Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Review

As you know Maybelline is introducing a new Clean Express! Makeup Remover Collection for Spring 2013. Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is one of those new products.

I typically use Sephora’s Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and I like it, a lot, but I’m always looking for the next best thing.

Perhaps Maybelline’s new Clean Express! Collection will turn into my new staple.

Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is $5.99 for a 4 oz bottle. Already the price is working in my favor considering I’m all frugal-like when it comes to dishing out for eye makeup remover. Who knows where that stems from but as much as I love Lancome Bi-Facil, the idea of spending $27 on it for 4.2 oz makes me sob for my mummy!

I’ll be honest and say that even Sephora’s new $10 price tag for their 4.2 oz bottle makes me wince.

But $6 bucks, I can handle that.

Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a pink bi-phase remover. You can apply on a cotton pad, press to your eye, and gently swipe away makeup. It has a slightly oil feel but nothing too greasy, it merely leaves the skin around your eyes nicely hydrated. I’ve used it all week without a hiccup. The formula is gentle, didn’t irritate my eyes, or leave me with cloudy vision.

The formula seems to work great with a variety of eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner formulas. It swiped away waterproof mascara easily and heavier eyeshadow and liner. I had one minor issue when I used three different mascaras in one day, don’t ask, I was trying to get some really dramatic lashes going on. In this case, I had minor left over mascara which was removed easily after I washed with an cleansing oil. Aside from that it performed well removing eyeshadow, waterproof mascara, and eyeliner without a hiccup. It removes it all easily in one to two swipes.

Excellent formula.

If you enjoy bi-phase removers you’ll find that this one is an excellent budget pick for removing makeup. I liked it a lot and can see myself repurchasing it in the future.

Muse Approved.


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  • 12/14/12 12:09 kimkats:

    Ooo..Thanks for the review Muse! Sounds like this one is a winner! I love the bi-phase makeup removers. I’ve used clinique’s take the day off for years (I buy it when they have a GWP going on – otherwise I couldn’t justify the price)but when/if I run out between times I will scoop this one up!

    Take care of that nasty icky cold Hun! **sends you virtual hot tea with honey and some buttered toast**


    • 12/14/12 12:17 the Muse:

      aw thanks kim! sniff I could use it. def try it, good stuff, nice budget price!


  • 12/14/12 12:48 Patti:

    This looks like something I would def check into. I really like Clinique’s Take the Day Off, but that also is $18, and I sure could get into $6 range happily!. Thanks for the review!


    • 12/14/12 12:55 the Muse:

      my pleasure patti, do check it out, performs quite well ;-D


  • 12/14/12 12:55 sai:

    Muse, do u think this one work better than Biore one? I love Biore….I just finish a bottle of it, and brought the one from Neutrogena…but I am so regard of not buying the Biore :(


    • 12/14/12 12:57 the Muse:

      both perform well, just that the maybelline is easier to locate here in the US ;-D


      • 12/14/12 13:07 sai:

        I will definitely grab one to try if this is gonna be available in HK 😀


  • 12/14/12 13:10 Kiss & Make-up:

    This is about half the price of the make-up remover I’m currently using. The bottle’s almost empty though, so maybe I’ll pick this one up instead next time!


  • 12/14/12 15:07 Jenni:

    Do you like it better than the “Neutrogena – Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover”? It’s the one in blue bottle. It’s my go-to makeup remover, but I’m always looking to try something new :)


  • 12/14/12 17:51 Eibhilin:

    I’ve been DIYing my makeup remover because of the exorbitant costs and not finding anything cheap that works better than my homebrew, definitely going to give this a shot. Gah! I love your blog so much! Thank you for the review! <3


    • 12/17/12 16:00 the Muse:

      aw thanks Ebhilin ;-D so glad you enjoy Musings! You’re most welcome!


  • 12/14/12 18:10 charlotte:

    Once you go evoo you never go back. Takes everything off, is cheap and easily available, non-toxic, no chemicals, and it’s good for your skin.


  • 12/14/12 21:18 Angela Hall:

    I liked the old formula really well if this one is an improvement I’ll have to try it


  • 12/14/12 23:31 Tiffany Martin:

    This looks awesome ^_^

    I have had such a difficult time finding a good waterproof eye makeup remover, and this is truly affordable! Thank you, Muse!!!!!!!


    • 12/17/12 15:56 the Muse:

      my pleasure dear!


  • 12/15/12 11:46 Daintynymph:

    I have Lumene waterproof makeup remover, and I can’t even remember where I got it. It’s also a bit on the greasy side, so my loyalty can easily swing. I was going to pick up the Sonia Kashuk one when this runs out, but I think I’ll try Maybelline first!


    • 12/17/12 20:41 Tammie:

      If you’re anything like me you got it at CVS 😉

      It’s good but like you said it’s a teeny bit greasy and I get some film in my eye…I got a second Lumene one when I had a REALLY good coupon ($5 off Lumene skin care, this counted) but what the hey, if this saves me from getting filmy eyes I’m in…


  • 12/16/12 22:02 Melissa:

    no cloudy vision?! Sold. :) Thank you for the review.


  • 12/17/12 13:16 BLee:

    My have to give this a try. My Milani is not in store here and not on the site either. Thanks :)


  • 12/17/12 20:37 Vanilla:

    Thanks! I used to use the Lancome one, and later switched to Clinique’s take the day off which was cheaper. And then I switched to the Sephora one cuz that was even cheaper… and now, I may have to switch to this one!


    • 12/18/12 9:14 the Muse:

      vanilla let me know what you think!


  • 5/8/13 7:06 Jewdiful:

    the second ingredient listed is butylene glycol… i’ll pass. burns the heck out of my eyes anytime i’ve used a makeup remover that has it high on the ingredients list. sticking to my tried and true neutrogena (which, incidentally, is very, VERY similar to the discontinued clean & clear one – all the same ingredients, but a few of the middle ones are in different orders)


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