Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover ($8) is a new oil-free bi-phase liquid face and eye makeup removal that gently removes makeup, dirt, and oil with a soothing formula that contains Aloe Vera and was created with sensitive skin types in mind.
Originally when I noticed this pop up at Ulta I thought it was eye makeup remover but later upon purchasing it I found it you can use all over your face much like Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser . You might recall I loved Garnier’s formula but I stuck to using it as an eye makeup remover only as I didn’t love the feel of the bi-phase formula on my face. It felt like I was rubbing Lancome Bi-Facil all over my face. It just left an icky film. I actually feel the same way about Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover! It’s fantastic as an eye makeup remover but I’m not convinced I love it as an all over makeup remover.
Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover comes in a 6 oz bottle and ranges in price from $8 to $12. It’s actually a little expensive compared to the much larger Garnier Micellar Water which is 13.5 oz in size and $8.99. Honestly, I don’t mind the price much I liked the formula and felt it removed eye makeup very well. If it works, I don’t mind paying the price but for this review it does deserve mentioning the price differences between the two formulas.
Last year, I had a severe problem with flaky eyelids and for the life of me I couldn’t find the culprit. Thankfully, after Winter was gone and the warm weather set in my lids went back to normal but this formula might have been a good pick for me at the time as it contains some great ingredients like aloe and glycerin. It does a very good job removing all makeup but as I said above I didn’t love the film it left behind on my face. If you already use Garnier’s waterproof formula and you’re comfortable with it, I’m doubtful the Cetaphil formula will bug you at all. But if you felt like it left behind a sort of oily film you might want to stick to using it exclusively as an eye makeup remover as I have done. It does a good job removing both makeup from my face (even though I dislike using it like this) as well as removing eye makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. It did leave me with a little blurry vision after but nothing that didn’t disappear quickly.
All in all, Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover did an excellent job removing makeup. It’s not exactly the cheapest option for removing makeup but I’m always looking for a good and fairly cheap way to remove my eye makeup and this did a great job of it.