Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover -Review, Price, Demo

I have not had the best (to say the least) experience with makeup removers in the past. Makeup remover is a vital part of my cleansing routine because once you start wearing makeup, you’ll need some cleanser which is powerful enough to take off all those long wearing products yet gentle enough to not harm your skin in the process. Because of these high demands, I don’t mind spending a bit more this part of my skincare, however, even expensive brands can fail to fulfil such basic requirements. I was on the hunt of a good makeup remover and along the same time, the Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover had just been introduced in the market. I’ve almost always had a good experience with Maybelline, also the attractive packaging lured me to try out this makeup remover. I have tried the old Maybelline remover but I found it very oily so I was hoping this one would be better. 
Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

Cost: Rs.275 /$4.50
Qty: 100ml / 3.4 fl.oz.
Can be purchased from Jabong, Nykaa, Flipkart, Amazon
You can read about my experience with Jabong and Nykaa.

Company Claims(taken from Maybelline India website):
Remove makeup within minutes with Maybelline New York's Eye & Lip Makeup Remover.
Wipe away makeup in a flash with the MNY Total Clean Express Eye & Lip Makeup Remover.
Removing makeup becomes a piece of cake with this powerful eye and lip makeup remover. Designed to be 2x more effective, this remover wipes off eye, lip and face makeup in seconds. Featuring fast-acting dissolving agents, this makeup remover easily breaks down stubborn eye makeup to give you squeaky clean lids and lashes. The best part is that it leaves absolutely no residue!
Here's why you'll love it:

  • Features the Bi-phase formula that removes all type of makeup without leaving a residue
  • Enriched with fast-acting dissolving agents that instantly break down stubborn eye makeup
  • Dermatologist and allergy tested for increased safety
  • Cleans and moisturizes lids and lashes
My Experience:

The Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover comes in a small plastic bottle. Its quite convenient to store or carry this one around because of its smallish size and lightweight. The mouth of the bottle has a stopper and a hole to dispense out the makeup remover. I prefer a cleaner and fool proof mechanism like a pump, but so far the bottle has not leaked, so I have no complains about it. I think the exterior is quite cute.

How it works:
The makeup remover is biphased. It contains two liquids, one is oil-based and the other is water-based. You can clearly see the line of demarcation between the two liquids in the first picture below. Before you use this, you have to shake the bottle so that the liquids mix up. Once they mix, it should look like the next picture and now you can use it. When the liquids settle again, you’ll have to shake the bottle and mix them up once more.

Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

Texture and consistency:
I found the remover to be lightweight and the consistency is little watery. Because of this, you may end up taking more than required and it has happened to me a couple of times.

After usage:
This makeup remover does not sting or hurt my eyes at all. I found that if the right amount is used, it doesn’t leave any residue on my skin. Most removers leave a slight oily film behind but this one left nothing. Infact I could get away without washing my face also(which I didn’t, obviously). This is one thing that I love about this remover. The previous Maybelline Makeup Remover left my eye area feeling very oily. If I use too much of this one, as in more than needed, it leaves an oily residue behind. 

Coming to its efficacy in removing makeup, it removed long wearing makeup like mascaras, kajals, concealers and even the brightest lipsticks. I use Maybelline waterproof mascaras and they are some of the toughest mascaras to get rid off, but with this remover, they melt of easily. What I didn’t like was that it doesn’t completely get rid of the shimmer from shimmery eye shadows. A lot of the eye shadows I use have a shimmery finish and this remover gets rid of the color, but shimmery specks are still there around my eye and they don’t go even with multiple swipes.

Maybelline claims that this moisturises lids and lashes but I don't think it does anything in that aspect.

On the Eye
Here I have used a couple of shimmery shadows  and some long wearing liners. As you can see it gets rid of the shadows and kajals in the first few swipes. The purple liner took a couple of swipes to get rid of. Although it has not left any shimmer or glitter on my hand, it does leave that around my eye.

Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Demo

On the Lip
I took out swatches some of my concealers and my brightest lipsticks here. The first three on the left are 1 corrector and 2 concealers and the rest are lipsticks. It took a couple of swipes to get rid of all of them but one was still left even after multiple swipes. That’s a Rimmel lipstick which isn’t so long wearing on my lips. 

Maybelline Total Clean Express Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Demo

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5
I’m still on the fence about this one. I love that it doesn’t leave behind any oiliness on me and can get rid of my daily wear makeup easily. However, for some reason it doesn’t get rid of the shimmer around my eye from some eye shadows and that’s a disappointment for me. For daily use, I think this makeup remover is miles ahead of the other makeup removers I've used till date. With the previous Maybelline remover I faced the problem of it being to oily, but this one doesn't give me any such problems.