I was on the market for an eye makeup remover, to replace the Bobbi Brown remover that I had been using.
After seeing this product mentioned on several beauty blogs, as well as in many magazines...I decided to take the plunge and buy it.
This is Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26). It's a little on the pricey side, but worth it to a person who is constantly testing different eye shadows and mascaras.
Until I purchased the Lancome, my eyelids and the surface underneath my bottom lashes, had been crying out in pain every time I would take off my eye makeup. I also noticed that the makeup wasn't coming completely off, even after many passes with a cotton ball soaked with remover. Not good.
The Bi-Facil helped to gently remove my eye makeup. Well, the Lancome Bi-Facil and this little fact...
I stopped using cotton balls and started using cotton squares.
What's the difference you ask...they're both cotton after all. Well...yes...they are both cotton, but the cotton squares are noticeably softer than the cotton balls.
At least to my eyes.
You see, I found out that the squares were better after reading a brief piece written in the January issue of Allure (yes...I sometimes stockpile my magazines and then reread them before recycling...I have a serious problem).
Anyway, in about the middle of all issues of Allure, they have a section called the Insiders' Guide. In this particular issue, they had asked Laura Mercier to provide tips on removing your makeup. She suggests using waterproof eye makeup remover and then... this is the part that I took notice of...square cotton pads not cotton balls. She also suggests that you soak the pad with remover and then press it down softly on your lashes for a few seconds so that it has a chance to soak in, before actually removing your eye makeup.
Figuring that she's a woman who knows her stuff, I switched to the square pads and I noticed the difference right away. No irritation.
So I pass this tip on to you, dear readers. Do with it what you will.
If you do decide to switch to the pads, or you already use them, leave a comment below to let me know what you think. Also, if you've tried the Bi-Facil and love it...feel free to comment as well.
photo of bi-facil courtesy of neimanmarcus.com
photo of cotton pads courtesy of drugstore.com