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After Christmas last year I bought a Lancome mascara gift set in the Boots sale. In the set there was a mini 125ml Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, which I saved to take away on holiday in the summer.
This Bi-Facil lotion is a dual phase eye makeup remover, and you need to shake it before use. I am familiar with this kind of eye makeup remover and find it to be more effective than any other type. The liquid inside is blue and you can easily see how much product you have left in the clear plastic bottle. The lid is silver coloured and the bottle has the Lancome rose logo. I found the lid to be very secure, which was good as the liquid is very thin and I was carrying the bottle around in my suitcase for a while.
The eye makeup remover is described as being non-oily and suitable for sensitive eyes, and has been ophthalmologist-tested for safety. To use, I shake up the bottle, remove the lid and pour some remover carefully onto a cotton wool pad. I hold it gently over my eye then wipe over my eyelid a few times.
I find the product very effective at removing all eye makeup including eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. I don't wear waterproof mascara so I can't comment on how well it removes this. I don't need to rub or pull at the skin around my eye, and the product doesn't irritate my eyes. It is claimed that the product is suitable for those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers: I belong to both categories and I have had no problems using the product.
Despite the claims to the contrary, I have found the product to be quite oily, but as I always cleanse and tone my face after using eye makeup remover, this hasn't been a problem for me as any oily traces are completely removed by the time I come to apply moisturiser.
I don't need to use much of the product at once, so I do have quite a bit left. I plan to save my little bottle for my next holiday or weekend away, as the small size is very handy.
This is a great product and very effective at removing eye makeup, but the price is rather high. Garnier and Johnson's both produce dual-layer eye makeup removers, and these are both equally effective but much cheaper, so I'd probably buy one of these rather than the Lancome product.
For ages my favourite eye makeup remover was Clinique Take The Day Off, which is really effective, but I have actually grown to prefer this Lancôme Bifacil and I am now using this as my regular go to product nearly every day, so it must be good!
I wear full make up most days and sometimes this includes waterproof mascara or long wear dark black gel eyeliner. I think it's so important to remove this stuff properly as it feels so gross to wake up with traces of black under my eyes in the morning and I like to feel that my face is completely clean before bed so I need a good makeup remover that does its job and really gets everything off. The Bifacil does what it promises and has not disappointed me.
It is oil based and when you look at the bottle you can see that the product separates out into two layers, with a clear line in the middle. This is the same as my previous favourite Clinique one. You have to shake the bottle before use to mix it all up. Despite the fact it is clearly oil based, this does not feel oily to use at all in my opinion. I shake a little bit out onto a cotton pad to wipe onto the area I want to clean, and the makeup remover looks and feels completely liquid when it comes out, and bright blue. It is fairly thin and watery, not oily in texture. It gets slightly absorbed by the cotton pad but not too much so there is still plenty on the surface to transfer onto my skin.
Applying this onto my skin feels really nice. There is no greasiness or oiliness, it feels as gentle as water and it smells lovely. It has a definite rose scent, but not chemically or overpowering. It smells quite natural like real rose water in my opinion. Even after wiping quite a lot of this on, it does not leave that oily film which you sometimes get from oil bad products and it just leaves the area feeling soft and clean.
The makeup removing capabilities of this are very good and reliable. With a quick swipe I can see the cotton pad is already covered in black and it wipes off most quite effortlessly. with more long wearing makeup I may have to rub a little bit, but I have never really had to struggle with it. I have used it on my lips as well if wearing bright red lipstick or something which is not too easy to just wipe off. It is very effective on this as well as the eye makeup.
I have quite sensitive skin at times, especially around the eye area, and I have never experienced any discomfort or irritation at all from this product.
As well as using it to remove my full eye makeup I find this is a useful product if you have slightly messed something up when putting on your makeup and want to quickly correct it. Because it does not leave any greasiness or filmy texture behind, I am happy to just dip a cotton q-tip into this product and dot a bit on to wipe away mistakes (e.g. If I smudged my eyeliner or I blinked and somehow got mascara under my eye etc) because it does not wreck the rest of the makeup or leave any noticeable marks behind.
Overall I love this makeup remover. I received my first one in the Lancôme Christmas beauty box (full size) and I already have another full size one waiting so I will be happy to carry on using it and I would recommend it to anyone.
It costs £21 for a 125 ml bottle. Sometimes they do gifts with purchase and these are often included in the gift, so watch out for that.
I purchased the large version of this item having tried a trial version as part of a free gift I got from Lancome when purchasing some other makeup. Bi-Facial is essentially a makeup remover from the Lancome range. It comes in a clear bottle with a silver top and the liquid is like water in consistency and is a two-tone blue colour.
