Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Best Eye Makeup Remover…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

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134 thoughts on “The Hit List: Best Eye Makeup Remover

  1. I’ve only tried one, but I love Neutrogena’s. It’s cheap and gets the job done really well!

    • Jess K

      I definitely love the neutrogena. I got to try a sample of Lancome bi-facil, and I feel they are the exact same product. Neutrogena is so much cheaper so I will stick with that.

  2. brielle

    definately lancome bi-facil!!!

  3. I’ve been using Mary Kay’s for at least 10 years now, I love it!

    • Hannah

      I second this!
      It’s so good.
      I’ve tried the Neutrogena one, and it burned my eyes. :(

      • SusyLovesMac

        I 3rd this..lol…

        Mary Kay’s oil free makeup remover works excellent for me and only $14 bucks! :)

  4. Avatar of Victoria Victoria

    Jojoba oil is amazing! It removes everything, and is super gentle

    • Olive oil works for me – I guess most people don’t like to use oils but they remove everything, just need to rinse it off and olive oil never gave me any breakouts.

  5. Avatar of Kristina kristina

    Lancome Bi Facil!!

    Some Ideas for future weeks:
    base coat
    cuticle remover
    hand cream
    lip balm
    hair spray
    eyeliner/ lipliner sharpener

  6. listenlikethieves

    There aren’t a lot of MAC products that make my top ten list, but I confess to adoring Cleanse Off Oil. It will remove ANYTHING in one go and doesn’t do anything terrifying to my skin.

  7. Katie

    Chanel! Pricey but amazing, you only need a tiny bit to get everything off.

  8. Avatar of Alex alex

    MAC cleanse-off oil makes it sooo easy to remove the most stubborn eye makeup (and my lashes love it too, as it is very gentle).

  9. Hey Christine !

    For me it’s Make Up Forever Sens’Eyes, no doubt !

  10. Clinique Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover works really well. Its a cream and it truly is gently !

  11. lazeny

    Shu Uemura cleansing oils. This can remove even the most stubborn waterproof and sweat proof products. It’s amazing!

  12. Megan

    I really love Almay Makeup Remover Pads(the oil free ones)!!! I’ve been buying them for at least three years:)

  13. Hands down, Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It’s cheap, gets the job done, gentle, easy to use, no oily residues. I’m in love. Hey, it even removes that stubborn black gel liner from Coastal Scents…

  14. le

    My HG is DHC Deep cleansing oil it melts away makeup with ease!

  15. My best eye makeup remover is….jojoba oil!
    I love it because it is gentle on the skin, nourishes and removes quickly and effectively and even waterproof makeup….and it’s very cheap ;)

  16. Avatar of Krista HebrideanSprite

    Nivea eye makeup remover cream- doesn’t sting eyes, you need hardly any, its cheap and the company doesn’t test on animals. All in all perfect!

    • Mary

      Actually Neutrogena DOES test on animals. They’ve been on PETA’s list of companies who test on animals for years.

  17. I’d say Luzier Gentle Eye Makeup Remover or Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. Both are awesome and neither has alcohol.

  18. Kaylynrenee

    Okay, I just love you Christine. THANK YOU for asking this!!

    I’m still in the market for my HG eye makeup remover but so far I’ve tried and actually repurchased Clinique’s Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. On one hand, I love that it’s creamy as it feels good to have that cushion when working with such a delecate area, but on the other hand, it’s messy! Effective, but messy.

    I’m currently using the Mary Kay eye makeup remover. Meh…

  19. Catherine

    Clinique take the day off makeup remover. It takes off mac liquidlast eyeliner easily.

  20. I love Clinique’s Take the Day Off. It’s one of the more pricey options, but I wear about as much makeup as you, so you know how hard it can be to remove at the end of the day. (Plus, you don’t have to use much) And I am REALLY impatient when it comes to getting ready for bed (probably because I wait until I am pooped to get ready) so anything fast = good! Plus, it’ll take off anything! Those Mac ProLongwears? Instantly removed! (Yes, use it on lips if you have to!!) Anything that is hard to remove, I try the Take the Day Off and it usually works!

  21. marisa

    MUFE sens’eyes! removes any and all makeup, including waterproof, doesn’t sting my sensitive skin, AND leaves zero residue or oil behind! and you only need a drop, so one bottle lasts about 6 months. i’m in love with it!

  22. Michi

    clinique – take tha day off, eye remover and balm!

