Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: EYE MAKEUP REMOVER!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about eye makeup removers. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

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65 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Eye Makeup Remover

  1. Elena

    Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur! And Bioderm Micellar Water! :) Best of the best – non-greasy and removes everything! I prefer Lancome over Bioderm because it smells nice and supposed to reduce redness.

  2. lia

    I hate when they say they’re for sensitive skin and then they burn and turn my eyelids red. I still haven’t found a cost effective eye makeup remover that doesn’t hurt.

    • Ale

      Try Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, it’s cheap =). I have super sensitive allergic eyes that get red with even a particle of dust and this works for me really well. I accidentally got it in my eye once and it didn’t burn or hurt at all.

    • Maybe you want to try Dior Duo Express Démaquillant Yeux, i have a really sensitive eyes, even a little dryness on them; that is the only one it works for me. Pricy? yes but for me it worth it! :)

  3. Lauren

    I’ve always used regular extra virgin olive oil to take my eye makeup off. It does a great job and good for your skin!!

  4. Kate

    I love using aloe vera gel — it’s seriously the best stuff ever.

  5. I’m using Clinique Take the Day off at the moment, but I’ve heard good things about other products so I might give those a try! I want something that gets the job done without irritating my eyes, preferably as fast as possible too!

  6. Silka

    For me the best is Clinique’s Take off the day cleasing balm! It removes everything in a jiffy!!

  7. Audrey

    Cleansing oil was a total game-changer for me. I’ve been using MAC’s for about a year, and I can’t imagine life without it now. I wear waterproof mascara everyday, and the cleansing oil takes it off so easily.

  8. I like Estee Lauder’s eye makeup remover.

  9. Christy

    I have super sensitive eyes and have been on the hunt for a remover that doesn’t burn them. Chanel is the only one that has worked for me, the price $32 doesn’t work out so great for me but I LOVE my lashes and don’t want to damage them scrubbing off all my eye make up.

  10. Nicki

    Sonia Kashuk or Nars eye removers.

  11. Marian

    Rave for Lancome Bi Facil eye makeup remover. It removes even the most stubborn products. Rant for it’s price.

  12. stephanietp

    working with brands at my work such as biotherm, guerlain, lancome, benefit etc, i can say ive had my fair share of trials!
    the lancome bi-facil is okay but smears my makeup so i have to use a couple of pads to remove the makeup completely :( but it smells like roses which i like, but i LOVE the biotherm lash optimizer (purple), it takes everything off using one pad. i hate the benefit and mac ones, mac hurts my eyes and the benefit one sucks :(

  13. Kimmie T

    Honestly the best is the Sonia Kashuck eye make up remover! It is amazing! it is super gentle too.

  14. Frances

    I have tried SO many different ones… and I always come back to Clinique’s take the day off cleansing BALM! Removes ALL my makeup on my face and no irritation or greasy residue, and you get a lot of product for the price (same price as Lancome Bi-Facil which I also like but cannot use on my whole face and doesn’t last as long) I have sensitive eyes and many of them burn

  15. The problem I have with eye makeup remover is that most of them – even the highly rated ones – seem to leave a greasy film that gets under my contacts. I’m talking to you, Clinique’s Take the Day Off!

    I prefer to use jojoba oil on a wet cotton pad – it never leaves a film or irritates my eyes.

    • Julia

      I use jojoba oil too! It works great with the bonus of being moisturizing. For years I tried every remover I could – and always had irritation – pain, swelling, cloudy contacts, etc. I’ve found my HG in jojoba oil, and it’s fairly inexpensive too.

      • Kathy S.

        I use jojoba oil, too! I have some Mary Kay left, but I rarely use it. It works, but so does the jojoba, for less money and it’s better for my face.

  16. Saundra

    I really like Sephora’s brand waterproof eye makeup remover. I don’t think it says for sensitive skin but I have pretty sensitive eyes especially during allergy season and this doesn’t sting my eyes like so many others.

    The price is very reasonable and Sephora has a very generous return policy. I have had to return products that irritated my skin and no problem.

  17. pappetee

    I love NARS Eye Makeup Remover… I only have to use a small amount with a cotton ball and my eye makeup is gone in a cinch. I always have to remember to shake it well before use. :-)

  18. Michelle

    RAVE for cleansing oils. My current one is Kracie Naive Natural Deep Cleansing Olive Cleansing Oil. It’s about $9 from an Asian supermarket. :) It takes everything off, including my waterproof mascara and my bb cream.

    I just dislike how it clouds my vision, but at least it doesn’t sting going in my eyes. Also dislike how the method for using cleansing oils is a bit tedious with all the emulsifying and massaging. And double cleansing dries me out. =/

  19. beachgal

    I only like to use Bi-Facil or my all time fav – the OLD formula Mary Kay that was a bi-level oil free.

    I don’t like any eye makeup remover that is oil based due to my contact lenses. However, when I do use cleaning oil, I have to stay it rinses clean and never bothers my contacts.

