Nobody wants to spend unnecessary time scrubbing away at their eyes trying to remove leftover makeup.
Eye makeup removers will melt your makeup away with one swipe.
We’ve looked at 47 different eye makeup removers and covered more than 86 hours of research and testing to create this review, so we can tell you that Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover stands out as the best to buy for most people.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Why our reviews are trustworthy
I have been covering beauty here for a long time now, we have spend literally days of hours of research and testing in that time (we need a great eye makeup remover too). We’ve looked at a large number of eye makeup removers and consulted experts (see the end) to create this review each year.
We keep up with reviews from other noteworthy companies that also test or review beauty products, such as, Total Beauty, Amazon and Sephora. Then we do our own extensive testing of eye makeup removers with ourselves, the experts and selected product testers, who product test them at home and provide their feedback through our product testing panel program.
*This review covers the top eye makeup removers on the market before and since the last time we created this review.
Who should get this?
Everyone who wears makeup, let’s face it, when it comes to makeup removers, most of us will go to amazing lengths in order to find the one that removes our eye makeup and moisturizes our skin to give the best flawless finish. We will spend all of our money on eye makeup cleansers we have seen in advertisements with ‘experts’ on TV, in magazine or read in reviews until our heads spin, trying to convince us that their eye makeup remover is the best. Well, in order to put an end to this media madness and to hopefully save you time and hassle, we are sharing with you the results of our extensive research and testing.
How we began the test selection process
We started by making a list of all of the top rated eye cleansing products that we could find for sale both on the high street and online. We listed 47 in the original selection process for this category.
Eye makeup removers, like most beauty necessaries, are personal each of us. To choose one, you need to have a deep knowledge of your own eyes and skin type. We combed through thousands of beauty reviews and scientific papers to bring you the most helpful, insightful information about the top rated eye makeup removers. These are the eye cleansers that stand out in a world of mediocre products available today.
So before you make your decision, take a look at this review and ask yourself: “Self, would you say such great things about your eye makeup remover?” If the answer is no, it’s time to get yourself a new one with our help.
We started by looking at the basics, so we removed the ones with controversial ingredients. We know there are some ingredients that one person is alright with and that makes another person run a mile. So to warrant being given the chop, ingredients had to increase the risk of clogging pores or cause an increase in the risk of skin irritation or UV damage.
Here’s what we excluded:
- Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Retinyl acetate and retinyl palmitate
- Quaternium-15 and Diazolidinyl urea
So, when we had finished hours of reading up on everything from scientific papers to consumer reviews on eye cleansers and product specifications (plus a arguments), we were then able to get the list down to the 14 top eye makeup removers we then brought in to be tested.
How we tested them
We matched the removers to a cross section of our consumer panelists, in terms of age, lifestyle and skin types and then sent the products out for them to test at home, and also got them ready for our in-house panelists (including us). Once everyone had their products to test, each panelist started by completing the basic statistics for the removers, such as the pack size, texture, packaging and of course ingredients.
Then, before testing started, we each had to test a patch of skin first to ensure our suitability to use each product (better to be safe than sorry). Once that was completed, the instructions were simple, to use the eye makeup removers every day (or when we each wore makeup, which was most days!), and to monitor how well they performed and how much we liked them within the first 2 days and then after 4 days, then at the end of the first week and then a final score given after 2 weeks. So, we incorporated them into our daily beauty routines for the 2 weeks and monitored the feeling, cleanliness and skin reactions.
When choosing which makeup remover was best, we simply looked for 4 basic characteristics: It takes off everything in one wipe, it didn’t irritate our skin or clog our pores and didn’t leave any oily residue on our pillowcases (not much to ask for is it really).
Once the 2 weeks were up and we had finished testing and scoring the eye makeup removers, we compiled the results together and sent them to be analyzed, and we patiently, (well some of us) waited to find out which ones came out as the top eye makeup removers to buy. Then we looked at the current prices for each of them and found our favorite picks were not always the more expensive ones. Our top pick turned out to be the best value of all of the finalists.
The Runners Up:
Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Mary Kay is known for it’s legendary face products, so we knew this makeup remover would be impressive. With it’s gentle and effective formula, you won’t waste time scrubbing cotton balls over your lids. Dewy perfection, is how some of our panelists described their skin after using this foaming makeup remover. The foamy lather almost instantly removes my minerals and mascara leaving my skin lovely and soft.
Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
This gentle lotion is easy on the eyes, making it compatible for everyday use. This cleansing makeup remover nourishes the skin without leaving a greasy or oily feeling and does not leave the skin dry and taut. Kiss those old eye makeup removers good-bye as you apply this replenishing product.
NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
We all know that Kim K wears tons of makeup, and she just so happens to swear by this product to remove it all. If you can’t get over the oily feeling that some makeup removers leave behind, this oil-free makeup remover is a great alternative. Soak up a cotton ball and dab around your eye area to see your natural features again.
Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, & Lips
Stubborn waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance against this impressive makeup remover. A lot of makeup removers are either too harsh or too oily, said one panelist. But this one balances getting rid of makeup while not stripping away essential oils. Since you only need a few drops for the product to work it’s magic, this bottle will last for ages.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Bi-Phase Cleansing Water
Use in the morning to freshen your face for the coming day or rub it on your eyes at night to remove any leftover makeup. Our panelists say it takes off even the heaviest makeup. It removes waterproof mascara, glitter liner and heavily applied eye makeup, no worries, said one panelist. No need to distress your eyes by vigorously rubbing, as this cleaner brilliantly works well and is gentle on the skin.
L’Oréal Paris Eye Makeup Remover
This oil-free solution will leave your lids clean and without any nasty oil-residue. Our panelists said they would make a special trip to the mall just to get this makeup remover. Our panelists and experts noted that the key to using any gentle makeup remover is to hold a soaked cotton ball over your eye for a few seconds before swiping away your eye makeup. Perfect for anyone on a budget, as it is affordable and trustworthy.
Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover
Not only does this product remove stubborn eye-makeup, it also moisturizes your skin at the same time. Makeup can be harsh on the skin, but Lancome’s Bi-Facil will give your face the hydration that it deserves. Simply shake the bottle to activate it’s bi-phase technology.
Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
Shiseido guarantees to wipe away lingering liner lines and hated habitual hues. You can re-apply makeup immediately after rinsing with a little water with this remover, that’s hard to do with oil based removers. You won’t need much of this instant eye makeup remover to get fantastic results making it last much longer.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple
This simple one-step facial cleanser can remove both eye-and-face makeup and should become a part of your daily skin routine. This remover excelled, it will remove waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, eye shadow primer, eye shadows, concealer and foundation with ease and with absolutely no irritation. The hydration from this product is unbelievable!
Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
This is a great product for a low price. In addition to the fact that it does a great job of removing all eye makeup with one swipe. All you need are a few droplets to clear your skin of any unwanted excess product.
Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover
This french brand knows how to make an efficient product to combat the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras. This scored well as it is a hydrating makeup remover and because it’s not too harsh on your skin. One swipe of your lid and your eyes will be cosmetic-free.
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water
This two-in-one cleanser will clean your eye area while also hydrating it. Watch as your complexion instantly brightens from this 85 percent hydrogen mineral water mixed with natural ingredients. Your skin will thank you when it’s basking in all of the nutrients.
Art Naturals Makeup Remover$8
Simply massage this milky gel over your lids and eye-area to easily remove even the most stubborn makeup. Perfect for sensitive skin. It removes everything really easily, no scrubbing necessary, and it’s really, really gentle. This cleanser is gentle and conditions the skin with each of it’s five agents.
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