Monday, March 12th, 2012


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($5.79 for 3.8 fl. oz.) is a dual-phase remover, which means there are two layers of product and once the bottle is shaken, it can be used.  You can put a little bit on a cotton pad or cotton cloth, then press against the eye area, and gently swipe away the makeup.  Whenever I use a product like this, I like to press against the lid, wait a couple of seconds (not long at all, just not instantly attempting to remove), and then proceed to remove.  This remover nearly removes all traces of eye makeup for me, but it does struggle a bit against waterproof mascara.

I found that it can and will remove waterproof and long-wearing products, but if you’re wearing a full eye of makeup, you’re going to need to go back a second time and focus on removing the waterproof mascara.  It seems to take a little longer for the remover to breakdown waterproof mascara, and I’ve been able to eliminate the second step if I press the cotton pad against the lashes for about 5-10 seconds and then move to the eyelid.  I also like dipping a cotton swab in this formula and rolling it along the lash line to get every last trace of eyeliner off (it’s more effective than rubbing a cotton pad against the lash line, which often causes excess remover to get into the eye).  This can also work to remove lipstick and lipgloss (if I have bolder lip color or thick lipgloss on, I always remove lip products separate!).

Despite the claim “no oily residue,” there is a definite oily film left behind.  It’s not a full-on oiliness, akin to that of using jojoba or olive oil as a remover, but there’s something there.  On the flip side, it is better than a tight post-cleanse feeling that can often leave skin feeling stretched and dry.  I’m not bothered enough by it that I feel a second cleanse is necessary, but I suspect that some will.  I would recommend this product as an eye or lip makeup remover followed by a facial cleanser.

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36 thoughts on “Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Review & Photo

  1. Emm

    I guess the lack of oil makes it harder to remove the water-proof mascara.Is it fragrance-free?

  2. Paola

    How do you compare it to lancome Bi-facil?

    • Bi-Facil works a little better, but they’re very, very comparable.

    • Bernice

      I agree with Christine but the thing with the Bi-Facil is that it stings my eyes even I am super careful. I don’t really have sensitive eyes but the Bi-Facil does sting but the Neutrogena one deosn’t

  3. I just wanted to say that I do really like this, and it does work (i never wear waterproof mascara!) but I have Chronic Dry Eye and just really sensitive eyes in general, and it stung like crazy! Enough to make me stop using. So just a heads up to anyone else with the eye problem I have!

  4. How would you rate this then?

  5. KT

    I’ve found that while it does leave a “film” at first, it sinks in after 10-15min and leaves your skin feeling soft!

  6. cydoniac

    Hi Christine!! how do you find this compared to Mac’s Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover?

  7. AnGeLwInGz

    I’ve been using this for years with no problems, then again I don’t wear waterproof mascara, but it does work with my UD 24/7′s.

    • I don’t wear waterproof often either, but since it specifically said it can even tackle waterproof mascara on the bottle itself, I had to ;)

  8. Amanda

    This is definitely my least favorite makeup remover ever. It is so oily and whenever I use it on my eyes, it so easily gets in them and so I have this annoying film and crap in my eyes after. Sorry, I just really hate this stuff =/

  9. Paprika

    I used it a month and replace the old makeup removers like Lancôme and Bobbi brown! Cuz this one is really similar with those but further cheaper!! However has a bottleneck which makes me waste several drops every time. Thanks to the price I will still use it.

    I guess it similar to Loreal one.

  10. beachgal

    Agree – I feel an oily residue – but it dissipates in short order. I think it’s the slip agent they use to move the product over the eye so it does not tug and pull. It does not dry up as fast as the other parts in this product. If I am in a hurry to get my eye cream on (always it seems)…I just blot my eyes with a tissue after the remover and poof I am ready to put on my eye cream. I find my fav eye remover – the OLD formula of Mary Kay bi-phasic as well as Lancome bi-phasic did the same thing as this one you are reviewing from Neutrogena. The Maybelline oil free does not do it as bad – it seems to dry up faster but it tugs and pulls a little more than others that are bi-phasic.

  11. I love this, and for the price, it’s my favourite. I follow with Cleanse Off Oil by MAC and that baby gets rid of everything!

  12. Lian

    Omg ! I’m surprised you have this up. Not too many people rave about this product. I’ve used this for years now & it’s my go too for eye makeup remover. It’s a really great product considering the price. I can use this over & over. I love this ! I love your website btw. I visit it on a daily basis just to see what’s hot/new. Or to see swatches / reviews to decide if I want the product or not. You have the best descriptions! Keep it going!!

  13. Rebecca

    I used to use this before I switched over to Lancomes Bi-facil, I find them both to be very very similar, so much in fact once I run out of Bi-facil i am just going to keep purchasing the Neutrogena one. My only difference I have found is with bi-facil it doesnt smudge around my black eye liner and mascara like the Neutrogena remover did but I can easily get over that considering I always cleanse after any ways. Really like this product (:

  14. This is one of my all-time favorite makeup removers! I do usually follow it up with a facial cleanser or at the very least a splash of water to clean up the residue. Thanks for the tip of using a q-tip to get the remnants of mascara off – I always struggle with that and am afraid of tugging!

  15. Kia

    Christine I’m glad your posting this. This is the best eye makeup remover. I mean my top 3 is Chanel’s, lancomes, and this 1. I love it and the price is even better. Btw at CVS you may find the double packs for the price of one at some locations not al!

  16. Georgia Llewellyn

    Betsy I have chronic dry eye too. This is my HG remover.

  17. Catherine

    I thought this worked well as a remover but I noticed I was losing more eyelashes when I used it. Can’t promise a direct cause-effect but it worried me enough to switch to something else.

  18. I love this stuff! I’ve been using it for years. Very nice review. Thank you!

  19. An

    This remover stung my eyes.

    Your review is exactly how I feel about CVS’s oil-free makeup remover though. I’m very happy about how it doesn’t sting my eyes.

    I don’t like the oily/filmy residue, but I don’t hate it. I’ve always washed my face with a cleanser after, anyway so I don’t know the effects of letting it linger.

  20. Tina

    I only use this at night, so the oily residue doesn’t bother me at all. This stuff is my favorite make up remover!

  21. Katherine

    I have been using this eye makeup remover for years. It works great! The price is amazing. Effective, cheap..what more could you ask for? :) ps – I agree that it is a little bit oily but it doesn’t bother me.

  22. Charito

    I actually prefer Sonia Kashuk’s eye makeup remover to the Neutrogena one. It’s a bit more expensive ($10 for 4oz.) but I feel that It works better. You can find it at Target.

  23. I use this every day. But I have to wash my face afterwards.

  24. This is my holy grail makeup remover! *Tip..if you’re say…at Walmart..and it’s not available…the Equate brand that’s similar to the Neutrogena brand..(even same style bottle) works just the same!

  25. Tina

    For those saying this product is too oily, aren’t you washing your faces after using this? Or at least wiping off with a wipe?

    I used to use this, due to my eyes always stinging with many other products; however, I found a generic version of this exact remover made by Walmart! I also use their wipes and have never had a breakout or eye-stinging problem! Saving money this way allows me to spend more on makeup!!! lol

  26. judiluki

    I have tried to love because of the price but I can’t seem to! I really want something that can take off my waterproof mascara in one swipe but I don’s want to pay too much! ..LOL, any suggestions???

  27. shusheshe

    This was actually the worst makeup remover I’ve ever used.

  28. BooBooNinja

    I completely agree with your review.