Review: Garnier Clean + Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser

Hi friends!  Today, I’ve got your look at the newest from the Garnier Clean + collection – the makeup removing lotion cleanser.

Interested in hearing more?

Before I give you my thoughts, let’s get down to the claims/benefits.

  • Gently calms & comforts skin
  • Fragrance, alcohol, dye, and oil free
  • Quick-break lotion releases the powerful cleansing agents to dissolve impurities, and waterproof mascara
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Formula infused with plan extracts

At first, I was a bit skeptical about the makeup removing lotion cleanser, because I had previously reviewed Garnier’s Clean + Soothing Remover Towelettes (which you can read about HERE), and didn’t get the best results.  And when I saw “oil-free”, I was worried that it wouldn’t make my waterproof makeup budge.  So, needless to say I didn’t have super high expectations, since this new product made similar claims to the makeup towelettes.  However, I was surprisingly impressed with it!

To put the removing lotion cleanser to the test, I had to bring out the big guns – my Covergirl Lash Blast Volumizing waterproof mascara, and Inglot’s #77 gel liner – which take a little bit of elbow grease to remove.  Here is the before picture (also wearing Physicians Formula matte eyeshadow quad in “Classic Nudes”)


The directions are as follows:

  1. Apply lotion to dry skin with fingers.
  2. Gently massage into skin and around eyes.
  3. Remove with cotton pad or rinse clean with water.
  4. Use AM and PM.

I followed the directions, and took pictures after using the product.

After using Garnier Clean + Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser
My makeup pad, from one eye.

As you can see, the majority of the makeup was removed.  I just have a tiny bit of of gel liner left on my eye.  As a test, just to show how much was left, I wiped my eye with a makeup remover pad that uses an oil formula.

Makeup pad with an oil remover, to show what was left behind.
Makeup pads with Garnier’s remover lotion (left), and a makeup pad with an oil makeup remover (right).

Not bad at all!  The product removed almost all of my waterproof makeup, which is no small feat.  I have used lotion removers in the past, but found them sort of lumpy, and hard to work with.  The Garnier Clean + Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser, however, was very creamy, and spread out very evenly on my skin.  It also left my face feeling soft, which is great, since sometimes after using remover wipes, you can be left feeling quite dry.  I’m really pleased with the result, and I’ll definitely be using it again.  Word to the wise, though – when it says “apply AROUND eyes”, definitely do it around your eyes, and not IN your eyes, like I did *cue embarrassed face* – it can understandably feel a bit irritating.

That’s all for today – until next time! – Shawna

Product has been provided by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada.



  1. March 7, 2015 / 1:45 am

    I am definitely going to try this! I asked the CBB fb group the other day if anyone knew about an affordable lotion type eye makeup remover and I dont think anyone mentioned this! Its exactly what Im look for!! Great review!

  2. March 7, 2015 / 5:11 am

    Your lashes! OMG, I was thinking, wow it didn't remove your mascara at all, until I realized they were natural. 🙂

  3. March 7, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    This one's a keeper 🙂

  4. March 7, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Hahahaha, thanks Melanie! It saves me a pretty penny on buying falsies 😉

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