How sweet it is! Avene Intense Eye Makeup Remover

Avene Intense Eye Makeup Remover

I find waterproof mascara to be bittersweet. The sweet:  the drama! Big, thick lashes that stay big and thick no matter how much other drama happens – sweat, tears, rain, all no problem. The bitter:  trying to get it off my lashes without ripping them right off my eyelids. I end up avoiding my waterproof mascaras because the bitter is so much trouble. A great eye makeup remover that specifically tackles super tough makeup is the answer to turning the bittersweet into all sweet.

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Avene Intense Eye Makeup Remover ($20) is an eye makeup remover specially made to tackle the most highly resistant eye makeup. Not only does it remove eye makeup, it also treats eyelashes. One issue I have always had with waterproof mascara and its removal is lash loss. You know, trying to get that stuff off typically means losing about a third of my lashes, I swear. Avene says that using the Intense Eye Makeup Remover actually reduces lash loss by 75%.

Avene Intense Eye Makeup Remover

  • Non-oily, bi-phase formula removes all traces of eye make-up, even highly resistant waterproof, without rubbing.
  • Conditions and helps strengthen eyelashes while reducing their loss by 75%1.
  • Specifically formulated for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
  • Ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.


  • Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and calms the skin.
  • Oily phase: effectively and quickly dissolves the most intense eye make-up.
  • Aqueous phase: with Avène Thermal Spring Water and a saline concentration similar to tears for excellent ocular tolerance, removes oily residue for a non-greasy finish.

I find that Avene Intense Eye Makeup Remover is very hydrating and it does condition lashes. The bottle needs to be shaken well first to combine the spring water and the makeup remover. I soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover then press it over my eye, letting it soak in for about 30 seconds. Then, my eye makeup wipes right off with no tugging, no pulling, no drama! It’s really great. Even my most difficult and tenacious waterproof mascara comes right off with ease – without any accompanying lash loss. Pretty sweet.  – Lisa



  1. This sounds like an excellent choice. I will keep it in mind. I love the fact that it treats lashes as well.

  2. This sounds like a really effective eye makeup remover! I will have to try it next time I need to purchase one.

  3. That sounds really nice but it’s a bit pricey. I just re-discovered baby oil for makeup removal the other day and it takes off stubborn mascara as well as any store bought remover plus I paid $1.13 for a 14 fl. oz. bottle and I don’t have to worry about it irritating my skin or eyes. Bonus – it moisturizes too!

  4. I like that it conditions lashes as well!

  5. It sounds kind of like Lancome’s Bifacil but cheaper, I need it!

  6. Jen Walker says

    I don’t use waterproof mascara although I do occasionally use waterproof cream eyeshadows. That’s actually a pretty good price for a quality remover.

  7. Yes, I can relate to the hassle of removing waterproof mascara.

  8. Jess Scull says

    sounds like something I need!

  9. I’m glad you found an eye makeup remover you like!

  10. I LOVE bi-phase makeup removers but the ones I’ve tried usually leave an oily residue behind and I don’t like that for removers, especially eye removers since I’m not going to go in with cleanser to my eye ball to get it off. I’m glad to hear that this one claims not to leave that residue behind. I’ll have to pick this one up to try myself!

  11. It’s so weird that I haven’t tried this brand yet! It sounds like they make fabulous products!

  12. 25 SweetpeS says

    I’ve not tried anything by them but this sounds nice!

  13. Sounds like a good product for people who wear makeup. I wonder if the 75% less lash loss is because the product actually helps your lashes or if it’s because you don’t need to go over your eyes as many times with the product so there’s less chance of pulling them out?

  14. Ehmkay Nails says

    I also avoid waterproof mascara. I do prefer remover that I can use on my eyes and lips though.

  15. My Nail Polish Obsession says

    I don’t use waterproof mascara so I don’t typically have to do more than swipe to get mine off, but I do know the times I did wear it it’s much harder to remove. I initially thought this helped eyelashes grow but it’s just a reduction of loss.

  16. I like that this helps your lashes!!!! That’s a huge thing when you have thin/sparse one to begin with.