==Does it work?==
As far as makeup removers go, I would say that this is pretty useful and pretty good. As the consistency is like a "dry-oil", I tend not to use it all over my face and only use it for removing eye makeup which tends to be the most difficult to get off. I use other cleansers and toners to get my face makeup off. You shake this out of the bottle like a vinegar bottle onto some cotton wool. You don't need much at all just a few drops per eye.
I personally have found this very effective at taking eye makeup off - I am quite vigorous with taking eye makeup off (even though you are supposed to be gentle around your eye area) and found that around 95% of the eye makeup is removed with Bi-Facial. If I then go on to have a shower or wash my face, I find some black (panda-eyes-esque) mascara is under the eye or sometimes even makes it onto my fluffy white towels which is not the desired effect.
==Value for money==
Compared to other oil-based eye makeup removers this seems pretty similar in terms of it's 'removing power' - the other two I have used are Botanic's (£2.99 for 200ml) and Avon Perfect Wear (£5 for 50ml) - this costs around £18-£20 for 125ml. It is no more or less effective than the other two. I am not keen on the Botanics version as I'm certain it has given me milia around my eyes which has actually got quite bad. Sadly, AVON have discontinued their version which leaves me with very little options. I don't think the Bi-facial has worsened the milia but I can't say for certain.
Overall it is probably quite an expensive product and based on that I'm not sure if I would buy it again even though I think it is a good product. I have a huge stash of AVON makeup remover to get through, so if I run out of that I would consider this again but until then I probably won't invest again.
This is a good, if expensive product that I would buy again if I had no cheaper options.
As any girl will agree there is nothing worse than trying to wrestle your eye make up off after a night out. I have tried a number of liquids, creams and wipes but none that have really made me feel they were really good or value for money. That was until I tried bi facil. I only tried bi facil by chance. I was bought hydrazen face cream and a free gift came with it. In this free gift was a small bottle of bi facil along with other face care products.
When I first tried the the product I was a little put off because it looked very oily and I was a fried that may sting my eyes or may make my skin quiet oily. I tried the product and applied a little liquid to a cotton wool pad, I then wiped the liquid across my eye and found that with two wipes the eye make up was removed. I must admit I do not use a lot of eye make up and the amount of bi facil will depend on how much eye make up you actually use. As I mentioned the product did look quiet oily when in the bottle. When it is applied to your eyes it does leave behind an oily residue however, there is no irritation as the liquid is very gentle on the skin. I will say though that after using bi facil I do need to was my face to remove the oily residue but this washes away easily.
I looked into purchasing bi facil for when I run out of my free gifts (if you buy Lancome products from Debenhams there is nearly always an offer which includes a free gift. This almost always includes a small bottle of bi facil.) for a 125ml bottle it is £20. I think this is quiet reasonable for a good, sensitive eye make up remover.
Lancome's Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser (Sensitive Eyes) is an eye make-up remover lotion that has been an absolute staple beauty fix for me, and one I have stuck with through thick and thin even when I'm economising on other skincare products. I've tried cheaper versions, but they were nowhere near as good as this one.
I've been using this product for many years, and I find that cheaper alternatives either make my eyes sting, or simply don't get the job done. And the job I'm talking about in particular is removing waterproof mascara. I have found that my usual cleansing wipes (which I've also reviewed - Boots No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 wipes) are more than adequate for cleansing eye make-up and non-waterproof mascara.
The product comes in a clear bottle which contains two different blue-coloured liquids (one is oil-based), and you shake the bottle until they have blended. Unscrew the lid, and shake some of the lotion onto a cotton wool pad. The hole at the top of the bottle is quite small, so you'll probably need to give it at least a couple of shakes. Moisten the pad, then apply to your lashes and hold there for a few moments. I find that this coats my lashes well, and I can then sweep away even the most heavy-duty waterproof mascara, as well as eyeshadow and eyeliner.
This is obviously a premium beauty product, and may therefore seem expensive, but because I only use it when I'm wearing waterproof mascara - in hot weather, or when I'm going swimming, or hopefully both! - I find that a bottle lasts me for absolutely ages.
Although the bottle states that this product is Non Oily, I know that some people consider that it does leave an oily residue. However, I don't find it a problem. I always take my eye make-up off first, before cleaning the rest of my face, so if there is any residue left it simply gets swept away by the next cleanser.
Lancome's website says that Bi-Facil's 'effective, bi-phase formula activates when shaken and easily removes all traces of eye makeup (even waterproof), while leaving no oily residue.' It also says that it is 'suitable even for sensitive eyes and for contact lens wearers'.
At the time of writing (29th April), I have found this product (it usually comes in a 125ml bottle) at the following prices:
Debenhams, £20 (they have a 'free gift with 2 or more Lancome products' offer);
House of Fraser, £20 (with a really fab gift - a 'best of beauty' set worth £40 with a £30 spend);
ebay currently has a seller offering a brand new and unopened bottle for £14.75 plus £2 p&p.
