Monday, November 5, 2012

Sample Month Day 5: Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover

It has literally been years since I've used Lancome Bi-Facil, but lately I've been talking about it a lot (as an ex-holy grail product) due to reviews on other eye makeup removers. Fortuitously, the sample fell into my lap last month. So, here it is for my fifth sample review: the famous Lancome Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

This sample is the same 1.7fl oz / 50ml size you see in Lancome GWPs. The regular size is 4.2fl oz / 125ml and retails for USD$27/CAD$35. Yeesh, that's a lot for some makeup remover. But if you wear a lot of heavy, waterproof eye makeup, this baby is for you.


I wear a lot more eye makeup in the fall when they actually stay on my eyes without melting off. Lately I've been venturing into the blue shadow domain, trying to dip my toes in with classic navy shades. In the pic below, I am wearing on primed eyes: MUFE Aqua Cream #15, MUFE Aqua Shadow in #6E (matte navy blue), topped with the navy powder shadow from Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette for Brown Eyes. The mascara is the new Lancome Hypnose Star, which I've also been raving on about recently.


On my left eye, I used Simple Eye Make-up Remover to compare the results with. On the right, I used Bi-Facil. Both cotton pads were soaked fully and pressed over the eyes for two minutes. The Simple remover took off only about half the makeup in one shot. Even after multiple swipes with the soaked pad, traces of the stubborn blue MUFE Aqua Shadow stained the eye area. By contrast, the Bi-Facil took almost everything off in one attempt. Below is a hilarious duplicate of my eye on the cotton pad, as it basically took off the mascara in one shot. The shadows took a few more gentle swipes, but everything was completely removed after a few attempts. I then used the rest of the Bi-Fail soaked pad to remove makeup from the other eye that Simple could not.


The Claim: OPHTHALMOLOGIST -TESTED FOR SAFETY. Ideal for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

My Experience: My disposable contact lens remain intact and unbothered by Lancome Bi-Facil. No irritation whatsoever.

Conclusion: I would buy this if the price was somewhere closer to reasonable, such as CAD$20-25. But given that it's so easy to obtain with GWPs and as sample freebies, it will be a long, long time before I will even think about spending the CAD$35 that it's supposedly worth.

Sample provided by Loose Button.

35 comments:

  1. First of all, I like the changes you've made to your site - very nice, Liz!

    Secondly, that photo of the cotton pad with the perfect rendition of your makeup looks like it was drawn on - how freakin' cool is that? Would look great matted & framed, lol!

    I've always heard good things about this makeup remover, but while I don't even blink to drop $38.00 on a lip gloss (insane, I know) I hesitate to spendoodles of cash on a makeup remover; my holy grail product has been the Neutrogena version for YEARS now, and whenever I'm stateside, I stock up (Target sells it for USD $5.66 - and that's regular price), or I load up when I find it on sale here. Works like a charm on all types of makeup, does not irrritate the skin and/or eyes and it's exceptionally wallet-friendly. What's not to love?!

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    1. Thanks, Eugenia! :D

      I know, it's kind of strange how we can be perfectly at peace with spending the same for a certain kind of product yet balk at spending it for something else. I shell out for good primers but not for skin care or foundation. I think I tend to look for cheaper deals when it comes to things that are used regularly forever. Lipsticks are kind of a one time thing - when was the last time we repurchased the exact same lipstick?

      Some swear by Neutrogena or Maybelline, but my drugstore pick is the L'Oreal bi-phase which is basically a cheaper version of Lancome Bi-Facil. :)

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  2. Great site redesign, love it!

    I love BiFacil - I have a sample too, and it's great - it removes everything and doesn't make my vision blurry (I wear contacts, a lot of MU removers get in my eyes and do that). I was skeptical at first because Clinique Take The Day Off (which also has excellent reviews) doesn't work at all for me, but BiFacil definitely lives up to the hype.

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    1. Thanks, Emi! :)

      I don't mind the blurriness sometimes because I just toss my daily disposable contacts but that used to irritate me when I wore regular ones. I haven't tried a Clinique remover in a long time and probably won't ever now, lol.

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  3. You should compare it with bioderma instead of Simple! As I m skeptical when people claim their waterproof makeup can be removed by bioderma totally

    Agree with the insane price tag of Lancôme. If I really want it I will find a way to get it's mini like yours ;) luckily there are many 2 phase type remover alternatives too!

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    1. Well, between the two, Bi-Facil is definitely the winner. Bioderma DOES get rid of waterproof makeup for me but Bi-Facil does it quicker and easier.

      I forgot to mention that the cheaper alternative is L'Oreal duo-phase. It's basically the same company and the same gimmick!

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  4. Dang. That's pretty good, but it's way too expensive. I've been using Neutrogena and it's good, but I feel like I use it up very quickly. It doesn't help that I accidentally poured most of my remaining bottle of Neutrogena eye makeup remover down the drain last night. ._.

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    1. ALSO. LOOOOOOVE THE BLUE EYE SHADOW. So sultry.

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    2. Thanks! :DDD

      I think if you use a lot of remover, being economical trumps it all. Luckily I can get by seasonally as I'm sure I won't be wearing this much makeup in the spring/summer.

