Hello girls! Today’s post will compare and contrast two widely available and extremely popular makeup removers on the market: Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip, and Kao Biore’s Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip. 

Here are the two products in question:

So how did they fare? Details after the jump 🙂

Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip

Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip

Formula and Appearance Oil-free and bi-phase, both layers are colourless and clear. The lack of added colouring is pleasing, considering so many bi-phase makeup removers try to snazz up their looks by adding colour to one layer or even both. Also oil-free and bi-phase, top layer is colourless and clear and bottom layer is light pink and clear. I don’t know whether colouring was added to the pink component just for aesthetics, but I don’t really think it necessary.
Ingredient List Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Poloxamer 182, Allantoin, Tripotassium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, Glycerin, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Extract (Cucumis Sativus), Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, PPG-9 Diglyceryl Ether, Hydroxyethulcellulose, Disodium Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate (a.k.a. hyaluronic acid), Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Cl 17200
Scent A little bit like maraschino cherries, except more plasticky. Did not like this at all. None discernible = happy ksuan 🙂
Feel Slightly oily and slippery, thanks to the two-silicone composition of this remover. Light and comfortable, not slippery. Very slight residue, but marginal compared to Neutrogena’s offering.
Performance Incidentally, pretty effective at removing all makeup, even the tough waterproof stuff. No rubbing required, which is always a pleasure 🙂 Takes a few swipes, but does the job reasonably well. Definitely need to wash the eye area very thoroughly afterward to get rid of all the oily residue though. Great little makeup remover, got rid of all my waterproof mascara and eyeliner in a jiffy with no rubbing, about two swipes does it. The nice thing about this remover is that on especially lazy days, I feel happy enough to be a bum and roll into bed without needing to cleanse once more.
Value for Money I bought my 112ml (yes, it really is a silly quantity to bottle – 12 miserable mls over what’s allowed in carry-on luggage, I had to decant this stuff into a 100ml bottle before traveling with it! End rant) bottle at my local pharmacy at the promotional price of SGD 10.00. It normally retails at somewhere between SGD 11.00 – 13.00 depending on which pharmacy you frequent. A 130ml (again, I’m not sure why these removers come in such impractical quantities, grr!) bottle retails at about SGD 15.00 at your local pharmacy.

 The Final Say 

In this battle of the budget makeup removers, I vote for Kao Biore. Effectiveness-wise, I don’t see a great difference between the two products – both are gentle and do the job, but I’m biased in favour of products which do not have offputting scents or leave awkwardly slippery residue on skin after use.  Price-wise, both products are comparable and neither really takes precedence over the other. However, when push comes to shove, I’d repurchase the Biore offering without hesitation. Sorry Neutrogena 😦


2 thoughts on “Battle of the Budget Eye and Lip Makeup Removers: Neutrogena v. Kao Biore

    • Hi Olgie! Glad you like the Neutro offering more than I did. I really wish there was less oily residue, it would have made a world of difference! And that really is a shame that there’s no Biore in Australia. Maybe it’s time to start putting pressure on them to export. 😉

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