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    21 Products That Will Actually Get All The Darn Makeup Off Your Face

    You've lost the battle, waterproof mascara.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Facial wipes you'll want to stash by your nightstand. You know, for the nights you don't feel like cleansing, exfoliating, and toning.


    These wipes are free of artificial perfumes and dyes, and are enriched in pro-vitamin B5.

    Promising review: "I love these! They're a great way to "lean your face after a long day: they remove eye makeup gently and leave my face feeling smooth and not dry. They're easy to pack when you're traveling and, the best par, they don't harm your skin." β€”Holly Golightly

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $4.52

    2. A three-in-one cleanser, toner, and makeup remover formulated with plant-based ingredients (HI THERE, cornflower) to sooth and remove the ickiness found in your skin. / Via @kloraneusa

    Promising review: "I chose this because it is not full of glycerin (very sticky finish) or silicone (super slippery finish). This has the nice, clean texture of a simple floral water, is virtually scentless, removes make up quite effectively (including eyeliner), and doesn't leave behind an oily residue. I use it daily and this bottled has lasted me seven months! Best of all is the unique bottle and one-handed dispenser: you flip up the lid and simply press the cotton pad across the top. It pumps the liquid upward!" β€”Rainy Days

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    3. A non-comedogenic makeup remover suitable for both sensitive skin and sensitive noses. THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS! This bottle of magic is also fragrance-free. / Via @marykayus,

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and can't use just anything on my face β€” certain products actually burn my skin. Well, with this, I've had no irritation whatsoever. This makeup remover takes off everything with ease: Eyeshadow creams, powders, mascara, eye liner, primer, you name it β€” it's coming right off. You don't need a lot either. You'd be amazed at what you can take off with a couple of drops placed on a cotton swab! This is now a staple for me." β€”Vicky

    Get it from Amazon for $17.85.

    4. A chamomile cleansing butter safe for contact lens wearers! This stuff will remove your makeup without irritating your eyes or getting in your lenses. / Via @thebodyshop

    This chamomile cleansing butter removes all traces of makeup without irritating or drying out your skin which β€” YES β€” includes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

    Promising review: "My sister told me I should try try this out, and I have to say that this is one of the best makeup removers that I've ever used. It removes all kinds of makeup, it leaves my skin so soft and smooth, and it doesn't make my skin dry because of the buttery texture. I absolutely love it!" β€”Naimz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    5. A makeup remover towel woven with some unicorn horn, because this thing is MAGIC. Add some water to this thing and it will take off all your makeup β€” lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, waterproof mascara, and whatever the HECK else you have on. / Via @makeuperaser, BuzzFeed

    If it starts to get super dirty, no worries! You can throw it in the wash. And if you're worried about how long it will last...don't. This adorable pink towel can live a long, healthy life of up to five years.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Psst, this product is a WINNER! Check out our full review on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. A travel-friendly cleansing oil formulated with rose hip, green tea, avocado, and vitamin e. But what does this mean, you ask? It means you can consider your skin brightened, nourished, and purified. / Via @boscia

    Promising review: "Nothing takes my makeup off like this stuff can! I can't believe I just discovered it. I'm hooked!" β€”Melissa K.

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (50mL).

    7. A splurge-worthy eye makeup remover that any smoky eye, waterproof mascara connoisseur should seriously consider investing in. This stuff gets rid of everything.


    Promising review: "Love this product! It's the only thing that gets my fake eyelashes (and all the glue) off after a show or photoshoot. I have very sensitive skin/eyes, and this product removes all my eye makeup without causing any allergic reactions . I bought my mom a bottle and now she's hooked, too! I can't recommend this stuff enough." β€”lazerlibby

    Get it from Sephora for $15+.

    8. A micellar cleansing water capable of drawing impurities from your skin like some kind of magical magnet. This stuff waves a permanent goodbye to all the remaining traces of foundation on your face.


    Promising review: "This stuff is fabulous β€” so fabulous that I've been using it in the evenings and mornings. It is so simple and fast to use. I love that I don't have to pull my hair back and inevitably get my hair wet when I wash my face. Anyway, I use this with a facecloth and to help do some light exfoliating. It dries quickly and once it does my skin is silky smooth and clean. Best of all, my pores are literally gone and so tiny that I rarely even wear foundation any more." β€”Mrs. Warren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.61.

