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Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent

What it is:An eye makeup remover that acts fast.What it is formulated to do:This unique formula quickly removes all eye makeup, from lashes to brows. Perfect for quick makeup changes, touchups, and repairs, it cleans easily without disturbing other makeup. Blur-free and sting-free, this ophthalmologist-tested product is non-irritating and oil-free. It requires no rubbing and is ideal for all skin types.
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Is it natural to feel stinging on first users?
It is my first time using this makeup solvent, and it stings around the area, is that supposed to happen for first time users? (A sign that the skin is adjusting?) Also, what is procedure on using this product? Do I just dab it on my lids and keep it there for a few seconds then wipe off? Please help.
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
atchi26
(Mississauga, Ontario)
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
11 answers
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answer 1
I don't remember it ever stinging when I first used it. Have you used it a second time since then? Did it sting again?

I soak the product into a round cotton pads and wipe it along my eyelid. I find cotton pads works better than a cotton ball. Also, when you're putting on eye makeup, you can also dab a Q-tip into it to help fix errors (like eyeliner).
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
pixelbunny
(Toronto, ON)
answer 2
it stung the first few times i used it as well. as for how to use it, i just soak a cottonball and then hold it on my eye for a few seconds and then i wipe my eyes.
answered 4 years ago
mp22
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
It can sting a little bit every once in awhile, and it probably does only because you're new to using it. Trying putting a little on a cotton swab and using it that way because then you only have to put it on a little area around your eye. Don't soak your skin with it; just dab at it gently because the area around your eye is sensitive. It should be fine normally.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
gatorgirl4000
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 4
I've never experienced any burning or irritating sensation when using this product. (I've tried another brand and did experience that.) I have always applied it using a cotton ball and sweep it gently across my eye lids. I then take a q-tip dipped in the solvent solution and run it under my lower eyelashes to remove any other eye makeup that remains. I follow this up with washing my face with facial soap and water. You shouldn't have to leave it on your eye lids or let it soak for a few seconds. I generally don't wear very heavy eye makeup, so if you are finding that this remover isn't working for you you may need to change to one that has a more oily feel to remove the eye makeup. Be sure that you are being very gentle around the eye area and not rub or tug on the skin as it is fragile and sensitive. Good luck!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
gingerbell7
(Texas)
answer 5
I have never expirienced stinging but I'm sure it's nothing unusual, maybe you are just getting a little into your eyes by accident? Also, to use this product I just put dispense it onto a cotton ball and wipe it over my eyelashes. Hope this helps!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
eb1730
answer 6
I haven't tolerated this product well for eye makeup removal. I use it to clean up mistakes while applying, because it is not oily & doesn't require rinsing. I don't have stinging when I use it, but my eyes get irritated if I remove all eye makeup with it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
gracie1
(Gadsden, AL)
answer 7
Use sparingly and don't rub! Wipe off quickly with a tissue.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Pam1121
(Louisville, KY)
answer 8
I've never noticed the stinging. Soak a cotton ball or pad wip from the top lid down and under lower lid. I never get any on my eye ball or tender skin that way.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
DrSSloan
(edmonton, ab)
answer 9
Occasionally I will feel a stinging sensation, but only when I use it with other products. For example....I wash my face, use my toner and then decide to remove my makeup. I think it is because of the multiple products for me. I usually will wet a cotton ball and let it sit on my eye for a few secongs and then rub downward to remove makeup.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Beaker77
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 10
This product should not sting, but, perhaps, your eyes may be sensitive to it. The way I use this product is to pour some of it onto a cotton pad and use the cotton with the remover on it to take off my eyeshadow and mascara. Hope this works for you!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
gigi36
(Olmsted Falls, OH)
answer 11
It shouldn't sting. I think it is very gentle. Maybe your skin is very sensitive. I use a cotton pad saturated with the remover and gently wipe over eyelids and lashes.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
edmd
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Question
Good with waterproof make-up?
