Okay so you take off your makeup at night but in the morning are still waking up with mascara flakes on your cheeks or eyeliner somehow smudged under your eyes? Have no fear the best makeup removers are here! I have tried so many different makeup removers over the years from wipes, to liquids, cleansers and balms. I’ve been around the block and I now know what I like and what I don’t. If I’m going to waste the extra precious minutes of sleep that I could have washing off my makeup, then I want to make sure that 1. It’s effective 2. Doesn’t sting my eyes and 3. Works real fast. I have broken down today’s contenders into categories—liquids, cleanser cremes/ balms and wipes. Let’s get right in there!
Hands down my most favorite liquid makeup remover is the Clinique Take of the Day makeup remover. It’s absolutely fantastic! One swipe of a saturated cotton round on your eye makeup and it’s gonzo. It works fantastic on your face makeup as well. It doesn’t have a fragrance and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. The only drawback is that it does sting my eyes ever so slightly. It’s also quite pricey for a makeup remover ($19 for 4.2 oz).
Moving along, my second love when it comes to liquid makeup removers are micellar waters. Are you asking yourself, ‘what even is micellar water?’ Yes, well you’re not alone! I had no idea but obviously I tried it out first and then I looked it up. Sometimes, I worry myself. Micellar water is a blend of tiny oil cleansing molecules called micelles, suspended in ‘soft’ water. I’m sure going through the makeup aisles of Target or CVS you’ve seen bottles that are labeled Micellar Water. My top 2 favorite micellar waters are the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99 for 13.5 oz) and the Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($16.90 for 16.9oz). The Garnier Skin Active is super great. The liquid kind of confuses me because it looks like its half water and half oil although it states that its ‘oil free’ and that it’s micellar water. At any rate, the product works exceptionally well after you give it a good shake but be careful because this will sting your eyes and cause you to contemplate how life would be if you could never see again. The Bioderma on the other hand is completely different. This one takes a little resting of the cotton round on your eyes for it to really get off the product. However, it is super gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes at all no matter how much of the liquid gets in my eyes. I absolutely love Bioderma for this exact gentle reason. Also, you get a load of makeup remover! Don’t think that all micellar waters are created equal! I have tried others like the Simple Micellar Water, that have turned out to be absolute duds and make it nearly impossible to take your makeup off.
Other great makeup removers: Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover ($3.99 for 3.8 oz)
I’ll be honest, I don’t gravitate towards these as much because I’m not a huge fan of the whole process that goes along with it. This is going to sound silly but the main reason I don’t like these is that you have to put them on your face like you would do with any face cleanser and then use water to wash it off. Easy enough right? Wrong. I don’t like them because every single time I go to use the water it always drips down my arms and soaks my sleeves. I’m not sure why that aggravates me so much but it does!
The Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is outstanding. It’s completely solid until you begin to rub it in on your skin. Once it makes contact with your skin and you begin to work it in it becomes almost an oil appearance. During this time, you can actually see your makeup appearing to melt off. It’s so crazy. After adding water, it becomes a milky consistency and you just wash off the mixture all together. If I didn’t hate getting my sleeves wet I would only ever use this product to take my makeup off. The tiniest bit goes such a long way that’s how I justify the $29 price tag for 3.8 oz. Your skin is left feeling super moisturized and soft after just one use. The balm is not greasy at all and doesn’t have any fragrance. However, when I say this product stings your eyes I don’t mean like “oh ouch, that hurts” I mean it’s like I hope you remember what the world looked like before because this will leave your eyes a little spotty and blurry for a bit. I think this is due to the change from a balm to an oil. If you are going to use this product it’s super great just please be careful with your eyes, it’s more of an unsettling feeling than any sort of burning.
Last but not least the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme ($34 for 7.2 oz). This is similar to the Clinique Balm in that you need water activate the cleanser. However, this product looks and acts exactly like a face cream. You squeeze out the crème and apply it all over your face as you normally would. Then wet your face and further work in the product before washing it off completely. This is very gentle on your skin and also leaves behind a hydration to the skin. It’s very refreshing. The cleansing crème smells exactly like coconut. It’s not too overpowering but still makes you wish you were sitting on a beach somewhere. Sometimes when I’m lazy, I’ll use this cleanser without adding water and just wiping it off with a cotton round instead. It’s a little harder to get my makeup off without adding the water but it still gets the job done! The smell of this product is what gets me every time; I absolutely love it. I think this a great product and can definitely be used with or without water.
Personally, I don’t particularly like makeup wipes because I always feel like I need to use a ton to fully get off my makeup. However, I know some people do like them so I thought I’d share some that I’ve used in the past and really liked!
- Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-In-One Cleansing Wipes ($5.99 for 25 wipes)
- Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99 for 21 wipes)
- Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($8.49 for 120 pads) –AMAZING
- SIMPLE Kind to Skin Facial Wipes ($5.99 for 25 wipes)
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