Are eye makeup removers created equal?

As most of you may know, I had lasik vision correction surgery in December, and was unable to wear any eye makeup for a few weeks.  When I began wearing it again, it was super important to use a remover that was gentle and worked well enough that required as little rubbing/scrubbing as possible.

Prior to my surgery, I generally felt that most eye makeup removers were created equal within their two categories: dual-phase and non-dual phase.  One thing I never had any doubts about is that non dual-phase removers can in no way compete with dual-phase.  I have never seen a non dual-phase remover work even nearly as well as the cheapest dual-phase removers.

That is not to say that non dual-phase removers do not have their use.  I prefer them when I am doing makeup to clean up fallout off the face (I always do eyes before any other makeup for this reason.) I also like them for cleaning up any “leftovers” and/or residue after having used a dual-phase.










At any rate, since my surgery, I have been on a quest to find the very best eye makeup removers.  Before the surgery, I usually bought Walmart’s Equate brand which is their version of Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover.  Sometimes if Neutrogena was on sale, I would buy it, but in all honesty, I do not feel one performs any better than the other, and both easily remove all my eyeshadow but require a bit of rubbing/scrubbing to remove my best waterproof liners and mascaras.

I also tried making my own dual phase remover by mixing equal amounts of olive oil and witch hazel.  Again, this worked okay, but still required more rubbing than I liked.

I then tried the following removers and my findings/thoughts are listed next to them:

Smashbox It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover


This one is pretty good, but only a little better than the drugstore removers and it costs $20 for a 4.2 fl oz bottle compared to $4 for the Equate brand, which is 5.5 fl oz.




Pur Minerals Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier



This stuff is amazing for breaking down thick foundations and concealers, but I didn’t care for it much for eye makeup.  Also, it has a strong sort of honeysuckle smell to it that I do not care for.  It comes in a 4 fl oz bottle and is $23.




Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Duet Makeup Remover


This stuff works VERY well, and is certainly a favorite.  However, like all of Napoleon’s products, it is expensive.  $26 for a 4.65 fl oz bottle.  Also, it did not work quite as well for me as one other that I tried.





Napoleon Perdis Marshmallow Foaming Makeup Remover


I do not like this stuff AT ALL for any type of waterproof eye makeup.  It is fine for removing things that more easily remove, but what is the point in that?  I do like this for removing lipstick, but that is all I would ever use it for.  It is $25 for a 4.2 fl oz bottle.




Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-free Facial Cleansing Oil

This is a great over all facial cleanser, but I still feel the need for something specific for my eye area.  $25 for 5.8 fl oz.






Philosophy Just Release Me Dual Phase Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

THIS is the WINNER in my opinion!  This works ever so slightly better than the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Duet, and is less expensive for more product at $18 for 6 fl oz.

It still requires a bit of rubbing for my toughest liners and mascara, but no where near that of the cheap products.  It does leave a slippy silicone feel, but it is soft feeling, not greasy. Worth the money in my opinion, as a little goes a long way.

Black & Red Dramatic- Step by Step

Today I thought it would be nice if I broke down one of my recent looks step-by step.  This is a very dramatic look that I wore to my hubby’s yearly company party and I recieved many compliments on it.  Here is the look from that night:

Before I break down the steps in this look, I will list all the products I used:

  • Sugarpill Cosmetics @#$%! on the lid (Very bright true red with silver sparkle)
  • Femme Couture mineral effects eyeshadows in Black Jewel (Deep black)& Silver Screen (Sheer white-silver) in the crease,
  • Urban Decay Cosmetics Bootycall to highlight
  • BFTE Cosmetics gel liner in Blackout (top & waterline)
  • Ardell Demi Whispies
  • Milani Black Magic liner pencil (silver) on lower lashline

Start by applying your favorite eyeshadow primer all over the lid and applying a *dulled* piece of scotch tape along you eye as seen below.  This will serve as a barrier to keep a nice clean edge to the wing. *Dulling the stickiness of your tape is important, so as not to damage and pull the delicate skin around the eye area.  To dull the tape, simply place it on the top of your hand and pull it off a time or two before placing it near your eye.





Now, using a tapered crease brush, apply your black shadow in the crease and swoop it out along the tape edge to create your wing.





Next, apply the silver shadow above the black and slightly blend.  As you can see, I carried the silver straight out above the outer wing.





Now, pack your red shadow on the lid.






Add your highlight color below the brows (which I also filled in.  A VERY important step, especially in a dramatic look like this in my opinion!) and add liners, mascara, and false lashes, if desired.  You’re eye look is now complete!








I paired this look with a very natural blush color and a red lip.  Hope you all love it!  Please post your photos here or on my facebook if you try this look out!