I wear waterproof mascara and eyeliners. Does this product easily remove those as well?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
mahogany3
(Alexandria, VA)
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
11 answers
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answer 1
This does not do well for some waterproof mascaras. Read your mascara to see what product to use for removal and you will find that will work best. I actually had to buy a special brand of oil-based remover for my last mascara.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
fritzb
(Fort Walton Beach, FL)
answer 2
Yes! I only wear waterproof mascara and I almost always wear eyeliner and I swear by this product.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
pinklipgloss07
(Lexington, KY)
answer 3
I would think so, right now I'm using Mary Kay mascara not sure if it's waterproof or not. But I would think this make-up removal would work for you as well.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
deewitt
(McCalla, Alabama)
answer 4
I used to use this with all sorts of non-waterproof eye makeup with no problems, but now the only eye makeup I wear is a waterproof mascara and it does not get all the product off unless I really apply a generous amount and rub more than I'm comfortable with on my delicate eye area. I returned it for a cleansing oil and have had no irritation or problems removing product since.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
arganlily
answer 5
I would opt for a different makeup remover for waterproof mascara. I find that something oilier works best for those. Try Lancome's for less tugging with the waterproof mascara. However, the Clinique does a great job with cleaning up AFTER removing mascara with an oilier remover. Leaves the skin around your eyes clean and oil-free. The Clinique also will remove smudges of waterproof if you get them while they're still fresh.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jozkid
(Wilmington, MA)
answer 6
For waterproof, I have to wipe a couple more times extra compared to regular eye makeup, but it still works just as effectively.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
pixelbunny
(Toronto, ON)
answer 7
yes, you just have to soak the cotton ball with the remover, and then hold it on your eye for about 30 seconds or so, and then it wipes away effortlessly.
answered 4 years ago
mp22
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 8
Not as well as other removers. Depends on how much you apply.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
liba
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 9
No. Not at all.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jo86
answer 10
NO. For waterproof makeup removal try Clinique's Take The Day Off for Lids, Lashes, and Lips.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
pprincesszelda
(Maryland)
answer 11
NO NOT AT ALL!!! I use waterproof eyeliners and mascara's too and this doesn't touch them! It works really well with everything else though!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
kendra0999
Question
Requires rubbing to remove?
This product had such great reviews that I tried it. I am having trouble using it to remove my mascara though. I cannot just apply and wipe with a tissue, as the instructions say. I have to wipe my eyelashes multiple times with a cotton ball moistened with the product, so much so that some eyelashes are falling out when I do this. Do I have the right technique for removing mascara with this product?
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Albuquerque, NM)
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
11 answers
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answer 1
When it comes to removing mascara the best way to do this is by taking a cotton ball with the solvent and close your eyes and apply on your lashes and pull down gently and repeat. Once you do that it will be on your cheeks but you can quickly clean that up. If your lashes seem wet, take the cotton ball and swipe them from the lash line out like your applying mascara. Hope this helps you.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
moonlitglam13
(Florida)
answer 2
If you wear Blink mascara (the tube your lashes stuff) you need a bit of patience. This will remove it you just need to allow the remover to soak into the mascara and then swipe down ward. I swear by cotton rounds when using this. The bit of extra texture from the manufacturing process sweeps all mascara away. Also, I put mine in one of those push top applicators like manicurists use. easier to saturare the cotton round and less waste. You can pick one up for a couple of dollars at a beauty suppply store.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
wickedyup
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 3
no no no!! hold your cotton ball/cotton circle over your eye for about 10 seconds before you swipe your eye. This lets the solution sink in and soften your makeup and helps remove more (if you are sometimes left with makeup on)
By letting it sit for a little before you swipe it can also help prevent fine lines and wrinkles so there isnt as much tug/pressure around sensitive areas (eyes)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
nikkiiwata
answer 4
I have found certain waterproof mascaras require special products to remove. Read the mascara label (you may have to go to a store to do this or look online) and then use the recommended remover.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
fritzb
(Fort Walton Beach, FL)
answer 5
Maybe try a different mascara. I love this product and have never had problems with it. I know that Clinique does make a mascara that only comes off with warm water. And I'm not 100% sure that this makeup remover works with that.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
pinklipgloss07
(Lexington, KY)
answer 6
It works best with a cotton pad or ball. Q-tips help with stubborn areas. In general it removes better than any others I have tried
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
kimberton
(kimberton, PA)
answer 7
WOW I've never had this problem. I wear maybe two coats of mascara but when I'm removing my eyeshadow/mascara I use a cotton ball. The removal is liquid with a oil base and it removes my mascara easy without damaging my lashes.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
deewitt
(McCalla, Alabama)
answer 8
I had the same exact problem removing my Dior waterproof mascara (the only eye makeup I wear) to the point that I ended up returning this because of the stinging and irritation. I used to use it years ago and didn't have this problem, but I used to wear non-waterproof mascara. I switched to a cleansing oil and have no problems now.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
arganlily
answer 9
You must purchase cotton pads instead of cotton balls. Saturate the pad thoroughly and the mascara should come off with just two or three swipes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
sinewavefl
(Florida)
answer 10
Try using a round cotton pad instead of a tissue. I find that the cotton pad gives a smoother application over a tissue. You don't need to rub hard, just wipe from inner corner to outer corner with the amount of pressure you use to put on facial cream. Remember that it's normal for eyelashes to fall out from time to time, but if they are coming out every single time you use this product, you might be rubbing too hard.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
pixelbunny
(Toronto, ON)
answer 11
the trick is to soak it, and then hold the pad over your eye for like 30 seconds or so and then wipe away. that allows your skin to absorb the product
answered 4 years ago
mp22
(Atlanta, GA)
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Is this good for correcting makeup mistakes?
