Top Five Makeup Removers

Putting on eye makeup is fun. Taking it off — not so much. We’ve tried countless removers that leave us looking like a raccoon in the morning or worse, are so ineffective that we end up rubbing until we have raw, stinging eyes. Lucky for you, we’ve weeded out all the duds and narrowed down the field to our top five favorites. We promise that none of these are oily, irritating, or drying. Are you ready to go clean?

If you’re sensitive: Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

If you’ve tested eye makeup removers and had negative reactions (read: redness, stinging, or swelling), then Klorane’s formula will be a dream come true. Formulated with a pH similar to tears and using cornflower water, which is known for its decongesting and soothing properties, this product is ideal for those with even the most delicate of eye areas.

If you’re low-maintenance: philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths

It doesn’t get any easier than makeup remover wipes. They’re essential for travel or when you’re on-the-go, and are especially good for no-fuss girls. These towelettes will gently remove all your eye makeup — no rinse necessary.

If you’re super dry: Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover

When evaluating removers, our criterion is simple: will it eliminate all traces of eye makeup? But maybe we should also asses if it's effective and extra-soothing. This salve is infused with vitamin A, C, and E and packed with plant-derived sterols and lipids to deeply hydrate as it gets rid of makeup. It needs to be massaged into your eye area for 30 seconds to help break down stubborn products, but you’ll reap the benefits of both clean and restored skin.

If you’re all-natural obsessed: Jurlique Eye Makeup Remover

There’s something very appealing about all-natural ingredients gentling melting eye makeup off — which is exactly how this moisturizing cream works. Jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil remove pesky makeup, while also hydrating.

If you’re a makeup fiend: Lancome Bi-Facial

If you go the whole nine yards every day and load on the concealer, shadow, eyeliner, and mascara, then you need a heavy duty remover. Enter Lancome’s Bi-Facial Eye Makeup Remover. This formula eliminates even the most overzealous eye makeup combinations in mere seconds, and even though it means serious business, you will experience no oily residue or irritation.

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