Eye Makeup Removers Pt 2: Lancôme Bi-Facil vs Drugstore Eye Makeup Removers

(This review is written for The Glosse Posse.)

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Last year, a sales assistant from Lancôme recommended Bi-Facil to me as the best eye makeup remover in the world (she didn’t say that – she said she loves it and it’s the best thing she’s used). I looked skeptically at the small blue sample bottle with the separated liquids but tested it that night. To my delight, the mascara came off very easily without much effort and I wasn’t left with very oily lids either. It removed all types of mascara – non-waterproof, waterproof, smudge-proof, fiber lashes – without pulling out my lashes. I was disappointed when I started to run out of my sample but I really didn’t feel like splurging C$35 for a fairly small eye makeup remover bottle (125ml). Surely there had to be a drugstore dupe. I ended up trying five kinds:

  • I started with the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I found these makeup wipes great for nights when I wanted to remove makeup as quickly as possible. The only downside is that there are 25 sheets for $6.49 so in the long run, this wasn’t necessarily the cheapest option.
  • Annabelle Eye Make-Up Remover with aloe vera and cucumber extract – I found a bottle that had 35% more product. Many reviewers found this eye make-up remover soothing for the eyes and perfect for contact lens wearers. It is perfume-, alcohol-, and soap-free. It certainly doesn’t sting but it doesn’t do a good job at removing smudge-proof mascaras. Now I use it as a micellar water alternative since the formula seems to be pretty similar. The best thing about this product is that it comes with a pump dispenser and cap.
  • Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover – I saw a pin on Pinterest with a picture of this product as the drugstore dupe for Bi-Facil. Since this eye makeup remover also had two separated liquids, I decided that I would get it. It turned out to be oilier than Bi-Facil even though this is an oil-free soothing eye makeup remover. I don’t understand… It’s not even that great an eye makeup remover. For a while, I would mix one part of C&C and one part of Annabelle to remove eye makeup. I wouldn’t recommend this product, but that’s probably just me.
  • Marcelle Renforcils Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover – Marcelle is the No 1 eye make-up remover brand in Canada. When I saw this gel at Winner’s, I liked the idea of a paraben- and perfume-free eye makeup remover that also had a lash fortifying complex. This retails for $17.50 but I bought it for C$7.99 (133ml). What is suppose to make this Marcelle makeup remover special is that it is ‘formulated with the latest micellar cleansing technology’. Unfortunately, this was rubbish at removing smudge-proof mascara. Even removing waterproof mascara wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It even stings if you have too much gel on the cotton pad (silly me). Maybe I’ll use this as a non-eye makeup remover.
  • Andrea Eye Q’s Makeup Remover Pads For Waterproof Makeup – This was sold as a pack of two containers (each container has 65 pads) at Winners for about C$5.99. I liked the idea of pads that already had makeup removing solution in them. While I was expecting something like Neutrogena’s wipes, I did not expect to pull out a mineral oil-soaked thin pad from the small container. Nevertheless, it is the only eye makeup remover I’m using at the moment because of its ability to remove waterproof and smudge-proof mascara’d lashes with one pad. However, it is very oily so you will need to rinse your face with a gentle cleanser afterwards. (The back says you can rinse with water but my lids would still feel a little oily.) If you are looking for something cheap and simple, then go with this product.

After trying the four drugstore eye makeup removers (I’m not going to count Neutrogena), I decided that I would stick with Lancôme’s Bi-Facil. I was lucky to find a bottle on sale for C$24 at Winners. Yes, it’s not that much cheaper, but it is worth it. That is, until I find the perfect (and affordable) eye makeup remover.

Is there an eye makeup remover that you like? Let me know!

