Eye Makeup Removers Tested

I love mascara and it’s one of the products I wear every day (just after foundation) but removing it can prove a bit of a challenge and although I usually rely on a good cleanser sometimes it’s nice to have a eye make-up remover to hand… just incase. I’ve been giving four different ones a go and here is what I think…

No7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover Β£8.50
I’ve been using this for a few years now and as you can see I am at the end of this bottle. It comes in a bottle with a pump which is nice as you can really control how much product you get. It is quite a oily one which I know not everyone likes but I find it really gets through all the mascara quickly and efficiently with no need for any pulling on the delicate eye area, I also cleanse my skin after so it doesn’t bother me too much.

The Body Shop Camomile Eye and Lip Make-up remover
Everyone on Twitter raved about this product as it is pretty affordable however I just don’t quite love it. I find the packaging a little hard to use as I never quite get enough product on my cotton wool. You can pretty much have this open and upside but only minimal product would fall out so you really have to squeeze the bottle. I also felt I had to use quite a lot of pressure to really get my mascara and eyeliner off.

Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover Β£17
Another one that is often quite raved about is this Clarins one, which also need a good shake to mix together. I’ve used this quite a lot now (I’ve also gotten it mixed up with my Clarins toner which is not what I want to do!) and have just felt that it is nothing more than okay. It is also a little too expensive to be simply okay, it is a little oily, requires quite a lot of force to be used to remove it all and somehow I still wake up with little bits under my eyes.

Clinique Take the Day Off for lids, lashes and lips
I’ve spoken about the Clinique Take the Day off cleansing balm before but I actually really this makeup remover too. It’s a little oily (but not as much as the No7) but I find it really removed all eye makeup quickly and efficiently with minimal effort. I would say it is as good at the No7 and quite easy to find worldwide although it is a little more expensive than the No7 one, it’s also nice that you can use it on your lips.

Out of the four I have tried, I would recommend Clinique Take the Day Off for Lid, Lashes and Lips and the No7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover. They are both a little oily but seem to remove everything very efficiently, with little force which is particularly important around the eye area.

Which eye makeup remover do you reach for daily?

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  1. 22nd January 2014 / 8:57 am

    I like Sephora eye make up remover and I sometimes prefer MAC's make up remover product which can be used lips&eyes both..

  2. 22nd January 2014 / 9:41 am

    Unfortunately I can't use the Clinque one as it stings my eyes really badly funnily enough – the last thing I expected from a Clinque product. I use L'Oreal's eye make up remover and it does the job really well and is just as good as Clarin's offering.


  3. 22nd January 2014 / 10:30 am

    Great post! I love using the Neutrogena eye makeup remover!

  4. 22nd January 2014 / 11:16 am

    I am now using Spa Ceylon cleansing balm.. it is really good but tends to get too oily sometimes which i really dont mind but i am now interested to try out a lighter one.. and still looking πŸ™‚

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  5. 22nd January 2014 / 11:21 am

    I love the Clinique Cleansing balm and now I'm keen to try their eye make up remover!
    Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    Please check out my beauty blog nailsandteapots.blogspot.co.uk xx

  6. 22nd January 2014 / 11:25 am

    I love bioderma! I think it is a great makeup remover πŸ™‚ I also really like the Lancome Bi facil, I have a review on my blog πŸ™‚ berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

  7. 22nd January 2014 / 3:41 pm

    I use make up remover form L'oreal, it's pretty good.

  8. 22nd January 2014 / 3:55 pm

    Great review πŸ™‚ I use waterproof mascara so a good eye make-up remover is a must. I have been using the Garnier 2in1 make-up remover which is one of those formulations where you have to shake it to make it work πŸ™‚ It is less than Β£3 and does its job much better than other removers i have tried. It is a bit oily though, so i always cleanse my face after to remove the excess oils.

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  9. 22nd January 2014 / 4:36 pm

    I actually use the body shop one but its the first eye makeup remover I have ever used. I think it works well with normal and waterproof mascara but I know exactly what you mean with the packaging and you have to use a bit of pressure to get everything off xx

  10. 22nd January 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Great reviews, I have been using the Clinique Take the Day Off for years and love it! It is a bit oily but for me that is ok since my skin is on the dryer side.


  11. 22nd January 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Great review.
    I love when people challenge the "hyped" products!
    I was meaning to buy this but now that I know the truth through someone elses eyes..
    I may stay away!
    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

  12. 23rd January 2014 / 1:22 am

    I love the Clinique Cleansing Balm so I would love to see how the makeup remover here goes. It sounds fantastic!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  13. 23rd January 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I love The Body Shop. It's a shame you didn't like this product, it's put me off buying it. I'll be sticking with the Bioderma.

    Check out my tips for healthy skin and latest drugstore essentials at http://www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie x

  14. 23rd January 2014 / 12:25 pm

    When I can afford it I buy the MAC eye and lip makeup remover which i find works a treat! x

  15. 23rd January 2014 / 3:16 pm

    I love the take the day off remover. My cleanser would remove mascara but I find it stains my flannel so I like to take it off first then cleanse the rest of my face and any remaining bits of mascara.

  16. 23rd January 2014 / 6:10 pm

    I always used to buy the no7 one when I had a Β£5 no7 voucher that boots frequently give out..(too tight to buy it without, haha). I love oily ones and im currently using one of nivea's and love it. The botanics one is pretty good too if you prefer oil based ones.

  17. 24th January 2014 / 11:20 pm

    I really like the Clinique and the No. 7 removers, and they are a little oily, but like you said I cleanse straight after anyway so it's not sat on my skin for long. I've just been using my Cleanse and Polish to remover my eye makeup, but really should go to something especially for the job so I'm not rubbing at my eyes as much xx


  18. 28th January 2014 / 4:26 pm

    I personally really disliked the Clique, it was so oily on me. I love Mac Professional make-up remover, in the purple bottle best!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  19. 28th January 2014 / 5:00 pm

    I find that on a lot of makeup removers too much comes out, so I'd probably love The Body Shop one!

    Check out my latest reviews and posts on drugstore staples and supplements for clear, glowing skin.


    Sophie x

  20. 28th January 2014 / 10:03 pm

    I hate oily makeup removers so much! I feel like I'm in this constant battle with removing makeup from under my eyes when I put eyeliner in my tight line and waterline, it always seems to make the skin under my eyelashes so dark! Honestly, I hate it.. SUCH A PAIN!



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