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19 Makeup Removers That'll Actually Get Your Face Clean

Makeup: never stays on during the day, never comes off at night.

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1. Innisfree Cleansing Tissues are formulated with antioxidant-rich nutrients found in olives. Olive the sound of this.

Promising review: "I LOVE these cleansing tissues — they are the best thing ever! They make your face feel super soft, get all the makeup and dirt off your face, and make you feel so fresh after using them. Plus, these wipes are gentle and don't cause me to break out. I got these about two months ago and I I don't know how I went 24 years without them." —metheliving Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.95.
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Promising review: "I LOVE these cleansing tissues — they are the best thing ever! They make your face feel super soft, get all the makeup and dirt off your face, and make you feel so fresh after using them. Plus, these wipes are gentle and don't cause me to break out. I got these about two months ago and I I don't know how I went 24 years without them." —metheliving

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.95.

2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is to waterproof mascara what Buffy is to vampires: deadly.

Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product at first, but I am SO glad I decided to try it out. It really does remove all of my makeup, even waterproof mascara, with ease. Plus, it has no smell and doesn't leave my face oily." —Kat Get it from Amazon for $6.59.
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Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product at first, but I am SO glad I decided to try it out. It really does remove all of my makeup, even waterproof mascara, with ease. Plus, it has no smell and doesn't leave my face oily." —Kat

Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

3. Banila Co. Clean It Zero with papaya extracts dissolves makeup while exfoliating your skin at the same damn time.

Promising review: "I wish I found out about this product sooner. I don't need to buy separate wipes or eye makeup removers anymore, all thanks to this little tub! I have very dry skin, but this product leaves my face super moisturized and fresh. This is going to last me A LONG TIME. I don't need any more than maybe a quarter-sized amount to let it do its magic. It's worth every penny!" —Amazon Customer Get it from Soko Glam for $16 or Amazon for $16.74.
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Promising review: "I wish I found out about this product sooner. I don't need to buy separate wipes or eye makeup removers anymore, all thanks to this little tub! I have very dry skin, but this product leaves my face super moisturized and fresh. This is going to last me A LONG TIME. I don't need any more than maybe a quarter-sized amount to let it do its magic. It's worth every penny!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Soko Glam for $16 or Amazon for $16.74.

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4. Simple Facial Wipes are perfect for sensitive skin (and noses). These contain no harsh chemicals OR artificial perfumes.

Promising review: "So here it is: I have weird dry/oily combination/sensitive skin. These wipes are gentle and non-irritating. They leave my skin soft and clean, plus they remove mascara and eyeliner gently and completely. Plus (and probably most importantly), they are fast. Pull one out, swipe off the crud. Follow with a smear of moisturizer and done. REM sleep is coming that much faster." —Cody Walker Get two packs of 25 wipes from Amazon for $6.57.
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Promising review: "So here it is: I have weird dry/oily combination/sensitive skin. These wipes are gentle and non-irritating. They leave my skin soft and clean, plus they remove mascara and eyeliner gently and completely. Plus (and probably most importantly), they are fast. Pull one out, swipe off the crud. Follow with a smear of moisturizer and done. REM sleep is coming that much faster." —Cody Walker

Get two packs of 25 wipes from Amazon for $6.57.

5. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil and Foam duo will become an important part of your daily skincare routine.

Promising review: "This is amazing! The cleansing oil dissolves impurities and removes makeup (apply to dry, 'dirty' skin, massage well, add some water, and then massage some more). Follow up with the cleansing foam, wash off with warm water, and enjoy a clean, clear face!" —Liudmila J.Get this set from Amazon for $14.70.
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Promising review: "This is amazing! The cleansing oil dissolves impurities and removes makeup (apply to dry, 'dirty' skin, massage well, add some water, and then massage some more). Follow up with the cleansing foam, wash off with warm water, and enjoy a clean, clear face!" —Liudmila J.

Get this set from Amazon for $14.70.

6. Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel rids your skin of the remaining gunk that your cleanser seemed to ignore.

