It is so important to remove your makeup and too many people skip this step. I have oily acne-prone skin so this is a necessary step for me in trying to maintain control over my skin's condition. I have tried many different types of makeup removers and will review some here. You will find that the type of remover you prefer will depend on your lifestyle and your skin type.
I find that because eye makeup is the trickiest to remove I focused my efforts in finding the best removers for liners and mascara. Removing foundation, blush and shadow are far less effort and may only require your usual facial cleanser. Here are some reviews for eye makeup removers;
MAC Cleanse Off Oil
This is the priciest of the products reviewed. I used to use this all the time and it works wonderfully. I ran out and decided to find an alternative while I was at the drugstore rather than making the trip to MAC. I am glad I did. As well as this remover works it is pricey and for something I use everyday I realized that I could save quite a bit of money switching to another product. I found the best was to use this remover was to apply it directly to a cotton pad and hold it on my eyes for about 30 seconds, then wipe off the makeup. Con: this product (like many eye makeup removers) tends to get in your eyes and it causes your vision to blur temporarily.
Huggies Baby Wipes
I prefer the Shea Butter wipes most of all, they seem to work best and leave my skin soft. These are so cheap for the number of wipes you get and let's face it, it's so convenient to just grab a wipe! It is best to store the container upside down so that when you turn it over and remove a wipe it will be very saturated. I have tried no-name or store brand baby wipes and they just don't compare. The store brand wipes are thin and less saturated and take more effort to remove makeup.
Garnier Fresh Grape Water Makeup Remover
I purchased both the remover wipes and the liquid remover in this line. I didn't like either. I found that both formulas did not remove makeup very well at all and the wipes were not saturated enough. Even if the wipes were more moist I still don't think they would have done the job. I used 3 times as much liquid and about 3-4 wipes to remove all of my makeup. The wipes are more expensive than the baby wipes. I ended up giving a friend the wipes I had left and an unopened package. It wasn't even worth it to me to just use them up. I didn't want to put so much effort into the removal and I didn't like tugging on the skin around my eyes so much. The liquid remover will be going to my friend as well, if she even wants it, it works as well as the wipes.
Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
I have used this remover again and again over the last 10 years. There is a reason I always come back to this one. This remover works! It removes all traces of my eye makeup quickly and completely! It is a very oily product, I don't have to use too much of it and it's relatively inexpensive. The only downside would be the blurry eyes, but that goes away quick enough!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive Oil gives you the biggest bang for your buck! Check out my last Blog post on Homemade Beauty. Olive oil has so many great uses for beauty and it is one of the best eye makeup removers. I used this on one eye and the MAC Cleanse Off Oil on the other eye and found no difference whatsoever (aside from price, that is)! Both eyes blurred a little, so that's the disadvantage to using an oil, but they really work well to melt away the makeup!
Good ol' Vaseline! Right now this is my favourite makeup remover! It works wonders at removing stubborn eye makeup and it leaves my eyes super moisturized! It, like the extra virgin olive oil, has so many other beauty functions! Vaseline is the cheapest of all removers mentioned and it is so easy to find.
I hope you enjoyed this post and discovered some new removers to try! Don't forget to always remove your makeup before bed, your skin will thank you for it!