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    22 Makeup Removers Our Readers Actually Swear By

    Say goodbye to raccoon eyes and say hello to clean skin.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what products they use to remove their makeup. Here are their (super helpful) answers!

    1. Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm that starts as a solid but then gently melts into a oil to wipe away any and all grime.

    @clinique via Instagram

    "It starts out solid, but then you take some between your fingers and the heat turns it into an oil. You get all of your makeup to break down and then wash with water. The water turns the oil into a sudsy cleaner. Literally nothing I’ve ever tried has been as effective or easy as this balm!! It gets rid of my liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascara so easily aaaaand doesn’t dry my skin out at all! Truly a lifesaver." —maryc4949eb7b7

    "Oooo boy let me tell you what a pleasure this is to use. Just a little scoop, smear it alllll over, rinse with warm water, and you’re left makeup-free and soft as an Insta filter." —sonyap4507d800d

    "Came here to hype this! I used to use makeup wipes and they started stretching the skin around my eyes. I tried a couple gel cleansers before trying this, and I've never looked back. It's so gentle and soft on the skin, and it removes foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara in one go with some gentle massaging and a quick rinse! I also love the name of this product. Every night I literally feel like I'm 'taking the day off' when I use it. Extra points for zen." —toujoursmoimeme

    "One jar will last you a very long time as a little goes a long way." —kalenmcmanus

    "This takes off all of my waterproof mascara better than makeup remover wipes!"—jhs7

    "A little goes a long way and it takes off everything, including matte liquid lipstick and even Kat Von D’s tattoo liner. Plus it doesn’t leave my skin irritated or dry!" —supersonicsoprano

    Get it from Amazon, Clinique, or Sephora for $29.50.

    2. Raw coconut oil to cleanse and moisturize your skin. It's unrefined, kosher, and sourced from hand-picked coconuts. It's also really great for hair masks!



    "Coconut oil. Mainly for removing tough mascara." —tiffanil

    "My makeup remover is just regular coconut oil paired with a simple wash to keep my pores unclogged. It's skincare on a budget!" —nadiapa

    "Literally just pure coconut oil and hot water to wipe it off." —ashleighe465ca99f7

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. Banila Co's Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm works without stripping your skin of moisture and washes off as a foam.

    @banilaco_official via Instagram

    "It’s my all-time favorite makeup remover and one of the best discoveries I made. You just scoop a little out with the spoon they provide and rub it into your skin. It emulsifies instantly and takes off eye and face makeup with ease. It’s the perfect first step for double cleansing and never leaves skin feeling stripped of moisture. They also make several variations, including one for sensitive skin!" —monicav423d1b9ab

    "Clean It Zero by Banila Co. is the best makeup remover I’ve used. It’s an oil cleanser, so I follow it up with a water-based cleanser but it’s a lifesaver. It melts my waterproof eye makeup off and washes away with water so easily! No more leftover mascara bits or smudged eyeliner other makeup-removing cleansers leave behind. It saves me from rubbing the delicate skin around my eyes so much, which is what I used to do with other makeup removers in the past. Plus it smells nice. I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again!" —lisseteo

    "It goes on like an oil and washes off foamy. I work 12 hours a day in the service industry so my makeup is the most hardcore long-lasting shit I can find, and this stuff strips it aaaalllll off. I double cleanse with either Glossier Milky Jelly or Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser, just to get off any lingering residue." —lalaliv

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    4. IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Balm is made with collagens, peptides, and antioxidants to combat years of wearing pore-clogging foundation.


    "I have tried many makeup removers in the past and finally found the perfect one! IT Cosmetic's Bye Bye Balm! There is no harsh rubbing on my face and it prevents wrinkles. My eye makeup comes off so easily. I wipe it off with a washcloth and I don’t have to wash my face after! It’s a makeup remover, face cleanser, and has a skin softening serum. I can never go back to makeup wipes after using this!" —jessicalynng4d76dfc63

    Get it from Amazon for $39 or Sephora for $38.

    5. The Makeup Eraser cloth wipes away everything with just a splash of water. Helloooo money saver!

    @makeuperaser via Instagram

    "Microfiber cloths like the Makeup Eraser are the best. All you do is get them wet and they take off EVERYTHING: waterproof mascara is completely gone, foundation just wipes off, liquid lipstick comes right off without having to use oil. The best part is the money you save not buying disposable makeup wipes. When your cloth is dirty you just throw it in the wash." —maggiek

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in pink) or Makeup Easer for $12+ (check out the full selection here).

