I’m a fan of having huge lashes, which means multiple coats of mascara, and on occasion a set of false lashes. Most of my favorites are long-lasting, but such a pain to remove. Over the years, I’ve tried countless eye makeup removers, and am always looking for the next best thing. This week I’ve set out to try a few of the most popular brands (suitable to use with contact lenses), and have listed them below in order of preference.
Experiment rules: Wear 3 coats of mascara, using 2 coats of black magic by eyeko and one coat of They’re Real! by Benefit. Try each eye makeup remover twice, and report on findings. While I tried some of them on my entire face, the real judgement is on their ability to remove mascara well.
Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover by Neutrogena ($8 for 5.5oz)
The least expensive, and also the most effective eye makeup remover. I hardly buy drugstore makeup or skincare products (except body wash), and admit that I might have been quick to judge. I soaked a cotton round in a bit of this, pressed it on my lashes for a few seconds, and it instantly started working. I hardly had to scrub, and only lost an eyelash or two in the process. By far my favorite, and definitely my new go-to.
Immortelle Oil Make-Up Remover by L’Occitane ($32 for 6.7oz)
I use L’Occitane toner and lotion regularly, and am a huge fan of their products. My skin easily breaks out, and I was a bit hesitant to try makeup remover oil. I really loved this formula though, as it removes everything (and not just your eye makeup). It is a bit thicker liquid than the rest of the liquid removers, and only requires a very small amount. I followed the directions exactly, pitting this on my lashes with my fingers and not a cotton round like I would usually do. By the end, my fingers were covered with mascara residue, and I was able to wipe off the oil with a cotton round, fully removing it from my eyes. The only downside of this is the higher price point.
Take the day off makeup remover by Clinique ($19 for 4.2oz)
I love Clinique, and trust their products on my breakout prone face. This formula is not specifically for eyes, but for lids, lashes (they boast of removing waterproof makeup), and lips. When I first started wearing makeup as a teen, my mom brought me to a Clinique. This was my first makeup remover, and still an effective option. Is it my favorite? Not quite. But it’s great when you’ve got the smokey eye or red lip stain going on your night out, and bonus points for working all over your face. Would I buy this again? Totally.
They’re Real! remover by Benefit ($18 for 1.7oz)
I love the They’re Real! mascara, but it’s particularly hard to remove. I’ve been using it for a couple years, and had no idea this remover existed. It’s a cream formula (versus a liquid like all of the others), and while it was effective in removing my makeup, it stung when it inevitably got into my eyes. Also, you really have to scrub a bit to get it to work, which is bad for both your lashes and the sensitive skin around your eyes. It wasn’t bad per say, but is the most expensive per ounce, and I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover by Sephora Collection ($11 for 4.2oz)
My first thought upon trying this formula was ‘why is this bright blue?!’ I love most of the makeup by Sephora Collection, so I expected to love this formula as well (regardless of color). It was incredibly ineffective removing my layers of mascara, even when I scrubbed it a bit. It just sort of moved the color around instead of transferring it to the cotton round/dissolving it. Also, it’s listed as a gentle formula, but it stung my eyes a bit and removed a few too many eyelashes in the process for my liking. I actually had to use another remover to take off the rest. Definitely would not buy this again.
What’s your go-to eye makeup remover? Have you tried any of these? Would love to hear your thoughts!
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