And before you all shriek 'That's far too expensive, is she mad?!', you could always look on ebay for a smaller bottle to give it a try. I've just taken a look, and there are several Top Rated Sellers who feature 50ml bottles in Buy It Now, with one in particular available for £6.99 plus £1.45 p&p.
Some larger Boots stores have premium make-up counters, including Lancome, but I've been unable to find a price on their website.
In my eyes at least (pardon the pun), Lancome's Bi-Facil Lotion counts as one of the best beauty products out there, and fully deserves five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I usually love Lancome products but this one really did not suit me and is a definite NO FOR CONTACT LENS USERS.
Th price is £19.50 and I received a full size bottle 125ml as a freebie for buying 2 products.
Lancome bi=facil as a bi-phase formula which activates when shaken and easily removes all traces of eye makeup (even waterproof), while leaving no oily residue.
The product claims
That it is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact wearers and that it offers instant gentle cleansing
My eye make up was removed easily however the eye make up remover left an oily residue on my eyelashes which got onto my contact lenses.
washing my eyes with water would not clear the oil, I finally removed the oily residue but it was very uncomfortable and painful any contact lens wearer knows how painful it is when contacts become dirty, the oil could not be removed from my contact lenses and I had to bin the monthly lenses that I wear. BEWARE IF YOU ARE A CONTACT LENS WEARER
Removing eye makeup can be a pain in the bottom at times, especially when you're wearing waterproof products. I love my eye makeup but nothing I ever used would get the stuff off without a big struggle, rubbing away at the eye area it went red through doing so (this is really not good for the ultra sensitive skin around the eye) - not until I found out about this treat of a product anyway!
Bi-Facil is an eye makeup remover from Lancôme that is designed to remove even the most stubborn of eye makeup without a struggle and without damaging the eye area. It is suitable for even the most sensitive of eyes and those who wear contacts and is ophthalmologist tested for safety.
The product comes in a clear bottle with Lancôme branding and product information written in white on it. You can clearly see the two-tone liquid that is inside the bottle which consists of an oil based part and a water based part, which is why it continues to stay separated in there (to put it simply without going into science mode by giving a complete chemical breakdown of why the molecules do not combine).
To use it you need to shake the bottle as this temporarily combines (or displaces) the 2 different fluids for enough time (plenty of) to enable you to get the mixed full product onto a cotton wool ball or pad. You don't need to use too much I have found as it is so effective at removing the makeup that a little really does go a long way.
It's a fluid consistency rather than a cream so you should also be aware of how fast it will come out of the bottle if you let it. Once you have done this, it is just a simple case of sweeping the cotton wool with the product on it over your eyes, basically anywhere that you have eye makeup applied; and the product will work its magic and lift it right off. After using it my eyes feel fresh and clean and most of all do not look red or irritated, and this has continued to be the case in the whole time of using it.
The product claims that it will:
Remove all traces of eye makeup, including waterproof - Well there's no argument from me on this one, as this product has always removed my eye makeup easily and without any real effort on my part.
Leave no oily residue - I disagree with this a bit if I am completely honest, as I do find that there is a slight oily residue left after using this product; although it doesn't bother me so much as the product does as it says it will when it comes to removing my mascara etc and it hasn't made the skin around my eye permanently oily after using it.
According to Google translate (since my French is very rusty after not using it for more years than I care to remember, or admit) the French to English translation for Bi Facil is 'Two Easy' which I would say it quite apt as it is definitely two toned and most definitely easy to use and easy to remove the makeup too.
The price of this product is currently £19.50 for a 125ml bottle but luckily for me so far, I haven't actually paid for a bottle of this as I keep getting it as a free gift (or as part of a free gift) when I buy Lancôme products from various department stores - usually offers such as getting it free when you buy 2 or more items from the range etc; however I would be prepared to buy this if this stopped being available as a free gift, even at full price as I think it's well worth the money. There are places online that you can get this cheaper, just google it and you'll see places such as cheapsmells.com etc!
This product has just won an Instyle magazine award for 'Best Beauty Buy' but here is why it's my winner.
One of my ultimate goals in life is to find a range of beauty and bath products which are my 'staples'. The things which I can't live withoutand buy again when I run out. Sadly, I am still searching for most of my signature products but I am happy to report- for eyemake up removal I have found my match. :)
I first tried this when I bought some makeup at a Lancome counter in Boots during one of their 'gift' periods. The solution in Bi-Facil is a two phase liquid with a oily phase and a watery phase, which you need to give a good shake to mix it together before you use it. You only need a few drops on a cotton wool pad to thoroughly clean away all eyeshadow and mascara. There is no stinging, and it does not dry out the skin around the eyes. I guess this is down to the oily phase in the solution, as it does leave behind a slight oily layer. I don't find this a problem as I generally only use it at the very end of the night before bed and it seems to absorb well overnight. When I do use it during the day, I tend to have a quick swipe over the area with a toner afterwards to remove the oily layer.
