Makeup Removal: From Budget to Bioderma

Two things I’ve been loving recently: Bioderma being available in a Pharmacy less than 10 minutes from where I live (making those “Sh**, I’ve run out of Bioderma” moments a thing of the past) and discovering the bargain that is the L’Oreal Gentle Makeup Remover for Eyes (late to the bandwagon on this one, I know).

Instead of opting for my usual red capped Bioderma that tends to sensitive skin, I opted for it’s blue capped counterpart which is geared towards dry and sensitive skins – pretty much sums me up. It has a clean non offensive smell and its slightly less drying on my skin than the regular version. I like.

The L’Oreal makeup remover has been dubbed as the budget version of the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. After reading countless lack-lustre reviews on their Micellaire Solution I was prepared to be unimpressed. For me it sits somewhere in between Clarins and Bioderma as it definitely doesn’t pack the strength to budge waterproof mascara, but most importantly it’s gentle. I always end up feeling like my eyes are being burnt off with budget options, so this one was a pleasant surprise. And at £4, what’s not to like?


  1. Teckie
    24 Mar 2014 / 1:49 pm

    Hmm I haven't seen the blue Bioderma yet. I'll have to look for it.

  2. Kyllie
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:02 pm

    A mi me encanta el Bioderma normal, el rojo, es una maravilla.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  3. Brittany Seel
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I'm yet to try this product but if it's good for sensitive skin, then it sounds like it's worth giving it a go!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  4. Victoria Caulfield
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Great post! I've heard wonders about Bioderma but haven't tried it yet. I use the Lancome one and it's good, it does the job but I'm looking for alternatives, so thanks for sharing!
    Have an awesome day 🙂

  5. Hanh
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Hi Suzi, L'oreal also have a very similar eye and lips makeup remover, that removes waterproof makeup as well.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  6. Michelle
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:17 pm

    great post! bioderma always wins!

    24 Mar 2014 / 2:21 pm

    I think I'll have to try the L'oreal one. I've gone through so many bottles of Bioderma, I might even like the L'oreal version better.


  8. Aerin Downs
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:26 pm

    I need to get my hands on that Loreal one :)! xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  9. Carla TBB
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:32 pm

    Honestly, for eye makeup remover I'm more likely to get the cheaper alternative rather than splurging on the clarins one! If I'm going to splurge, I'd rather get a lipstick!
    The Beauty Break

  10. Ana Leote
    24 Mar 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Sounds like a good dupe. I'm going to look for it next time I go shopping!


  11. Maria K.
    24 Mar 2014 / 3:40 pm

    I don't have sensitive skin, but I do have dehydrated. I use the pink capped version that's made for dry skin. It called Crealine TS and contains glycerin, so it doesn't leave my skin as dry. I do however have very sensitive eyes and I found that that L'Oreal remover irritates the hell out of them. I found the body shop remover to be the best.


  12. Katie
    24 Mar 2014 / 4:15 pm

    I use the eye and lip makeup remover from L'Oreal and that gets rid of my waterproof mascara! The dry skin Bioderma sounds lovely. x

    Katie |

  13. Manouk Maat
    24 Mar 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I use the L'oréal one on a daily basis. The only thing I don't like is that everytime I use it half of the bottle comes out?! I prefer my Nivea one.

    WOMANOUK (beauty & drawings)

  14. Shannon P
    24 Mar 2014 / 4:31 pm

    i use the L'Oreal make-up remover and the rest of the skin perfection range and I love it 😀 amazing results for the price (: x

  15. Talisa Tossell
    24 Mar 2014 / 4:58 pm

    The loreal one is ace!

  16. Elsa
    24 Mar 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Am I right in thinking you live in Brighton? Which pharmacy do you get your Bioderma from?

  17. Sara Chergui
    24 Mar 2014 / 5:39 pm

    I love L'oréal products, they are amazing !

  18. Have you tried this....
    24 Mar 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Hi Suzi, I live in hove and would love to know where I can get bioderma without flying to paris 😉 xx

  19. Maddy
    24 Mar 2014 / 5:57 pm

    This looks so good, I actually like their face one as well so I may have to try this! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

  20. Ciara Pollock
    24 Mar 2014 / 6:00 pm

    I use the L'Oreal one and I'm not quite sure if I like it – I agree in that it's not much use when it comes to waterproof mascara! x

  21. Rebekah Fenwick
    24 Mar 2014 / 6:27 pm

    I have the L'Oreal eye make-up remover and find that it really stings my eyes although it does remove my make-up, just can't win.
    Becka | This Is My World

  22. Melane Magdalena
    24 Mar 2014 / 6:40 pm

    I also use the L'oreal remover, it does great work and is very subtle for the eyes!

    Melane | Oh Sweet Remedy

  23. sofia grigoriadou
    24 Mar 2014 / 6:40 pm


  24. Anne-Dorthe
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Maybe I should give it a go!

  25. Victoria Williams
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:09 pm

    I've got the L'Oreal and love it for when I've gone a little overboard with the mascara (all the time)


  26. Taslima Rahman
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Love a bit of bioderma!

  27. It's a blondiie thing!
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Definitely like the idea of the Bioderma for sensitive and dry skin.
    -Kristy |

  28. Stephanie B
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:29 pm

    I love Bioderma but it's not my favourite. My favourite is the Biotherm, but they don't stock it here, so I'm finishing whatever I have.

  29. CatrinTeleri
    24 Mar 2014 / 7:57 pm

    I didn't realise they did a blue capped Bioderma

  30. Hope Butler
    24 Mar 2014 / 8:12 pm

    I need me some Bioderma, and the blue capped bottle sounds perfect for me too!! H xx

  31. chloe logan
    24 Mar 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Haven't tried Bioderma yet, but definitely going to look into it!
    www, x

  32. Cherry
    24 Mar 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I've not tried the blue cap bioderma before, sounds interesting! I wasn't really a fan of the L'Oreal eye make-up remover.

  33. Josie
    24 Mar 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Definitely can't go wrong at £4!!!!! Looks like a great dupe 🙂

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  34. vicki
    24 Mar 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I must be one of the only beauty bloggers that hasn't tried Bioderma, but I do like this L'Oreal makeup remover. Its gentle and does a good job at removing my mascara

  35. Sej
    24 Mar 2014 / 10:24 pm

    I'd like to use the L'Oreal eye makeup remover. I seem to like the L'Oreal micellar a great deal more than I liked Bioderma, but I seem to be the only person expressing that opinion.

    It's nice that these products are becoming more and more accessible as ordering online is such a pain!

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  36. Shaun Nolan
    24 Mar 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Need to give the L'Oreal a go! Love the Bioderma sensitive skin range as well. They do an absolutely fantastic cleanser!

    Shaun Nolan // Shaunyland

  37. The Beauty Informer
    24 Mar 2014 / 11:38 pm

    I have soo much love for Bioderma! French skincare brands are everything.

  38. Maisie Gibbons
    24 Mar 2014 / 11:58 pm

    I've just purchased the rimmel London eye make up remover.. so we'll see how/if that burns my eyes up haha.

  39. Celina
    25 Mar 2014 / 12:33 am

    I've heard a lot about the L'Oreal option but I have yet to give it a go. It recently got released in Canada though so I definitely need to give it a go. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  40. Daniella C
    25 Mar 2014 / 1:30 am


  41. Logan Hermanson
    25 Mar 2014 / 2:39 am

    Can't wait to get my hands on some Bioderma when I visit City Pharma in the fall!
    xox Logan

  42. Melissa
    25 Mar 2014 / 7:53 am

    I wish I lived to so close to somewhere that sells Bioderma! That must be really handy 🙂


  43. Zazie Bibi
    25 Mar 2014 / 9:42 am

    I love the original bioderma and i love it x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  44. Amber Hunter
    25 Mar 2014 / 4:48 pm

    I haven't been able to find the L'Oreal makeup remover in any of my local stores (and definitely not Bioderma) so I've been making do with my Clinique Cleansing Balm but I am in the market for a new eye makeup remover! I'll have to keep a lookout for the L'Oreal option, your review of it sounds like just what I need especially since I don't tend to use waterproof mascara that often.
    Lovely Notions

    • Anonymous
      25 Mar 2014 / 7:21 pm

      Try Paula's Choice, available from

      Not affiliated, just a very happy customer. It's very gently yet VERY effective. It even removes They're Real.


  45. Elizabeth Prince
    25 Mar 2014 / 5:36 pm

    I've seen this shopping around, but for some reason have been hesitant to try it. Maybe I'll give it a go.

    Liz, Style by 1415 | Store x

  46. Lisa Robb
    25 Mar 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Not going to lie. I'm budget all the way!!
    L x

  47. Anonymous
    25 Mar 2014 / 7:19 pm

    To remove even the most stubborn mascara (They're Real, I'm looking at you here), try Paula's Choice. Not the cheapest, but certainly the gentlest yet most effective remover ever. It's the only one I've found to remove They're Real mascara. Love the mascara, and now I love removing it at the end of the day.

    Also good to remove not only eye makeup but also full face makeup is coconut oil.


  48. Imogen Stafford
    25 Mar 2014 / 8:10 pm

    I hope that Bioderma starts to become more readily available for me!

  49. jessieebell
    26 Mar 2014 / 11:51 am

    I'm going to have to try the blue bioderma now after seeing several reviews!!! hopefully it will solve my dry skin problems

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  54. dermokozmetik
    06 Dec 2017 / 9:44 am

    I’ve heard good things about this bioderma product! Going on my wish ♥ list now.