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For intense lip products, I like makeup remover wipes, because it takes it right off and there is no scrubbing involved. For intense eye looks, I like dual-phase removers like Lancome Bi-Facil, because it gets everything off without a fuss. Generally, I use a cleansing oil (like shu uemura’s), which works well to get most makeup off (even intense eye or lip makeup) but may not get into the nooks and crannies.

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I only have experience with cream and wipe removers, neither of which I like, but I’m curious about gel ones. I’ll be keeping an eye out on this topic to see what people recommend.

I only recently began using a cleansing oil (MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil), but I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner. I tend to wear a lot of waterproof and long wear products, but it literally melts everything right off. Everything else I’ve tried requires a lot more work or even double washing.

I personally use an oil makeup remover, specifically MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover. That way when I remove my makeup or clean up fallout, I can quickly reapply if I want.

For me, my faves are my favorites:

Mary Kay Make-up Remover – Great for easily removing waterproof eye make-up like magic; it TRULY WORKS without tugging and irritating your eyes – safe for contact lens wearers, too! This is one of those hidden gems not talked about so much; and

ARCONA Triad Pads – Excellent for removing facial make-up quickly – deep cleanse, hydrates and safe for oily skin types. It’s a cleanser and toner in one which is great for travel or to keep in your everyday handbag – It leaves your face feeling smooth and leaves a yummy-smelling scent – natural ingredients, too (cranberries)!

I really want to try Alcone Make-up Remover Cloths. Has anyone ever tried these?

While I agree that a cleansing oil like Shu Uemura’s cuts through heavy makeup the quickest, I use a cleansing water most days (Bioderma Sensibio H2O) because I don’t wear heavy eye makeup and an oil-free formula removes the need to double cleanse immediately when I’m removing my makeup after work. I also like cream-to-oil formulas, like Helen Rubinstein Prodigy Makeup Remover (discontinued?), which feel less drying than your usual cleansing oil and is easier to rinse clean.

i’ve tried oil, lotion, mousse, gel, wipes.. and i like makeup remover wipes too when taking off lip products.. but by far the best makeup remover i’ve used is the oil type.. i use mac cleanse off oil! 🙂

Wipes are too expensive. Dual-phase (the one from Marcelle is amazing) are nice but I feel like I’m wasting too much for my entire face.
My favourite is oil-based like MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil (this one doesn’t sting your eyes). One pump and I massage it all over my face and into the nooks and wash off. Its all off without using cotton pads or using too much.

I like natural 100% jojoba oil – my main concern is removing eye makeup and sometimes and intense lipstick. I used to have a very difficult time with eye makeup removers – most would irritate my eyes (same with eye creams). But jojoba works like a dream, and I leave some on around my eyes as a nightly moisturizer. I just found a nice large bottle on sale at Sallys.

Balm-to-oil removers are lovely. I love Clinique’s Take the day off because it melts my tightlined waterproof, smudgeproof eye pencil (my most stubborn item of MU) in FOUR SECONDS. No tugging or losing lashes :).

Clinique-take the day off- cleansing balm is the bast makeup remower I’ve ever tried. It’s a cleansing oil but in a hard form.

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is the best I’ve ever used and Ive tried pretty much everything. It is a wax that turns to a milk when massaged into skin. Doesn’t sting eyes and removes the toughest makeup. One pot lasts ages as well.

I’m prone to dermatitis and can’t use make up remover, so I use sweet almond oil. Does a great job and moisturises at the same time.

My favorite makeup remover is the Bare Escentuals Purifying Facial Cleanser. It can be used as a facewash in the shower, or you can put it on a tissue and use it dry. It has a great smell; it’s halfway between a clean-soap smell and a eucalyptus smell. I either use that, or my Yes To Blueberries wipes.

I use oil (currently plain extra-virgin olive oil, but I also like almond oil, etc.) for my eye make-up. I wet my eyes with warm water, rub some oil in and take it all off with more warm water. Then I use a separate cleanser for my face, the best one I’ve tried is FANCL cleansing oil, it’s super gentle and removes everything in no time. It’s the only cleanser that doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight AND removes make-up efficiently at the same time. I’m super pleased with this combo and will continue to use it.
I hate wipes, but I would like to give Bioderma a try.

Micellar solutions all the way (Bioderma)! But occasionally I enjoy a good cleansing milk or oil.
But I have truly a distaste for dual-phase make-up removers, they just don’t work on me, they don’t melt away my mascara but leave my skin with a horrible greasy film, no thanks!

Hello!
My eyes are very sensitive, and the only Eye make up removers who don’t irritate my eyes, but remove very well the makeup are, for the moment, Yves Rocher – Démaquillant express yeux sensibles and Yves Saint Laurent – Instant Pur Démaquillant Yeux Haute Performance.
The first is also very cheap.
Ciao
Vale

I mostly use a lotion from l’ oréal. First a cleaning lotion and than a tonic.
It works fine so I’m not thinking about taking another product to remove my make up.

I love my Makeup Forever Sens’Eyes cream makeup remover for all of my eye makeup – even waterproof eyeliner and mascara. It takes it all off in one swipe of a cotton pad and it doesn’t sting my eyes (I wear contacts too). For my face I just use Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes then to cleanse I use my Clarisonic Mia with Philosophy Purity cleanser. Everything comes off!

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