Having to wear contact lenses means that I don’t usually bother with eye make-up removers, but on the rare occasion that I do wear make-up I want one that is effective and gentle to my eyes.
Typically removing make-up for me involves wetting a flannel and wiping it over my eyes several times, but if I am wearing waterproof mascara I end up with it smeared all over my face.
So I do know there are advantages to using eye make-up removers, but with so many on the market at widely varying prices, which one is best?
We went out on the town and came back after a night out and tested all the major and some of the lesser known brands to bring you our ten best eye make-up removers. (You’re welcome!)
Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover 125ml – £2.59
This is a bi-phase product that uses oil and water with soothing ingredients such as cornflower extract to remove waterproof mascara and eye make-up whilst leaving skin feeling hydrated without an oily residue. Absolute bargain of a product.
Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover – £3.00
If you suffer from allergies that affect your eyes, or if, like me you are a contact lens wearer then this is one of the most gentle eye make-up removers on the market. It uses camomile extract from Norfolk and leaves the eye area soft and refreshed.
Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover 125ml – £3.79
For those with greasy skin who do not want a greasy residue left after they have used a makeup remover then this one from Simple is perfect. It conditions whilst removing the toughest eye make-up with multi-vitamins that won’t sting or irritate your eyes.
No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover – £8.50
Another bi-phase dual action formula here that not only conditions the eye area but removes even waterproof mascara. Ophthalmologist tested and contains no fragrance or harmful chemicals making it suitable for sensitive eyes.
Avene Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – 125ml – £9.00
Out of all the eye make-up removers we have tested, this has to be the gentlest, thanks to the formula which features a pH close to that of our actual tears, it has been especially formulated for those who wear contact lens and suffer from irritations. Contains the infamous Avene Thermal Spring Water, which is known for its anti-irritating and soothing properties.
Smashbox It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover 4.2oz – £15.00
Ultra-strong yet ultra-gentle, this eye make-up remover tackles everything from eyeliners to waterproof mascara with ease. We like it so much because you can even use it to remove lip stains and even long-lasting make-up. A great all-rounder.
Clinique Naturally Gentle Eye Make-up Remover – £17
If you are a fan of Clinique products then this one won’t let you down. A gorgeous creamy formula that is non-greasy. You massage into the eye area and then tissue off, leaving a hydrated skin behind. The creaminess of the lotion means that you only need a sparing amount and a bottle will last you for months. Great for all skin types, even contact lens wearers.
Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, 125ml – £20.00
Another bi-phase lotion that is superfast at removing even the toughest of eye make-up. If you need a product that works in seconds then this is definitely the one for you. It is gentle despite its strength and suitable for sensitive eyes, including contact lens wearers.
Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Make Up Remover 125ml – £21.00
If you wear make-up every day you will need a gentle but effective product that won’t irritate your eyes. This one from Elemis contains gentle moisturisers to protect the delicate area around the eyes plus powerful extracts such as white peony to remove make-up effortlessly. Tested by an ophthalmologist, it can be used by contact lens wearers and anyone with sensitive eyes.
Lancôme Bi-Facil – £21.50
This is one of the eye make-up removers that consistently tops readers’ polls for best product. It is a fresh, lightweight eye make-up remover that uses a bi-phase formula for optimal cleansing. It removes all traces of eye makeup without leaving an oily residue, but it was the fragrance as well as the performance of the product we loved, a really fresh, waterfall scent that we in the office kept wanting to sniff.