  23. Laura

    Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover!

  24. Susan

    Lancome Bi-Facil… Hands down!

  25. Patty

    Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. I have oily skin, so it sounded horrible, but I took a leap of faith and ended up finding my HG remover. Gets EVERYTHING off and I never wake up with raccoon eyes from the stuff left behind by the removers you shake up.

  26. happybadfish

    “Gentle Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover” by Nivea. I have been using it for over 10 years. It get it all off in one swipe without pulling and rubbing! Love it!

  27. Beck

    The best eye makeup remover I have used is MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil. It throughly removes my heaviest mascara,eyeliner and shadows effortlessly.
    It also conditions the skin, and because the texture is so smooth and slick it does not cause any tugging on the delicate eye area like some other removers.Plus it has no mineral oil. I bought Bliss’s eye makeup remover which they market as the “best eye makeup remover in the world”. I did not think it was that great, it does have nice cooling properties but the gloopy gel texture was hard to work with and it did not take my makeup off every easily.
    My vote goes to MAC cleanse off oil. I have not tried the blue Lancome one in a long time I forgot it if is good or not.

  28. Avatar of Alisha Alisha in WI

    Benefit’s gees that was quick. It’s the best oil free one I have tried but it’s kind of expensive though so I’m on the lookout for a new one.

    • Rachel

      I have this and I swear it’s not meant for eye makeup. It doesn’t even cut through my shadow! Useless for eye makeup.

  29. Thais

    Hands down, MAC Cleanse Off Oil!

  30. Marta

    Lancome is the best in my opnion.

  31. Clinique Take the Day Off for Lashes, Lids, and Lips. By far the best I’ve tried. Gets off everything with no tugging or burning.

  32. LeChatonNoir

    I just use my MAC cleanse off oil to remove everything, but Chanel’s eye makeup remover is excellent.

  33. Avatar of Connie Connie

    Lancome Bi-facial hands down. I don’t get that nasty oil residue left on my eyes, doesn’t sting, and removes everything. Love it.

  34. Francesca

    it’s the “take the day off” by clinique, but the gel not the liquid one’s… sorry for my english..!

  35. Sylvia

    baby oil, it gets rid of everything!

    • Tracey

      I’ve tried baby oil too, but my only problem with that is my eyes are so oily the next morning that my eyeliner won’t go on properly….or stay on. I’m still searching for the best eye makeup remover.

  36. Jenna P

    Baby oil! it gets rid of my waterproof mascara like nothing else can. And it makes my eyes look and feel moisturized :) But I only use it on my eye area not the rest of my face because I’m scared it might clog pores.

  37. Avatar of konconsc konconsc

    I love my loreal eye makeup remover the most..the two layers one..
    i tried lancome, clean and clear, clinique, mac and many other brands, nothing compares to loreal.

  38. starr

    i havent tried a lot of different ones but lancomes BI-FACIL – Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is really good :)

  39. Michelle

    Cosmedicine Healthy Cleanse. I discovered it on accident. It got rid of my smokey eye with a couple of wipes.

  40. Avatar of Alexis Alexis

    Definitely Mary Kay, because it is exactly like the Lancome one but about half the price.

  41. Eva

    Plain old jojoba oil. :o)
    Gets even waterproof mascara off and doesn´t burn like baby oil.

  42. Nicole

    I adore MACs Cleanse-Off- Oil. It’s the best, because this stuff removes everything.

  43. Christina

    Definitely the Clean and Clear products. I love the Make up dissolving foaming cleanser as well as their wipes.

    I don’t care for the MAC wipes, believe it or not, way too greasy and I don’t like the smell. I wasn’t crazy about the Neutrogena wipes either, however I recently tried the oil-free ones and they are fantastic.

  44. Lourdes

    Mary Kay, removes everything without leaving a greasy residue.I’ve used it for many years.

  45. Lauren

    Lancome Bi-facil — hands down! Doesn’t irritate and works like a dream

  46. Christine

    Lancome Bi-Facil

  47. Avatar of Shontay shontay

    Mufe sens’eyes

  48. Sari

    I like MAC Gently Off Eye & Lip Make Up Remover , it ‘s the only one I ‘ve found that can take of liquidlast liner .

