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Cleansing Routine: Eye Makeup Removers


Cleansing is definitely not the most glamorous part of a makeup routine, but it’s probably the most important! I like to start off my cleansing routine by removing eye makeup. I like to begin with a more affordable eye makeup remover and then pull out the big guns for heavier eye makeup. The reason for this is because regardless of which remover I use, I go through more than one cotton round of product when removing my eye makeup. So it’s economical to start with something inexpensive when doing an initial cleanse!


#. The Affordable
The one on the left is the Herb Day Lip & Eye Remover in the sensitive formula by a Korean beauty brand called The Face Shop. It costs 7,000 won ($6) but the trick is to get them during a 1+1 deal. Most of the low-end Korean beauty brands do sales on a regular basis, so I rarely buy things from Korean road shops at full price. The Innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover is also a Korean low-end beauty brand, but I’m not in love with this particular eye makeup remover.

#. The Big Guns
If the mascara is being stubborn, I whip out my Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover. I soak the end of a cotton swab and gently twirl it into the root of my lashes. This keeps my eyelids from getting irritated and gets out any eyeliner or mascara near the lash line. I’ve just finished up the full sized bottle and started using the sample size I got for free in a gift bag. Lancome gift bags in North America are a good deal as they include generous sample sizes. This sample is a 50ml which is nearly half the regular 125ml.


I’ve not yet had a chance to try the Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, or Clio cleansers. The Maybelline one actually came with their Instant Age Rewind Concealer and I was a little puzzled as to why they paired the sample with the concealer. I’m looking forward to trying the Clio eye makeup cleanser as I love their brow tattoo. Maybe it will make a good replacement for the Innisfree one.

*Edit: Last night I tried the Bobbi Brown cleanser on one eye and the Lancome on the other. They were both gentle, but the Lancome was more thorough in terms of removing mascara than the Bobbi Brown. I had to spend more time with the Bobbi Brown to get through the three coats of mascara I had on. Since the Lancome is also a little cheaper, I think I’ll be sticking with Lancome.

Your turn ♥ Which eye makeup removers have you tried? Do you prefer to use a cotton round or a cotton swab?

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  • K.

    I just love a good brush cleaner. But lately, I’ve been trying to clean them a bit naturally. But I will however loved to try out the affordable option you’ve just posted. Thanks for suggesting it.

    Kia / KTS

    • Kim

      Ah, these are for eyes, but for brushes, I’ve been using a MAC brush cleanser that I got with a gift certificate and for a more thorough brush cleanse I use a little bit of my face cleanser ;)

  • I’m obsessed with cleansing, I don’t know why! But I really want to try the Bobbi Brown one, it looks really nice. I really like any of the Boscia cleansers to use as a makeup remover, I feel like it isn’t drying for my skin. I prefer cotton rounds since it takes everything off much faster and easier.


    • Kim

      I’m right there with you! There’s something just so satisfying about having a solid cleansing routine! I will definitely let you know how I feel about the Bobbi Brown as soon as I try it out. I haven’t tried the Boscia cleansers but I will see if I can find it here in Korea :)

  • Ooo, these look like great products! I just got the Lancome one as a gift, and it’s super effective. Almost a little too effective, hahaha. The first time I used it, I definitely used waaaaay too much. x) Oh well, lesson learned!

    Sartorial Diner

    • Kim

      Hehe the first time I used the Lancome I made the same mistake and soaked a full cotton round out of habit. Who knew there would such a difference between ineffective removers and effective ones! ;)

  • Such a great post with Halloween makeup around the corner! I actually just ran out of my Neutrogena brand eye makeup remover and wanted to try something new. Thanks:)

    • Kim

      Ooh, do you know what you’re going to go as for Halloween? :D
      How did you like the Neutrogena remover?

  • I’ve been on the lookout for a good eye makeup remover, so I’m glad to see this post! I’ll have to look into these products :)

    • Kim

      Awesome timing then! Yayyy :D Which ones have you tried before?

  • SamanthaSeries

    I use the chamomile makeup remover from the Body Shop

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    • Kim

      Ahh, how do you like it? :)

  • Thanks for this post. Btw, I totally love your marble table! <3

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts
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    • Kim

      Thanks Katherine! It’s a little bit of diy magic ;)