I'm looking for a product, not to fully remove my eye makeup, but to remove that oops mistake easily, so I can go back in and redo that makeup, or remove excess. Has anyone used this product for that purpose? The product description states it is good for that, but I want to hear from people who have actually used it for that purpose and hear about their experiences with it.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Pasadena, CA)
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
11 answers
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answer 1
I had tried to use it for mistakes but it didnt really work for me. It worked for mascara mistakes though. Its still a great product !
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
moonlitglam13
(Florida)
answer 2
I would say yes... since it is not oily, you could just dab a Q-Tip in the bottle and fix any mistake. I use it for this when the mascara gets on my eyelid.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
hydrochickie
(Eureka, CA)
answer 3
Absoluetely! Just a bit on a Q-Tip and correct away.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
wickedyup
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 4
I use it for this purpose all the time. I put a Q-tip in the bottle and then run it around the top rim to get excess off. Then fix the oops!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
fritzb
(Fort Walton Beach, FL)
answer 5
I use the big bottles for removing makeup completely. But then I also get a small sample bottle & keep it in my makeup bag for correcting mistakes. I get so stressed when I get mascara on my eyelid. With this product, I just dip a q-tip in the solution and it gets rid of the mascara in one swipe! It doesn't smear or make a mess. And then I apply just a little more eyeshadow (if I was already wearing some) over that spot. And voila!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
pinklipgloss07
(Lexington, KY)
answer 6
yes I think so with a Q-tip for make-up mistakes. but when I'm taking off my make-up for the night I normally use a cotton ball.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
deewitt
(McCalla, Alabama)
answer 7
Since it's not oily, you use this product to fix eye make-up mistakes without having to take-off all your make-up.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
lmhinh
(Menlo Park, CA)
answer 8
This is quite runny and powerful for the most part. It usually takes all or several layers off at once so if you are looking for something to just remove the top layer say of a shadow, this is not it. If you need to just take a smudge off, then I would use a Q-tip with this and you should be fine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
arganlily
answer 9
I don't believe so
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
balmer
(Columbus, Ohio)
answer 10
I use it for correcting mistakes with pretty good success. I take a q-tip and dip it in, erase the mistake, then dip the other side of the q-tip in water and rinse the spot off. This way you can correct a really small area. I would let it totally dry or use some base/primer before reapplying though, makeup tends not to stick right away. I hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
librarianartist
answer 11
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answered 3 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
which makeup remover is better from clinque? the purple or the blue one?
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
elizabeth13026
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
7 answers
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answer 1
Blue one!! The purple has oil...and it basically dissolves mascara into flakes which get into your eyes. The blue one literally just wipes everything off with ease - no irritation. And great for contact-wearers!
answered 7 months ago
purpleshadow12
(St. Paul, MN)
answer 2
definite the purple one!!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
catmoni
answer 3
This depends on your skin type. The purple has oil and the Blue is oil free. I have oily skin so I am not supposed to use anything with oil. I have to use the blue kind.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Steffcia
answer 4
I have used both but prefer the blue one
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
butterfly86
(farmingdale, NY)
answer 5
blue
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
hinty
(LeRoy, NY)
answer 6
Having tried both...i think that the puple one is more gentle and effective, but both are great
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
sumstadt
answer 7
Personally, I prefer the blue. You'll notice with the purple the two layers, one of which being an oily layer. The blue doesn't have that, so if I decide I want to change my makeup before going out at night, the blue allows me to do that. There's no oil that has to dry first.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
celt
(VA)
Question
Is this gentler than Clinique's Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover?
The "Naturally Gentle" remover sounds as if it could take more work than this (massaging, wiping, and tissuing or rinsing off) to remove makeup, so I wonder if it really is gentler in practice. Thanks!
asked 2 years ago
draco
(Washington, DC)
on Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
2 answers
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answer 1
yes
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
hinty
(LeRoy, NY)
answer 2
I had used this makeup remover for years, and found it to be extremely gentle. I have sensitive eyes, and lashes that fall out at the drop of a hat. Used this remover and had no problems. I like this remover because it is less oily than the other remover. Does not leave an oily residue on my lids.
answered 2 years ago
susabeth
(Santa Rosa, CA)
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