use a makeup remover is pour some on a cotton pad and press it against my eye, very gently. After 30 seconds or so I gently swipe downwards and avoid pulling any lashes. This should take off the bulk of your makeup and get you ready for 1st proper cleanse (such as oil, balm, etc.). Same with strong matte lipstick or lip tints: press, wait and remove. Don’t tug or be too harsh!

Next, let’s see some eye/general makeup removers I’m using:

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ACO Micellar Cleansing Water*

€11.3 / 200ml at Yliopistonapteekki (FI)

This Swedish micellar water is a gentle and simple formulation, I personally like to use it all over the face. Especially on those days when I’ve worn a lot of makeup, I’m feeling grimy and want to do a hot cloth cleanse without staining the muslin too much - I reach for ACO. This bottle has a fine spray nozzle, which I’ve only used on cotton pads but technically, you could spritz it all over the face. Maybe not.

This micellar water doesn’t remove the most stubborn Japanese or 38°C mascaras, but otherwise it’s pretty effective. I like how it doesn’t leave any residue behind if I want to remove my makeup first and wash my face properly a little later. The bottle is big and you only use a small amount, so this one lasts for a while! As I said before, the ingredients list is short and sweet with water, emulsifier, some humectants and a couple of preservatives.

INCI:

Aqua, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, sorbitol, betaine, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid

Evolve Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser*

€19.9 / 100ml at HouseofOrganic (FI)*

Evolve is my current favorite mid-range eco brand. Known for their hyaluronic acid serum, I’ve found some products I’ve quite enjoyed from this brand and have high hopes as I test more. While the ingredients list of this micellic cleanser include rose water, hydrating glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, aloe leaf juice powder etc. I don’t really care for the pump packaging and find it very difficult to remove eye makeup or lipstick with this product. Maybe if I wanted to remove my foundation and face makeup but keep the eye makeup and brows on I would reach for this. If you hate splashing your face with water in the mornings this could be an alternative cleanser, but personally I’m a fan of actually washing my face morning and night. I will try using the Evolve Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser, but I most likely won’t purchase a new one..

INCI:

Aqua (water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) flower Water*, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Mannitol, Lecithin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Citrate. *ingredients from organic farming

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Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

€16.9 / 200ml (sale price?) at Eleven (FI)*

Lancôme is famous for its cult classic bi-facil or bi-phase eye makeup remover: when the bottle sits on the shelf you can see watery and oily parts separating, you shake it and blue, a bit oily liquid comes out of the top. If you want an excellent makeup remover and enjoy a bit of luxe, this makeup remover does the job. Dry matte lipstick, pommade brows, gel eyeliner, waterproof mascara - it takes them all off. There is a little residue left behind, so I often go after with my ACO Micellar Cleansing Water if I’m redoing my makeup and only removing mascara, for example.

When it comes to the ingredients.. I can’t say they’re too good. The emollients and solvent do give the Lancôme Bi-Facil its slippery, silky feel, but the amount of perfume, citronellol and geraniol (which give the rose-y scent) can be irritating. Some of the preservatives can also be potential allergens. I wouldn’t recommend this to sensitive skin types, acne or leave this on my skin for a long period of time. It’s too bad, as the makeup remover works well, but for this price I think it’s not worth it.

INCI:

AQUA / WATER / EAU • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE • ISOHEXADECANE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • POLOXAMER 184 • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE • BENZYL ALCOHOL • POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE • QUATERNIUM-15 • BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE • CITRONELLOL • GERANIOL

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Overall thoughts

These are all good, but for me, the overall “winner” is.. ACO! I will be purchasing a new one once I run out of it. Gentle, effective, non-drying and good packaging. The price is also very good in my opinion. Sadly the Evolve one is too ineffective and Lancôme has some questionable ingredients, for me anyway. I will use them up, but then I’m done with them. I much prefer reaching for ACO and my cleansing oils/balms to remove makeup.

Do you have a favorite makeup remover? Especially for touchups? I’ve seen that BYBI recently released one, I can’t wait to check it out!

*ACO and Evolve cleansers were gifted for consideration.
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Four lip glosses to love

While matte liquid lipsticks have been all the craze in 2016, I personally found myself gravitating towards glosses. I ended up purchasing one and at the end of the year I'm sitting with a totally new collection of make up. I must say I was never a big gloss person, not since my middle school days, as my idea of a lip gloss was a gloopy layer of glitter on the lips your hair sticks to. How wrong was I! Time to show you my roundup of favorite lip glosses I've encountered so far.

THREE Shimmering Lip Jam

These glosses are a top seller in Japan and for a good reason. They feel light weight on the lips, giving a healthy sheen and a decent payoff of color. I picked up the awarded shade 08 Red Shoe Twist and later found myself lusting after more colors. I have whole review and swatches of my mini collection here. My most reached shade has been 16 Dreams Awaken, which is a cool pink-mauve shade that looks beautiful paired with any look. ¥3,000/7g

Lancôme Juicy Shaker

Lisa Eldridge's cushion lip oils became an instant hit when they launched. Hype makes me sometimes hesitant to purchase an interesting product, but eventually I decided to pick one up during a sale. Inspired by a 1940s "cocktail shaker" lipstick from her vintage make up collection, the modern creation is super cute and fun to use. You shake together the pigment and oil, and dab on the lips with a Korean inspired cushion applicator. Not a traditional lip gloss, but gives a beautiful tint and sheen while conditioning the lips. Comes out in variety of 'flavours', my pick was Wonder Melon which is a very pretty coral pink with a melon resembling scent. 22€/5,3ml

RMK Lip Jelly Gloss

If THREE has a jam-like formula, RMK's is certainly like a glassy jelly. The texture is thicker, runnier and stickier, which gives you that ultra glossy look on the lips. The spoon like plastic spatula distributes an even coating of gloss for that plumped, juicy look. RMK Lip Jelly Gloss still feels comfortable to wear and your lips won't annoyingly stick together. They were a huge hit back in Spring when I was in Japan: almost all shades sold out at every counter, especially 03 the baby blue/transparent shade, which is praised by make up artists and social media. My pick was 06, which is a fuchsia pink. 19.9€/5.5g

Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss

RBR Glassy Gloss Sweet Excess is the milkiest of all four glosses, with a minimal stick for improved longevity. The effect on the lips is a beautiful sheen and plumped, as if your lips were naturally glossy and hydrated. Instead of a strong gleamy texture this gloss has a very fine microshimmer. I fell in love with greyish mauve Mousse Fandango and I'm dying to pick more colors. I love the frosted oval packaging and how a perfect amount of product gets into the doe foot applicator. There is a slight sweet dessert scent when you open the cap, which is delightful and fortunately won't linger around. 28€/10ml

Have you tried any of these glosses? What's your favorite gloss of all time?

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