Managing editor Yuliana Gomez has been testing some heavy-duty eye makeup removers over the last couple of weeks. Here’s her experience:
The Products: Eye makeup remover liquids and towelettes
The Claims: They all promise to remove all traces of even heavy mascaras and eyeliners with just a few dabs.
My Results: To see which ones were the most effective, I did the regular mascara and the waterproof mascara test:
For eyes: Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover ($9, drugstore.com) was indeed nice and gentle for my sensitive skin, but wasn’t so effective in removing either regular or waterproof mascara. It wasn’t oily, which is a plus, but I had to work for a while to leave my eyes makeup-free. I had tons of streaks the next morning from the waterproof makeup it left behind, though.
For eyes and lips: Clinique Take the Day Off ($18, Clinique.com) and Jafra Beauty Dynamics Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips ($11, amazon.com). Both were good at eliminating makeup from eyes as well as lips. Clinique was a bit gentler and more effective in cleaning up around my eyes, but both were nice and oil-free. I don’t wear lipstick or lip pencil, so had no use for the dual benefit.
For face: Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes ($8, drugstore.com) and Proactiv Makeup Removing Cloths ($12, proactiv.com). I loved the Bioré wipes and am still using them daily—they’re effective and super convenient (great for traveling since you don’t need to remember to pack cotton pads!). The Proactiv wipes were pretty much ineffective against the waterproof stuff, but with light face or eye makeup they could work well (and at least you know they won’t cause any breakouts!).
The best of the best is still Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26, lancome.com). Yes it’s an oldie, but it’s such a goodie. It removes regular, waterproof, everything—and no raccoon eyes the next morning because you truly get it all off the night before. The downside: It contains oil, so it has to be used sparingly on problem skin. Just be careful not to get the product outside of the immediate eye area, and there should be no problems.
Overall Score: I give the Lancome 4.9 out of 5 stars.