    Also, check out why this was one of our top picks for makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. Albolene's Moisturizing Cleanser will become your go-to for removing makeup and healing dry, cracked skin.


    "Something lots of people haven't heard of, but it's been around for decades: Albolene! It comes in this big jar that you scoop out a tiiiiiny bit of, rub your makeup off, and then wash your face with a regular cleanser. It has a kind of Vaseline consistency but doesn't make me break out, and one jar literally lasts me multiple years." —fatiman40af9eddd

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $39.78.

    7. The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is great sensitive skin types thanks to its creamy, soothing texture and vegan formula.


    "Perfect for sensitive skin and smells amazing." —beccai447a66526

    "After trying EVERYTHING from drugstore to high end, this is my holy grail. It removes EVERYTHING in one, gentle swipe; it’s truly amazing. The word 'sumptuous' was literally created for this product — I can feel layers of product on my face melt away. It's super gentle and great for sensitive eyes/skin." —francisc4aceec3dc

    "It smells heavenly and works miracles. It's especially great at removing eye makeup." —kirstenw447d4c564

    Get it from Jet for $13.68.

    8. Garnier's Micellar Water — a suitable option for face, eyes, and lips. It's paraben-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free.


    "I was always wondering what the hype was around micellar water, so I decided to try it and haven’t looked back. It really makes me feel clean." —sophiem42fa6186e

    "I like Garner Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water for sensitive skin. It's easy to use, inexpensive, and removes everything without over-cleaning." —kathylhgn

    "OMG this stuff gets even the most stubborn and long lasting makeup off. I even got rid of my eye makeup remover and just started using this. No burning, no irritation and my face even feels smooth after. No dryness, no heavy smells, and cleans like a dream! Plus it's cheap!" —corellaw

    "When I'm putting off laundry and my Makeup Erasers are all dirty, I'll use some Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. (This stuff is also great for dipping a cotton swab in to correct a mascara or eyeliner smudge without redoing your whole face)." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Amazon for $6.61 (available in three formulas).

    9. Aveeno's Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes unclogs pores *and* helps even out skin tone and texture.



    "Aveeno Ultra-Calming Cleansing Wipes leave my skin feeling all fresh and revitalized." —Naila Warren, Facebook

    Get them from Amazon: Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes for $5.98 and Ultra-Calming Cleansing Wipes for $5.59

    10. Bioderma's Sensibio Micellar Water is ideal for those with oily skin (hello T-zone). The solution is oil-free, so it'll leave your skin feeling smooth and light.



    "Nothing else comes close, in my opinion. I soak a thick cotton pad and press gently on my eyes for a few seconds before gently wiping away. All of my heavy eyeliner, mascara, and shadow comes off easily before using the other side to remove powder foundation, sunscreen, blush, bronzer and highlight that I wear daily. My face feels perfectly clean." —jabbathefluff

    "This stuff is magical!" —mariaalejandraa4ae25486d

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93.

    11. Pure olive oil — it's delicious on a salad and some say it's great at cleaning off your skin! Who knew?!


    "I've been using olive oil since I was a teen thanks to my grandmother. She always used olive oil on her skin during her younger years, and she looked pretty good. It takes makeup off easily and leaves your skin super soft." —Brittigno

    "Honestly, the best makeup remover I have ever used is just plain old olive oil. It even takes off my waterproof makeup. My usual routine is to dab some EVOO on some soft toilet paper, rub it all off, then wash my face with warm water and a mild, handmade soap. I get a little bit of raccoon eye, but a quick swipe of my fingers under my eyes takes care of that. Added bonus! Olive oil will moisturize your skin." —nikkimaliciousp

    "I like using plain olive oil with a couple of drops of eucalyptus and tea tree essential oil. It’s great at gently removing makeup, including mascara. As the saying goes, "like dissolves like." So oil dissolves oil. It also moisturizes my face at the same time. It’s a win-win!" —emmar42f379f85

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. Boscia's Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil purifies, brightens, and clears up your complexion.

    @boscia via Instagram

    "It removes the most stubborn long-wear foundation and waterproof mascara. It also leaves my skin baby soft too!" —aimeel4a6838e42

    Get a 50ml bottle from Amazon or Boscia for $10. Get an 150ml bottle from Ulta or Sephora for $32.

    13. Clinique's Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser — an excellent choice fo anyone who experiences Rosacea. It'll calm your skin, reduce redness, and gently moisturize all at the same time.


