I wouldn't have found out about this wonderful eye & lip makeup remover had I not run out of my trusty Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover when I was on vacation in Thailand a couple weeks ago! Not ready to spend $$$ on the new bottle of the Lancôme that I know I could buy for so much cheaper in the States, I thought I'd try something new and local. And wow, I'm so glad I did!
Touted as the #1 Best-Selling Eye Makeup Remover in Japan, the Bioré Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip is a bi-phase makeup remover similar to the Lancôme Bi-Facil. The top layer is clear whereas the bottom layer is cloudy (and dyed pink). When properly shaken to mix both liquids together, the combined solution turns into a thick liquid, almost gel-like consistency.
I'm sure you probably already know how to use a bi-phase remover but I'll go over it again briefly just in case. Prior to use, the bottle must be shaken vigorously to ensure that both phases are mixed thoroughly. Dispense the solution onto a cotton pad and transfer it to your (dry, made up) eye. Hold the cotton pad still for a good 5 seconds to melt/breakdown the makeup and then gently wipe downwards. Pretty simple! :)
There are a lot of things I like about this product, for example:
- Mess-free dispensing.
The opening is a small nozzle. You can see exactly where you dispense the product onto the cotton pad. Unlike the Bi-Facil where things can get messy due to the wide opening, especially after the bottle is shaken (causing the solution to spread everywhere under the cap). I also find the thick liquid formula of the Bioré easier to control and work with.
For the same amount, Bioré costs almost 3 times less than the Bi-Facil!
As much as I love the floral scent of the Bi-Facil, I don't mind the unscented Bioré, as long as it does the job!
- Performance & Versatility.
It removes ALL kinds of eye makeup! Be it long-wearing, staining, waterproof/resistant mascara/eyeshadow/eyeliner (liquid, pencil, or gel), this thing will take it all off in a flash. No rubbing required (which is awesome for the delicate eye area — who wants premature wrinkles?!). It also removes lip products brilliantly, whether it's a lipstick, lip gloss, or lip stain — they don't stand a chance! Well, except for one product, which I will tell you more about it in a moment.
- Little to no leftover residues.
It leaves behind the least amount of oily/greasy residues on the eye compared to all other eye makeup remover I've used thus far. In fact, if you use it sparingly, you may not even notice the slippery oily feeling at all! You can't say the same about the Bi-Facil which leaves your eyes super oily.
- Refreshing sensation.
Now I don't know if it's my imagination, but the skin on my eyes feels really clean and refreshed afterwards!
- Sting-free formula.
The gentle formula does not sting, irritate, or cause any type of discomfort to my eyes at all. It doesn't cause blurry vision, or make my lashes fall out, either. (However, I have come across reviews that say otherwise.)
Pink bottle is so much prettier than blue bottle. It's a fact! Haha!
The not-so-great part is its availability. It's not readily available in the US, but you can always buy it online. Even with the shipping fee, it's still cheaper than the Bi-Facil — you just have to wait for the shipping, that's all. I wish I had time to pick up a few more bottles with me! ;(
I swatched all kinds of different makeup on my arm, let it set, and then gently wiped it down twice with a cotton pad soaked with the Bioré Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip. As you can see in the image down below, all but the Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain (#3) came off easily. Also make note that there was not a hint of oily residues left on my arm!
The Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain has always been a problem! It's one of the most difficult makeup to remove. In my experience, the only thing that works is cleansing oil/balm.
The Bioré Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip may not be the least expensive option compared to other drugstore eye makeup remover (I have used Neutrogena, Revlon, Almay, and Maybelline), but of all that I have used, nothing comes close to the Bioré in terms of makeup removing ease and performance.
Has it dethroned the Bi-Facil as my favorite eye makeup remover at this point? One hundred percent yes! In my opinion, the Bioré performs just as well, if not better! :) I strongly recommend this product!
Do you use a separate makeup remover for eyes? What do you look for in the formula?