One thing you might notice on your journey into eye makeup
doom exploration is that straight up facial cleanser won’t do it any more. You might emerge from splashing your face with water, dejected at the many, many, many glitters and smudgy crap left on your eyelids. Waterproof mascara, for example, is the bane of my makeup existence. But, don’t despair! Makeup removers are here to help.
LANEIGE EYE AND LIP WATERPROOF REMOVER
I don’t have a lot of makeup remover experience because I found my HG eye makeup remover early on. Laneige is a Korean brand that has recently turned cruelty-free. I was able to try a sample that Sarie scored for me, and I bought a full size after I used that up. It took me a while to repurchase this because they used to not be CF.
This is a super-gentle and super-effective eye makeup remover. It does wonders on stubborn, stain-y lip colors, too. I use this on my eye and lip makeup, following it up with a facial cleanser, if I don’t feel like using cleansing oil. The bottle will last you a long time, so don’t worry about the somewhat steep price.
SHU UEMURA HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCING CLEANSING OIL
This is the yellow variant and the only one I’ve tried. This shit is amazing. Definitely holy grail material for the entire face. The thing is, it’s not cruelty-free. So, that’s that. I am ruing the day L’Oreal bought Shu Uemura, since it used to be CF back when Mr. Shu U. was the boss.
CÉLETEQUE CLEANSING OIL*
I got this from a BDJ Box, and I believe it’s actually a local product. It’s still full because I don’t use it that much. I find it to be way too oily, but it will remove your makeup in a pinch. Just remember that you may have blurry eyesight for the next couple of minutes.
BOURJOIS EXPRESS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
My sister and I got this in Vietnam. It’s a double-oil formula, like the Laneige remover, and it does work, but you have to use a lot of product. We bought this in July and it’s almost all gone.
KORRES POMEGRANATE CLEANSING AND MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
I’m not a believer in wipes. Sure, they’re handy, but at what cost? I think it might be the alcohol content, but these sting my face like a mother-eff, and I don’t know why I ever bought another pack. Was I hoping for better results if I got another variant? Probably.
A strong contender for my Shu Uemura CF replacement. This is quite a thick balm/cream that you slather all over your face. It’s pretty rich and works okay, but again, it’s not my favorite.
I think we can all conclude that I love using oils to remove my makeup. I think it’s not all that surprising as they break down the makeup, making it easier for you to wipe the residue away. If you’re out of makeup remover, I’ve heard that olive oil works in a pinch, but I haven’t been deprived or desperate enough to try.
Have you tried olive oil? What do you use to remove makeup?
* This was received as part of a BDJ Box, which was kindly provided by the BDJ Box Team. I was not compensated or required to feature any of the products or to write reviews.
Laneige and LUSH are cruelty-free. I have no information re: Céleteque’s animal testing policy. Korres is cruelty-free, but distributed in the US by Johnson and Johnson, which tests on animals.