This eye makeup remover is currently around £19.50 for 125ml, and I find that it last quite a good long time.
Lancôme Bi Facil!
I got the 30ml travel version.
At first look, it seems to be 'broken' as they solution looks like it has split. It looked like it was water and oil that doesn't mix together and I wasn't sure whether to shake it or if it is supposed to be like that! So I shook it and it just turned to lots of little 'oil bubbles' which seemed quite strange! But I think it is supposed to be like that.
It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It gives instant cleansing and gentle make up removal in once sweep. You just tip a small amount on to a cotton wool ball, don't use too much as a little goes a long way! It gets all my eye liner and waterproof mascara off easily and quickly but one thing I didn't like about the product is that it is very very oily! Which doesn't feel nice on my eyes, It feels like it is going to run into my eyes an make them sting, but it didn't. But the consistency isn't nice at all.
It is currently priced at £19.50 for a 125ml bottle, but in my opinion it is not worth buying the big bottle, just try the 30ml first if you don't like the oily texture of solution!
Thank you for reading my review
This is an oil based eye make up remover. I bought it on the advice of the sales assistant who told me that this was Lancome's best selling product. I got a demonstration in the store where the lady put alot of makeup on my hand, soaked a cotton pad in the liquid, held it on my hand, and gently wiped every trace of make up away. I was sold!
At home I have to say I had a slightly different experience with the product as it took longer to get eyeliner out of my lashes, but not to the extent that I would not buy the product. As a comparator I had been using the Clarins two-tone make up remover which retails at a slightly cheaper price. I think this product is better than Clarins' version. To use the product I shaked the tub and soaked one side of a cotton pad. I then held the pad over my closed eyelid for about 5 seconds, pressing lightly into the eyelashes. I then wiped the pad across my eye. Instantly any eyeshadow was removed. I repeated the wiping three times to completely remove my eyeliner and mascara, taking care to wipe over and underneath lashes. I think this was a fairly quick and gentle process.
The pros of the product are that firstly the product seems oilier so it cuts through stubborn waterproof makeup quicker and more effectively than rival brands. Secondly there is no need to be rough or pull at the skin to 'scrub' waterproof makeup off.
The cons are that your eyes can be left with an oily residue - although I doubt anyone would not follow eye make up removal with a wash or a cleanser/toner... So i don't think that is really a negative.
For me i'll stick with Clarins as I find the price a little more realistic for not alot more hassle and I often get it as a cheap way of getting the gift!
If you use Lancome normal eye makeup remover switch to this one - it is infinitely better than their standard bottle.
Lancome's Bi Facil has been my chosen makeup remover for many years now, but I must confess I have never actually bought a bottle of it - I buy so many other lancome products that a freebie always comes my way sooner or later! Eye makeup remover before I found this was a tricky one for me to get right - although the rest of my skin behaves pretty normally, I found that eye makeup removers often felt harsh on my eyes and would irritate them, or they were just too gentle and not effective enough to remove every last trace of my makeup. I am a big eyeliner wearer, so a good makeup remover is really important to my routine.
Lancome market this as being suitable for removing all types of eye makeup, including waterproof products, being suitable even for sensitive eyes and for contact lens wearers and is Ophthalmologist-tested for safety.
Bi Facil comes in a transpararent plastic bottle and the liquid itself is a bright blue colour, giving it a bright and funky appearance. It's a water and oil based remover and there are two different blues - the darker sits on top of the the lighter - reflecting the two different elements of the remover, oils and water. To use, you need to shake the bottle to mix the two liquids together and then apply the liquid to a cotton wool pad and simply stroke across the eyelids.
The liquid itself has a light floral scent and is very runny, like water (I've recently used a gel based eye makeup remover and it was a very different experience) and soaks into the cotton wool well. It feels lightweight and not at all heavy on the eyes and is very soothing and doesn't irritate my eyes at all.
I find this is really effective in removing makeup - even waterproof mascara can be removed in 2-3 strokes and there is no need to be aggressive with it, just a gentle amount of pressure.
My only complaint with this product is that Lancome do insist that it doesn't leave an oily residue after use. Well that's just not true - after using it the skin around the eyes feels distinctly oily. It's not something that really bothers me, as I remove my eye makeup before cleansing my whole face, so the oily residue is removed on cleansing. I also like the oiliness in a sense, because mascara is known to be quite drying to the lashes and it gives the feel that they are being slightly conditioned.
Bi Facil is in my opinion very expensive, retailing at £18.50 for 125ml. But as I said earlier, I have never bought a bottle of this and to be honest I don't know anyone else who has either! The key is to buy two Lancome products at a time when they are running a promotion and you will more than likely receive one of these in a sample pack. The sample size is 30ml and will last a long time.