Eye Makeup Remover Reviews

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Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover ($5.99)
This is hands down the best dual-phase eye makeup remover in the market considering how cheap it is. It contains Iceland moss extract to hydrate and calm the skin and oil to remove stubborn eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. It also feels very gentle on the skin and is never too drying or too oily. I highly recommended this for all types of skin.

Chanel Precision Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover ($27.50)
Like Lancome’s Bi-facil, this comes in a dual-phase formula. It contains water cornflower extract and water rose extract to soothe and calm the eye area. It is also fragrance-free and does not leave a oily film like Lancome’s and it never stings. It is pretty effective but a tad expensive for an eye makeup remover so I say get it only if you have the extra money.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (~$3)
People have been using this to remove waterproof mascara and the most stubborn makeup since forever. It is extremely gentle, non-irritating, cheap, widely available and works just as well as your department store makeup removers. I used this last night and my eye makeup came right off after one swipe. If you wear contacts like I do, however, remember to take them out before using it – the oil can mess up your contacts.

L’oreal Gentle Eye Make Up Remover ($6)
Since Lancome is owned by L’oreal, their products usually share a similar, if not, the same formula. I *loved* Bi-facil so I picked this one up, hoping it would be a great knock-off but boy was I wrong! Compared to Lancome’s Bi-facil, this definitely feels drier on my skin. It does remove my eye makeup but for heavier makeup, you would need a few more swipes. It also does not do anything to waterproof mascaras and made my eyes all dry and itchy. I am so staying away from this one!


Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover ($23)
This used to be my holy grail. It has a dual-phase formula so you have to shake it before using it. It leaves a slightly oily film behind but can be easily washed off. It is extremely gentle yet effective on my sensitive eyes. Thumbs up for this one!

Lumene Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover ($5.99)
This fragrance-free and pH-balanced remover claims to contain linseed extract to effectively remove water soluble eye makeup while being super gentle to your eyes. It somehow reminds me Rimmel’s Gentle Eye Make Up Remover and even though it did a good job removing my makeup, it definitely failed in the “kind to your eyes” department. I actually experienced minor stinging and the skin around my eyes got red too – booo!

Nivea Visage Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover (£3.25)
Don’t ask me why but I developed mild eczema on my left eyelid last winter (I think Ponds’ Bare and Repair Eye Makeup Remover might be the culprit for it) and all oil-based removers were irritating my skin so much I had to stop using them. I then started my hunt for a gentle eye makeup remover and when I read that this was one of the most effective yet gentle eye makeup removers out there, I took a chance and I am so glad that I did. This really is great for sensitive skin! It contains soothing Provitamin B5 to hydrate the eye area and never leaves behind any greasy residue. All I need to do is soak up two cotton pads with this, place one on each eye, hold it for 15 seconds then wipe and everything comes off. However, since it does not contain any oil and is “extra gentle”, it will not remove waterproof mascara completely – you would definitely need an oil-based remover for that.

Pond’s Bare and Repair Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover ($5)
This is a great knock-off version of Lancome’s Bi-facil. Its dual-phase formula removes mascara (even waterproof mascara) like a dream – all I have to do is soak up a cotton ball with this, press it against my eyes for a couple of seconds and everything comes right off. It is also very moisturizing (mostly because of the oil) – my skin never feels tight after using this. Plus at $6 a pop, you really cannot beat the price.

Pond’s Cold Cream ($5)
This is probably one of the most gentle eye makeup removers out there. It does not sting my eyes a bit and it removes every bit of my eye makeup. Christina Aguilera also uses cold cream to take off her makeup. The only downside to this is that it can get messy and if you get it into your eyes, it blurs your vision.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Make Up Remover ($6)
This works great removing eyeshadow and regular mascara but my waterproof mascara did not budge a bit even though I held the cotton pad onto my eyes for almost a minute. It also made my eyes a little dry and when my eyes get irritated, it stings when I use it. I would only recommend it if you wear regular mascara and do not have sensitive eyes.
Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Phyllis,

    just thought Id let you know, another fantastic product to use to remove your make up, is sweet almond oil, we were told in college that this is the best, natural way to remove your eye make up.Even waterproof mascara comes off.It can be purchased at most health food stores and its inexpensive.

  2. I tried the olive oil last night and it works great! And that reminds me, here’s another great use for olive oil: tar! I live next to the beach and I get tar on my bare feet and flip flops all the time and for those of you who have experienced it beofre, you know it’s a b*tch to clean. Well just clean your feet and shoes with olive oil and voila! tar free. Yay!

  3. I literally ran out to buy the ponds cold cream after reading these reviews. It is TOTALLY gentle and all that, but can you tell me how the real way to apply it is? Do i use a cotton ball or a pad?
    I tried using a cotton ball but the cream was just too creamy for it and it was hard removing. Also, the cream was hard to get off my eyelashes.

  4. olive oil eh?
    im lucky because i live in spain…and for them…olive oil is used on/with everything…basically…
    never thought of it..i should try it out…
    thanks!

  5. Pond’s cold cream is really very creamy and messy when i tried to remove my eyemake up.Instructions says to remove them with warm water but it left my skin really really oily and i felt like a layer of oil covering it.

  6. My eye dr. just told me not to use any oil for removing my eye makeup as it is drying to my eyes. Apparently it blocks the ducts thus the dry eyes. Is there any type of eye makeup remover that does not contain a bunch of chemicals or oil that is healthy to use? I would love a recipe I can mix myself since I will then know it doesn’t contain chemicals. I also wear contact occasionally. Thanks!

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