  49. I always go back to Lancome Bi-Facial, always. It easily gets everything off love it, wish it was cheaper!

  50. TheSerpentsApple

    Ultra Bland by LUSH is the only thing I can use to remove eye makeup anymore. I used to use Clinque Take the Day Off and then Sonja Kashuk’s purple stuff (similar to the Clinique formula) but now they make the skin around my eyes tender. The drawback to Ultra Bland is that it is an oil and it needs to either be taken off with their toner or very hot water. For those with oily skin, it could be an issue. My skin is like the Sahara . . . so, it works for me.

  51. StellarStace

    Kiehl’s extremely gentle eye makeup remover! My skin is sensitive and I wear contacts…this is the only kind that I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes or the skin in that area. And Kiehl’s has a recycling program too, which is nice.

    • Rajinder

      I agree Kiehl’s gentle eye make-up remover is the best on the market for sensitive eyes – not ideal when you are budgeting though. The best all rounder is No7 eye make-up remover (and I’m not a fan of No7 products.) WORST PRODUCT: Simple eye make-up remover – which the Sunday Times listed as the best one for doing the job – it burns my eyes and gives me headaches.

  52. Wendy

    I love Clinique’s!
    I used to have a sample-sized bottle of Take the Day Off make up remover for lids, lashes and lips and I loved it!
    I also loved how it isn’t the oily kind.
    A shame I ran out and have a bottle of the oily kind…

  53. Jocelyn W

    Lancome’s bi facil is the Best eye makeup remover but I use Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil because it’s an overall better, milder. One drawback to the shu uemura is that it’s oil based (don’t worry it doesn’t make you break out) but you REALLY have to scrub it off properly (as you should it all makeup removers)

  54. Kelli

    Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover! Love it!

  55. Avatar of Michele Michele

    Lancome Bi-Facial

  56. Andrea

    I love MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil!

  57. Diana B

    Mary Kay & Neutrogena

  58. Carmen

    I really like cleansing oils. I used to use jojoba oil + Olay Daily Facials for stubborn mascara, but I like cleansing oils much more, they’re so much faster to use and gentle on my eyes as well.

  59. Julie

    I LOVE The Body Shop’s Chamomile Eye make-up remover. It’s not greasy and doesn’t sting your eyes or make your vision blurry. Only drawback is that its a bit pricey (8.4 oz for about $16, I believe) – but totally worth it!

  60. Alexis

    I’ve had decent luck with the Mary Kay eye makeup remover, but I’d definitely be up for finding something better!

  61. Annette

    I recently found the Chanel Biphase eye makeup remover, and it is the best I have used in years. No eye irritation, no makeup residue. It’s amazing!

  62. whitney

    I wear waterproof mascara everyday because I found my HG mascara is Dior Blackout Waterproof. The two best products are 1: DHC cleansing oil. Its $25 a bottle and completely removes the mascara without needing to rub hard. 2: Ponds cold cream, the only draw back is the need to rub my eye area hard to remove the cold cream, and it permanently stains the washcloth you use to remove the makeup. I have also used Shieshido cleaning oil, the yellow one, and it works almost as good as DHC but I need to use it twice to get it all off and then the $28 bottle doesnt last as long. Also Sonia K at target makes a great $9 eyemakeup remover (yes its oil based) and if you want to go real cheap olive oil or vegetable oil work great in a pinch for waterproof mascara.

  63. I like Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. It never stings and takes off everything. I try other ones from time to time and find them too oily or they sting. I always come back to this one.

  64. Avatar of Marian Marian

    Lancome Bifacil is my favorite

  65. It has to be Make Up Forever Sens Eyes. It’s creamy and dissolved all of my eye make up. Waterproof make up is not a problem.

  66. Ann

    Ultrabland from LUSH. It’s so gentle but it gets EVERYTHING off.

  67. Charlene

    Mary Kay

  68. Joanna

    My fave is MAC wipes.

  69. Crystal

    Sonia Kashuk’s Remove from Target.

  70. Avatar of ShaSha ShaSha

    Lancome Bi Facil and Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover.

  71. Stephanie

    Clinique’s Take the Day Off!!! It’s oil-free, silicon based and gets everything off – waterproof mascara, fluidline, etc. LOVES it!

  72. Hands down Clean & Clear’s Eye Make Up Remover (The purple bottle)! I don’t know if it is me though but it seems I can’t find this at my Target or Wal Mart, ULTA is the only place where I can find it.

