You’ve got something on your face

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Since reader Kelly mentioned the difficulty of removing waterproof mascara, I’ve been thinking it would be smart to explore the options in eye makeup remover.  So I’ll make this a several part series, spread out over the months to come, and I’ll review a couple in each post.

Today: Sonia Kashuk Remove Eye Makeup Remover and Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

The price points are similar on these two products, relatively speaking.  The Neutrogena is $6.49 while the Sonia Kashuk is $10.19, so yes the Neutrogena is a bit cheaper, but both are among the cheapest products you can get.  Both of these products advertise a non-oily feeling.  The SK describes itself as “fresh as water” while the Neutrogena claims “no oily residue.”  I haven’t found that to be the case.  I had high hopes for the SK.  It does a fine job removing eye makeup (though waterproof mascara is a bit of a fight), but it doesn’t feel like a water.  Is it like smearing baby oil on your face?  No, but it does feel oily.  Same with the Neutrogena.   Definitely an oily residue after swiping a cotton ball across your lids.  But again, it removes makeup well.

Now, the oiliness from both of these products washes away easily with a normal facial cleanser, so it’s really a matter of just enduring a little ickiness while you’re removing the makeup.  Both products are fragrance free, so they should be kind to sensitive skin.  I didn’t see a difference between these products–they’re very similar.  So if you have to choose, opt for the Neutrogena and save a couple bucks.  Next time, I’ll tackle some higher end makeup removers and see if they’re worth the splurge.

Got a makeup remover to recommend, or one that you’d like to see us review?  Tell us about it!  We’re here to serve!


3 Responses to “You’ve got something on your face”
  1. Kelly says:

    I’m super excited you are doing this! Thanks. I’m interested to see what you find. I did try olive oil last night and it seemed to work better than my regular remover (True Essential Gentle Eye Makeup Remover).

  2. Natalie says:

    I use Kiehls Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup remover and I love it- it’s more like a lotion than a straight liquid.

    • Beth says:

      Awesome–thanks for the recommendation. I plan on reviewing more this fall, so I’ll add it to the list!