Save, Spend, Splurge – Eye Make Up Remover, Baby Oil, No7 and Clinique

I’ve been wanting to do posts like this for a while. I like reading posts like this to see if it’s really worth paying out for the higher end products. In some cases I think it is while in others the high street alternatives are sometimes just as good if not better.

Lately I’ve started to use a separate eye make up remover as I was noticing using wipes was tugging at my eyes and I’m very conscious of being gentle to my eyes as I’m doing all I can to prevent wrinkles. I like to remove make up before I cleanse (I don’t like my cleanse and polish clothes not being white, I’m odd I know, and it just makes me skin feel cleaner)

So the 3 eye make up removers.

Save is Baby Oil, which can be picked up so cheap, I like this handy travel size Johnson’s one, perfect for travel and is only £1.30 for 100ml or boots own brand can be picked up for as little as £1.49 for 300ml

Spend is No7 Eye Make Up Remover is £7.75 for 100ml. Or stock up when the vouchers are out (which is a lot of the time) and it’s £2.75 🙂

Splurge is Clinique Take the Day Off Make up Remover for Face, Lips and Lashes and is £15.50 for 125ml


First up is Johnson’s Baby Oil. Oil based products are great for remover eye make up remover as they can dissolve it off so to speak and tackle tough waterproof make up without having to tug at eye lashes. This one isn’t one to be used if you don’t like greasy products. For me it doesn’t bother me as I’m cleansing my face after so the oil is removed. This is the softest of  three on my eyes and has the least amount of pulling but is the greasiest. Even though I have oily skin I like to use this and it’s great for those months when you have a little less money.


This was the first of the three I tested. This is a two liquid solution that needs to be shaken well to mix the two products. It has a subtle oily feeling but doesn’t leave to much of a coating on the eyes like the baby oil does so is good for those nights when you want to be a little lazier. It gently removes the eye make up without tugging and with ease. My only issue is it’s a small bottle and gets used quickly. I think it would last between 4-5 weeks so for me I don’t think I would spend £7.75 on it but for £2.75 (when using the vouchers) it’s amazing! This will be repurchased and is my favourite out of the three.


This was the least oily of the three products and felt gentle on the skin. This is aimed to be a multi purpose make up remover and due to this made removing eye make up a little harder. This felt the most pulling on my eyes and required more product and didn’t remove all of my eye make up as well. I think this was due to being a less oily based remover. It does feel nice and light on the skin though. Personally I don’t think it’s worth the money when you can pick up others that do the job better for cheaper. 

I also wanted to mention the pads I used with these as I think these are the best for removing eye make up. I personally prefer a pad over a ball as it can cover the whole eye in one go. These ones are great as they have two different textures on either side and are only 20p dearer than the others.

What eye make up remover do you use? Do you use a separate one? Are posts like these something you like to read?

Love M


Apologies for the photo quality for some reason uploading from my phone to the bloggers app if ruining the quality. Have you found this?


  1. Beauty Bird
    June 26, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Great post, love the splurge, spend, save concept! I use a Garnier cleansing lotion which you can use on your face too. x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      June 27, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks =). I'll have to try that one next time 🙂

  2. Mittens
    June 26, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    No.7 cleanser looks good – will pick one up when I get my next voucher 🙂

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      June 27, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      It's so good for removing eye make up 🙂 x

  3. Amy
    June 26, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Great post! :)I want to try the No 7 make-up remover and I have a good exscuse to buy it as my current one has neary ran out.One of my most favourite make-up removers for the eyes is the Camomile one by the Body Shop, it is so nice and gentle.I also take my eye make-up off before I use my muslin cloth, I'm the same with the whole white cloth thing haha!Amy x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      June 27, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes it white. It's so good at removing it doesn't sting the eyes and is gentle. I'll have to pick up the body shop one, never tried much from there.x

  4. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle
    June 27, 2012 / 8:43 am

    Fantastic post. Of course, I am a total "Save" girl, and I have been using baby oil for a long time. Olive oil and baby wipes also work well.Beauty Fashion Blog SeattleCheap Makeup Reviews

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      June 27, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks. Baby oil is so good, prefer it to baby lotion as I find that sometimes stings!x

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