  20. Adrienne

    Rant: all cleansing oils leave a film on my eyes. Bottles don’t last me long at all! And I’m weirded out by putting those chemicals near my eyes everyday.

    Rave: Sonia kashuk is slightly less effective than bi facil and over half the price. I like to keep the two on hand and use the bi facil for heavier jobs to avoid tugging my eyes

  21. hazel

    The best eye makeup remover is baby shampoo! I have incredibly sensitive skin and eyes and it never stings my eyes or irritates my skin. Johnsons works well, but I have also tried organic types, and they all seem to work the same. It’s so inexpensive and I use it to take the rest of my makeup off too.

  22. I like Neutrogena’s Oil-free eye makeup remover. I splash some on a cotton pad, press it over my eye for a few seconds, and the majority of makeup is removed without tugging. I do still have to tug a bit to get the stuff that was left in the corner of my eye, though, which drives me crazy. I want to avoid pulling on my skin as much as possible.

    • Ale

      Becky I use Neutrogena’s Oil-free eye makeup remover and i have a trick to avoid tugging =D! After you remove with the cotton pad if there is still residue in hard to reach places tnen take a q tip and dip one end in in the makeup remover then use that end to go over the parts that still have eyemake up and then use the dry side of the q tip to take off the make up remover and the loosened make up. This is a specially awesome method for removing eyeliner between the eyeslashes =) and you dont have to tug or pull your eye area =).

  23. Mariella

    I’d really like an eye makeup remover that I could use without having to rinse afterward or that didn’t leave a greasy residue so that I could remove my eye makeup to redo it after work without it wrecking the rest of my makeup. I may have to give the Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur a try. The Bioderma waters don’t really do it for me and I like Clarins but it doesn’t always take care of my concealer and/or mascara.

  24. Hope

    i hate that if they’re effective, they’re greasy. and if they’re not greasy, they don’t get everything off.

    maybe i just haven’t found the right one, but i wasn’t wowed with lancome bi-facil which is supposedly the best. clinique take the day off works, but it’s really hard to use for fixing mistakes.


  25. Samantha Rosenbaum

    I use biore makeup wipes and I couldn’t imagine my nightly routine without them. They are like magic<3

  26. Sara

    I like that with a remover I can take off regular and waterproof mascaras, long-wearing eyeshadows, and those pesky red lipsticks that smear and leave tint on my skin. What I don’t like about removers are when they leave a film on my skin, feel oily, or make my vision blurry because of oil in the formula. My two favorites: Lancome’s Bificil and Mary Kay’s Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover (can’t choose just one).

  27. I absolutely love Bobbi Brown’s eye makeup remover! It takes off my waterproof makeup so much easier than other brands that I have tried. It’s just a bit on the pricier side, around $22 a bottle.

  28. kristin

    I hate when a remover leaves a greasy residue after you use it. I love the Clinique Take off the Day remover! Perfect for all of the waterproof products that I use everyday! :)

  29. Nicole

    I use Loreal Oil-free makeup remover :) Works amazing for me

  30. Juliana

    I always wash my face with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (the yellow one) and, after that, I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. They really work and take off all the makeup I used, even waterproof mascaras and strong liquid eye liners.

  31. Stephanie

    Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover from Mac is the best remover I have ever used. It’s oil based so layers of waterproof eye products, pro long wear lip products, foundations set with powder on top of primer, and lash glue melts immediately. The packaging allows the exact amount necessary; since a little goes a long way.

  32. barbara

    i use good ole baby oil and i like it

  33. Quinctia

    I use Wet n Wild’s, it’s cheap and gets the job done. (I don’t wear waterproof mascara, but I do wear waterproof eyeliner and it works on that.)

    The only downside to it is the lemon scent + alcohol content of the remover makes the stuff smell like a Mike’s Hard Lemonade to me.

  34. Julie

    Sophora waterproof eye makeup remover is the best I’ve used. It’s gentle, effective and doesn’t leave a film behind. It lasts forever and doesn’t smell bad. It takes things off with a single application. I love it!

  35. An

    I randomly bought Almay’s oil-free eye makeup remover during a shopping trip once, but it was a bad choice. The remover liquid stung my eyes! Makeup removal was eh. It was aite, my only choice at the time.

    Now I use CVS OIL-FREE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER and it’s sooooooo good!
    Cheap. Doesn’t sting eyes. Removes makeup VERY WELL!
    I don’t want to spend lots of money on remover products.
    The consistency of the makeup remover is so oil-like, but it’s not. I would still follow up with a facial cleanser just to be thoroughly clean. I wouldn’t want to leave the makeup remover residue on.

