IBB Challenge: Eye makeup removers

I finally accepted the fact that a really good mascara is worth a little extra work in the form of eye makeup remover. Until now, I’ve saved my special mascara (i.e. Tom Ford’s Ultra Length Mascara) for special occasions and night out on the town, solely because it’s such a bitch to get off. And truth be told, I think Mr. Ford did this on purpose because it leaves a (what some may consider) sexy, slept-in look the morning after. So with my newfound willingness to bust out the makeup remover, I tried three that I had lying around to see how they stand up to this mascara.

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water: Billed as a makeup remover, cleanser and toner in one, this actually made my nighttime routine a lot shorter. It did remove the mascara but I didn’t love how the rest of my face felt afterwards. My skin was a bit and tight, but a quick spritz of Caudalie’s Organic Grape Water fixed that immediately.

Klorane Soothing Make-up Remover with Cornflower Water: Tom Ford didn’t stand a chance against this makeup remover, which swiftly wiped away the mascara without the raccoon eyes that ordinarily require a second swipe. It also felt fantastic on the rest of my face. I like the pump dispenser and this fantastic formula also comes in wipe form for travel, the gym, etc.

Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: All I can say about this experience is, “No bueno.” That particular night I was wearing the Tom Ford Mascara with Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner and trying to get them off was a big old mess. And it stung. How this is the “number-one makeup remover in America” is beyond me.

The clear winner here is obviously the Klorane. All and all, I’m happy I did this little experiment, because I’m not saving the Tom Ford mascara any more—and this makes every day just a little more beautiful!

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