“What it is: A non-oily eye makeup remover that quickly and effectively removes all eye makeup, even the most stubborn, waterproof mascaras.
What it does: This eye makeup remover is able to remove even the toughest makeup formulas while remaining gentle on the eye area. It leaves the area clean and soft while leaving your lashes silky and conditioned.
What else you need to know: Ophthalmologist tested for safe use around the delicate eye area.”
Price: ● 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Packaging: 1 2 3 4 ● 6 7 8 9
Efficacy: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ●
Overall score: 5
Christian Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover is available at Sephora & any department store w/ a Dior makeup counter. In the picture above you’ll notice that the product has 2 distinct parts; you have to agitate it before use (like oil & vinegar salad dressing). I purchased this 4.2 ounce bottle at Dillard’s for $30. Whatchu say girl? Yes y’all, twenty-eight dollars plus tax. The packaging is functional, but there’s nothing special about it, so I gave it a 5 in that area. This is probably the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used (hence the efficacy score of 9 points), but it only gets a 5 overall because it’s so darn expensive. I searched all the department store brand eye makeup removers @ Dillards.com & there was only ONE that cost more than Dior. Your next question is, why’d you buy it Sham? *STORY-TIME ALERT*
Back in October, I got a sample of this product in my birthday goodie bag from Sephora. I had no intentions of buying the full size, until… One day I wore Ruby Kisses gel liner & my regular eye makeup remover wouldn’t get it off. I typically use a baby wipe & Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover & I dip a Q-tip in the remover & run it across my lashline or waterline to remove stubborn eyeliner. Well I must’ve been wearing a gang of eyeliner or something, because that day Rimmel only smudged the eyeliner, but did not remove it. I was becoming frustrated then I remembered the Dior sample. I took another Q-tip & tried it again, this time it came off in ONE PASS! From then on I would use Rimmel to take off the majority of the makeup, then a few drops of Dior to wipe the slate clean. One day I noticed that my sample bottle had been depleted, so I bit the bullet & bought the full size. I’m happy as a clam because it takes everything off… cream shadow, cream liner, gel liner, waterproof mascara. But because it’s so expensive, I try to use it sparingly. Would I buy it again? I doubt it, maybe if I ran out of remover close to payday, LOL!
Efficacy is paramount in a good eye makeup remover. Why? The skin around your eyes is thinner & more sensitive than any of the skin on the rest of your face & it encases your eyeballs for goodness sake! Your peepers enable you to work for a living, gaze at that handsome stranger in the coffee shop & more importantly read this blog ;) You don’t want or need any product that requires you to scrub at this skin to get your makeup off. Not a good look! If you’re in the market for eye makeup remover, here are some products that I can personally vouch for:
- Rimmel Gentle (oil-free) Eye Makeup Remover – This has been one of my staple products for several years now. Although it doesn’t do much for gel, cream, waterproof or liquid eyeliner, it’s a great product. You get 4.2 oz of product for $5 & it’s available at drugstores & Wal-mart.
Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover – I used this product 2 years ago & it works like a charm. The only reason I stopped using it is because my supplier stopped selling Mary Kay. It also has a two-part formula that requires agitation before use. It’s efficacy is comparable to department store brands, but it’s a bit cheaper, 3.75 oz of product for $15.
- Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover – Fan-friggin-tastic product (just like Dior) & it breaks the bank at $27 for 4.2 oz of product (just like Dior).
- Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – One word to describe this product… Buttah! It’s pretty awesome. I received a bottle as a gift & I was amazed at how smooth a lotion remover could be. It’s not oil-free, but that aspect didn’t really bother me because it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. And it’s pretty cheap, $4 for a 2 oz bottle.
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Speaking of eye makeup remover wipes, I recently received an email about using baby wipes to remove my makeup (Hi Shantae! *hugs*). When I used cotton pads to remove my eye makeup they left excessive lint on my face & always got caught in my eyebrows or eyelashes. I could use a washcloth to take my makeup off, but I’m anal about stained towels, so that’s a no go. Makeup remover wipes are great & I’m not knocking anyone who uses them, but come in packs of 20-30 wipes (at varying prices). My bag of Huggies Natural Care fragrance-free baby wipes (144 count) costs $6 & is available just about everywhere. It lasts me for MONTHS & the best part is that it’s multipurpose. In addition to removing eye makeup, lipstick/gloss, I use em to clean up spilled products on my bathroom sink/counter/floor, wipe product residue from my ears, neck & shoulders after styling my hair, wipe down my curling/flat irons after each use, I can use em for anything. They’re extremely efficient & cost-effective.