December 20, 2012

Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

I’ve already reviewed the new Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and today we’ll take a look at the new Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover. These are the two newest eye makeup removers that Maybelline has introduced for Spring 2013. Each bottle is 4 oz in size with an affordable $5.99 price tag.

Let’s take a look!

Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover is something you’ll want to turn to if you wear lighter makeup and non waterproof mascara or fiber/tubing mascara. It’s a cool thick gel texture which glides across lids easily breaking up shadow and mascara and allowing it to be whisked easily away.

I typically wear waterproof mascara and this did an ok job removing it with some minor left overs that my cleansing oil removed but I’d personally head into a purchase of the Clean Express Waterproof version for the best results at removing heavier eye makeup. I’d recommend the Classic formula for lighter eye makeup.

As I mentioned I tried it with waterproof mascara as well as heavier pigmented eyeshadow. It removed the eyeshadow easily and most of my mascara with minor clean up after. I also tried it with tubing and fiber mascaras and both times it performed very well at breaking down fibers and tubes and whisking them away easily. Of course, water works just as well on such a mascara formula but if you’re wearing eyeshadow along with it I think it’s easier to just reach for this remover and whisk it all away in one simple step.

The thick gel texture is water based so it has a hydrating feel on lids and doesn’t leave them dry after use. There isn’t any issues with cloudy vision of fuzziness either. It has a strong yet pleasant fresh scent which may or may not irritate sensitive users so you might want to sneak a sniff in before purchasing while at your local drugstore.

I enjoyed the Clean Express Waterproof formula a bit more than this simply because I wear heavier eye makeup. However, on occasion I do a quick cream shadow and some regular mascara or a quick color wash with a light shadow and in that case this is perfect for quick clean ups. Lighter makeup users should love all over it.

It’ll be available starting in January at all major drugstores.

Tried it already?

Feel free to share your thoughts!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • cat

    Way to make things super confusing, Maybelline by making the bottles look exactly the same except for a tiny stripe of text that differentiates the waterproof and classic formulas. I’m pretty happy with my MAC Cleanse Off Oil but if/when I run out I might replace it with the waterproof Maybelline eye makeup remover.

  • Theresa G

    Please tell me your holy grail (drugstore or high end) eye makeup remover, I have tried all with no luck!!
    Thanks in advance!

  • Jaz

    I just bought this, and I think I have found *MY* makeup remover! I used it , and it got off my mascara easily. I typically wear at least 2 coats of mascara, and typically the removers do not get all of the mascara off. With this stuff , there is no residue left on my eyes AND my vision is not affected. I dont have to do much tugging on my eyelids. With other formulas, I feel like I have to use much more than what I do with this. Love:) I think my next purchase will be the wipes .

  • Celine

    Turns me off there is a scent, why does there need to be a scent in a makeup remover?