Product Name: Eye Makeup Remover
Formula: Thick, sticky, clear paste
Packaging: Metal container, pop-off lid
Cost: $20 USD, $20 CAD
Amount: 64g, 2.2 oz
Expiry: 12 months
Vegan: Not sure
Leaping Bunny Certified: No
I purchased this off of Hautelook when it was something like $10. Prior to using this, I had always used makeup wipes or liquid eye makeup removers that I would apply on a cotton pad. This formula has the consistency of petroleum jelly with its thick, gooey-like texture. It comes in a metal tin and looks white but once you take it out it’s more transparent. This is what it looks like in the tin.
To use this product you’re supposed to apply a dollop of product to your eye area, massage around in circular motions and then use a cloth or tissue to wipe everything off. As you can see from the images below, it’s quite messy, but very effective.
What I liked about this makeup remover is how gentle it was on my eye area. Yes, you have to massage the product around on your eye area, but I found that because it was so emollient, it broke down the eye makeup very easily and it also lubricated the skin so that there was minimal tugging and stretching. It also left my skin feeling quite moisturized and not at all stripped or dry like so many other eye makeup removers.
The downside to this product though is that its main ingredient is mineral oil, which has its pros and cons. From a health perspective is it leaves a layer of film on the skin, which can be harmful if there is bacteria on the skin. The bacteria can get trapped under the film and it can flourish and harm the body. However with this product you simply need to remove all of the makeup remover from your face and then cleanse after to avoid this. Used correctly, this shouldn’t be a problem. There is a lot of misinformation about mineral oil though so check out this read: Why Does Mineral Oil Get Such A Bad Rep.
From an environmental perspective, mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum, which is not an eco-friendly option. The petroleum industry causes extensive environmental damage, not to mention the social and cultural damage it causes communities where they extract raw product from. It is not sustainable product, and I’d like to make more environmentally conscious decisions with my purchases.
Instead what I recommend as an alternative to this is pure coconut oil. I recently purchased the Dr. Bronner’s Organic Whole Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil from well.ca. It’s $15 CAD for a 414ml jar, which is more than 5 times the amount of product than the Balms Away makeup remover. As well, unlike the Balms Away makeup remover, which I find works best only for the eyes, the coconut oil can be used all over the face and will not clog pores. Give it a try and see how good it is for yourself.
∗ Cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free
∗ Breaks down makeup easily with minimal skin tugging
∗ Leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized
∗ Very messy and needs to be wiped off with towel
∗ Primary ingredient is mineral oil, which clogs pores
∗ Cheaper and healthier dupe is pure coconut oil
OVERALL: 2 out of 5 (effective, but unhealthy)
RECOMMEND: No, use coconut oil instead