May 9, 2013

Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads Review

Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Four score and seven years ago the Muse was a younger girl and tried out Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. This devil product nearly put me off Eye Makeup Remover for all time. It was greasy, oily, and it blinded me with science…not really science but it was cool to throw that in a sentence.

No seriously, they were so OILY that they ended up giving me trippy eye vision for hours after. I must have been 18ish or so when I first tried them. I had a brief stint working at CVS when I was around 16 or so so it could have been even as far back as that when I originally tried them.

Almay recently launched four new pad eye makeup removers and two new liquid eye makeup removers. I saw the display, quickly shook my head, and walked away from it. Those pads are evil I told myself, you’re still recovering from the last time you used them, remember what an emotional wreck you were after using them that first time? Needless to say curiosity killed the cat but this cat was curious none the less….so I decided to repurchase the Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. I mean there was Kate Hudson right on display, smiling at me reassuringly. This must mean they somehow reformulated these pads! No oil, no trippy cloudy vision that makes me want to play I am the Walrus as I stumble from my bathroom to my bedroom….goo goo g’joob indeed.

How are they?

RUBBISH! STAY AWAY for the love of makeup STAY AWAY!

Almay has not revamped the formula so if you hated them before you’ll HATE them again! Don’t buy them please!

I’m dramatic I know but I seriously hate these with a passion. Why I was under the impression they might have somehow improved these is beyond me but I thought maybe by some CHANCE they did.

You might like them, who knows? I simply do not.

I love the idea of a pad saturated with eye makeup remover. It just seems easier ya know? No cotton pads to deal with, no bottles, just a pad already saturated with my eye makeup remover I can swiftly and easily swipe across my eye to remove makeup.

Almay Longwear Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pad

But these are the devil’s work or at the least Crowley’s.

They are just so oily….! And they leave my eyes all greasy and oily and ugh! On top of that they give me super cloudy vision that makes me feel like I just had my eyes dilated. It just feels like I’m using baby oil to remove my eye makeup.

No like Almay!

No like.

Just a friendly warning if you dislike the pads in the pass and are under the illiusion they might be great a second time around, well, don’t go there.

But if you love them and have some redeeming words about these pads I’d LOVE to hear.

Do share!

Almay Longwear Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Elena

    Please, please! Do a posto with your make up collection! You have such great products!!

    • the Muse

      thanks elena πŸ™‚ if you look under storage you’ll find a few posts with some of my makeup collection.

  • Christina

    I had a similar experience with the “moisturizing” a/k/a oil-soaked makeup remover pads all those years ago, too. Hated them! But I love Almay’s oil-free makeup remover pads. They do the job gently and without blurring my vision. In fact, they are so non-greasy that if I had to remove my makeup, there is no problem re-applying immediately thereafter.

    And thank you for the I Am The Walrum reference. I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!

    • the Muse

      i’m just sitting on the cornflake waiting for the van to come so I might as well answer this comment while I do ;D hehe I’m such a damn dork. I was worried the oil-free version might not remove my waterproof mascara thought…any good for waterproof mascara and lots of eyeshadow? I know this formula is AWFUL! god it is a greasy mess πŸ™

      • Vi

        You definitely need to try out the oil-free ones! It removes my eye makeup super easily, especially if I let it sit against my skin for a bit before wiping off. πŸ™‚

  • Deb

    Oh Muse, thanks for the warning. I had the exact same experience with these that you did. I saw them again recently and thought hmmm, surely they’ve improved the formula, right? You just save me and my contact lens wearing eyes from disaster. All Hail the Muse πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      lol deb! πŸ˜€ *takes a bow* nooo freaking way same bad formula :-/ I really thought they did something new with it, but still TERRIBLE!

  • Christina

    I used to wear waterproof mascara and never had a problem removing with the oil-free pads. But I’ve sworn off waterproof mascara since it was really harsh and damaging on my lashes. But no problem removing gel or liquid eyeliner or a smoky eye. I’ve even used them to get off lipstain (with OK results but that’s not what they’re meant for).

    I AM THE EGGMAN…

    • the Muse

      hmm gonna return these and get the oil free version on your rec ;D fingers crossed they work!

      Actually, technically, THEY are the eggman πŸ˜€

      lol

  • Ruth

    they BURN like holy water burns a demon! awful! cloudy vision-yup, that too.

    • the Muse

      lol! no burn thankfully but damn the trippy vision Noooooo!

  • Andrea

    It feels like baby oil because it basically is. The first and main ingredient is mineral oil. No bueno!

  • Julia

    Yes, those are greasy and nasty – but the oil-free ones are great! I use them all the time, they are amazingly effective, with no greasy clouded vision aftereffects. I hope you will give them a try!

  • Caroline

    I like the oil-free ones much better, but you’re right–the ones w/ oil in them are awful! I also don’t love that they both are so small and tend to curl up as I use them, but at least the oil-free ones don’t give me the grease-vision. LOL

  • Katherine

    Almay makes an oil-free version of their eye makeup remover pads that I LOVE. I have never tried the oil version, but I steer away from makeup removers with oil anyway. I also love Almay’s oil-free makeup remover sticks. Perfect for getting unwanted mascara from my eyelids instead of having to resort to that uncomfortable notecard trick. I’m sorry you’ve had such an unpleasant experience with these!

  • Katherine

    Almay makes an oil-free version of their eye makeup remover pads that I LOVE. I have never tried the oil version, but I steer away from makeup removers with oil anyway. I also love Almay’s oil-free makeup remover sticks. Perfect for getting unwanted mascara from my eyelids instead of having to resort to that uncomfortable notecard trick. I’m sorry you’ve had such an unpleasant experience with these!

  • Lydia Bosley

    I am using the “oil free” makeup remover pads and my eyes are so cloudy that I feel like I’m looking through a layer of heavy smoke (indoors). I’ve tried two different kinds of eye drops and then just tried rinsing my eyes with clear water but nothing so far is getting rid of the cloudiness – help! The full package description is “new & improved, gentle oil free, Almay Makeup Remover cleansing towelettes with aloe, cucumber and green tea. ” The only “makeup” I use is Almay mascara so I figured this would be the right remover but NO!

    • Isabella Muse

      if you’re experiencing cloudiness after rinsing with water I HIGHLY recommend going to the eye doctor. That doesn’t sound right. I experienced it too when using these but it disappeared after a few minutes.