Makeup Be Gone: The Hunt to Find the Best Makeup Remover

From left to right: Clinique's Take the Day Off, MAC's Pro Eye Makeup Remover, and Maybelline's Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

So after my lash fill on Friday I figured it was time to go out and get a good eye makeup remover. Up until this point I have been using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips, but it is an oil-based remover and those types aren’t recommended for eyelash extensions.  I thought it wouldn’t matter but after a few days of using it I did notice that more lashes than usual would fall out.  So I tried an old bottle of Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover, but honestly the stuff is just like glorified water, it didn’t do anything.

So yesterday I figured I would go pick up MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover and so far I really like it.  I thought I would do a comparison between the three because upon reading reviews online I discovered that a lot of people are comparing MAC’s product to Maybellines.  So I thought I would do my own review with the two products, as well as an oil-based remover like Clinique’s.  I also thought I would do a test as well.  I took my Joe Fresh black eyeliner and drew a line on my hand and then, using each remover one at a time, I counted the number of swipes it took to completely remove the liner.

The Test

Maybelline Expert Eyes

Maybelline Expert Eyes- a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover




This 100% oil-free formula gently and effectively removes washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.


Slightly moisten a cotton ball or tissue with the remover. Gently press and hold for several seconds against your closed eyelid. Gently wipe off. Rinse eye area with water. Wait five seconds then wipe with tissue. 

The product comes in a 2.3 fluid ounce, 68 ml bottle.  It has a flip top lid and you squeeze the solution out.

On the back of the bottle it says:

  • Formulated to gently and effectively remove washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Safe for Sensitive Eyes
  • Ophthalmologist Tested


  1. Moisten cotton or tissue, squeeze to remove excess.
  2. Close eyes.  Gently press against lid, hold for a few seconds.
  3. Gently wipe off.  Rinse with water.

I purchased this product a few years ago because I needed an eye makeup remover and I didn’t want to shell out a lot of cash for something that gets rid of makeup.  I have about 3/4 left in the bottle and that is totally because this product did not work for me.  It did not remove any makeup at all and with eyelash extensions the number one rule is ‘no rubbing’, so therefore I didn’t want to rub this product on my eyes.  I would totally rather go with the oil-based cleanser, I mean both ways would leave me with falling-out lashes anyways…

On the swipe test, I had to swipe this product a staggering 18 times before the eyeliner wasn’t noticeable anymore.  That’s a lot, and I bet you you would probably get the same results with water.

I think this product retails for $4-5 in Canada, but I wouldn’t waste your money on it.  Try to find a better makeup remover that actually does what it claims – remove makeup.

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover


From the MAC website:

A mega-effective remover that lifts off every look – from delicate to dramatic – without smudges, tears or aggression. Pro-quality, yet decidedly gentle; calms, hydrates and soothes skin with cucumber extract. Makeup can be immediately reapplied. A favourite of busy models.

The bottle is a screw off top with a little opening inside so you can dip a Q-tip in it.  It is 100ml and 3.4 US fluid ounces.

On the back of the bottle it says:

Saturate cotton pad.  Gently sweep over eye area.

I really liked this product.  Like I said in the beginning of the post, I have only used it once because I got it yesterday, but if you need a good oil-free makeup remover I would recommend this one so far.  It is a bit pricey however, $21.50 in Canada and $18 in the U.S. and I’m not sure how long the stuff will last for.  I don’t typically use a makeup remover every day because it depends what I’m wearing on my eyes.  Most times water and soap will remove the product, however, there are the odd times where it just won’t come off.  If you use this product everyday, it can probably last you two months max I would say.

As for the swipe test, it did really good.  I only had to swipe the cotton ball four times before the eyeliner was gone.

All in all, if you are looking for a oil-free remover and don’t mind spending the money, then give this one a try.  Much better results than Maybellines.

Clinique Take the Day Off

Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips


From the Clinique website:

Take The Day Off

Totally tugless, two-way makeup remover speeds the departure of hard-to-remove eye and lip makeups. Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. Non-irritating, non-stinging. Ophthalmologist Tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.

How To Use
Shake well before using, then saturate 100% cotton ball with remover. Cleanse one eye area at a time. Apply to eye area and hold for several seconds, then wipe with downward strokes. Repeat using fresh cotton ball if necessary. Use a new saturated cotton ball or tissue for lipstick removal; rinse with cool water.

I just want to start off by saying that I have the mini version of this product, the ones you get with the Clinique bonus times.  A full-size bottle is 125 ml and retails for $21.50 Canadian, so the same as MACs.  The bottle’s cap is similar to an Advil bottle, you know those child-proof kinds that you have to press in and turn?  It’s one of those.

This particular remover has two levels to it – water and oil.  You shake them up and it will create the makeup remover.  I have always liked this product, I have had a full-size bottle of this in the past and thought it worked wonderfully.  The only thing that is a bit annoying is that wherever you use it it leaves an oil residue that you have to rub off.  Not a bit deal though, I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to this product.

For the swipe test, it did the best out of the three- the liner was gone in three swipes.  I did expect it to do the best as I have always found oil-based removers to take off makeup the best compared to anything else out there.

So to sum everything up, I would say to skip Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, I would try MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover (it is a bit pricey though) if you want an oil-free based remover and Clinique’s Take the Day Off remover is very good as well if you like an oil-based solution.

What are some of your favourite makeup removers?  If you know of a good oil-free one please let me know because I love trying new products.

March 2011 Favourites Continued!

So I loved doing a favourites post so much that I thought I would do another one but about other things non-beauty related. Stuff I loved last month (I’m a little late with this one…) other than beauty and fashion.  Whether it was music, movies, books, etc.