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  5. Ahahaha, that eye copy is so awesome! And holy effective remover, batman! I tend to just use my oil cleanser to remove eye makeup, unless I'm wearing eyeliner in which case I use Neutrogena's remover, which is fine but gives me cloudy eyes. I've never tried Bi-Facil, since I am totally unwilling to pay that much, but I'll keep my eyes peeled for free samples...

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    1. Ooooooooooh, I have a Laura Mercier oil cleanser that I've been afraid to use on my face. Maybe I'll do the same, thanks for the tip!

      I'm going to save the Bi-Facil sample for the really heavy eye days and rely on the Bioderma for the regular days. :)

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  6. Looove the new blog theme! I've always heard great things about BiFacil, but indeed the price is tooooo steep. The eye copy is just amazing, though! It's almost as if you drew that hahaha. :D

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    1. Thanks, Maggie! :)

      Lol, I HAD to take a picture of it when I saw that, though I wasn't planning on it.

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  7. Hi Liz, BiFacil really is among the beauty greats--- I usually get Clinique since I think it works wonderfully as well and is a bit cheaper. And I LOVE the eye print. I can't believe a remover could do that. I'm usually impatient and swab at my eye (bad, I know). The image reminds me of the 'how-to' look on one of the recent NARS Andy Warhol palettes :P

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    1. The last time I rubbed at my eyes, I lost a whole bunch of precious lashes that I can't afford to lose and decided to be more patient from then on. I love your artistic eye! Maybe I should make a palette, lol.

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  8. I wish there was a way to retweet your last photo and link to this post.
    I lurve it.
    Have a great night, Liz. :)

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  9. how did you get your makeup off so perfectly? LOL. you amaze me. In any event, i used to love this stuff. After i used one bottle though, i realized i had way too many samples from gwps and i didn't love how it was sort of oily. Oh well, now i can obsess over koh gen do spa water, which is just as expensive!

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    1. I wasn't expecting it! It just happened!

      It's the oily component that makes it so effective, but it doesn't give my eyes or skin any problems. Don't even talk to me about Koh Gen Do. It's not even available in Canada. :<

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  10. Yeah, it's way to expensive I agree! But I like that there's always a mini around to take on a trip. I like the Neutrogena one-cheap and just as good!

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    1. I'll have to give the Neutrogena another try. It has been... holy smokes, decades since I tried it? Eeps.

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  11. I was a die-hard fan of Bi-Facil until I discovered the drugstore dupes - I'm perfectly happy with my Maybelline remover, just as effective and just as gentle at a quarter of the price! I'm loving these posts Liz! I must go shopping my sample stash now that you've inspired me :)

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    1. Yes! Host a sample week or something! :) Maybelline remover was on sale the other day so I thought of you and wanted to pick up a bottle - but it was sold out!

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  12. Love that navy on you Liz, rereow! I am digging duo phase removers, using a Clinique sample atm and liking it a lot :) Will be trying the L'oreal one now that you've mentioned it, and this looks like a good reason to buy something from Lancome and get a GWP ;P I tend to spend a heap of cash on shadows and blushes (which I do use a lot) but not on foundations, as I think they might not work for me >< Will have to work on that.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! Whenever I see the Bi-Facil in the GWP, I know it's worth snagging, lol. I used to spend a lot on foundation but find that cheaper ones are now just as good as some of the high end ones. As for blushes, I'll always have a weakness for those. I wonder how many we have between the both of us, lol.

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  13. Lancome Bi-Facil is definitely a great make-up remover but I feel like there are similar dual-phase removers for less. MAC's Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover is similar, for example, and $10 cheaper!

    But, I digress, 'cause I have four bottles of the stuff at home from GWPs, lol.

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    1. One of these days, I'll have to try the entire MAC range. Never tried their extras other than the wet wipes and brush cleanser (both of which were good but I'm going for bargain basement deals on those things right now).

      LOL @ four bottles! I just scored another one because of my mom but I'm letting her use it. ;)

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  14. I looooove this eye makeup remover, but cannot justify dropping the money for it. I also SUPER LOVE that your eye makeup completely replicated on the cotton pad. Looks like impressionist art :D

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    1. I thought the eye replication was just funny, but thanks! lol It seems there's a lot of cheaper options for eye makeup removers, which is always good to know. :)

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  15. LOL that is hilarious and awesome--I've never seen anything like that before!

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  16. When Target officially opens in Toronto, get yourself a bottle of Sonia Kashuk's Eye Makeup Remover. It does the same job as Bi-Facil but it's so much cheaper!

    Also, HOW COOL IS YOUR EYE MAKEUP PRINT ON A COTTON PAD!? I wanna do that now :P

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    1. I CAN'T WAIT FOR SONIA KASHUK!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

      Do it - and blog about it. I miss your posts!

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  17. I still prefer Bioderma Sensibio water to Lancom Bi-Facil. Surprisingly enough, the latter irritated my eyes a little. And it is way too expensive for my liking.
    Btw - the eye makeup print is AMAZING :D

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    1. The Bioderma actually stings my eyes ever so slightly and I find I have to rub less with the Bi-Facil. I like both though - and the chance of me repurchasing the Bioderma for its multi-functional qualities far surpasses the temptation to squander almost $40 for a tiny bottle of the Bi-Facil. Lancome needs to get a grip on their prices. :(

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