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Friday 30 November 2012

Dare to Compare: Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes V.S. Lancome Bi-Facil


Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes & Lancome Bi-Facil

Lancome Bi-Facil seems to be the standard for most bloggers for removing your makeup and been interested in trying it out but honestly the $35 price point seem extreme for a product that only meant to remove makeup. I got this half size with Lancome annually mascara and remover sets that comes out in the spring to do this compare with my HG remover Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eye. (Note that the name is humongous descriptor!)

Lets start with the ingredients in both

Lancome Bi-Facil Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 184, Hexylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Quaternium-15, Benzalkonium Chloride, Parfum/Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol.

Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover Ingredients: 
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclomethicone, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minérale, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Hydrochloric Acid, Dmdm Hydantoin, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Sodium, Methylparaben, Poloxamer 188, Disodium Edta, Peg-4 Dilaurate.

I won't going into details about all the ingredients but I will point out the active ones that get the job done.

Isohexadecane and Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil.

Cyclopentasiloxane is usually found as the first ingredient in most makeup removers and is a type of silicone that act like a carrier agent for the other ingredients. 

Isohexadecane which is the active ingredient in Bi-Facil is an emollient substance that breaks down products.

Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil is also an emollient substance that breaks down products.

And the truth is they originate from the same product. It just that is an Isohexadecane iso-paraffin (refined) liquid that is non-greasy, light in texture and silky feeling on the skin.

Both product are meant to break down silicon base ingredients which is why they work so well long where and gel formula's like Gel liners.

Now keep this is mind here the price point for each product.

Retail Price for the full size:
Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes is around $14.50 CAN
Lancome Bi-Facil $35CAN.

Note: Walmart as 2 for 1 packs right now of the Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover so take advantage of that!

Now here's how they preform. 

I've been using both over the course for 2 month. Though I've used the Marcelle one for 3 years know for reference.

Both remove long wear gel products.

The differences in texture
Bi-Facil isn't a greasy feeling on the skin where as Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover leave a residue on the skin. For me this is not an issue as I wash my skin after using a makeup remover anyways.

How long does it take to remove long wear products.
Bi-Facil on this front it take long to dissolve my gel liner where are the and a bit a scrubbing I  found when with holding the cotton pad/ball on my eyes for a minute.  Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover however does most of the work. Most of the product is dissolved while holding the product to my eye and wipes away.

Both product I need to work the last line but here again I find it take more time to get the Bi-Facil to work.

Bi-Facil does contain "perfume". Whatever in it irritates my eyes (stinging) which is a no go as I like to tight liner my lashes.

Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover has not fragrance and when it get onto my eyes there is no irritation either.

In the end the Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eye is still the remover of choice for me. Not only is it fragrance free and if it get it one the eyes it doesn't sting. It also a much gentler remover over all and with not having to swipe the eye as much to lift the product.

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