  36. Sarah Brossa

    I have yet to find a “favorite” eye makeup remover. They either don’t remove EVERYTHING or they sting my eyes…

  37. Summer Saiedi

    I found this awesome page on how to make your own oil cleanser using castor oil and sunflower seed oil. That is what I use to take off tough make up. What’s best is you dont even have to wash your face after you have used the oil! Best cheap alternative if you are a poor college student like myself 😉

  38. Justine

    Etude House Lip and Eye makeup remover works for me. and it’s just 198 pesos here in the Philippines for 100ml! (that’s around 4 or 5 dollars)

  39. Madison

    i use jojoba oil from trader joes….or olive oil from any store. i haven’t had a problem and the oils actually help my eye puffiness and fine lines. I hate eye makeup removers. they’re too expensive and they never work for me. I’ve tried quite a few and unless i get a sample i will never try any again. I don’t feel like wasting my money.

  40. I love using jojoba oil to remove eye makeup because it easily removes everything and is really affordable. I put a drop on my ring finger and then rub it into my lashes. Even the most difficult products to remove come off easily.

  41. Carly Rae

    I am in love with Almay’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover. I use both sides of the pad to take ALL my make up off. I wash my face with my regular cleanser right after taking my makeup off as it leaves somewhat of a shine. I’ve been using this for years and I would probably never ever switch makeup removers.

  42. I *absolutely LOVE* Earth Science organic eye makeup remover! Not only does it do the job on eyeshadow, mascara, primer, etc, IT DOES NOT STING. I just put some on a cotton pad (it’s thinner than a gel) and wipe away–then wash the rest of my face, starting with my eye area to wash off the remover.

    I have extremely sensitive eyes, prone to a rare eye condition, and this stuff has NEVER given me problems. It is the bombdiggity!

  43. Anything oily is a complete no-go for me, yet so many shop assistants insist that I won’t get my make-up off with a non-oily remover. Crealine H2O is the answer. So, hah!

  44. Rachel

    I love Bliss Lid+Lash Wash Makeup Remover. The gel formula is cooling and non-greasy. I put one pump on a cotton ball and then rub that with a second cotton ball so I have one for each eye. Then I use the other side of the cotton ball to remove any of the gel that is left on my skin. You can put full eye makeup on right away after using it without the makeup smearing or running. It doesn’t dry your skin out either.

  45. Anne

    Bioderma Sensibio is the best!

  46. Ana G.

    It’s something I don’t live without! My favorite one in the waterproof version one from the Sephora collection. It’s very effective and also not expensive at all.

  47. I can’t stand using makeup cleansing oil in my eyes, I just can’t… It gets inside and my sight gets blurred and it won’t come out, I just find it awful!

    I’ve been looking for my HG eye makeup remover for a while, and sadly, I haven’t found it. The gentle ones are not removing tough mascara, while the efficient ones are either irritating or greasy.

    The best one I’ve come across in terms of efficiency so far is Clinique Take the Day Off, but I don’t like the oily feeling on my lids. I’m using it though, cause I don’t know anything better.

  48. Rebecca

    I really do love Lancomes Bi-Facil but it is a bit pricey for a eye makeup remover, If you are looking for something similar to it that takes everything off without giving you irritation, Neutrogenas Oil Free Eye Makeup remover works just as well and is a fraction of the price!

  49. K

    RAVE: Lancôme Bi-Facil. Eye makeup removers are a MUST for me as I have oily lids and wear eye primer underneath my eye makeup along with waterproof mascara. Cleanser or makeup towelettes don’t cut it.

  50. Donna

    L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Eye Makeup Remover, but only the green one. I hear the blue one sucks. I love this stuff it takes off everything and I do wear waterproof mascara.

  51. Smidgeroo

    Target’s Up&Up dual-phase is pretty good stuff. It’s the only think that removes that Jemma Kidd Liquid Liner! 😀 (That eyeliner is seriously super-tenacious!)

  52. Pond’s, all the way. Everything else makes my eyes swell and burn. The green Pond’s (can’t remember the exact name) has been loved by the women (and men) in my family for years and years.

  53. Lark

    I’m not brand picky; I have a bottle of Walgreens copy of Neutrogena Eye Make Up Remover; I hate the whole category! Non greasy? Feels greasy! Blech. I use MAC Wipes, which used to take off everything, but they were changed during the shortage. The plant was by the nuclear power plant that melted down in Japan. So while they get all the shadow/liner some mascaras need the Special Bottle of Goo. If you don’t clean it all off, out fall the lashes! But I just hate the stuff. My beloved Wipes aren’t so different from drugstore now; a truly luxurious product gone plebe. Adding a step is what really irritates me the most. No, wait, ruining Wipes does!

    Of course the very worst part of all is having a fantastic eye make up day and having to destroy it…

  54. Cat

    My favorite that I’ve tried so far has to be Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover, though now I want to try the balm one!

    I’ve hated all the makeup remover pads I’ve ever used, I don’t know if there’s something in the formula once it’s in pad form, but they always sting!!!

  55. haleii

    i have super sensitive skin around my eyes and the neutrogena wipes made my eyes red itchy and puffy and burned sooo badly but the no7 wipes from target are a few dollars more but they are very moist and moisturizing and the packaging is great too so they dont dry out but i will say the liqiud neutrogena eye makeup remover is good

  56. Brenda

    Rave: Sonia Kashuk Remove
    Rant: Model in a Bottle. Yuck!!!