Okay, number one would definitely be Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale, although this will probably be on April’s list as well because the CD came out on March 29th.  All the songs are so good and it is on crazy repeat right now.

Other tunes I really liked were:

I liked a lot of other stuff as well but these were my favourites.


I don’t think I actually saw a lot of movies this month.  Let me think here… when did Never Say Never come out?  February?  Well regardless, that was a good movie, I’m not ashamed to say that I love the Biebs.

I saw this really weird foreign film on Netflix actually, it was called XXY and it’s an Argentinian film that was Spanish with English subs.  The movie was about an inter-sexed 15-year-old girl named Alex who is going through this identity crisis after this doctor and his family moves in with their family and she falls for their son.  I don’t want to spoil the end of the movie in case anyone actually watches it, but her challenge, as well as her family’s, is whether she will stay a girl (by her keeping on taking her medication), or go off and turn into a boy.

It was kind of a weird movie and definitely not kids or anything but it was interesting enough to watch.  Whenever I’m bored and can’t decide what to watch I always look at the foreign films, I enjoy them a lot and you get to see a different culture.  I especially like Spanish language films because the subject matter is usually really good.  One of my favourite films actually is called Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother). It’s a film by Pedro Almodovar (he did Volver and a number of other Spanish-language films), a very well-known Spanish director.  I believe that Penelope Cruz is in the majority of his films (including this one).  Anyways, this is something for another post, but if you come across this film, definitely check it out.


Image via the New York Times


I didn’t read anything this month! Shame on me!  I’m still trying to get through Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, it’s really good but I haven’t had time to read it (the chapters are long!).  I did pick up Good Housekeeping’s Drop 5 lbs: The Small Changes, Big Results Diet at the library and that was pretty informative.  It had some really great recipes that I unfortunately didn’t have time to try.


Image via Design Rulz website

Okay, favourites for this month is easy: Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Holly’s World, 18 To Life, and Desperate Housewives, although I think there has been like one new episode maybe this month.

I just want to say real quick how much I love 18 To Life. It’s a show on the CBC which I found on Netflix.  It’s about these 18-year-old neighbours that decided to get married much to their parents disapproval.  They end up living in his parents attic apartment and it’s about the relationships between the two families. The show is also set in Montreal and I love that city so that may be why I like it so much.  But anyways, it’s actually so good.  I have been really into CBC programming, in the past I was all about the U.S. networks, but between 18 To Life, Dragon’s Den, and Being Erica the CBC is slowly becoming my new favourite channel… well other than E! Canada, CosmoTV, and MTV.

That’s all folks!  Let me know what you have been liking this month, everything from music to movies to television, I want to know!

Until next time..

Lash Obsessed

Excuse the red eyes, I took this when I got home from the appointment..

I just got home from one of my favourite beauty appointments – eyelash extension fills!  I have been getting eyelash extensions since June, 2010 and I absolutely love them.  I thought a blog post about them would be good for anyone wanting to know a bit of information about them and my experiences with them.

I want to start off by saying that I don’t have a lack of lashes, I have pretty normal lashes and a good amount of them.  I have always loved the look that falsies gave me and there is such a significant different between my natural lash and the oomph power of the fake lashes.  Also, I was travelling to Mexico and I wanted something that would make my eyes stand out.

So I started to do my research and came across a place in my hometown that specialized in the service and thought a while about it.  Why?  Because it is pricey.  It costs around $200 for the initial application and you get around 30-40 lashes per eye.  I decided to go with the “Cat Eye” option, which was not as expensive, and it was basically like 20 lashes per eye concentrated to the ends of the eyelids to give you that cat eye, flirty effect.

So I went to my first appointment and after I thought that they did an okay job.  I didn’t find them that noticeable and they were a bit uneven.  After a few face washings they did get significantly more noticeable (they started to darken because of your makeup and they clump together but not in a bad way) but I didn’t know if I wanted to keep continuing with them (fills can cost anywhere from $55-65 depending on where you go).

A few weeks after I got them done the first time.

I decided to keep up with the fills because I did get people commenting me on them (“Oh my God, are those your real lashes?!”) and I mean, like everyone else, I loved the compliments.  Now I was still getting the cat eye fills but I wanted to try the complete look and get full fills so I got them and then after a while I switched salons (for a number of reasons) and I have been going back to the same place ever since (I go to Wink Studio in Winnipeg if any of you are interested, they do a great job).

There are a number of pros and cons with the lashes as I list below:


  • No mascara needed
  • Waterproof- perfect the pool, beach, or the gym
  • Good for people with sensitive eyes
  • Cuts “getting ready” time in the morning significantly shorter
  • Easy to maintain
  • Make your eyes prettier
  • Low maintenance


  • Pricey
  • You can’t use oil-based makeup removers (the kind I love)
  • Once the lashes start to fall out you kind of go through an “awkward” phase, if that makes sense.. basically it’s like when your roots grow out
  • You have to go for fills every month to month and a half

So there are a number of things that are great about them and a few things that aren’t so great.  I know the number one thing is definitely the price.  It can get very pricey to maintain and it is quite an initial investment to get them in the first place.

If you want more information on them, I recently wrote an article for Clippings magazine which explains the process more in detail, as well as other ways to get bold, luscious lashes.  You can view the article here and here.

Anyways, I hope this blog post helps if you are deciding to take the plunge and invest in some longer lashes.  They are relatively easy to maintain and I really do love having them. Do I regret getting them?  No.  Will I keep getting fills for them forever.  Who knows? I do miss mascara some days, but you know it’s awesome with summer coming up and everything and I can go to the beach with them and still have that same look because they are great in the water.  It’s like having long, natural lashes.. the fake way.

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