Product Empties – Swatching Oddity

Product EmptiesProduct Empties

Over in the beauty blogging world, venturing into the contents of one’s trash can seems perfectly normal. So I’ve decided to dish the dirt: here are some mini-reviews on products that I’ve scraped the surfaces of…

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution

I reviewed the L’Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution and although in my post I wrote that I’d repurchase the L’Oreal, I will be sticking to Bioderma *gasp* After using both for so long, I find Bioderma to be slightly more effective when it comes to removing makeup. Definitely a “holy grail” item that I can’t live without.

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer (Sand 20)

This is a great concealer for the under eye area. I used this shade in particular for a highlighted effect. It provides a light coverage, which is why I’ll be exploring alternative concealer options. If you have any suggestions for medium-coverage concealers for the under eye area, let me know! :)

Estee Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover

This stuff was terrible (and expensive). I love the concept of the product: it’s essentially a cream makeup remover. You pump out the product onto a tissue and wipe the tissue on your face to remove makeup. It eliminates the need for makeup wipes and is (in theory) more cost-effective.

Although the product worked great, once I reached the halfway point, I was no longer able to pump any product out. Spending $30-ish on a product that you can’t even use to its fullest? No thank you.

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Cloths: Hydrating

I usually grab the non-hydrating formula, but this formula is lot more effective! I feel like these would be great to use in the winter when my skin is more on the drier side. Neutrogena wipes are a bit on the pricer side in comparison to other brands (I paid $9.99 CAD for these), so I’ll be looking out for some alternatives.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

I’ve had this product for YEARS! I really like the packaging because it dispenses a small amount of powder so it doesn’t go to waste. I bought this as a kit that came with a BareMinerals kabuki brush (which is great to throw in your purse for touchups), but they don’t sell the kit anymore. I will not be repurchasing this powder because (on my skin tone), it makes me look too pink and powdery. I’ll be sticking to my NARS Powder Foundation.

Final Thoughts

Seems like the only item I’ll be repurchasing is my good ‘ol trusty Bioderma. :) If you have any suggestions on concealers and makeup wipes, do leave a comment below and share your thoughts.


  1. Ann says:

    Nice review! I can’t use Neutrogena wipes because they make my eyes sting. :( I swear by a brand called Nicka K:

    I usually pick these up at TJ Maxx and haven’t seen them anywhere else. There’s a green tea scented one that’s just lovely! Admittedly, they don’t work that well in removing mascara. The tissues themselves are softer than most other brands I’ve tried.

    As for undereye concealer, I’ve been content with MAC’s moisturecover:

    They don’t blow me away though, so I’m also on the look out for recommendations. :)

    • Yousra {Swatching Oddity} says:

      Thanks for the product recommendations, Ann! I’ve never seen Nicka K wipes, but I’ll look out for them! There isn’t a TJ Maxx in Canada unfortunately. :(

  2. Whitney says:

    I’m on my second bottle of bioderma! I love how it doesn’t leave any oily feeling. I use the neutrogena eye make up remover, so much better than other expensive formulas I used, I’ll keep an eye out for the wipes next time!

    • Yousra {Swatching Oddity} says:

      Ooo really? I’ll look out for the Neutrogena eye makeup remover, thanks for the recommendation :) I actually started to buy Simple wipes and I like them!

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