Promising review: "I am absolutely amazed! I've never left a product review before, but this toner has seriously changed my skin. I've always had redness, and my skin is very sensitive. But once I started using this? It's been AMAZING. My skin is so soft, so smooth! This toner even works great as a makeup remover. No harsh chemicals on my face anymore!" —CassieGet it from Amazon for $10.44. Check out our review here.
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Promising review: "I am absolutely amazed! I've never left a product review before, but this toner has seriously changed my skin. I've always had redness, and my skin is very sensitive. But once I started using this? It's been AMAZING. My skin is so soft, so smooth! This toner even works great as a makeup remover. No harsh chemicals on my face anymore!" —Cassie

Get it from Amazon for $10.44.

Check out our review here.

7. Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil may be made from grape seed oil, but it won't leave your skin feeling oily.

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Promising review: "I have oily, acne-prone skin, and people with my skin type are always a bit wary to try oil-based products. But this oil is wonderful for my skin! After several days of use, I have not had any breakouts because of this product. I wear makeup everyday — foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, and lip products (including liquid lipsticks). This cleansing oil removes EVERYTHING! It's so easy. On your dry skin (do not wet skin prior to using), apply the oil and just rub lightly in circular motions. The oil breaks down the makeup easily." —trinigirl

Get it from Amazon for $26.60 or Michael Todd for $28.

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8. Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes are a must-have for your nightstand. You know, for nights when washing your face is NOT going to happen.

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Promising review: "I'm a lazy person. I tell myself that I'll take my makeup off before bed, but I usually don't — so it winds up on my pillow and seeps into my pores. Yuck! But I actually don't mind using these to remove all of my makeup. These are just a couple of swipes and then you're done." —Amanda

Get two packs of 25 towelettes from Amazon for $8.83.

9. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is filled with 50% moisturizer. This little tub has been used for generations by makeup wearers!

Promising review: "I have been using for 30+years, and it's my one and only go-to for makeup removal and cleansing. It's gentle and effective." —Terri G. Get it from Amazon for $4.49.
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Promising review: "I have been using for 30+years, and it's my one and only go-to for makeup removal and cleansing. It's gentle and effective." —Terri G.

Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

10. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is perfect for contact-wearers. This ophthalmologist-tested formula won't irritate your eyes!

Promising review: "I have been using this remover since it came out. This is the only eye makeup remover that doesn't burn my eyes! I've tried to finding cheaper alternatives in the past, but they always irritated my eyes, made them feel dry, or just didn't work. This just removes makeup so well!" —ScrappyrnGet it from Sephora or from Ulta for $30.
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Promising review: "I have been using this remover since it came out. This is the only eye makeup remover that doesn't burn my eyes! I've tried to finding cheaper alternatives in the past, but they always irritated my eyes, made them feel dry, or just didn't work. This just removes makeup so well!" —Scrappyrn

Get it from Sephora or from Ulta for $30.

11. S.W. Basics Makeup Remover has only three (!!!!) natural ingredients: organic sweet almond, olive, and jojoba.

Promising review: "I have been using this product for almost a year as a light moisturizer in the morning and a makeup remover at night. I absolutely love it — it absorbs nicely and has helped balance my oily skin." —Jessica Elizabeth Get it from Target for $14.
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Promising review: "I have been using this product for almost a year as a light moisturizer in the morning and a makeup remover at night. I absolutely love it — it absorbs nicely and has helped balance my oily skin." —Jessica Elizabeth

Get it from Target for $14.

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12. Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes are specifically designed for sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and allergy-tested, oh my!

Promising review: "This product is really easy on the eyes! I was getting rashes and irritation from the other products I was using to get makeup off my face — but these cloths remove all my makeup without irritating the skin around my eyes. I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND THEM!" —bq3Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $5.12.
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Promising review: "This product is really easy on the eyes! I was getting rashes and irritation from the other products I was using to get makeup off my face — but these cloths remove all my makeup without irritating the skin around my eyes. I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND THEM!" —bq3

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $5.12.

