I was a little hesitant before starting to write this post because how much can one really write about a makeup remover? However, I do tend to read the reviews before I purchase a new makeup remover, therefore I thought that I must share my opinion of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover with all my readers. This makeup remover claims to be super gentle on the skin and promises to not leave any oily residue. After using it for several months, here are my thoughts on whether or not the product lives up to what it promises.
I am intrigued at how this is a bi-phase makeup remover yet does not contain any oil. The brand claims that the formula is completely oil-free and therefore perfect for oily skinned people. The packaging also states that the product removes waterproof eye makeup without any tugging or stinging and contains aloe and cucumber extracts to soothe the skin. Since it is a bi-phase product, you need to shake it well before each use, to allow the ingredients to mix together.
Starting off with the positives of this product, it does remove waterproof mascara pretty easily and does not leave an oily film on the skin. However, you can still feel that there is a film of some substance on your face and personally, I am never comfortable with using such products without washing my face afterwards. Regarding the stinging of the eyes, it doesn’t sting them but it does cause an uncomfortable sensation if some of the product enters the eyes. Nothing can beat pure coconut oil at removing waterproof mascara gently and effectively, but this makeup remover also gets the job done.
My biggest complaint, however, is not with the product itself but with the packaging. I am not sure if they have upgraded the packaging in the past few months but the one I purchased some time ago has a screw on lid with a wide bottle opening, as shown in the picture below. Because of the lack of a smaller hole, I always end up applying too much product on the cotton pad, which leads to a lot of wastage. Perhaps I would prefer this product a lot more if it came in a better packaging.
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is available in India at a price of INR 399 for a 162 ml bottle. I would say that the price is fair considering the amount of product you get. If you prefer using bi-phase makeup removers and want something that is not too oily then you can give this product a shot. To be honest, I will not be purchasing it again simply because I prefer cleansing oils for waterproof makeup, followed by a good face wash. One suggestion to those who buy this product is to definitely cleanse the face after using it. Trust me, no matter what the brand claims, the residue left behind by makeup removers always clogs the pores!
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