As most of you may know, I had lasik vision correction surgery in December, and was unable to wear any eye makeup for a few weeks. When I began wearing it again, it was super important to use a remover that was gentle and worked well enough that required as little rubbing/scrubbing as possible.
Prior to my surgery, I generally felt that most eye makeup removers were created equal within their two categories: dual-phase and non-dual phase. One thing I never had any doubts about is that non dual-phase removers can in no way compete with dual-phase. I have never seen a non dual-phase remover work even nearly as well as the cheapest dual-phase removers.
That is not to say that non dual-phase removers do not have their use. I prefer them when I am doing makeup to clean up fallout off the face (I always do eyes before any other makeup for this reason.) I also like them for cleaning up any “leftovers” and/or residue after having used a dual-phase.
At any rate, since my surgery, I have been on a quest to find the very best eye makeup removers. Before the surgery, I usually bought Walmart’s Equate brand which is their version of Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover. Sometimes if Neutrogena was on sale, I would buy it, but in all honesty, I do not feel one performs any better than the other, and both easily remove all my eyeshadow but require a bit of rubbing/scrubbing to remove my best waterproof liners and mascaras.
I also tried making my own dual phase remover by mixing equal amounts of olive oil and witch hazel. Again, this worked okay, but still required more rubbing than I liked.
I then tried the following removers and my findings/thoughts are listed next to them:
Smashbox It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover
This one is pretty good, but only a little better than the drugstore removers and it costs $20 for a 4.2 fl oz bottle compared to $4 for the Equate brand, which is 5.5 fl oz.
Pur Minerals Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier
This stuff is amazing for breaking down thick foundations and concealers, but I didn’t care for it much for eye makeup. Also, it has a strong sort of honeysuckle smell to it that I do not care for. It comes in a 4 fl oz bottle and is $23.
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Duet Makeup Remover
This stuff works VERY well, and is certainly a favorite. However, like all of Napoleon’s products, it is expensive. $26 for a 4.65 fl oz bottle. Also, it did not work quite as well for me as one other that I tried.
I do not like this stuff AT ALL for any type of waterproof eye makeup. It is fine for removing things that more easily remove, but what is the point in that? I do like this for removing lipstick, but that is all I would ever use it for. It is $25 for a 4.2 fl oz bottle.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-free Facial Cleansing Oil
This is a great over all facial cleanser, but I still feel the need for something specific for my eye area. $25 for 5.8 fl oz.
Philosophy Just Release Me Dual Phase Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
THIS is the WINNER in my opinion! This works ever so slightly better than the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Duet, and is less expensive for more product at $18 for 6 fl oz.
It still requires a bit of rubbing for my toughest liners and mascara, but no where near that of the cheap products. It does leave a slippy silicone feel, but it is soft feeling, not greasy. Worth the money in my opinion, as a little goes a long way.