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Doing Drugstore: Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Recently I ran out of my favorite makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, and thought I'd take a more affordable one for a whirl. I picked up a package of Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($4.94), which were reasonably priced considering that you get 80 pads in one container.

Almay makes these pads in oil-free and moisturizing versions, and I hemmed and hawed over which one to choose. In the end, since the pads were going on my eyes, I went with the moisturizing formula. A better name for the product might be Greasy Time Fun Pads, because, lemme tell you, these things are very oily. They'll leave a bit of oil on your eyes, which might be annoying if you wear contacts. I always blot up the excess oil with a cotton pad, because I don't want to have oily eyes.

So why is it that I still like these? To find out,

These pads are oily, but I think that's a fair tradeoff, just because they work so well at removing eyeliner, waterproof mascara and shadow. Usually I can get all of my makeup off with just one pad, and I don't need to rub. Because the skin around the eyes is so fragile, I like being able to gently remove any color. Plus, this morning, I used a pad to quickly clean my eyeliner brush—and while that's no substitute for a proper cleaning, it kept my Fluidline from drying on the brush.

So, should you buy this? That depends. If you can work with the oiliness, you'll be rewarded with an inexpensive and effective makeup remover. (Just be sure to wash your face afterwards.) If you absolutely hate feeling oily, don't even bother. The oil-free version might be up your alley, but since I haven't yet tried that, I can't speak to its effectiveness. But all in all, these pads are a bargain.

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SushiSasha SushiSasha 9 years
I use these EVERY SINGLE DAY! They work so well and are so easy to use. I actually prefer the oil-free ones to the moisturizing ones though, they leave less of a greasy film behind.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Brooklynbee....I wear contacts and, even though I do take them out first, most removers leave an oily film that gets into my eye & later effects my contacts. I use Almay's oil free/sensitive eyes version & it's great at getting my waterproof mascara off as well. This is the only one I've found that doesn't effect my contacts.
littletrackbabe littletrackbabe 9 years
my mom has these and i used them onced, they kind of bothered my contacts, the left my skin really oily, got all my makeup off and left my skin soft an hour later. i just use the oil free ones and they work great
fabulousogy fabulousogy 9 years
I use Cold Cream (don't know the brand off the top of my head) to remove my make-up along with cotton pads. It works great and is cheap!
SweetlyBlessed SweetlyBlessed 9 years
I do as you Lovaajin. Oil is the perfect eye make up remover. I switch up on the essential oils that I use sometimes just to keep my face or rather eyes refreshed. Some oil and $.99 facial pads from Target or CVS and I'm good!
Lovaajn Lovaajn 9 years
You know, I just use baby oil. I just splash a small amount on my hands, and rub it gently on my eyes right before i wash my face. Works like a charm.
Glosslizard Glosslizard 9 years
I agree with you, Bella, it's worth the oiliness to cut through any and all mascara, waterproof or not! The other bonus is that these pads take off any lipstick, even the long-lasting ones that dry on (the oil-free ones won't do that). Blotting them on a tissue is a great way to cut the amount of oil, or I just squeeze them out before using them. I use a separate oil-free makeup remover for touch-ups!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
You're not joking, they are seriously greasy. I can't use it because one of the things I like to use my makeup remover for, is to run it under my eyes to pick up any loose powder after I apply my eye makeup. And, the oil-free ones don't work as well, in my opinion. I think Sonia Kashuk's Eye Makeup Remover is a better drugstore substitute for Bi-Facil.
salmae24 salmae24 9 years
I use the oil free version, of these and i prefer the oil free. I used the moisturizing pads and i couldnt stand the oil all over my eyes. It was too irritating!I couldnt see at al afterward, even after washin my face! Yuck i didnt like them!
brightongirl brightongirl 9 years
I love these. I have been using them for years, they also do a good job taking off lipstains. They are wonderful!
bluesmile bluesmile 9 years
i adore the oil free version, they are great!!!!!!!
Tuliplexie Tuliplexie 9 years
I use the oil-free version and I LOVE them!
kk_bama kk_bama 9 years
I swear by the oil-free version. They work great, and they are safe for contact users like myself.
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
I just finished a container of these and I'm not sure I am going to buy them again. They are sooo oily, and I wear contacts and it gets into my eyes and is a pain in the ass. I have to wipe my eyes with a wet cloth afterwards. I used to use the L'Oreal liquid remover, just blotted on a cotton ball. I liked that better. ps Brooklynbee, I have to keep my contacts in because I am blind as a bat without them!
solstice solstice 9 years
I just might have to check out the oil-free version. Thanks for the heads up!
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
what if you blot the pad with a cotton ball to soak up excess oil before you apply it to your face?
Blue-Tigerlily Blue-Tigerlily 9 years
I've used the oil free pads for about 3 years now, and I have to say, they work really well. I bought the moisturizing ones once by accident and, like you said, it was like rubbing oil onto my eyes. I've never tried the more expensive brands b/c the Almay pads work so well.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I thought most people took out their contacts first and then removed eye makeup? Do I have that backwards?
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
i use these , except i use the non oily ones and it takes everything off! i've been using them forever and they seem to last just as long :)
lucia-saito lucia-saito 9 years
same, i did not know which to try and I made the same mistake. Same feeling. So, I squeezed out the excess oil and it was much better. But, I would not buy it again.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I'm intrigued. I might just have to pick a pack of these up later today and try them out!
HillaryHLewis HillaryHLewis 9 years
I love these - especially the moisturizing ones. But ONLY before I go to bed. Otherwise, you do have oily eyes, and reapplying make-up is not good
ricarocks ricarocks 9 years
i tried these and they are effective but i hate the oiliness :( i might give the oil free version a whirl
madhatter madhatter 9 years
I use the oil-free moisturizing ones (or at least, I think they're moisturizing - I KNOW that they're oil-free though) and they are absolutely fantastic. As gross as it is, I like that they're white so I can see what I'm cleaning off. I even use them in the morning before I wash my face to get off any left behind gunk.
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