Tales of the Makeup Remover That Didn’t Remove

I was actually kind of excited about trying and falling in love with this eye makeup remover. I’ve been using expensive eye makeup removers for years now and I’m sick of it. I can go budget for practically anything but when it comes to removin’, I can’t help it if the expensive stuff seems to be better for me.

But I knew good ole’ Mayb wasn’ going to let me down with this innovative gel makeup remover. I knew I was glaring at a winnah!

Or so I thought.


At first glance, the remover looks pretty stellar.


Gorgeous packaging? Check.
Affordable? Check.
Stellar claims? Check.

She promises to not only remove makeup but to also soothe the skin as well. Having a lousy eye makeup remover just isn’t an option for me. I need a spectacular one. IF you tell me you’re going to remove every trace of my eye makeup including waterproof mascara, then I expect you to. Period. Wellllllls, this remover wasn’t so hot. But let’s talk about her pros.

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a remover with a formula like this so I can appreciate Mayb pushing the envelope a bit. I popped the top and I was impressed with the housing there…


This allows you to only put a teeny bit amount on a cotton ball, swap or Qtip. Cool, right? But it was really the fragrance that threw me for a loop. Okay, granted I am sensitive to fragrances but this stuff was stroooong. It smelled floral and just…nauseating. I get it. People like scents, but come on – do you need a makeup remover with a fragrance? I don’t think so. Fragrance-free is the way to go with stuff like this. The consistency was interesting…



And I found that it wasn’t as effective as a remover with more of an oil or watery consistency. In fact, it took almost an ounce of remover to complete remove my eyeliner and mascara. Plus, I just didn’t like how the “gel” felt around my eyes. Soothing, yes? But I felt like it kept seeping in my eyes. It’s a personal thing, I guess because I know some people can’t get down with removers with an oil consistency.

So yeah – this definitely wasn’t up my alley.

The Basics

Price: $4.99
Availability: Scoop it up at any drugstore both online and in stores. Target and Walmart too!
Do I recommend?: Nope. I wasn’t a fan.

Have y’all tried this? What makeup remover are you currently using?

  • This is actually my new favorite makeup remover. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I found it very effective. I did find it ridiculously over-fragranced as well though. So unneeded.

  • Gaëlle

    Have you tried the waterproof make up remover from sephora ?

  • diana

    Thanks for saving me a buck. Everytime I passed it in the store, I was always aching to grab it. I love theBalm’s balmsaway and Target brands bi-phase eye makeup removers. Def HG when it comes to removing WP or tough mascara :)

  • heather

    Jojoba oil is my favorite makeup cleanser. Super gentle, moisturizing and it takes everything off! Not too expensive and good for multiple uses as well.

  • I’ve been using the drugstore dupe of the one from neutrogena! It works just the same as the brand name and it’s cheaper + more product.

  • Katie B.

    I felt the exact same way! I was super excited to try and then fall in love with this cheaper, but claiming to work well, make up remover! I used it once and my mascara didn’t budge so I ran right back out and returned it. The lotion formula didn’t work any better, but I’m having success with the waterproof specific one (that’s part oil, part regular liquid remover).
    Too bad I didn’t read this post before trying this! It would’ve saved me the let down I felt!

  • Daaang! I JUST bought this! But I bought the lotion formulation not the gel. Maybe that will make all the difference! Ha! Here’s hoping anyway!

  • Have you ever used Johnson’s “No More Tears” Baby Shampoo as a remover? It works absolute wonders for me and the price point is unbeatable. Love your blog!

  • I love the idea of a gel consistency remover, but appreciate the heads up that it’s not effective enough! Thanks for the honest review :)

  • Courtney

    I’m a huge fan of the Neutrogena oil-free makeup remover. I don’t know if you have tried that or not, but it is the only thing I have found to take off my waterproof eye makeup.

  • I’ve heard both good and bad reviews about this product. Hearing about the oily consistency means I’ll pass. Doesn’t appeal to me and brings back memories of removing eye makeup using baby oil in my tweens.

  • Yeah ive wanted to try this but I guess I shall save my money! Thanks girly


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  • Susan

    I tried this a while ago. It burned my eyes! Never had this happen before. Took it right back.

    • Brittany

      Yikes!!! Burning of the eyes is never good.

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  • Autumn

    At first I thought this was the waterproof liquid version, because the bottle is exactly the same. As I read the review obviously I realized it wasn’t. I highly recommend the waterproof liquid version, it is awesome.

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  • anne

    I use Coconut Oil as it removes every last bit of makeup from my face as well as leaving it soft. I love Heather’s tip about Jojoba Oil and am going to check that out too since both CO and JO have lots of other uses too 😉

  • Alyza Rae

    I tried the Clean Express in the lotion form and it works so well for me! It’s very gentle but still cuts through even the most intense waterproof eye makeup.

  • I went for the “Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover” version, and so far so good. Like you said, steller packaging! It’s one of those “Dual-phase formula” that you shake up before using, and it’s working great. For some reason I’ve always had trouble in particular with washing off the Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara, and this remover takes it off easily. I’ve had no irritation to my eyes, doesn’t sting, or blur my vision. A+ from me. :)

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  • Jennifer

    Have u tried l’oreal gentle eye and lip makeup remover? It’s my HG and a staple beating some high end brands for me. I have very sensitive eyes and this one works very well for me. Even takes off stubborn waterproof mascara by maybelline. And it’s cheap as chips they say

    • Brittany

      Nooo, I haven’t tried that one yet.

  • Amy Amethyst

    I use grapeseed oil to take off my eye makeup and my makeup too. It works better than any eye makeup remover I’ve ever tried and a lot cheaper too. You could use any oil depending on your skin type. I like the grapeseed though cuz it’s better for my oily/combo skin.

  • good info. ima sucker for anything pink :0)
    I use to swear by the remover from Sephora,but now I just use my natural oil mix. it works wonders, and I love that its all natural and I know what is in it.

  • kathryn

    I really like the Maybelline Clean Express for waterproof eye makeup. i don’t wear waterproof mascara but this gets everything off pretty well for me. also, i have heard that pure virgin coconut oil works really well. trader joe’s has some.

    • Brittany

      I love coconut oil. I use it for everything. Haven’t tried it as a remover yet though. Hmmm…