Mar 11, 2010

Get that mascara off your eyes...

Mascara is one of my makeup must-haves but taking it off can sometimes be a nightmare. I quickly learned that it's best to use an eye makeup remover and not try to just wash it off. With a little trial and error I discovered that my favorite eye makeup remover was Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. This stuff works magic and ALWAYS get rid of even my most stubborn water proof mascara... all the while protecting my eyelashes.

When I was out of town last month I found myself unable to fly with my favorite bottle of stuff, so I bought the Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Eye Makeup Remover Pads and the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Here's my review:

1) Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Eye Makeup Remover Pads

What they claim: Removes every trace of makeup, even waterproof mascara. No oily residue. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens users. Ophthalmologist tested.

My thoughts: These pads are nice for removing eye makeup, but they didn't work well on my waterproof mascara. For regular mascara they did a decent job, but you had to let the pad sit on the eyelashes a bit to soften the mascara. I think these are nice to take with you when you travel because unlike the the regular bottle of eye makeup remover, you don't have to worry about finding a cotton ball to use it.

Final Verdict: I'd recommend this product for traveling but not as your everyday use, staple product.

2)Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

What they claim: Ultra soft clothes gently dissolve all traces of make-up, ever waterproof mascara.

My thoughts: These pads are my least favorite. I use them when I'm too tired to wash my face, but I don't think they work well removing mascara. I won't be buying these again once they run out... and honestly, I use them more often to wipe my dogs butt (yes, literally wipe her butt once she's done using the bathroom... lol). On a more constructive note, they do remove face makeup well (eye makeup aside) but I don't like the way it leaves my face feeling. Like there's a slight film over it. I always follow up using these wipe by cleansing my face with astringent. I guess all the work I do using these wipes I could probably just wash my face... but it's a lot easier to do this when you're tired.

Final Verdict: If all you need is a wipe to remove makeup I'd recommend stocking up on some baby wipes.

3) Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

What it claims: Effective and gently removes even waterproof mascara with no oily residue.

My thoughts: This is my absolute FAVORITE product to remove eye makeup... even my toughest waterproof mascara. This is like the thing I must have in my bathroom at all times. After shaking the bottle to mix the ingredients, you only need to take a cotton ball and saturate the eye area... then feel free to wipe away. Yes, it's really that easy... and yes, it really does work that well. This is the best thing out there, in my opinion.

Final Verdict: Everyone should try this product. I once tried saving a few bucks and bought the Target/Walmart version and it didn't compare. It's under $7 for the 5.5 oz bottle and should last about 2 months... depending on how often you wear eye makeup... but I love this stuff!!!

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