The Best Eye Makeup Removers
I'm a big supporter of eye makeup remover. Many people use their normal cleanser to remove their eye makeup (quite effectively) but for me I prefer to start my cleansing process with a separate eye makeup remover. This way, a lot of the hard work is done and I can then concentrate on my skin by doing a thorough double cleanse. I do actually take my normal cleanser across my eyelids at this point but most of the eye makeup is gone already (this is just to get rid of any residue). To me, just using your normal cleanser only results in moving mascara and heavy eye makeup across the rest of my face and results in a very dirty flannel which you are then using to remove the cleanser. It just doesn't feel clean enough for me. I much prefer to remove eye makeup first. If you have sensitive eyes, this is probably something you do already. The four eye makeup cleansers below are our favourites:
No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover - I used this one for at least 3 years. I first got on to it when I received a £5 No7 voucher and decided to try this eye makeup remover. It retails at £8.50 but I can honestly count on one hand the amount of times I purchased it at full price (I shop at Boots a lots and always receive these vouchers) so I usually only pay £3.50 for it. It's a really effective cleanser at removing eye makeup and is very gentle. It's one of those part oil part water formulas so it needs to be shaken to mix the two before applying it to cotton wool and wiping it across your eyelids.
Lancome Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover - I received this one at bonus gift time when I purchased two Lancome products. This is a beautiful product and much more superior than the Boots No7, which of course you would expect, as it's more than 3 times the price at £26 (for 200ml though as opposed to 100ml of No7). It's a very gentle product that again needs shaking up to mix the formula (come to think of it, all 4 of these products are like this). It removes eye makeup much more effectively and effortlessly. The product does most of the work, you don't need to do a lot of rubbing (which is always a good thing around the delicate eye area). This is definitely one of my go to eye makeup removers.
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for lids, lashes & lips - This one is probably my favourite but sits only marginally in front of the Lancome one. I am slightly biased with the Clinique one because I am obsessed with their "take the day off" balm and cream cleanser and have been using only these for the past 6 months (and have no intention of changing to anything else anytime soon). This range is my all time favourite cleansing products so I would've been very surprised if I hadn't liked the eye makeup remover. Very gentle and extremely effective at removing stubborn eye makeup. No one could possibly be disappointed with this product. It's £17 for 125ml.
Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water - On a more budget level and when the purse strings need to be drawn more tightly, this is a great product. Lots of people use this to remove all their makeup, which is what the product is designed to do, but I only use it to remove eye makeup. As it's a cheaper product, you can use it more sparingly. It removes most traces of my eye makeup but when I go in with my cleanser I find that there is still a little more to remove. This doesn't bother me so much because my main aim of using an eye makeup remover is to remove most of the makeup. I will always be going in with a double cleanse afterwards. For it's price point of £5.99 for 400ml (Boots and Superdrug both have it on offer at the moment), it's a very good product. I also like the Bioderma micellar water for eye makeup removal (who doesn't?!). It's a little more expensive than this one at £10.50 for 250ml.