Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good Bye Clinique...

     I've been using Clinique's take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips for more than 3 years now.  I thoroughly enjoy how the product has a two layer oil and liquid system.  Every time I'm out of eye make up remover I usually run to my nearest department store or Sephora and pick this up.  This product says it's allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, and importantly - Ophthalmologist tested.  I have really sensitive skin, so I feel that when using this product it does feel gentle.  There's really no tugging of my eye involved.  I usually use this product for my eyes only.
So my routine for this product would be of course, used at night before I shower.  I would take some cotton pads to dabble some of Clinique's makeup remover, and gently place this on my eye and then lightly wipe off.  After I do the same for both eyes, I would rinse with cold water and hop into the shower and wash my entire face with my cleanser.
However, within the past year I've noticed that with the same routine, my eyes starting to feel a stingy sensation and my eyes would be hard to open because it's burning so much.  I started to really get annoyed at the burning sensation so I tried rinsing a little more with cold water after and cleaning my face longer, and it still didn't help.  I even made one my eye turn puffy as a result of rinsing my eye too much.  I was pretty sad to see that this product was becoming too harsh for me. 

I'm almost done with the bottle! But I think I'm not going to finish it.

     I had used Lancome's Bi-Facil (it's also in a 2 layer oil & liquid system) in the past and felt that it worked about the same as my Clinique. Lancome's Bi-Facil is only an eye make up remover and is also Ophthalmologist tested.   I do feel that it's more gentle than Clinique's possibly because it focuses on the eyes.  The prices between the two are very different for the same 4.2 fl oz.  Clinique's take the day off is probably half the price of Lancome's Bi-Facil, and it can be used for lids, lashes, and lips, as oppose to Lancome's Bi-facil  for eyes.  Since the two products worked the same in the past for me, I opted to stay with Clinique up until now.  I had received some Lancome products for Christmas and Bi-Facil was part of the gift.  So I've been using the Bi-Facil again with the same method, and I'm happy to find this product is working for me.  I guess it was just time to change products.