I've always found eye-makeup eliminator redundant. Unless I'm wearing water-resistant mascara and eyeliner, I never feel the need to use a cleansing product made specifically for my eyes. Whatever face wash I've used has always worked, though admittedly with extra effort and micellar water to get the lingering mascara smears erased from around my eyes. And speaking of grease, the eye-makeup eliminators I've tried have always been so greasy.

Then I began seeing a variety of eyelash hair shampoos

eyelash shampoo 300x300 - Shampoo For Your Eyelashes?  Yes Please!Yes, eyelash hair shampoos-- striking shelves, and I believed, OK, now we're getting inordinately specific. As if eye-makeup remover wasn't already probably hyper-focused, now we require a cleanser geared simply for lashes? That's like making nail polish cleaner for the tips of your nail.

But the believing behind these brand-new lash cleansers claims not to be purely a gimmick: Some are meant to be more efficient at targeting mascara accumulation while still being gentle on lashes and lash extensions, while others state they're less oily than their standard eliminator counterparts.


Makeup artists, too, have been promoting them lately as an excellent tool for getting a better mascara application, considering that they're stated to get dirt and particles better, giving you cleaner lashes to start with. From where I stood, however, I would not be able to genuinely evaluate the just how unneeded or beneficial lash shampoo is till I tried it. So that's exactly what I did.

I figured the best way to compare lash cleansers would be not just against each other but against a good old-fashioned eye-makeup remover.

I grabbed the most generic one I could find and utilized it together with three of the most recent lash shampoo solutions -- Lash Box Bubble Lash Shampoo, Beauty Garde Lash + Brow Shampoo, and RevitaLash Micellar Water Lash Wash-- screening each against the same mascara to assess their thoroughness, gentleness, and greasiness.

Lash Box Bubble Lash Shampoo ($17, lashboxla.com) was created as an alternative to eye-makeup cleaner for lash extensions, declaring to be mild on both lashes and delicate eyes. But although the brand name's website explains it as a "nonburning formula," I was quickly advised why we've been taught from childhood to prevent getting anything called hair shampoo near our eyes.

As I tried to wiggle the foam (which appears like the soap of shampoo) down the length of my lashes, I felt an intense stinging and watched with my other eye as the mascara started to spread out all over. I gladly washed it away with water, as directed, and discovered that it did, in fact, thoroughly remove the mascara, leaving absolutely nothing on my towel and no greasiness around my eyes.

Always slow to learn my lessons, I chose to attempt the other lash cleanser with hair shampoo in the name next.

After using a new coat of mascara on my leading and bottom lashes and letting it dry, I wet the integrated, charcoal-infused brush on Beauty Garde's Lash + Brow Shampoo ($15, beautygarde.com), and squeezed the oil-free gel formula through it. I swept the brush up and down my lashes, and once again I was met stinging, despite pledges of gentleness.

Another formula made to be rinsed away with water, I aspired to do so. On the plus side, it left my lashes thoroughly clean without greasiness, and as the product packaging notes, the antimicrobial brush is also fantastic for brow makeup.

lashwash 300x300 - Shampoo For Your Eyelashes?  Yes Please!I applied my next round of mascara while virtually crossing my fingers that RevitaLash's Micellar Water Lash Wash ($36, nordstrom.com) wouldn't feel like liquid bees on my eyeball. As the mascara dried, I contemplated how it was any different from the micellar waters made for the entire face it even consists of poloxamer 184, one of the most common components found in familiar micellar waters but I soon discovered that it removed my mascara more quickly than any micellar water I've used prior to. I sprayed it on a cotton pad and pressed it to my closed eye for 10 seconds, followed by gently wiping back and forth. I was thrilled to discover the mascara was entirely off, and my eye seemed like it had been to therapy.

But did any of these remove mascara more efficiently than your typical, ordinary eye-makeup remover?

Remarkably, yes. After returning to my first remover, an initial look provided me with the impression that my mascara was fully cleared. However, a closer appearance revealed little clumps still sitting at the base of my lashes. Furthermore, when I washed my face later on in the day, blotting my best eye with a towel created black marks on the terrycloth.

Between that and the greasy feel of many standard removers, lash cleansers are more effective. Are they extremely essential, though? Eh, if you're willing to throw down more loan, go all out.