Pros: removes eye makeup pretty easily
Cons: leaves oily residue behind
Eye Makeup Removers just don't excite me. I used to use a Clinique one, but the trip to the mall to buy it isn't worth it so I've gone back to the drugstore to find a suitable replacement. I've tried a few and hated them. I wanted one that removed makeup easily and did not leave that nasty oily film behind that so many makeup removers leave. I saw Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover on the shelf. The words Oil Free caught my eye. Without really thinking about it anymore, I dumped it in the cart. So how does this makeup remover measure up? Read on and find out.
About the Product
Neutrogena? Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover takes off even waterproof eye makeup without leaving an oily residue.
Forget harsh tugging and pulling. This ultra-gentle dual phase formula activates when shaken to remove all eye makeup& even waterproof mascara without any greasy residue. It is ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers and oil free.
~taken from neutrogena.com
Price and Packaging
The Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover comes in a pale blue plastic bottle with a silver screw off cap. Once you take the lid off, the bottle is completely open so be careful not to spill.
It is available in 2 sizes, but I have only seen the larger bottle in the stores.
The 3.8 oz. bottle sells for $6. The 5.5 oz. bottle sells for $7. It is available in most drugstores and online at drugstore.com.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis (Leaf Juice), Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Poloxamer 182, Allantoin, Tripotassium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cucumber Fruit Extract (Cucumis Sativus), Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol
Once I got home and actually looked at what I had purchased, my first impression was not a good one. When you look into the bottle, you can clearly see two layers of liquid. One is a clear liquid that resembles water. The other is an oily liquid floating on the surface. Oil is exactly what I had hoped to avoid, yet there was some oily looking gunk filling half my bottle. The product is clearly labeled Oil Free and there is no listing of oil in the ingredients. I have no idea what that stuff is, but it looks oily to me.
To use, you are supposed to shake the bottle and mix the two liquids together. Then moisten a cotton ball or cosmetic pad and gently remove your eye makeup.
So I did just that. I shook the bottle, applied some to a cosmetic pad, and wiped my makeup off. My eyeshadow and most of my eye liner came off super easily. My mascara took several wipes to get it all off, but it wasn't as bad as some removers I've used. My mascara is not waterproof so I was hoping it would be easier to remove, but this remover did do a good job of getting it off.
After my makeup was off, I touched my eyelids and sure enough that nasty oily residue was all around my eyes. Neutrogena says to rinse off with warm water, but just a simple rinse will not remove all the residue. You need to use soap or some sort of facial cleanser or else, rinse with water and then wipe the residue off with a towel.
I am pleased with how the remover performs for the most part. It is gentle and most of my makeup came off with almost no effort at all. I am a little disappointed with the oily residue left behind though, but I suppose I will live with it. I'll probably keep looking for an eye makeup remover I like a little better, but this one is the best drugstore remover I've found so far.