Two months ago, I went into the eye doctor for a routine check-up. During my visit, my doctor read me the riot act about not removing every.single.particle of eye makeup before going to bed. “Your eyeball is sticky, and mascara is sticky,” she said. “Once it gets on there, it’s very hard to get it off. And you run the rist of irritation or infection.” Consider me converted.
Splurge. My first stop was Sephora to pick up a sample of NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (Sephora, $25), the brand my eye doctor recommended. The formula was gentle and removed the eye makeup with very little rubbing–critical on delicate skin. The product also contains aloe and cucumber, which I found very soothing. And to my surprise, it removed even waterproof mascara.
Save. My bottle of NARS ran out after a little more than six weeks. I was surprised at how quickly it ran out, but given that I was using it every day, not too surprised.
When the bottle went dry, I decided to try something a bit less expensive. I received a sample of Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (Birchbox, $9) in my Birchbox a few months ago, so I reached into my beauty box to give it a try.
The product gently removed my waterproof mascara and eyeliner. However, it took an extra swipe to make sure that I got it all off. The formula didn’t irritate my skin or my eyes.
Verdict. You want to make sure that choose a gentle eye remover made from non-toxic ingredients. Both of these products have soothing natural ingredients that remove eye makeup well without irritation. But, in this case, I would recommend saving a bit of money. Why?
Because you’re going to use a lot of the product, and it could be really expensive to pay $25 per bottle if you need to replenish your supply every six to eight weeks.