So your New Year’s resolution is never to fall asleep with your makeup on—great. But what’s the easiest way to take it off? We’ll tell you. We pored through reviews and ratings on sites like Sephora, Ulta and Dermstore to bring you this list of the five most beloved (and effective) makeup removers on the market right now.
5 Makeup Removers That Wipe Away Even the Most Intense Smoky Eyes
Lancome Bi-facil Double-action Eye Makeup Remover
Let’s take a look at the numbers: Of 805 reviews on Ulta, this has 4.9 out of five stars. Over on Sephora’s site, it’s earned 4.7 out of five stars out of a whopping 3,396 reviews. Should those figures not be enough to convince you of its greatness, know that this liquid formula breaks down all traces of makeup (including waterproof eyeliners and mascaras) and leaves your skin feeling refreshed instead of raw once you rinse it away. Statistically speaking, you’re going to love it.
Bioderma Sensibio H2o
Ladies with sensitive skin, listen up. This cult-favorite cleansing water by French brand Bioderma is beloved by makeup artists and models alike. It’s enriched with vitamin E to soothe and clear up irritated skin, but, despite its gentle feel, it gets rid of all makeup. Per one reviewer, “This is a great, no nonsense makeup remover that I use nightly to take off sunscreen and makeup prior to washing my face. It also works in a pinch as a total facial cleanser if you are camping or travelling, etc. It does not irritate or break me out or leave a residue on my face.”
Phytomer Rosee Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion
This product is a lazy girl’s best friend. A two-in-one cleanser and toner, Phytomer’s Rosee Visage is alcohol-free and removes all traces of makeup without drying you out. It also serves as a toner, softening your skin and priming it to soak up serums and moisturizers. With ingredients like rosewater and marine water, this lotion aims to improve your skin's texture and tone while smelling incredible. Seriously, of the 160 five-star reviews on Dermstore, the vast majority mention the fresh, rosy scent.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
We’ve seen this buzzy product all over the place lately and for good reason: It’s awesome. In the container it has a balm-like consistency, but once you warm it up between your fingers, it transforms into more of an oil. Then, once you massage it into your face, it takes on more of a milky feel and basically melts away all of your makeup—including stubborn eye makeup. Plus, gals with oily skin need not worry about the texture. According to one reviewer, "I have oily skin and I always wear really heavy and dark eye makeup so finding something that can both remove everything from my eyes without leaving my skin an oily mess has been a challenge! Luckily I found this! It's also so gentle on my eyes! I love it!”
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
The drugstore gold standard, Neutrogena’s wipes are great for a bunch of reasons. Chief among them, they’re super affordable, they get the job done, they’re fabulous for traveling (no liquid limit here) and, when it’s 2 a.m. and you can’t be bothered to go through your whole skin-care routine but you want to at least remove your makeup, you don’t even need to rinse your face after using them.