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Review: Micellar Waters

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I first learned about the ‘magical’ micellar waters last year when several bloggers and beauty magazines were raving about how clean and soft their skin felt after using the Bioderma micellar waters. These micellar solutions are meant to be the gentle alternative to cleansing the skin without rinsing with water. Though these solutions are soap- and alcohol-free, they are able to remove make-up, including waterproof mascaras, sebum, and impurities from the skin. It’s often known as the 3-in-1 cleanser for its ability to 1) remove makeup, 2) cleanse skin, and 3) tone skin. Furthermore, these solutions made great makeup brush removers. See why it’s magical? Bioderma has two kinds of micellar waters: Sensibio for those with sensitive skin and Hydrabio for normal/combination skin. So why didn’t I run out and buy one? Each bottle (250ml) costs C$22 before taxes. That’s quite the investment for a skin care product that will run out fairly quickly. (I’m told it’s cheaper in France.) So I decided to look for drugstore dupes.


Garnier Clean Sensitive Moisture Infusion Cleansing WaterThere were quite a few bloggers who found Garnier’s cleansing water to be a good drugstore dupe. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any in Shoppers Drug Mart or London Drugs. In fact, it was by chance that there were discontinued (but still good) Garnier cleansing waters for sale at Winners for C$4.99 (from C$10). I think it did an alright job of removing makeup several cotton pads later, but it most certainly could not remove waterproof mascara. Although my skin did not feel oily, I noticed some foundation trapped in my nose pores (I must have had a lot more makeup on) so I decided to use a cleanser instead. Otherwise, this cleansing water is generally the fastest way to remove makeup and cleanse my face when I’m ready to fall asleep. Unfortunately, the 200ml pump runs out of product pretty quickly. Since I didn’t use Garnier very often, I would say it lasts around 1-2 months if you use it every day.

Vichy Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution (Purete Thermale) – I received a miniature bottle from Vichy earlier this year and because I am a fan of Vichy products, I was looking forward to using Vichy’s micellar water. There were mixed reviews from beauty bloggers on Vichy’s micellar solution. Some said it was the drugstore dupe, others found it left an un-cleansed feeling. I personally couldn’t tell the difference between Garnier’s and Vichy’s. They both felt pretty similar but Vichy has two sizes available (200ml and 400ml) and costs more (at least C$20?). Vichy also has a Normaderm Micellar Solution Face and Eyes for imperfection-prone skin.

Other Alternatives

Marcelle Soothing Cleansing Water – According to blogger Beauty is Ubiquitous, Marcelle’s C$14 (200ml) cleansing solution is the drugstore dupe for Bioderma Sensibio. It appears that ‘the formulas are almost identical!’ Marcelle is a Canadian brand and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs. I don’t know if it’s available outside of Canada.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water for Normal/Oily Skin – Our fellow Glosse Girl and blogger, Mastering Oxford, recommends this cleansing water (200ml) in lieu of Bioderma. This cleansing water contains zinc to control the oil, so this is perfect for combination/oily skin types. Just looking at the packaging, I give it one thumb up for the pump dispenser but one thumb down for the lack of a cap.

L’Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution – Most beauty bloggers adore L’Oreal’s micellar water (C$13-15 for 200ml) for the silky-soft feeling on their skin. The main complaint, however, is the packaging, so handle this container with care!


Based on the two micellar solutions I’ve used, makeup removal and cleansing have never been so easy. Even my waterproof red lipsticks will come off without leaving a stain. Unfortunately, when it comes to removing waterproof and smudge-proof mascaras, it won’t do anything. I suppose that’s expected and I doubt that Bioderma would be able to accomplish the task either. Furthermore, although both solutions will remove some makeup from the brushes, the best ‘cleanser’ for makeup brushes was La Roche-Posay’s foaming cleansing gel.

The most effective 3-in-1 cleanser, in my opinion, is still Vichy’s 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser (read my review here). Instead of water, it’s a cleansing milk so skin will still feel cleansed but also moisturised. It also does a better job at removing waterproof mascara, though not completely. For smudge- and waterproof mascara, you’ll need to use an eye makeup remover specifically for waterproof eye makeup (I’ll write about this next week). Take care of your lashes. 😉

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