Beauty Counter is a fantastic clean beauty brand that I’ve been using for a few years. I purchased the Instant Eye Makeup Remover as a no-brainer nontoxic product. The main reason I was jazzed to try it out is because it’s advertised as being non-greasy. Also, it’s a 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards Winner!
(If you’re curious about the Beauty Counter brand, check out my post here for information about the company, its products and mission.)
The Eye Makeup Remover
Beauty Counter Instant Eye Makeup Remover is a clear, oil based cleanser that you shake and then dispense on a cotton pad. It’s half oil and half water (and some other stuff that I don’t know what it is, and some stuff that I do recognize, like salicylic acid). This product is supposed to remove all makeup including waterproof mascara. It can be used all over the face, including on your lips.
At the time I purchased this product, I had been making my own eye makeup removers. They were working well for me, actually, and I loved that they were really inexpensive…. But my creations were greasy or burned my eyes, and they didn’t have the luxe feel or excitement of a Beauty Counter purchase. 😉
How it Performs
Using this eye makeup remover is pretty much the same as using any other, like Clinique‘s and Neutrogena‘s. Shake, shake, shake; pour onto cotton pad; wipe eye lids and lashes. This one has no odor or scent and, ultimately, does remove most of my eye make up.
But using it isn’t pleasant. After dispensing the remover, I hold the cotton pad to my eyelid for a few seconds. I’m hopeful that the makeup remover will melt some of the eye makeup away, but that doesn’t happen. Even though I don’t wear waterproof mascara, I have to rub my eyes quite a lot, more than I expect to. I have to rub quite a bit to remove even my daytime eye makeup, which I don’t like doing.
The Beauty Counter Instant Eye Makeup Remover does not burn my eyes while I’m using it, so that’s a plus. However, – and this is a big ‘but’ – my eyes always burn when I wash my face after using this eye makeup remover. Is it the addition of water that causes the burning? All I know is that I’ve used different cleansers afterwards and always have the same burning result.
Another thing worth noting: This eye makeup remover is definitely greasy. Inevitably, I end up with a film on my eyeballs for the rest of the night, blurring my vision ever so slightly.
Finally, I can’t prove this product causes it, but the inner corner of my eyes (the skin on the side of my nose) have been dry, itchy, and irritated after using it. This eye makeup remover is the only thing I can can pinpoint in my routine that could be the culprit.
Beauty Counter Instant Eye Makeup Remover is good for people who want a clean version of the typical oil/water eye makeup remover. It’s scent-free and does a decent job of removing makeup.
It should come as no surprise, however, that I will not re-purchase this product. I like that it’s a clean, nontoxic product but it hasn’t won me over, otherwise. The remover requires a lot of rubbing; it’s greasy; and it burns my eyes when I cleanse after using it.
I’m sad to admit that I’m relieved, even excited, to have (finally) used up this eye makeup remover. There are so many great brands and products out there that I am looking forward to trying – ones where I don’t have to rub my eyes so much and that won’t burn after using them. (One example is 100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm, which I’ll review shortly.) Now I joyfully give myself permission to purchase a new product to try. 🙂
I know tons of people love Beauty Counter Instant Eye Makeup Remover and I’d love to hear from you, as well as those of you who share my experiences. Maybe the first group of you have suggestions for me to negate the burning or greasiness? Well, no matter, I’m not buying another one, anyway.
As always, thank you for reading my blog.
~The Pampered Wife