2013-02-19

Lancome Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes (eye makeup remover) review

Lancome Bi-Facil has been a staple Lancome skincare item for  long long time in the Lancome skincare line. In fact the packaging seems exactly as I remembered like 10 years ago. I've gone through several smaller gift with purchase bottles and always liked it.

I started wearing a really stubborn mascara (Helena Rubinstein ) which is not only water proof but probably almost cleansing oil resistant. (don't worry I don't think it's that a brilliant mascara so there's no use in trying to track that one down either).

I noticed that my normal cleansing oil was having trouble getting rid of all traces of the mascara, so I finally bought another bottle of specific eye makeup remover.


The Bi-Facil is a two-phased eye makeup remover. I've tried the cheaper Loreal and Maybelline counter parts in the 'two layer' sort of solution and none really beat this.


The top is a blue 'oil' feeling layer, the bottle is a more liquid like lighter blue layer. You shake it before use.
(FYI the regular retail size is 125ml and retails about 20-30USD depending on which country you purchased from).



Comes in a screw top bottle , it should be sealed internally with a sticker. After removing the sticker you can see a small hole opening which is fine for dispensing.


I saturate a bit on a cotton pad, and press it against eye makeup, wait for 10 seconds then wipe off, then just make sure you wipe both the top and bottom of your eyelashes to get every last trace off. I often also follow with a cotton bud saturated with the Bi-facil and make sure I also clean the lashline closely.


The best way to see if it works is by using whatever's in your makeup bag, so below there's a Lancome eyeliner and a Dejavu brown eyeliner and Visee eyeshadows and a random Lipstick (I think that was the Fancl one I reviewed before).


You can see it removes it completely with a simple swipe or two. even the shimmers come out really easily.


It does leave a slightly shiny feeling, I wouldn't say it's non-oily since it clearly leaves some residue behind due to it's duo texture. However I always follow with a face cleanser and any residue comes off so easily.

By far this is the most effective eye makeup remover I've tried over the years, if you  use a weak mascara or light eye makeup you probably don't need to use this at all, but if you have a waterproof mascara or eyeliner, this helps greatly.  While cheaper eye makeup removers I've used (Fasio etc), probably does the same job with a few more swipes, but the eye area is so delicate I'd rather minimise the number of times I have to put a cotton pad to my eyes.

I usually remove eye makeup using Bi-Facil, then use a cleansing oil  (Hada Labo one I reviewed recently) to remove rest of my face makeup, then hop in the shower and use a regular foaming cleanser (a range of anything lately). 

Overall rating 5/5.

2 comments:

Beth said...

Great post, I love bi-facil! Definitely the best make-up remover I've ever used. Oh and by the way, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! To see the rules and my questions for you head to my blog post :) xx

ReNu said...

I agree - it is my absolute favourite makeup remover as well. I keep one in my travel bag too for those stubborn products which won't come off. Works like a dream with those long-lasting lip stains and mascaras. Great review!
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