Bargain Beauty Find

As much as I love it, I just can't continue to justify blowing thirty dollars a bottle on eye makeup remover. Seriously. That stuff is lovely but for me, it's a budget buster.

I was recently getting to the bottom of my current bottle and I popped into my local CVS to scout the Milani display. Didn't get anything, as it was picked clean but I did spy with my little eye, a display of bottles of CVS brand eye makeup remover.


Intrigued, I moved in for a closer look.  Hmmm... Oil free. Okay. Not a bad thing, tho oil is not a concern for me, since I'm officially a #driedoutoldhag. Promises to remove even waterproof mascara, don't much care... I never wear the stuff tho I do appreciate an effective remover that prevents my having to rub and scrub at my delicate eye area. Gentle. Ahhh! There it is! Mama has sensitive peepers. One reason why she will spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup remover. And the kicker? Eleven ounces for less than seven dollars. Neutrogena, my number two fave is four ounces for that price. My number one, the aforelinked Lancome, is thirty for four ounces. I figured, it was worth a try. What was the worse that could happen? I could hate it. Return it and use the money to buy a lipstick. So I bought it and took it home.

Gentle reader, the packaging sucks. It's your typical, cheap, stupid open necked plastic bottle. No pump, no little squeezy thingie in the opening to control the flow and lets be real, here; I am a klutz. I tend to knock over and drop things. And, just the simple act of getting some of the remover out onto a cotton square is messy and that works my last nerve in a way I find hard to deal with. I need to buy a bottle into which I can decant this stuff. Pronto!

Because I gotta tell ya, aside from the crappy ass packaging, this is good eye makeup remover. Now, as I said, I don't wear waterproof mascara, so I can't say whether or not it removes that effectively but it works a treat on regular mascara, eyeliner, shadow... It doesn't sting or burn my very sensitive eyes and it leaves my eye area feeling moisturized but not a greasy mess, afterward. My eyes do feel a little filmy but they feel that way with any shake - em - up bi - phase remover so no ding for that.

The CVS Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover doesn't have that lovely rose scent that I adore or the pretty Lancome packaging I love to display on my dressing table. But it does what it says it will do, it does it well and for a very good price. Bottom line? Unless I get the Lancome as a Gift With Purchase, from now on, I'll buy the CVS brand and save my husband's hard earned money to splurge on pretties that last a lot longer.

Like that eye shadow palette I have been lusting after...

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41 comments

  1. I love a good makeup remover! I've had a hard time finding one that legitimately works well for me without having to scrub at my eyes, until I started using Julep's Bare Face Cleansing Oil and oh my gosh, it literally just melts the makeup right off my face. It's amazing!

    Thanks for linking up to Best of Beauty! xo

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  2. Great to hear this worked so well for you. Wish I was in the states to try it now.

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  3. Sounds like a bargain! I just read on another blog that coconut oil works great for removing make up too. Found you on the Best of Beauty linkup #4 - Xo, Leslie from www.luckyseventen.com

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  4. Great to know this worked for you. I use several kinds: wipes, micellar water, and a lot lot more.

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  5. This sounds like good stuff; similar to the Marcelle one I got from Birchbox that I've been using. I normally use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup, but it tends to cloud my vision for a few minutes if I don't make sure to REALLY get it off.


    As for decanting this one, can you decant it into the Lancome bottle (I've never seen the full-size bottle, only the gift-with-purchase ones)? If so, you can continue to display it on your dressing table and other people would be none the wiser. ;-)

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  6. Manufacturer? I'd love to try it, but we don't have CVS here.

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  7. I don't mind if the packaging sucks as long as the product is good.

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  8. I hope that you do. It's good stuff and you can't beat the price.

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  9. The product is very good. I'm going to see if I can find something better into which I can rehome it. I am such a klutz, I just know that it is going to end up in a flood, all over the place. lol

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  10. I would think try any drugstore brand available near you. Walgreens. I've read good things about the Equate brand, from WalMart and the Up and Up from Target, too.

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  11. I can use wipes for a very light mascara day they don't work for me for full on. I would like to try micellar water, one day, when it's more widely available.

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  12. I'm sure that there is something similar close to you.

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  13. I'm glad that you have something that you love s much. :D Thanks for doing the linkup!

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  14. Nice find! I'm still using my Milani bottle haha

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  15. What about decanting it into an empty Lancome remover bottle? lol. I mostly use wipes to remove makeup, but sometimes eye makeup needs a little more help for sure. I can't stand removers that sting my eyes.

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  16. My favorite is the Neutrogena one that this is a knock-off of, but I buy this one on the regular because it does the job! I don't mind the open neck design because I have to shake it up every time I use it and knowing myself I'd forget to close the pump if it was a pump, LOL. I haven't had any issues with it - I dip Q-tips into it and use it on cotton pads too. So pleased to see someone review this! Thanks Erika!

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  17. Dupe of the Neutrogena. I like it but there are some mascaras that it doesn't work for me on. I am addicted to the Rimmel remover

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  18. I wonder if this is cruelty free! My favorite is the Paula's Choice but I use coconut oil too.

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  19. Ooh what a steal! I love the Milani one but I will have to check this one out for sure

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  20. That's awesome for sure, particularly for the price. I didn't even know Milani had one so I'm def picking it up next time. Milani must have been wiped country wide I couldn't pick up a new tube of my mascara this week =(

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  21. I'd like this because it doesn't have a fragrance. I can't deal with fragrance. It's half the price of what I pay for the MK one I like and CVS always has deals. I know what I'll buy next!

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  22. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I too am an #oldhag that does not want to spend a ton on eye makeup remover.

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  23. I am the same way lately. I'm just OVER spending so much on shit that washes down the drain if I can find something for less.

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  24. I'll have to try this out. I wear waterproof mascara, but I'll still give it a whirl

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  25. I love an affordable makeup remover... I need to try this out. I don't use liquid remover often, I use my Kirkland wipes but these sound nice.

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  26. Sounds great Erika! We'll have to check it out. Thanks for linking up at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party!

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  27. I tried using wipes for removing eye makeup. I can use them for very light mascara but normal or heavy applications and I end up with stinging, screaming eyes and abraded feeling skin. I already tossed my fancy bottle. pout

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  28. I just know that, klutz I am, I'll end up dropping or knocking it over. lol It is good stuff, tho. I'm really enjoying it. I like the Neutrogena, also. But this is more than twice the product for the same price so...

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  29. I amy have to try that one, some time. I like trying new things. :D

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  30. I looked around and couldn't find any listings that say it is. That is a bummer... It is time for cosmetics companies to get it through their thick head that animal testing isn't necessary.

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  31. I should try the Milani one, when this one runs out.

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  32. I didn't either... I was in search of colour cosmetics. I wanted lippies and blush.

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  33. This really is a good remover. With Extra Bucks, you could get it for free.

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  34. Yep. Why waste money on that when I can spend it on pretties to hoard. Err... Collect.

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  35. I hope that it works for you. I should have bought some waterproof and tested it but I just can't bring myself to use it. lol

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  36. I wish that wipes work for me for mascara, it would save me a step. #lazyslag I need to get some Kirkland wipes, next time I'm in Costco. I keep reading good things about them.

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  37. Thanks for hosting it! It really is good stuff. I like it. Wouldn't say I did, if I didn't. :)

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