So the lovely Tess is looking for a new makeup remover and, well, who to enlist but me? What is that? You hear maniacal laughter? Oh no, that’s not me. *cough*
Anyhow, I’m going to pick apart her comment like I’m writing a detailed analysis on a key passage…
“I used to use Bi-Facil, but the price tag is astronomical.”
Bi-Facil is a duo-phase makeup remover, which means that it has two layers, is oil-based, and removes waterproof makeup very well! Most of us junkies would agree that duo-phase ones are the best for removing waterproof cosmetics, making them “slide off” without rubbing, but they get a lot of hate for the fact that they leave your skin oily (well duh, they’re oil-based!)
Right now, I’m loving Clinique’s Take the Day Off instead, which for $17.50/4.2 fl oz is substantially cheaper than Lancome’s Bi-Facial ($26 for the same amount). Honestly, I don’t see the difference between the two! If you want to go even cheaper, though, go to your nearest drugstore and look for a makeup remover that looks like one liquid stacked upon another, like salad dressing. Low-end ones don’t work quite as well (so I hear, I haven’t actually tried any!) but a low-end duo-phase will work much better than a low-end single-phase (one homogeneous mixture) at removing hard-to-remove makeup.
“I found this great Avon remover. It’s a lotion that removes makeup! Amazing!! Except it doesn’t remove waterproof mascara too well, and it HURTS when it gets into your eyes.”
I’ve never been an Avon fan, but it has nothing to do with quality or packaging. I hate how you can’t get it at the drugstore or in the mall! I’m too much of a lazy ass to order.
Anyhow, if you want to remove waterproof makeup, it is imperative that you use something that’s made for waterproof makeup!! This one sounds like a no-brainer but a lot of makeup newbies don’t realize it. Normal remover, no matter how good it is, won’t get off your waterproof stuff without a lot of scrubbing, simply because it’s not made to. And I’m going to say it again – your “salad dressing” remover will work the best for waterproof makeup.
And for those sensitive eyes – get something that says it’s good for sensitive eyes! I would recommend this even if you don’t have sensitive eyes, just in case. With all the options we have nowadays, why risk it?
Go ahead and pick up some Vaseline, baby shampoo or baby oil. They’re dirt cheap and come in giant bottles, won’t sting your eyes, and can be used for their intended purposes as well! The shampoo needs to be mixed with water (equal parts and adjust to your desire) and the oil and Vaseline/petroleum jelly can be used straight. They might need a touch more friction than Bi-Facil or Take off the Day, but I promise they’ll be easier on your eyes and the sensitive skin around them than that Avon remover!