Let's talk Makeup Removers

11:27:00 AM

Hey ladies, Happy Friday! I'm back with another post. So, like the title suggest, let's talk all about makeup removers. I was about to throw my empties yesterday when I realized that I had quite a selection of makeup removers in my stash. I'd like to share my thoughts on them.

So first up are two of my favorite all around makeup removers. I already reviewed the Bioderma Crealine H2O a couple of years ago (HERE). I'd like to re-iterate that I still love this, because it is water-based, very moisturizing, does not sting and leaves my skin fresh.  The only reason I did not repurchase this anymore is, it's hard to get this locally. I know that this is already available in selected Watsons Branches here in the country, but it's ridiculously overpriced, when compared to having mine bought directly from Paris.

Now here comes the Bifesta Cleansing Lotion, the most popular makeup remover in Japan. When this became available here in PH, I knew I just had to try it. The Bifesta Cleansing Lotion comes in different variants; they have Age Care (for mature skin), Moist (for dry and sensitive skin), Sebum (for combination-oily skin), and Bright Up (for dull skin). I actually tried all variants (I got some of the small bottle samples from Sampleroom before) and definitely fell in love with the Bright Up variant. I'm already on my second bottle of the Bifesta Bright Up Cleansing Lotion and it has reached HG makeup remover status for me. Why?

* affordable at Php 419 for a 300ml bottle (sometimes this goes on sale for Php379)
* water-based (this comes down to preference, I like water-based than oil-based removers)
* removes all traces of makeup including my everyday masacara and gel eyeliner
* gentle and does not sting
* can last up to 3 months if used as an eye and lip makeup remover only
* can last up to 2 months if used as a toner as well (this is my everyday facial toner as well)
* it is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free
* leaves my skin feeling fresh and well-hydrated

The Face Shop Black Bamboo Lip & Eye Makeup Remover was something that I accidentally found when I went inside The Face Shop store to buy my fave brow pencil. It was on sale for only Php120, so I instinctively picked it up. This is actually not bad for a water-based makeup remover. It does remove most of my eye and lip makeup but, does not remove waterproof mascara. This smells rather pleasant as well. I didn't repurchase this since it feels a little bit soap-y when applied, I noticed white bubbles foaming up on my cotton pad.

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover can be bought from Mary Kay beauty consultants for Php690. Though the name says oil-free, the actual product feels like it has a bit of an oil ingredient to it. There is nothing special about this makeup remover, it removes my eye makeup and everyday mascara well, but what's ironic is that it can't remove my Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara.

Which comes down to my MAC Cleanse Off Oil. This stuff literally removes the most stubborn makeup, waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliners, you can think of. If I have trouble removing mascara and eyeliner I always run to this and it never fails. It just melts all of my makeup off. I just massage the oil on my entire face and eye area and rinse it with warm water. You can read my full review of this product HERE.

The Maybelline Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is the very first makeup remover I ever purchased some years ago. This is an oil-based makeup remover which is very effective in removing eye makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. It is quite affordable too.

If you are on the hunt for another eye and lip makeup remover, I would highly recommend you try the Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover, it has oil but does not feel greasy, removes stubborn mascasra as well and it is very affordable too.

Until next time.



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  1. I love Bifesta too! 3rd bottle ko na yung pink! :D So far favorite ko rin ang maybelline na yan, affordable and super effective!

  2. Bifesta Cleansing Lotion -- YES, HG status! I also love Coconut Oil for removing waterproof mascara. I am using the GiGa brand VCO currently, and I love it. I also use it for matte liquid lipsticks. :-)

  3. I really like bioderma as well.
    I'm now curious about the bifesta makeup remover. Although I usually just use cleansing oils to remove my makeup everyday :3
    Take care*

  4. I love cleansing oils, the face shop is the best and removes all makeup.
    Loved the mini reviews you gave. I must try MAC cleanse off oil


  5. I like Bioderma Micellar Water. Yung Sebium variant, it smells so good. Kaso, as you said, it's very expensive. So di na ako nagrepurchase. So the next best for me bifesta. I've used at least 3 bottles of that na.

  6. I would love to survive on micellar water, but my tendency to use waterproof mascara has forced me to stick to oil-based removers. Would love to try Bioderma, but ang mahal! Maybelline is my most repurchased. :)

  7. I would love to survive on micellar water, but my tendency to use waterproof mascara has forced me to stick to oil-based removers. Would love to try Bioderma, but ang mahal! Maybelline is my most repurchased. :)

  8. Call me a skeptic, but water based removers kinda make me nervous because I don't associate them with heavy duty makeup removal! I do use my Garnier micellar water to take my eye makeup off though, usually if I'm not wearing too much. Haven't tried Bioderma because it is HELLA expensive over here too--kinda wish I saw what the prices were like when I was in Paris! (Also, soapy cotton pad from TFS's remover?? o_o'')

    Anyways, I'm more of an oil-based makeup remover person--currently using coconut oil and The Body Shop's cleansing butter! I really enjoy rubbing the oils on my skin :3

  9. I love love cleansing oils - I actually do a triple cleanse (Unlike most Koreans, who do the regular double cleanse). Bioderma, cleansing oil, and then a foam! I haven't tried the Bifesta, but I'm ordering as I type this comment LOL.
    Junniku blog! (Korean beauty blog)

  10. i have bioderma and maybelline and i share the same opinion ^^ i might not get bioderma again after i used up the bottle kasi youre right its mega mahal :( i only got mine kasi the lovely @randomlydi (dianna) sent it to me. i might try Bifesta Cleansing Lotion since you recommend it so highly ^^ kaso its gonna take forever and a half for me to use up the ones i have here at home. i tend to open different bottles kasi at the same time - bad habit lol (glad to see more new posts from you sis ^^)

  11. Haven't tried Bifesta yet but I've been using Philosophy Purrity for a long time; snagged one for $10 during last yerars Sephora Black Friday sale and still have tons of left. It removes everything including my mascara.

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