I’ve just topped up another two bottles of L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover, and thought it’s time to update this post which I first published in July 2016.
During then, I’d said that I was already using this great product for a decade or two, and how it deserved to be included in my SUPER Holy Grail List. Read on to find out what kept me buying this for years and how this product fared against Lancome Bi-Facil – an eye makeup remover I regard as the pioneer of bi-layer formulation.
Did you know? Lancome was the first to come up with a dual-density formulation for makeup remover.
What’s Great about L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover?
1. Removes Stubborn Eye Makeup Effortlessly
Waterproof mascara or any stubborn eye makeup will succumb to L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover, and melt effortlessly. No tugging!
Best of all, the experience is cool and refreshing and the liquid feels like water. Nothing greasy enough to blur your vision.
2. It’s Gentle
I’m not saying this just because the bottle has a word “Gentle” labelled on it. Having used this for decades, I know how quick and easy it is in removing eye makeup – even stubborn ones.
Such effective cleansing is good in our anti-aging effort as it meant less tugging on the delicate eye areas, which by the way is the first to show signs of aging.
3. No Stinging
If you have been tolerating makeup remover that stings the eyes, you may likely be using a general oil-based makeup remover that’s meant for the entire face.
Why suffer? Go for L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover, Lancome Bi-Facil or other specialised eye makeup remover as most of them are formulated to be easy on the eyes.
4. Oh so Cheap!
What sets L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover apart from Lancome Bi-Facil is the price point. L’Oreal retails for a fraction of the price at just $15 vs $48.
However, I do notice its retail price going up quite quickly over the years – see latest price.
If you are in Singapore, you can probably get it cheaper from discount stores, at around $8 (though my blog recorded it as $6 in 2016….33% inflation?).
Did you know? L’Oreal and Lancome belong to the same parent company, i.e. L’Oreal? Could this be the reason why the cheaper L’Oreal makeup remover worked as well as the more expensive counterpart.
But let’s do a real experiment to determine if both are really comparable in terms of effectiveness.
L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover vs Lancome Bi-Facil
Step 1: Apply waterproof and smudgeproof eye makeup
I’d drawn two sets of pattern on my inner arm, using the most stubborn eye makeup I owned (in 2016).
Step 2: Wet cotton pad with eye makeup remover
I gave the two bottles – L’Oreal and Lancome Bi-Facil – a good shake to mix the dual-density solutions. I then placed cotton pads that were soaked in each solution over the “painted” areas.
Step 3: Lift off cotton pad
The cotton pad were lifted off gently, without any swiping action. You can see that there was no distinct difference as to how the two makeup removers performed at this stage.
Step 4: Wipe off makeup
Next, I gave gave each area a swipe, using their respective cotton pad.
Since I still didn’t notice any significant difference, I then gave the areas another two more swipes.
The Result: Which eye makeup remover is better?
From the photos above, I hereby confirm my naked-eyes observation that there really wasn’t much difference in the effectiveness of these two products. Drugstore L’Oreal seemed as good as the premium-priced Lancome Bi-Facil!
Great to find quality product that’s also easy on the wallet.
In case you think such a finding is a given, do note that similar experiment on Innisfree Apple Juicy Eye Makeup Remover vs Lancome didn’t yield the same result. Click and take a look if you are free.
Recommendation: Should you buy L’Oreal?
L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover is a product that I would fall back on once I’m done experimenting with fancier, prettier and/or pricier makeup removers. I’ve no qualms buying a few bottles at one go, because I know I have no problem utilising the product. It works!
Now, I’ll let you in another secret. Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover works as well as L’Oreal and comes at similar price range. If you didn’t know, both are from the same mother company, i.e. L’Oreal. I used them interchangeably depending on which offers a better deal as at time of purchase.
So, which eye makeup remover would you get? Rating: 5/5
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(This post was first published in Jul 2016, and last updated to include latest opinion.)