My Skincare Routine Part 3 – Makeup Removers

September 28, 2011

After I posted my basic skincare routine, I had a few people asking me what products I use to remove my makeup which I forgot to include. I wear makeup almost everyday, so finding the right makeup remover that is effective, removes makeup thoroughly yet gentle to my skin can be a little tricky. I go through tons of different brands and these are the products that I love the most.


If my makeup of the day is not too heavy I like to use my Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser – it smells and feels so fresh, extremely gentle to the skin and removes face makeup effectively. It is designed for sensitive skin as the entire product is water based without any alcohol and perfumes, so girls with sensitive skin can totally rely on this product. It is also excellent for removing eye makeup, but can take a while to remove waterproof mascara completely. It is also great as a last step cleanser. I know a lot of girls like to use a toner/astringent to remove the last traces of makeup, but this product does the same job without stripping moisture off the skin. My skin actually feels quite hydrated and fresh after using it.


On a full face makeup day, I opt for the Eve Lom Cleanser (Vogue call it “world’s best cleanser) to remove my makeup thoroughly. I know I have said it many time that this is my HG cleanser 😛 It has been doing a wonderful job to my skin so I just like to share my love of this product around! The concept of this cleanser is that it improves the blood circulation, opens pores, cleanses, exfoliates and tones the skin to achieve a perfectly clear and well balanced skin.

This product is made of different blends of aromatic oils with cleansing, decongesting and soothing properties. It has a lovely soothing herbal scent and a balmy consistency that is designed for massaging. By following the massaging steps provided in the enclosed pamphlet, it helps the lymphatic nodes to drain the congested areas and eliminate toxins. Then use the muslin cloth to remove the product in hot water to open the pores and cold water to close the pores. The result is instant – not only is the makeup completely removed, my complexion has a “just-had-a-facial” radiance and looks more lifted and toned. Over time I have also noticed a significant improvement in the clarity of my skin.


As you can tell from the size of the bottle, the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil is also my favorite. I am not using it now but I like to keep a back up of it. This product has received numerous awards over the last decade. Needless to say it is a superior product. I like to use a makeup remover that cleanses and treats my skin at the same. The entire cleansing oil line by Shu comes in many formulations for different skin needs and I have pretty much tried them all. My favorites are the brightening oil from the premium line and the balancing oil as pictured below. My least favorite is the enriched formula which feels quite heavy on my skin. There are a lot of cheaper cleansing oils in the market but I always go back to this one as I like the consistency of this oil and its wide range of options.


For my stubborn eye makeup, I like to use the Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. It is a winner for me as I really don’t notice a difference between the expensive ones and the cheap ones. The Neutrogena removes the most stubborn waterproof mascara with one swipe, and it is not irritating to my eyes. Just like many other bi-phased removers, it leaves a slight residual film on the skin.


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Holly September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover is my ultimate holy grail item… it works perfectly for me! I feel no need to search for another type ever again!

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Georgina September 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

i love Shu Uemura’s brightening and balancing cleansing oil as well beats the most stubborn mascara anytime 😛


Reika September 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Agree, Shu’s cleansing oil removes the most stubborn waterproof mascara! The only thing I don’t like about it is that the oil gets into my eyes sometimes and gives me blurry vision…


Jamilla September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You are very thorough! I use Paul and Joe Cleansing Milk for the face, and Suqqu Eyemakeup Remover. Then I clean my face with Clairisonic and the creamy Clarisonic cleanser, and splash my face clean.


Reika September 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for letting me know, you have an amazing complexion so I will definitely try out the products you mentioned 🙂


Julie Fischer September 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

It never occurred to me that having several different makeup removers would be necessary, but you demonstrate exactly why quite nicely – thank you! Great outline.


Elizabeth September 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

i’m with you on the Shu Uemura oil… I use the same one you pictured above, and it does such an awesome job of removing every last bit of makeup from my face, without the dryness of having just ‘washed’ my face. I love the scent too! I got that blurry vision thing once from it, but it was when I was trying to use it and explain to my sister why it was so awesome at the same time! A bit ironic, lol.


TNA September 29, 2011 at 2:36 am

I love Bioderma


Rainy Days & Lattes September 29, 2011 at 4:45 am

The Eve Lom Cleanser sounds really good! 🙂 I like the idea of helping improve circulation around the face. Great post!


Monica September 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

perfect timing! I’m looking for eye make-up remover that not too expensive, definitely try Neutrogena 🙂


★ Cookiie September 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I got the Bioderma cleanser as well and I agree on the fresh feeling. Sometimes I wonder if I can achieve the same effect with water, haha! The Eve Lom cleanser sounds SO good, but it is quite pricey. Do you need to use a lot of product per wash?


Reika September 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The eve lom is very concentrated, a little bit of it goes a long way. One pot can last me about half a year!


Megan September 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Great post, I’ve been looking for some good makeup removers and this was really helpful. I have been curious to try the Shu Uemura cleansing oil for a while now and that Neutrogena eye makeup remover sounds great.


Samantha September 30, 2011 at 12:46 am


I’m from Sydney and been wanting to try the Bioderma cleanser for a long while. May I ask where you got it and how much did it cost?

Many thanks! Love your site!


Reika September 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hi Samantha, I got it from ebay for about $35 for a 500ml bottle which will last me forever! Let me know if you want the ebay seller id 🙂


popblush September 30, 2011 at 1:55 am

Now that I have started using waterproof mascara a lot, I find it really really hard to remove it, and most eye makeup removers sting! I’m so glad you did this post because I am going to get the Neutrogena one.

I have heard so many good things about the Shu Uemura cleansing oils . I am planning to get one at Duty Free. ^_^


Walls September 30, 2011 at 2:54 am

Fabulous post, Reika! I hadn’t heard of Eve Lom before, but then again I don’t consider myself a true aficionado of all things beauty. I am curious to give it a try, however, given that it’s been dubbed ‘best cleanser’ by Vogue itself. I always look forward to your blog entries. Thank you for sharing!


Reika September 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Thank you so much for your support Walls! Your lovely comments always make my day 🙂


Jess October 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for sharing, Reika!
I have heard lots of raves abt the Bioderma Cleanser! Totally regret it that I didn’t Pick it up on my short trip to Barcelona, as I haven’t seen it over here in Austria yet.

I have been using my trusted cleansing combo Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Milk + Creamy Soap or the Milky Soap for the colder wintertime for about 6 years I guess. 🙂


david October 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

Hi Reika,

I agree with Vogue the Eve Lom’s cleanser is probably the best, and I am delighted to find another person that actually enjoy the distinct aroma of this cleanser. It gives a clean feel & an astringent finish after using it as prescribed by Eve.

I also loves Shu’s Brightening cleansing oil & its classic high performance advanced formula cleansing oil.


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