I'm not being very generous with the lippies because this product, while it works, is of absolutely no use to me without using a biphase eyemakeup remover AFTER using it. I've just found it an unnecessary step in removing my mascara... which all adds up to extra tugging around the eye area and spending money on excess products.
Yes, it does melt away the top layers of WP mascara but, after using a cotton pad to gently wipe the oil/liquid, it doesn't get rid of the gunk left behind at the lash line & leaves smears of oily, panda-eye residue which you definitely need another cleanser to get rid of. It also doesn't remove eyeliner or eyeshadow so, if you wear primer underneath your eyeshadows & use eyeliner, you're still going to have to get it off separately.
Note, also, that the formula has dimethicone in it therefore, if you have any problems with silicones, you probably shouldn't even try it out of curiosity.
WHO MIGHT FIND IT USEFUL: If you wear a lot of mascara (and I'm talking about quite a few coats!!!), it would probably be a good way of loosening the spiders up before swatting them with your usual remover. At my age, I don't use more than a couple of coats, especially with fibre building mascaras: 3 coats would be my maximum before I look as if I have a couple of tiny, wrinkly currants with hairy caterpillars crawling around them instead of eyes. It could be handy if you wear lashings of mascara to go out and want a faster way of removing it when you get home too tired to put a lot of energy into removing your makeup. Just remember to wipe the wand between coats!
There's no way of getting rid of bits of mascara on the wand other than wiping it, which means you're going to get through the tube very, very quickly. I wasn't really paying attention to the fact that I was plunging the comb/wand back in with remnants of mascara. I only got a week's worth of usage out of it before I realised that a LOT of mascara was going back in and dissolving in the solution after my eyes stung shockingly when I used it. I checked a bit of the liquid and it looked like sump oil instead of being relatively clear so I've had to toss it. I won't be repurchasing because I really don't need it with my HG biphase eyemakeup remover.
I got this mascara remover with the Heroine Make mascara. It came as a promo pack. I also tried their eye makeup remover that comes in a bottle but I prefer this one. I actually only wear eyeliner and mascara on a daily basis, so a mascara remover is perfect for me because it gets both off.
I really enjoy this product because of the wand. It's basically a mascara wand but instead of bristles it has grooves so it's really good at coating your eyelashes with makeup remover. This is the first step I take when starting my makeup removal - I apply it to my lashes and allow it to melt away my mascara while I remove the makeup on the rest of my face. Then I gently hold a cotton pad to my eyes and slide the mascara off. It takes about 2-3 swipes to get everything off and it works really well.
I don't have easy access to this product where I live so I found a sneaky solution. Once the tube is finished, I refill it with my Shu Uemura cleansing oil and its just as good. To do this, just pull the stopper out, wipe the inside clean if necessary, refill, and put it all back together. In fact, you can probably use a regular empty/clean mascara tube and fill it up with a good makeup cleanser the same way to make a DIY version of this product.
This is the product that would put my mind to ease. I always have a strange idea that my mascara is never thoroughly removed, though it's probably just my imagination. So, with the comb-like wand, I'm assured that each of my lashes are coated with the make-up remover. Apply the remover on mascara, remove the rest of the make up from your face and wipe-off the remover off from your eyes at the last step. Ta-da! All is gone, perfect for waterproof mascara!
I tried this remover in Japan. While it works as described, it's not easy to take off eyeliner and mascara if you wear both because this wand is specially designed for removing just the mascara. The only advantage is if you are traveling and do not want to bring a bottle of liquid makeup remover.
Otherwise I found it much easier to just use a liquid eye makeup remover. Heroine Make actually sells a good liquid eye makeup remover in Japan. But since I live in the U.S. I have found several good American eye makeup removers that removes Heroine Make mascara (Sonia K at Target and American Beauty at Kohl's). Since those are much easier to find in the U.S. and does a great job of removing waterproof mascara, I don't think it's worth the extra money to buy this remover which costs at least 2x more here than in Japan.
It removes all my (very) waterproof mascaras. It's a lifesaver for my lashes!
I have both the Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl, and the Make Long & Volume. I have rather short lashes that stubbornly grow straight out with no (I mean zero) curl, and found (like so many other short-and-straight-llashed MUA-ers) that the Kiss Me mascaras are nothing short of a miracle product, allowing any curl produced from a eyelash-curler (love the Shu Uemura curler) to actually stay all-freaking-day! Yup, it's HG stuff alright! The drawback? It is next to impossible to get off! I used every kind of remover, including soaking my mascara-clad lashes in olive oil. The best I could do was use the olive oil, and then continue to try and get the mascara off for the next 10 minutes, give-up and go to bed, wake up the next morning with racoon-eyes, and repeat procedure just in time to put mascara on again. This resulted in me only using my HG product for special occasions.
Then I got a hold of the Kiss Me Mascara Remover. It. Is. Worth. It. The remover comes with a funny cylindrical wand with ridges indented in it (not unlike a honey wand). You just apply it over your mascara (like you would apply actual mascara), wait a few minutes (go brush your teeth or something), then take some kleenex or cotton pad and wipe the stuff off. BOOM! No more scrubbing, pulling out precious lashes, or racoon-eyes! I finally am not afraid of my favourite mascara anymore!
The only downer is that this is not always easy to get your hands on. If you live in North America (or at least Canada), you basically have to get it through ebay. Last year I couldn't find it for awhile, but as of May 2012, it's readily available there for around $10 and up.
This is absolutely the only product that will remove Heroine Make mascara or the Majolica Majorca mascara. The instructions says to leave it on for 3 minutes, but that doesn't work. You have to leave it on for 15 minutes and then gently rub it with your index finger and thumb.
removes the most stubborn mascara. doesn't drip into the eyes when applied.
I read about this on MUA and as much as I love my trusty Neutrogena remover I wanted something to remove my mascara without having to hold cotton pads on my eyes for a few minutes, especially when I'm dead tired. I just swipe this stuff on, brush my teeth, and then wipe off along with the rest of my makeup. Simple and easy. This removes every trace of my waterproof Voluminous (notorious for being extremely stubborn) and leaves my eye area soft and grease-free. The applicator is two-sided; the longer teeth I use on the upper lashes and shorter teeth for the bottom. The formula itself is like a light oil, kind of like the Shu oil cleansers. The packaging is very travel friendly and spill-proof. I will definitely get more when I'm through with my current tubes. Available off a site called bobodave.com.
I got this mascara remover in a bundle along with Kiss Me Heroine Make mascara. Very easy to use, just brush it onto your lashes, wait about three minutes and wipe off with a cotton pad. The mascara comes off straight away! The remover doesn't drip when you have it on your lashes. I wipe the comb clean after use as I am afraid of contaminating the tube of mascara remover.
I won't buy this product again not because it isn't good, but my regular eye makeup remover does a great job and there is no need for me to get it. If you have any problems removing mascara, get this as it works like a charm.