Today we are talking about MAKEUP REMOVERS. Makeup removers are one of the most underrated but highly essential parts of a skincare regime. After years upon years of using different types of makeup wipes, I finally took notice of how much they felt like they were stripping my skin. While extremely convenient, I just wasn’t willing to sacrifice the top layer of my skin any longer. Here begins my quest for the best makeup remover.
As I’ve said before, I typically have combination and oily skin. Adding in the factor of colder weather (lol winter in LA), I have found my skin to need a little more TLC than usual to fend off dryness. In today’s beauty market, the makeup remover options are truly endless. You have your water based cleansers, gel cleansers, oil cleansers, foam cleansers, you name it, someone is making it. After countless months of test runs, I have come to the conclusion that I myself prefer an oil based makeup cleanser 1) because it helps balance out the natural oils in my skin (spoiler alert, oily skin actually BENEFITS from oil based beauty products) and 2) because my skin doesn’t feel stripped afterwards. I’m going to take you on an honest journey of my favorites, feel free to chime in with your own below!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water ($16.90) – Bioderma micellar water is on EVERY single blogger list so I finally decided to try it out for myself. To be completely honest, I wasn’t totally blown away. My first micellar water was the Garnier SkinActive (below) and I couldn’t tell a huge different between the two other than the price point.
Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover ($3.39) – This stuff is the bomb. I’ve been using the Neutrogena eye makeup remover for well over a year now and nothing else compares. Super affordable, gentle, not irritating and not greasy (especially good for fellow contact wearers). Best of all, it is truly the only thing that will fully take off any liquid lipstick I have on. Win win all around.
Clinique Take the Day Off for Lids, Lashes & Lips ($19) – I am a huge fan of Clinique and this oil based makeup remover does exactly what it says it does. I tried the Clinique remover prior to using Neutrogena and just like with the Bioderma vs Garnier, I didn’t notice a huge difference between the two. Because of that reasoning, I chose to repurchase Neutrogena purely because of the price point.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($19.50) – This is my most recent makeup remover purchase and I may be saying this a little prematurely, but this may be my new holy grail. This stuff is AMAZING. After using it, my skin actually feels hydrated rather than bare which is a first. Take one pump of this oil, rub it all over your face and watch it dissolve all of your makeup. My personal favorite part is rubbing off my eyeliner and mascara, then turning the black leftovers into war paint on my face before rinsing it all off. This stuff is no joke and the hype is ALL TRUE.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.26) – My hands down favorite micellar water cleanser. I bought my first bottle of SkinActive about eight months ago and just last week had to purchase my second, it truly lasted me that long. I could not recommend this stuff more and if you aren’t into oil cleansers then this will be your new best friend. Pour some onto a cotton pad (these are my personal favorite) and watch as your makeup comes off seamlessly.
Organic Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is so useful and multitasks like no other beauty product on the market. You can get a jar at nearly every grocery store now and while I’ve heard of it being used as a teeth whitener, shaving cream and hair mask, I also enjoy using it as a makeup remover if I’m out of my usual stash. Working the same as an oil cleanser, just take some on your hands and rub it all over your face to dissolve your makeup. Clean and moisturized are always a good thing.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18) – I have sung Glossier’s praises time and time again so is it really a surprise that Milky Jelly is on here? I typically use Milky Jelly as my morning cleanser because it is so gentle, but find myself using it as a makeup remover on some nights as well. Just like with the DHC Cleansing Oil and Coconut Oil, take a few pumps of Milky Jelly and rub it on your face to dissolve your makeup. Rinse off and feel so fresh, so clean.
Hope these mini reviews helped in finding you a new makeup remover! If you have any suggestions for me please leave them below, I am a product testing junkie.
As always, clear skin and beautiful makeup to all.