Makeup removers

Sensitive eyes

Over the years my eyes has become increasingly sensitive (quicker to react to) eye makeup removers. My old, trusted and favourite oil based 2-phase Eye Makeup Remover, from the Danish drugs store and brand, Matas, suddenly gave me a little rash on my eyelids. So I had to stop using it and find an alternative that could do the job just as good.

My current evening skincare routine consists of the following five steps:

Step 1 First cleanse: Makeup removal

Step 2 Second cleanse: Non-soap cleanser

Step 3 Exfoliation: Mild acid toner  

Step 4 Moisture: Serum

Step 5 More moisture: Eye cream and moisturizer


Worth the hype? I finally gave in and bought the absurdly hyped Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire. The big makeup artists of the world, Lisa Eldridge, Charlotte Tilbury, Mary Greenwell and beauty bloggers all over the blogosphere have been raving about this for years.



Bioderma Micellar water

Oh Bioderma, Bioderma, Bioderma! 

This is, by far, the most effective and gentle eye makeup remover I have ever tried. It can’t remove hardcore waterproof mascara, however it’s so gentle, that I can use it to remove residue eye makeup straight from my waterline, without any sensation of stinging or irritation.
Because of the price tag here in Denmark (25-30 € for 500 milliliters), I reserve it for my eyes only, but it’s meant for makeup removal for the whole face.
However, my BFF, Anne Louise, has been my local Bioderma-pusher. For a period she’s been commuting from Copenhagen to Paris, and every time she brought me back a duo pack = 1 liter of beautiful Bioderma, for the eye watering price of 25 €. Yes, please!


Makeup remover for waterproof makeup

Waterproof makeup 
When I need to remove waterproof mascara, a non-budging cream eyeshadow or a lip stain I prefer to use an oil based makeup remover. The Clinique Take The Day Off* has become a substitute for the 2-phase Eye Makeup Remover from Matas. Overall it feels gentle and my eyes tolerate it well. However I feel a mild tingling sensation on my eyelids, if I rub them too hard – as you sometimes do, when the waterproof mascara is a little too insisting.
So when I remove e.g. the waterproof mascara, I like to let the lashes soak in the eye makeup remover, leaving the cotton pads on the lashes for 30 seconds or so. This way the mascara have a little time to be dissolved and I don’t have to rub as hard to get it off.
Maybe I should do a evening cleansing routine tutorial, to show you my mascara-removing-wiggling technique? *makes notes on my to-do list*

Nivea Micellar Water

A Bioderma dupe?
I was looking for a cheaper option for the Bioderma micellar water and came across the Nivea Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water in my local drug store. This removes the makeup just as well. However it does give me that mild tingling sensation in my eyes, so I prefer to use it only for my face and neck (yes, remember the neck! It’s often loaded with foundation and bronzer).
Some beauty bloggers have named the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water as a perfect dupe for the Bioderma. It’s not quite there, in my opinion, however it is effective and very affordable.



Micellar water in a gel

La Roche-Posay (LRP) has tailored a micellar water, for people with rosacea or “for women with sensitive, dry and fragile skin” . It’s the Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel*, a part of their Rosaliac line.
As I understand from LRP’s website, this product is formulated as a “no rub” formula, maybe due to the gel formulation? They say “Designed to help reduce the appearance of flushing, however it doesn’t make my skin any less red or flushed, than the other micellar waters. Read my thoughts on skincare products marketed for specific skin conditions later this month.
Anyway, I use it in the exact same manner as any micellar water, on a cotton pad, rinsing with water afterwards, ready for step 2 of my cleansing routine.Have I missed out on any brilliant makeup removers out there? Leave me a comment and let me know!XO Cæcilie
I have contacted Clinique and La Roche-Posay and on my request, they have send me the above-mentioned products. I am not obligated nor paid to mention them on my blog or any other of my social media platforms. It is my choice to show them, as they are a part of my daily skincare routine.


  1. 25. November 2015 / 7:52

    Nice blog!! Eye is a precious wealth of our body. So, take care of it. Sakare products help me to make a statement with eyes that entice.

  2. 27. November 2015 / 7:07

    Hi Mary, thanks for your comment. I havn't heard of Sakare, but I'll have to look it up! Have a nice Friday and weekend.

  3. Sabin
    15. January 2016 / 21:09

    Hi! Will give bioderm a try. Have you tried clarins? I use their white cream cleanser (cleansing milk for combination skin), i put it on a dry face, and wipe off within a few seconds with a damp cotton pad and then wash off with water. Then the clarins multiday moisturizer on top.

    • 17. January 2016 / 19:15

      You won’t regret Bioderma (I hope) it is brilliant! Have’t tried the products you mention, but their concealer and lip balms are the best!! Xo

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