January 24, 2019

Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
2 stars out of 5

Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover ($24) is a new bi-phase makeup remover that promises to remove makeup even waterproof mascara. Pixi went all out for Spring 2019 and added a ton of new, permanent products to their Skintreats Skincare Collection.

Since Pixi has 20% off on their site with promo code OLOGY20 I decided to order a few of their newest launches to try out. It was actually too tempting not to get everything but I did refrain! I didn’t get any of the new Vit C stuff but that’s next on my list to try.

I’ve been using Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover since I got it last week because Pixi’s shipping is stupid it fast! I ordered on the 17th and I got it on the 18th! Talk about fast free shipping! Me likey!

Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover arrives in a chunky 5.07 oz bottle that has a push to dispense cap much like the one on Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water and unlike the one featured on the Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water it actually works. You simply press your cotton pad on the top and press down and it’ll become saturated with the cleanser. Easy and mess-free!

Pixi did a nice job leaving out the fragrance in this formula! One big problem with Pixi Glow Tonic is the fragrance! It smells like old lady perfume. Just really bad and overpowering. Thankfully enough the Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover has no fragrance. Secondly it contains Cetyl Ethylhexanoate which is great to bind moisture to your skin. So, as promise it is quite hydrating. One thing that may or may not be an issue for some users is coconut. Coconut isn’t a known irritant and it’s actually really good for your skin. However, my skin doesn’t always like it. It’s a give or take situation. Sometimes I’m ok with it other times it seems to match me itchy. Thankfully, after using this I had no issues but I thought I’d mention it none the less. There are some oddities like Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract aka cinnamon and Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract which don’t offer any skincare benefits.

I’m a big fan of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser to remove eye makeup but I hated using it on my face. The reason I’m mentioning this is because Pixi and Garnier’s formula are both bi-phase formulas. Garnier’s formula felt weird to use on my face! It felt like I was removing my makeup with Lancome Bi-Facil. It just felt greasy and weird. Works great on my eyes but nothing something I enjoyed on my face.

Seeing as Pixi has the same bi-phase formula I was concerned I’d feel the same about it as I did Garnier’s. But somehow, someway Pixi’s formula is much lighter. It has a bi-phase milky consistency that felt hydrating but not greasy. The water versus the creamy oil seem to combine well when you shake it up and I never felt like it left a greasy film behind. It isn’t super hydrating but it doesn’t strip and my skin felt lightly hydrated after using it. I did notice a very minor sting using it on my eyes.

It basically performs like a micellar water and you can either remove all your makeup using it including waterproof mascara according to the brand. You already know a lot about my makeup and beauty routines and you already know I’m not fond of removing my makeup with a cleansing water as I never feel truly clean when I do. This does the job any micellar water would do by removing a good deal of makeup however, it actually seems to do so with a little more effort than a micellar water as I found myself using three large cotton rounds versus the one I typically do with a micellar water. In the formula’s dense I used extra cotton because it did a poor job with waterproof mascara. It removed my facial makeup well enough but I did a second pass and I still had some residue that was left behind. My mascara I felt like I needed several passes to get off and even at that point I still ended up with racoon eyes which never happens when I remove my makeup. There was just a lot of mascara that had smeared under my lower lash line which I ended up going back over with my regular eye makeup remover to get off.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover might be a good pick if you don’t spend a lot of time removing your makeup at the end of the night or you use lighter makeup. I know a lot of friends are all about being one and done at the end of the night and really enjoy cleansing waters. I am not that person. I’m all about my skincare routine at the end of the day and that includes taking time to remove my makeup and knowing it is completely gone before following up with my other skincare steps. This is a nice formula if you’re in a hurry however, at $24 you can probably go to the drugstore and get a massive bottle of Garnier’s Cleansing Water and it’ll do the same thing for a lot less.

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Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover is a new, permanent milky bi-phase makeup remover that’s 5.07 oz in size and $24. This formula removes face makeup fairly decently with some minor residue left behind and although advertised as a way to remove waterproof mascara did struggle in this area a bit. The formula feels lightly hydrating never greasy nor oily and contains some fairly good ingredients but a few odd ones that seems unnecessary. For me, it was a bit expensive considering the drugstore is currently flooded with a variety of different micellar and cleansing waters that are larger in size and cheaper.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Glycerin, Allantoin, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol.


  • Excellent, mess-free packaging.
  • Lightly hydrating never tacky or sticky nor did it leave behind a film.
  • No fragrance.


  • A few odd ingredients that seemed unnecessary and even bad for skin.
  • Expensive.
  • Doesn’t remove waterproof mascara and does require a few passes to get off all face makeup.


Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover is a nice quick way to remove makeup and Pixi’s fans will likely want to try it!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Susan K

    This looks a lot like now discontinued Boscia sake cleansing water (even has the same push dispense thing) which I love for quick & lazy face makeup removal. I use separate products for my eyes so that part doesnt matter to me. I’ll try it out when I run out of my Boscia. As long as it takes off most of makeup (I can get residual with a swipe of toner), doesnt irritate or strip me, and I dont have to rinse off I’m all in!

  • kjh

    Yeah…..no. On the product. Agree about micellar on the face and about washing afterwards. Not rinsing hella times is a bad idea, leaving all that residue. Always regret m/u wiping only on days with day + night job= exhausted. My method seems to be evolving into use a wipe on face, then eyes. then Garnier blue top on the clean parts of the used wipe for the eyes, saving the cotton pad. I’m real light on foundation m/u, too. Then oil cleanse if needed, then regular cleanse. Short cut is the Mamonde, do they call it oil to foam? on a konjac. Interruption: My GI doc just called. Clean bill of GI health. Better than ever, with a couple of surprises. Yay me. Let me admit, I was worried.

    • Isabella Muse

      Happy to hear good reports on the doctor πŸ™‚ thank god! as for the cleansing water: good on days I’m lazy but not when I have a ton of makeup on! :-/ $24 too expensive, Garnier’s is bigger and cheaper!

      • kjh

        Blue top fangirl forever. The Mamonde does not bother me, but OMG is it overscented. If rose bothers anyone, beware. In general, rose is not as provocative of reactions as lavender, citrus, etc., and I think it is natural in the Mamonde products. I rather like, but will not repurchase, both the oil foam and the eye/lip remover (that term always made me laugh…). but the lip sleeping is a poor sub for laneige, and I repurposed it as an underlayer for dry lip products. You got some Mamonde. What did you like/dislike?

        • Isabella Muse

          I don’t like it. It’s a bit too stripping and yes, the scent is AWFUL! Horrible! I like rose but this is way too strong! So far, that’s all I tried! The cleanser. I have to admit it gives a damn deep cleanse but a little bit stripping for me :-/

          • kjh

            Since i’m Oilier, and proceed to n.t. skincare, not so bad for me. but i’m Diagnosed with hyposmia to anosmia….virtually no sense of smell, and Mamonde major overpowers me, so it is beyond too strongly scented for the general populace. Wtf, but i’ll use them up, as they don’t cause inflammation. But rebuy? Hell, no.

  • Angie Clementine

    Too bad, I had high hopes for this one. I’m excited to see the other stuff you got from Pixi. And hooray for fast shipping!