Clinique + Benefits Eye Makeup Removers

20160119_232557Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover, for lids, lashes, & lips: “Works for all skin types. Dissolves and ‘lifts away’ long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. Non-irritating, non-stinging. Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers. Allergy tested, 100% Fragrance Free.”

I got this 1 oz sample with a Clinique order. The sample bottle doesn’t have the ingredient list on it, so I had to look it up: water, isodexadecane, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, trisolaxane, PEG 4 dilaurate, lauryl methyl gluceth-10 hydroxypropyldimonium chloride, hexylene glycol, sodium chloride, potassium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, dipotassium EDTA-phenoxyethanol.


From what I can feel, it’s an oil base or contains an oil (have no idea which by looking at the ingredients list), which is primarily why you need to shake it before use.  Very liquidy so it’s best to use a cotton ball or two. It takes the eye makeup, including waterproof eyeliner, right off with very gentle swipes – about 3-4 with one cotton ball did the trick for one eye (if wearing mascara it may take a couple of cotton balls). Though it has oil in it, it didn’t leave my eyes feeling overly oily, but for added cleansing I took a water dampened clean cotton ball and went back over my eye lids.

I also use this with my HappyFace Makeup Cleansing Cloths ($3.99 – link) as an extra boost (really you don’t need anything except for water with this cloth, it works that well, but an extra boost never hurts ;)).20160119_232620

If you’re looking for a good eye makeup remover, I recommend this one by Clinique.

This retails for $19 for ar 4.2oz bottle or $26 for a 200 mL bottle at Clinique.


20160121_060605Benefits Cosmetics They’re Real Remover – Strip-Down Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: “Specially formulated to remove our bestselling they’re real! mascara & they’re real! push-up liner, this remover is gentle-yet-powerful. It completely lifts away waterproof eye makeup without tugging the delicate eye area. Skin feels soft, smooth and clean beyond belief! Creamy gel formula – Lifts longwearing mascara & eyeliner – Suitable for sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers”

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Octyldodeceth25, Acrylates/C1030 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol. N¬∞ 07998/A

20160121_060549I have this as a sample as well, it’s delivered in a tube, rather than a bottle and looks like a white lotion or a light-weight cream. This one has oil in it too, but at least it tells you what kind in the ingredients list – mineral oil. I used this on a water dampened cotton ball, though you could very well use your finger to apply and then wipe it off gently with a dampened cloth. It takes a little more gentle sweeping over the eyelids for mascaras, but it removes eye shadow and waterproof eyeliner with ease.

This retails for $18 for a 1.7oz tube via Benefits.

Clinique Vs Benefits: The Clinique is liquidy which means you could potentially use up more per application. I can see the Benefits one lasting longer as you can squeeze out little amounts at a time. However, as far as cost per volume goes, Benefits costs more. They both work equally well.

Both products can be purchased through their respective companies, as well as via Sephora, or Ulta.

Have you tried either of these? What’s your experience with them?

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