    "For all my girls out there with Rosacea, Clinique’s Redness Solutions is amazing. It’s a cream slightly tinted green, but still manages to get all my makeup off AND not irritate my skin! I will be using it for life!" —hollys4af76bd26

    Get it from Sephora or Clinique for $23.

    14. Almay's Eye Makeup Remover Pads target removing your fabulous mascara and eye shadow after a long day of werking your look.

    @almay via Instagram

    "These pads remove all my mascara and moisturize the eye area, so no more patchy dry skin around my eyes. They're a total must have. I've been using them for years and I'll never look back." —a43920c533

    Get 120 pads from Amazon for $8.22.

    15. Philosophy's Purity Cleansing Gel — sometimes you need a really deep clean that'll get rid of impurities and all makeup traces after a night of dancing and this will help you get that.


    "It always leaves my skin feeling fresh after removing all my makeup. You can rub this in your eyes without any stinging to get off stubborn eye makeup. It works great with a Clarisonic too!" —melissam4459e93e9

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    16. Dermalogica's Precleanse Oil washes away sunscreen, sweat, pollutants, and layers of foundation, bronzer, and concealer.


    "It smells like a fresh orange and it removes every stitch of makeup fast." —tashaf43e8e23e8

    Get it from Ulta and Dermstore for $45.

    17. Neutrogena's Towelettes with a texture so soft, your face will actually thank you for the wipe down.

    @neutrogena via Instagram

    "They will take your makeup off so easily and leave no residue or leftover makeup behind! They’re miracles disguised as makeup wipes." —sk4438

    Get two 25-packs from Amazon for $8.97.

    18. Pacifica's Beauty Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic for all skin types — it's cruelty-free, hydrating, and super powerful. It also is made from coconut and grapefruit water.


    "The cruelty-free vegan brand has several light scents that smell amazing, are gentle on sensitive skin, and melt makeup away in seconds. I love it." —Gumdrops155

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. Glossier's Milk Jelly Cleanser — it's made from the same cleansing agents found in contact solution, so you know this product can eliminate dirt and makeup.


    "Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has worked wonders for me. My skin is acne-prone, but this is the only one I've found that doesn't cause me to break out and it's even allowed my skin to clear up. It feels super luxurious, too. If it's a late night and I'm tired, I'll use my makeup eraser cloth which works wonders, too. Then I'll just wash my face with the Milky Jelly Cleanser in the morning." —snaskew

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Also, check out some Glossier products we love.

    20. The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright contains vitamins A, B, and E, minerals, and ceramides. What are ceramides? They're lipids that'll moisturize your skin and build up its natural barrier.


    "The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright is a godsend. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and this cleanser is gentle enough that it doesn’t make me breakout. All the while, it still cleanses away all my makeup, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Years of searching for an effective cleanser has ended with this." —kailal47328d909

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87.

    Also check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

    21. BareMinerals' Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil (if you're looking for an effective wash resulting in smooth skin, fewer breakouts, and zero dry spots).


    "This takes off EVERYTHING! Waterproof mascara included. It's pH balanced, rinses cleanly, and acts as a foaming cleanser!! I cannot live without it." —estherm4b4afb266

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    22. And finally, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser. It's so popular, you should just give it a shot. You won't regret it.

    @ponds via Instagram

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    "I love Pond's Cold Cream. It's super thorough in getting all of the makeup off even things like mascara and eyeliner that don't come off with a wipe. Plus it's very moisturizing if you have dry or combination skin. That's really nice." —madyg48d55ecf2

    "Good old Pond's Cold Cream! It leaves all the others in the dust!" —olliesteigs

    "Perfect for dry skin and removes all traces of makeup." —alanac4920a0c22

    "I have super sensitive skin and break out in hives EVERYWHERE with most other makeup removers. This has been my favorite and the only one that hasn’t started some sort of reaction." –annag44ea7190e

    "That stuff will take anything off! Put it on, rub it around, and take it off with a washcloth wet with the hottest water your house can muster. My skin is so soft, but not at all dried out after. And not a speck of makeup on my white hand towels afterwards. Also, I have oily skin so it feels odd to run cream into it, but I swear using it cuts down my oil production." —hfmnc

    "When I'm feeling serious budget constraints, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser does the trick (and moisturizes!). I remember my grandma used it to take off her makeup and it's still so legit. If you keep your eyes closed, it also works wonders on waterproof mascara, even the THREE kinds I wear every day." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.93.

    You at the end of a long, makeup-wearing day:

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