15 January, 2012

REVIEW: Maybelline Express Care Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

A few months ago I received a bottle of Maybelline's Express Care Eye & Lip Makeup Remover free with another $15AUD Maybelline purchase.  Lately I've been using this in place of my usual L'Oreal remover and I've found it to be an identical quality product.   But - there are a few little differences that have wrenched me away from my up 'til now Holy Grail makeup remover L'Oreal.

Here they are sitting nicely together.  They look pretty similar and both work on the same principle - you shake the product to create an emulsion, then squeeze out onto a makeup or cotton pad and wipe over your eyelids, lashes and lips to remove make-up.
L'Oreal Gentle Make-Up Remover for Eyes & Lips
Maybelline Express Care Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

So what do I like about both of these?
  • Both are 2 in 1 products combining makeup remover oil and cleansing water
  • Both product formulas feel gentle on my eyes and don't sting
  • Neither leaves any greasy residue on my lids or in my eyes
  • Both effectively remove waterproof eye make-up and long wearing lip products
  • Both are suitable for contact lens wearers

Why do I prefer Maybelline's Express Care Eye & Lip Makeup Remover?
For me it's all about the packaging:  Maybelline's bottle design is superior because it has a screw-top lid and does not leak!  This always drove me mad about L'Oreal's remover, as the flip-top lid has a tendency to leak and dribble everywhere and was a nightmare when travelling.  I had to place it in a ziplock bag and guaranteed it would have leaked in there!

Maybelline's remover also provides slightly more bang for your buck although this wasn't a real deal-breaker for me. Maybelline costs around $8.95AUD per 90ml, compared to L'Oreal which costs $12.99AUD per 125ml.  (For some silly reason known only to me I decided to calculate cost per ml, and Maybelline comes out slightly ahead at 9.9cents per ml, compared to L'Oreal's 10.4cents per ml).

It seems Maybelline has more than one product scarily similar than L'Oreal and that's not surprising.  It's been brought to my attention and I've confirmed it here that Maybelline NY is one of the brands administered by the L'Oreal group.

That's all for now.

Vita :)


  1. The maybelline one is my favourite eye makeup remover to. Does not sting at all compared to my previous clinique eye makeup remover

    1. Exactly why I love it - and the non-spill packaging!

  2. Do you use this all over as a makeup remover? whenever I see the eye/lip part I wonder if it should be used all over- or is this a obvious thing? Help a clueless girl out haha

    1. Not a silly question Emma because I know there are products for cleansing makeup all over the face but I personally don't like using those as they can be too greasy for my eyes. I use this product for eye and lip makeup only, then I use a foaming cleanser to cleanse the rest of my face :)

  3. I've heard great things about the L'Oreal one but have never actually tried it. Now I think I'll just skip it and try this Maybelline one instead haha.

    1. L'Oreal is a fabulous product - a much less expensive dupe for Lancome's Bifacil - but the leaky bottle is a problem if you travel and yep, Maybelline's is just as good as both without the packaging problems!

  4. Who would have thought they'd be so similar! Although, if I think about it, it really does make sense as L'Oreal own Maybelline. Maybe that has something to do with it? :) Either way I'me glad you've found a great makeup remover, they can be difficult to find sometimes.

    I almost forgot to mention, I love your reviews! They're always informative, but short & to the point. I really like that! I may need to start taking some review-lessons from you!!

  5. Thanks Vintage! It must be all of that document reviewing and report writing I do in my other life ie. paid work. :) I was never any good at waffling on anyway - quite honestly sometimes I just don't know what to say! Hehe xoxo

  6. hello,im glad you posted this topic here in your blog,because the other at Sam's Warehouse,for the 1st time i saw this Maybelline express make-up remover...and somehow i was 'surprised' because it is very similar to L'oreal make-up remover that ive been using for already few years!..i didn't expect Maybelline got such stuff. I bought a bottle to start/try ...and...im planning to buy some more!


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