May 6, 2015

Best and Cheapest Ways to Remove Eye Makeup

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Best and Cheapest Ways to Remove Eye

So you need to tackle removing your eye makeup at the end of the night? Here are the best and cheapest ways to remove eye makeup easily without spending a ton of cash (and many of these are my personal favorites as well so bonus points for that right?).

If it was up to me everyday of my eye makeup life would end with me gently removing my eye makeup with Lancome Bi Phase Eye Makeup Remover. I’d come home, birds would pick me up by the shoulders of my wispy dress and delicately lead me to the bathroom where angels would sing as I removed my makeup with clouds and Lancome Bi Phase.

Ah yeah so I’m a bit of a cheap girl when it comes to eye makeup remover. I’ll spend $50 on lipstick and literally hundreds on skincare and fragrance but tell me to spend $29 on Lancome Bi Phase and I’ll shake my head no until it rolls off. When it comes to using up beauty products the one I use up the fastest and the most is eye makeup remover. I can go months with eye cream, years with a freaking shower gel, but eye makeup remover? It’s like every two weeks I need another bottle. So spending $30 bucks on one just blows my mind.

I’m always looking for cheap ways to remove my eye makeup. Preferably with a formula as great as Bi Phase!

So here are some of the best and cheapest ways to remove eye makeup with products I use and love!

Milani Instant Eye Makeup Remover totally is a fav! But wait, it’s kinda sorta disappeared off their website and I haven’t seen it in stores. God, if they discontinued it I have no reason to wear eye makeup anymore. $5.99 and works like a charm to whisk away eye makeup (yes, waterproof too!) easily! Ummm Milani get it back in stock ASAP!

For whatever reason we have pissed off the Biore gods and they refuse to bring us the incredible, the amazing Biore Remover for Eyes and Lips. This little Japanese gem can be purchased from seller AlphabeautyUK but I vote someone bring it to a US drugstore soon! It’s also a bi-phase formula and it removes eye makeup like a champ! Love this stuff!

Now don’t write off Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover! Yet another bi-phase formula that quickly removes eye makeup in a flash!

And last but not least everyone’s fav, L’Oreal Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover! Some folks say it’s the same formula as Lancome but I beg to differ…It’s good but not as good as Lancome. I just wish it was a little bigger hmmmm!

So what’s your fav cheap ways to get eye makeup off?

Do share!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • devon

    coconut oil! scoop out a little bit and gently massage it into the lashes/lids. it takes a little longer, but works like a charm!

  • Suzanne

    Great topic! I personally like the Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. It works pretty well for me.

    • Danadoo

      I definitely agree with you..i wear full eye makeup, including cat eye liquid liner every day and this stuff takes it ALL off!

  • Sarah

    I had issues with my eyes becoming more sensitive a few years back. We had a neighbor who enjoyed starting camp fires in his back yard with moldy wood and trash on cool spring nights at midnight and it irritated them so badly. I gave up on eye make up for a while because my cleanser was making the problem even worse. I eventually found a simple DIY recipe for makeup remover that works really well for me and does not irritate my eyes. One part water, one part olive oil and one part witch hazel. I keep it in an old toner bottle and squirt a little on a cotton pad and place over my eyes for a few seconds and then wipe.

  • Kharanya

    I just use oils to remove all my makeup. Jojoba/castor oil mix, works great, doesn’t sting my eyes and doesn’t take long to dissolve waterproof mascara. Then just wash my face. Super cheap and gentle on my skin.I have dry, acne prone skin btw and I don’t break out from doing this.

  • Maria Elena

    Hi Muse!
    I’m sad to say the Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Make Up remover has also disappeared from shelves, everywhere. I asked a Walmart attendant about it and she told me it was discontinued?!?! I’m really sad about this because this line is my ultimate favorite for makeup removal. Especially because I wear waterproof mascara every day and the clean express got it off like nothing else.

    • Isabella Muse

      I noticed! I see it for sale online but not in stores! That SUCKS! I hope they do something new! I imagine they will perhaps for Summer!?

  • Justin

    I seriously slather ponds cold cream on my face and melt everything off before I wash my face. I don’t think I’ve ever pain more than $4 for it either lol

  • kimkats

    ROFLMFAO!!! “tell me to spend $29 on Lancome Bi Phase and I’ll shake my head no until it rolls off.” Oh lordy… That’s so funny! (and I’m so guilty of it too…) Glad to see the recs for these removers – I am sold on the bi phase products – right now I’m about done with a little GWP size of the bi facil, and I have a SK one that I’m about to break into. I think my favorite is still Clinque’s Take The Day Off (if just for the name alone!) but it really rocks removal! But it’s nice to have cheaper options at the drugstore too – I wonder why we have pissed off the Biore Gods – they have so many rockin’ products that we don’t get!! Don’t they know how many makeup h00rs live in the states, and how much $$ they’d make from us?! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      haha true story though! I just can’t! $29 bucks for eye makeup remover? NO! 😀 LOL YEAH! YOU TELL THEM! why can’t we have all the cool Biore that Japan gets damn it!

  • kim

    I love Neutrogena eye makeup remover. And I am a big fan of simple micellar water for correcting little mistakes with my mascara or liner. I find that don’t notice enough of a difference between high and low end skin care to warrant the price of the high end stuff. I have been able to find all of my HG skincare in drugstores.