13. Bananamond Shaking Point Makeup Remover has to be shaken to mix the milk protein, banana, and sweet almond extracts.

This stuff is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!Promising review: "This works great at removing regular AND waterproof eye makeup. Plus, it has a sweet banana smell." —pfsGet it from Amazon for $9.98 or from Skinfood for $11.
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This stuff is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Promising review: "This works great at removing regular AND waterproof eye makeup. Plus, it has a sweet banana smell." —pfs

Get it from Amazon for $9.98 or from Skinfood for $11.

14. The portable Urban Decay Cleansing Oil Stick with turmeric extract can be easily packed in your carry-on.

That's right! This won't get confiscated by the TSA.Promising review: "I LOVE this. I use a cleansing oil at night to take off my makeup, and this is honestly so much more convenient. It takes off all my makeup effectively and gently. I have no complaints!" —Katie Prunes Get it from Sephora for $26.
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That's right! This won't get confiscated by the TSA.

Promising review: "I LOVE this. I use a cleansing oil at night to take off my makeup, and this is honestly so much more convenient. It takes off all my makeup effectively and gently. I have no complaints!" —Katie Prunes

Get it from Sephora for $26.

15. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is made from the cleaning agents found in contact solution and will gently dissolve all your makeup.

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Promising review: "Honestly, this is one of the best cleansers and makeup removers I have ever used! It's really gentle on my skin, doesn't sting my eyes, and is really good at removing grime!" —Holly

Get it from Glossier for $18.

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16. Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm contains coconut oil that won't strip your skin of moisture. Hooray for people with dry skin!

Promising review: "This product leaves a slight oily residue, but that's great for me because I have dry skin. It takes very little to get all your makeup off and it has a really nice scent! Plus, it doesn't irritate or burn my eyes either." —Perseus MomGet it from Walmart for $6.98.
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Promising review: "This product leaves a slight oily residue, but that's great for me because I have dry skin. It takes very little to get all your makeup off and it has a really nice scent! Plus, it doesn't irritate or burn my eyes either." —Perseus Mom

Get it from Walmart for $6.98.

17. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm transforms from a balm, to an oil, to a milk while cleaning your face.

Promising review: "Before I started using this, I went through the pain of removing my eye makeup with a remover, then my face makeup with micellar water, and finally using a cleanser to wash my face. But this cleansing balm takes all my makeup off with ease. When first applied, you think it's going to be a greasy mess — but as soon as water hits it, the balm turns into a gentle, easy-to-rinse, milk-like consistency that rinse clean and quickly. I thought I would find similar products that were cheaper, but none of them could compare. This is something that I have to keep on hand at all times." —JulieAJBGet it from Sephora or Ulta for $29.50.
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Promising review: "Before I started using this, I went through the pain of removing my eye makeup with a remover, then my face makeup with micellar water, and finally using a cleanser to wash my face. But this cleansing balm takes all my makeup off with ease. When first applied, you think it's going to be a greasy mess — but as soon as water hits it, the balm turns into a gentle, easy-to-rinse, milk-like consistency that rinse clean and quickly. I thought I would find similar products that were cheaper, but none of them could compare. This is something that I have to keep on hand at all times." —JulieAJB

Get it from Sephora or Ulta for $29.50.

18. Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil is basically the face wash equivalent of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo.

Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic at cleaning your skin and getting rid of makeup. I have dry and dehydrated skin, and this cleans really gently — I can rub directly into my eye tear ducts with no irritation whatsoever. I will be putting this product on reorder. It's absolutely fantastic." —Alexis Get it from Amazon for $15.20 or from Soko Glam for $16.50.
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Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic at cleaning your skin and getting rid of makeup. I have dry and dehydrated skin, and this cleans really gently — I can rub directly into my eye tear ducts with no irritation whatsoever. I will be putting this product on reorder. It's absolutely fantastic." —Alexis

Get it from Amazon for $15.20 or from Soko Glam for $16.50.

19. Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Wipes get rid of all the grime on your skin and leave it feeling clean, refreshed, and happy.

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Promising review: "Wish they sold these here in the USA! These are wonderful and leave a fine moisturizer on your skin. They leave a very light, fresh, and clean feeling. I keep re-ordering these packs and haven't had one blemish since!" —G.M.P.

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $8.44.

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