The 10 Best Eye Make-up Removers For Blitzing Stubborn Mascara

Bonus: They won't sting the crap out of your eyes.
The 10 Best Eye Make-up Removers For Blitzing Stubborn Mascara

If you're sick of fighting the good fight against waterproof mascara (so, everyone), it's time to bag an eye make-up remover that will do all the hard work for you. It's important you know that, when it comes to waterproof mascara, long-wear liners and other prods that pass the test of time, your micellar water really isn't going to cut it. Soz. You need a make-up remover that can really do the work. We've given more than our fair share of removers a good go, and have settled on these winners, so wave goodbye to uncomfortable rubbing and tugging till your poor eyes are red raw, these will melt makeup with ease. Just arm yourself with a cotton pad and a bottle from below. Job done.

1. Skin Naturals 2-in-1 Eye Make-Up Remover


What they say: Gently lifts away even waterproof make-up, without rubbing, over-drying or uncomfortable tightness. Fortified with naturally-derived arginine to protect and care for your lashes, you can experience a purified, cleansed eye area.

What we say: This hybrid formula fortifies your lashes as it sweeps away stubborn make-up like it's nothing. It is quite oily, but I reckon that's why it's so effective at getting everything off. If the residue is a bit much for you, just sweep it off using a cotton pad covered in micellar water.

2. It's A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover


What they say: The super effective, yet ultra-gentle remover lifts everything off lashes, lids and lips - even long-wearing and waterproof make-up. Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested, its non-irritating formula leaves skin soft, clean and refreshed.

What we say: This certainly removes everything, even long-lasting waterproof eyeliner. While it is brilliant for sensitive skin and doesn't irritate the eye area, its oil-based formula stings if you get it in your eyes. Just remember a little goes a long way, people!

3. Milky Oil


What they say: This non-oily cleanser gently removes make-up in seconds and conditions lashes and lids. It is light and soothing. Fragrance and colour-free.

What we say: I can't rave about this eye make-up remover enough. Not only does it do what it says on the tin, aka remove every last trace of make-up in one single swipe, it's also enriched with pro-vitamin B5 and comfrey root extract, which nourish and hydrate as they clean. I love that it comes in a travel sized bottle too, so I can bring it anywhere I go.

4. Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover


What they say: Removes even waterproof mascara and soothes the delicate eye area, our make-up remover is gentle on your eye area. Made with the perfect blend of skin loving ingredients and added pro-vitamin B5, its gentle yet effective.

What we say: This has been a staple product on my shelf for years. It's amazingly refreshing and leaves your skin super soft after every use - never dry or tight. It never irritates my eyes, but it's super effective, so I never have to rub or pull at my lashes, even when I'm wearing waterproof mascara. Helps that you can pick one up in almost any shop, too.

5. Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover


What they say: This non-oily cleanser gently removes make-up in seconds and conditions lashes and lids. It is light and soothing. Fragrance and colour-free.

What we say: This refreshes and soothes, as well as very effectively removing all make-up. The non-oily, water-like formula doesn't leave your sight foggy or sting in the slightest, making it one of he most gentle formulas going. We heart it.

6. Instant Eye Make-Up Remover


What they say: For heavy or water-resistant makeup. A bi-phase lotion which instantly removes all traces of eye make-up, including long-wearing and waterproof formulas.

What we say: This is one of the most effective eye make-up removers out there – it swipes stubborn make-up off without rubbing. The only downside is that it's been recently reformulated with a light fragrance. While this has that lovely luxe association of the brand, it's not necessarily what you want to apply to your eyes - thought it may not bother some people.

7. White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover


What they say: This gentle yet effective bi-phase formula instantly removes eye and lip make-up, including waterproof mascara. Formulated with white peony extract to hydrate and cooling white tea to soothe and refresh. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

What we say: This product really is a one swipe wonder! The clever bi-phase formula (part oil to remove, part water to cleanse) is clearly strong enough to budge even my heavy-handed liquid eyeliner but gentle enough not to drag on the skin, or cause irritation. Not only that, but it has a wonderfully cooling effect, thanks to the white tea and peony extracts (while remaining scent-free). And I can confirm no Panda Eyes the following morning – impressive stuff.

8. Eye Make-Up Remover Double Effect


What they say: The two-phases formula removes even waterproof eye make-up and won't irritate the sensitive eye area. The clever aqueous phase protects and cares for the eyes and lashes, and leaves zero oil residue.

What we say: This zaps all eye make-up without having to rub your eyes to death, is a total winner for seriously sensitive eyes, is fragrance-free (as it should be) and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean, without that annoying greasy feeling. Oh, and did we mention it's under Dhs30. Job done.

9. Bi-Facial Makeup Remover


What they say: With a formula that's suitable for even sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, Bi-Facil gently removes makeup including waterproof mascara. Shake the bottle and discover a feeling that leaves your eyes makeup free and feeling clean. Ophthalmologically tested.

What we say: This is an all-round brilliant eye makeup remover and if you're a fan of the bi-phase formulas (don't forget to shake 'em!) it's one of the best. The oily feel of the formula only lasts momentarily, as it melts your makeup it becomes super-nourishing. Perfect for sensitive eyes and effective on waterproof makeup – it's worth the expensive price tag.

10. Gently Off Eye and Lip Make-Up Remover


What they say: A dual-phase, easy-does-it formula that sweeps off even tenacious waterproof mascara and lip colour. Absolutely gentle; suitable for all. Cucumber extract soothes, Damascus Rose flower water refreshes. No need to rinse.

What we say: I loved this, my usual eye make-up of black liquid eyeliner, waterproof mascara and brow pencil came off really easily and there were was absolutely no residue. It wasn't overly oily so my skin wasn't left looking or feeling greasy, plus it was really gentle too – there was no stinging! My skin felt super soft and really lovely afterwards, the only downside was that I found it quite difficult to get enough product out of the bottle.

H/T Cosmo UK

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