Before I started frequenting this site, I thought that makeup remover entailed soap and water¦and that’s it! How wrong I was! It’s crazy how many different types of makeup remover there are, from dual-phased liquid concoctions to pre-soaked wipes. Let’s take a deeper look at these different forms of makeup remover and figure out the pros and cons of each. Make sure you tell us in the comments which type of remover you use and why!
But first: is makeup remover even important? Yes! There’s a common saying that every night you go without taking off your makeup is another extra day your skin ages. That may not be exactly true, but leaving your makeup on overnight can reek total havoc on your face, from unsightly blemishes to overly oily skin. It only takes a few extra minutes, so make sure you remove your makeup ever night!
Which product should you use? Read on below to find your perfect type and get product recommendations.
Makeup remover wipes are just what they sound like “ each package comes with wipes that are already soaked with the remover formula. The nice thing about using makeup remover wipes is that you always have everything you need in one small container; you don’t have to worry about packing cotton balls or pads on vacation! The downside to wipes is that they aren’t always as effective at removing eye makeup since you cannot adjust how much solution is one the wipe.
If you want to go the wipe route, try Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes. Not only do they remove your makeup, but they’ll cleanse your entire face, too. Gotta love the multi-tasking!
Liquid makeup remover is probably the most common type of remover, but there are so many variations! For oily skin, you can get an oil-free solution, or if you want a little more power with your product, you could try a dual-phase remover, which uses a layer of oil to remove makeup and a layer of water to help soothe skin. From personal experience, liquid tends to work better at removing makeup, but it can also leave a nasty residue behind.
My new favorite liquid makeup remover would have to be MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover. It was recently released in this month’s Birchbox, so check out the trade forum if you want to try a sample for yourself!
Believe or not, but you can also find cream-based makeup removers, which apply more like a lotion or moisturizer “ no cotton balls required. The great thing about creams is that they tend not to leave behind any icky residue like liquids or wipes. On the other hand, be careful not to get any in your eyes; they can really sting.
The highest rated lotion makeup remover on MuT’s review system is Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. (And who doesn’t love the drugstore price?)
- Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes
- MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover
- Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
- Makeup Talk Forum
- Makeup Removing Products
- MuT Swaps Forum
- Best Eye Makeup Remover Discussion Thread
- Best Makeup Removing Wipes Discussion Thread
- Eye Makeup Removers – Best, Worst, and How-to Discussion Thread
Written by Courtney Brown