  73. well, Ive only used lancome’s bi-facil eye makeup remover before and while it’s pretty good on all my other waterproof makeup, I find it slightly harder to remove my anna sui waterproof mascara

  74. It’s gotta be Lancome Bi-Facil. :D

  75. Bowie

    i really like the bobby brown cleansing oil!

  76. Huong

    I’m using The Face Shop eye m.u remover for sensitive eyes and it’s pretty good, it’s oil-free and alcohol-free so really gentle but does the job well (I dont wear mascara though).

    I have MILIA so everything put on my face must be oil-free! I’d be so thankful if you make some “hit lists” about best oil-free makeup and skincare products Christine :D
    eg concealer, foundation, moisturizer, eye cream etc

  77. Marjan

    In love with Benefit’s ‘Gee… that was quick!’. Does the job and looks cute, what more can a girl want? ^^

  78. Freya

    Clinique Eye-makeup remover followed by Clinique Take the Day off.
    Works wonders.

  79. Tee

    Clinque “Take the day off” cleansing balm

  80. Crissy

    Shu uemura cleansing oils..gone through two bottles of these and i still love them :D

  81. illy

    Clinique Take The Day Off!

  82. Ally

    shu uemura cleansing oils – hands down. i tried everything and a lot of the removers irritated my sensitive lenses wearing eyes. i had to spend a lot of time massaging the products into the lashes and sometimes get the blurry visions from top brands like Lancome. now i’m saved :)

  83. Kerry

    ive only ever tried a few but atm im using boots no 7 cleanse and care eye makeup remover and really like it :) its so gentle and doesnt sting my eyes at all :)

  84. I really like the Chanel, but I like MAC’s too, the purple one, don’t remember what it is called right now ..

  85. Fanta

    I love the Neutrogena oil free remover!! It is very sensitive and it does not irritate the eyes. I also love baby wipes; cheap, but very effective!!!

  86. Avatar of Anne Anne

    Another vote for Clinique’s Take the Day Off. I use it first for my eye makeup, then whatever I can get of the rest.

    I also love Clean & Clear’s Makeup Dissolving Cleanser (purple pump bottle) for any makeup except for the eyes. As someone else mentioned, though, it can be hard to find.

  87. Heidi

    Make Up Forever Sens Eyes! My #1 favorite, doesn’t irritate my very sensitive eyes and will remove everything!

    Previously I’ve used Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and MAC Gently Off Eye/Lip. I’d get the MAC remover again for a mix-up liquid cleanser.

  88. ambersmile

    Neutrogena oil-free makeup remover.

  89. Avatar of Amy Amy

    I absolutely love BalmsAway The Make up Break Up by TheBalm. I suppose noone has really tried it, because I never hear anything about it. I have sensitive skin & eyes and this stuff get rid of all of my eye make-up and then I just use a MAC wipe to remove my face make-up. :)

  90. Jen

    up&up eye makeup remover from target…amazing AND cheap!!

  91. Hannah

    its not really a makeup remover but I love LUSH baby face!
    i warm it up slightly and just rub the whole bar over my face and smooth EVERYWHERE! It is pretty much just oil and that can scare some people and can cause breakouts (I have very oily skin), but I just rinse as much as I can off then wash my face with the clinique bar face wash…erm, thing? Yeah, but that removes ALL excess oil and my face is makeup free!
    Its super gentle too :)

  92. Jenn

    Almay oil-free makeup remover..love it..both the face wipes and pads

  93. Lancome bi-facil. I always come back to it. I want to try the makeup wipes from Costco!

  94. The best, the HG eye make up remover for me is definitely Lancome bi-facial !!!!! Works wonderful, feeling no greasy at all !! My 2nd best choice would be the balm from Clinique, and then the 3rd best would be eye make up remover from Clinique

  95. Avatar of Shireen Neena

    Bioderma Sensibio H20 – perfect for my very sensitive skin around my eyes.

  96. SO many people have gone with Clinique Take the Day Off. I have used it in the past and actually found out that I prefer Loreal’s two-phase remover(the blue one) It’s much cheaper and, I’ve found, quicker. I would highly recommend!

  97. Stephanie

    I always wear waterproof mascara and good ol’ fashion cold cream has never failed me. I just gently rub it into my lashes and wipe it off.

  98. diana

    pond’s cold cream

  99. Lu

    Créaline H2O (Bioderma) is the best makeup remover, trust me!

    And Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes for travel.

  100. Roxy

    Merle Norman’s LUXIVA® Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover.