Biore and Bifesta makeup removers

My reviews of two Biore makeup removers are late as I already emptied them (just) last month. 😛 Since then, I bought and have been using Bifesta, another Japanese-brand makeup remover. Both brands are adequately priced. The latter is a bit pricier, but they’re all below the 4-digit mark. I’ve been looking for makeup removers at that price range that’s as good as the Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover or Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. If you are looking too, then this post might be helpful. 🙂 I’ll begin with the one I used up first.

Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water and Make-Up Remover Perfect Oil

Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water and Make-Up Remover Perfect Oil
Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water and Make-Up Remover Perfect Oil

The Biore Make-Up Remover Perfect Oil melts away makeup by rubbing the oil all over the face and eyes. When I have heavy eye makeup on, I need another pump or massage the oil longer on where the persistent product is. But it quickly removes matte lipsticks without residues. Since it is oil, it requires washing afterwards. If I’m too sleepy and I want to just hop on the bed after a long day/night, all those would be too much work!

Washing does rid of what’s left from the face makeup, but it’s still not enough. The oil makeup remover cannot really remove all makeup in one go. Also, it stung my eyes even after I wash it off.

Gentle cleaning oil washes away stubborn makeup, even waterproof mascara!

It is scented, which I’m not a fan of–Smells like fruit, like a citrus-y fruit that’s familiar, but I can’t figure out what. The scent is similar to the Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, yet not as strong.

The bottle comes with a pump, which is very convenient. Also, because the bottle is plastic, it’s hassle-free to bring for travel.

The other Biore makeup remover I used was the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water. It instantly and gently removes makeup and feels refreshing on the face. With eye makeup though, I place a cleansing water-soaked cotton pad on the eye area for almost a minute depending on how much I have on. It works better letting the eye makeup get absorbed by the cotton, but it’s still time-consuming. Most of my eyeliners and mascaras are waterproof, so I usually have to rub that I end up tugging and pulling the area and we all know that’s not a no-no! As for the scent, it smells a bit of alcohol.

The small bottle costs PhP199 and I think it doesn’t come in any bigger size. It’s also good for travel because it’s small and the bottle is also plastic. But it comes out as more expensive than the oil makeup remover with only 90ml of product you get and how much you need to use. The bottle only comes with a flip-up cap too. One thing I really like about it is it feels so refreshing on the face. There’s no need to rinse afterwards.

With Natural Mineral Water from Japanese Alps
– Lifts off more makeup in 1 wipe
– Light & refreshing

Both have their pros and cons and many might choose the oil makeup remover than the latter. For me, surprisingly though, I would choose this micellar water because it feels light and refreshing and doesn’t sting my eyes.

Biore is available in SM Department Stores and PCX.

Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion

The Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion is the one I use now. This is for those with oily skin. I read somewhere that there variants for skin that are dry, dull, and mature. Before I continue with the review, I have to say that this is my favorite so far among the three. (Even if I include the BCL BrowLash Ex Gel Oil Eye Makeup Remover in the choices because that’s another Japanese-brand makeup remover.)


The cleansing lotion looks and feels like water–Clear, doesn’t feel oily, thick, or heavy, and scentless. My technique here is I remove my eye makeup first with two to three pumps on a cotton ball. I make sure the cotton is nearly soaked then I gently press it on an eye area for almost a minute before I wipe off. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Then I do the rest of the face.

I double-cleanse with it btw. I take another double pump on a fresh cotton ball, go all over my face, and remove what’s left from my eye makeup. Removing eye makeup with it also takes time, but does not require too much effort compared to the two above. The cleansing lotion feels refreshing on the face especially when I double-cleanse. I loooove the feeling! 🙂

A bottle of this Bifesta costs around PhP450 with 300ml of product. That’s more than either the two Biore products. Then again, I think this might be more expensive to use in the long run. I’m already past halfway the bottle and it’s only been less than two months since I started using it. I’m considering getting a separate eye makeup remover if I want this as a staple on my vanity, just so I don’t have to use this quickly.

The Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion is my choice, thus far, among the three, but I might have to look for another one because it could cost me more than when I buy a high-end that would last longer. As always, I’m open for recommendations. 🙂

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