  • Heidi

    I think I’ve only bought one or two bottles of eye makeup remover my entire life and always just used mild soaps like Pear’s or some natural thing I found somewhere. Recently, though, I picked up some Body Shop camomile cleansing oil and butter during a sale, and I am in love. They both remove all makeup, including eye makeup, like a dream. If I have on more makeup, I just leave it on a touch longer, and it works great.

  • Christina D.

    At present, I am using any and all eye makeup remover samples I already have in my stash, or making sure I choose one as a GWP from Sephora. I have yet to find a decent eye makeup remover and like you, Muse, I utterly refuse to spend more than a few bucks. Not too long ago, I used to swear by Almay’s Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover pads, but they changed the formula, morphed it into 4 different versions, all of which suck AND have the added bonus of burning my eyes unlike anything.

    The search continues!

  • Michele

    I love Neutrogena Gentle Eye Make Up Remover and a similar one by Sonia Kashuk. I also want to try coconut oil.

  • Katie

    I always wear waterproof mascara, so I use the coconut oil method and massage it to loosen it and then wipe off the residue and the rest of my face makeup with a towelette. I bought 16 ounces of coconut oil on Amazon for about $10 and don’t foresee using it up any time soon. I also use Equate brand makeup remover towelettes (40 for $3.48). To make sure all traces of eye makeup is removed, I use a damp Q-tip and run it over my upper and lower lash lines, as a final step.

  • krastins

    I’ve abandoned makeup remover for….BURTS BEES FACIAL WIPES! It removes eye makeup with just a few swipes (no eye stinging or residue left behind), not to mention you can flip the cloth over and use the other side to remove the rest of your makeup.
    Pack of 30 wipes? Around $5.99

  • Selena

    SIMPLE Cleansing Micellar Water is great at removing all makeup. I’ve seen it compared to the HG makeup remover Bioderma and the SIMPLE brand does not disappoint. It’s hydrating, non-irritating, and even removes waterproof mascara.

  • Cindi

    Good old Ponds moisturizing cream works best for me. It’s a great multitasker.

  • Kelsey C.

    I use the Rite-Aid knock off of the Neutrogena eye makeup remover, I tried the CVS’s version and it burned so a major no buy again =/

  • Veronica

    I find Neutrogena and Shiseido very good. The latter is especially good at removing the lip staining you get from some lip products.

  • zVintageFashionizta

    When it comes to eye make up removers my love belongs to Almay eye makeup remover pads. My face makeup is easy to remove with just soap and water or baby wipe so I don’t want to waste an entire makeup remover towelette to just take off my eye makeup.

  • cgfau

    I love Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover and Sonia Kashuk® Remove eye makeup removers. Both are that bi-phasic type of remover and both are non-irritating to me. Both also work equally well at removing long-lasting lipstick.

  • Caroline

    im liking NYX make up remover I ordered from Amazon. It reminds me a lot of Philosophy’s .

  • Ashley

    Lancome bi-facial is the best. Tried others, they usually are greasy and end up getting in your eyes and burning. Regardless of the price I will continue to use Lancomes because its the best.

  • Diana Thompson

    I contacted Maybelline directly about their Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and they said it was discontinued and they had no plans for anything new to replace it, I was very upset. I went to and was able to purchase 4 of them online but you cannot find it anywhere in any stores now 🙁

  • Danielle

    I like using Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover. I liked lancôme but after using for awhile it had a sticky residue around the
    bottle and I couldn’t stand that spending that much for a messy bottle.

  • Pama

    My holy grail eye makeup remover is Avon’s Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover. I have been using it for easily 20 years. I live in fear that they will discontinue it. It has mineral oil in it and it removes even waterproof eye makeup quite well. You can often times get it on sale for $1.99….that’s when I stock up!

  • Mediterranean Maven

    I use cleansing oils to get all my makeup off including eye makeup. I found that it’s less irritating on my skin because the cleansing oil requires less rubbing and just melts everything off. My favorites are Innisfree, L’ELAN Vital, Tatcha and Josie Maran Model Citizen (doesn’t contain citrus oils which my skin can’t tolerate). Sometimes, I’ll follow with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Cream Cleanser. I loved Ponds Cold Cream but ever since they changed their formulas, my skin doesn’t tolerate it anymore.

  • Rachel

    I really love the Sonia Kashuk one – it’s about $11, which is a little more than I’d like to spend, but it does a really good job of removing everything. I’ve had trouble with the Maybelline and other cheaper ones not being able to really break down mascara and eyeliner, but the SK gets everything! I’m like you and would love to use the Lancome every day, but my wallet says NOPE!

  • Dina

    My absolute fav is Mary Kay. Once in a blue moon i’ll order some but unfortunately the Neutrogena or CVS version or Target version are just so simple to get I usually end up with those. I love Bobbi Brown’s too but there is no way I’d pay for that. I just get it as a sample when it’s offered. I can’t afford to pay for it when I buy a $65 palette that doesn’t see near as much love as it should. 🙂

    I wish I could just get the Mary Kay at a store. Or have a person in my department that sells it at work. I tend to go for instant gratification and/or i’m lazy and wait until the last minute and am desperate. Like today actually. CVS here i come.

  • Becky

    I’m another coconut oil user. It works amazingly and so cheap!

  • Angela

    Do you not like the Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover anymore?