    Garnier's micellar water is one of our favorite makeup removers β€” check out the entire list on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A tried-and-true cold cream cleanser that will make your foundation go *poof* while still being ultra hydrating. Just rub, wipe, and BAM! You're now squeaky clean. / Via @rawbeautykristi, / Via @ponds

    Promising review: "I have been using this cold cream for a little less than a year now, but I've watched my grandma use it my whole life. It really is a great product! It has a light, clean fragrance, is a great makeup remover, washes off easily, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. Plus, I have sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate or break me out at all." β€”MsScott

    Get it from Amazon for $4.77.

    10. Cleansing cloths perfect for sensitive skin. This will remove dirt, trapped oil, and makeup β€” I'm looking at you, waterproof mascara β€” without simultaneously stripping your face of moisture.


    Promising review: "I love these cleansing cloths! They don't irritate my sensitive skin and they aren't heavily fragranced (if at all). They take away all traces of my 'waterproof' mascara and leave my skin feeling soft and not parched. Plus, there's no stinging sensation that I sometimes get around the eyes with other brands. I've already reordered these several times!" β€”lisa swood

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $8.54.

    11. A gel-like cleanser that'll have your waterproof mascara quivering in fear. This gently dissolves all the makeup and grime on your face, no harsh rubbing required.


    Psst, this cleanser is made from cleaning agents found in contact solution!

    Promising review: "I had been using micellar waters for years to remove makeup. I got this cleanser as a gift, and I've been really pleased with the results! The micellar water used to dry my skin out (even if it was super gentle), and it also took a lot of rubbing and cotton pads to remove heavy makeup. But this milky jelly cleanser cuts through a full face almost instantly! It's very calming on my acne-prone skin, smells lovely, and it hasn't caused any breakouts or dryness on my super sensitive skin!" β€”PeebyKo

    Get it from Glossier for $9+.

    12. Organic extra virgin coconut oil with so many uses, my head is beginning to spin. Cooking! Baking! To moisturize! To condition! And to... remove makeup!?


    Promising review: "Okay, so I finally broke down and decided to try out the whole coconut oil hype. I use it as a makeup remover and it's honestly amazing. I wear Urban Decay eyeliners and their primer potion under my eyeshadow, and most makeup removers don't take it all off. But this does! And no stinging eyes! I also use it as a moisturizer on my arms and love the smell." β€”M&M

    Get it from Amazon for $10.44.

    13. Makeup remover pads available in single-use packaging, meaning you can stash 'em in your bag for some cleansing on-the-go. / Via @drjart

    These soft, microfiber pads are formulated with coconut milk and hydrogen water + work great on skin suffering from dryness and dullness!

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The pad has a light almost milky liquid that is very mild and doesn’t leave a gross residue. And it's single-use, meaning it's great for traveling, for going to the gym, or just being on-the-go in general. When looking for a makeup remover, I wanted something that wasn’t too oily or filmy, would remove makeup well, and wouldn't irritate my skin β€” and this does just that!" β€”Katherine1764

    Get a set of 20 from Sephora for $20.

    14. Cleansing tissues rich in antioxidants and extra virgin olive oil. These nifty wipes will make your skin so soft, even a baby butt would become jealous.


    Promising review: "I LOVE these cleansing tissues β€” 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." β€”metheliving

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $7.87.

    15. A makeup remover with organic, fair trade extra virgin olive oil and jojoba oil from Australia. This ultra nourishing magic will get rid of allll traces of makeup β€” while leaving fatty acids and vitamins behind. / Via @simpleasthatskin

    Antioxidants, omega 6, nine fatty acids, and vitamins a, d, and e β€” that's what your skin will get every single time you remove your foundation. EUREKA!

    Get it from Free People for $25.

    16. A soothing lotion that is just too hot for your makeup. I guess you could say that this cleanser will make your foundation ~melt~ right off. / Via @weleda_usa

    This cleansing lotion contains organic almond and plum kernel oils, which work overtime to get rid of all the dirt, crud, and oil on your face without dehydrating your skin in the process.

    Promising review: "I have always been very impressed with every Weleda product I've purchased and this one is no exception! It melts makeup off nicely, feels soothing, has good ingredients, and rinses off easily. Plus, the scent is very subtle." β€”BGrace

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

    17. A vegan, hypoallergenic cleansing gel you'll want to add to your nightly skin routine ASAP. Algae and marine flower extract to combat wrinkles + fine line? Lavender oil to soothe? Indian gooseberry to brighten? WELL OKAY!

    Tarte Cosmetics

    This stuff provides a super deep clean capable of removing even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

    Promising review: "Love this stuff! It cleans well and leaves my face feeling fresh and renewed. I ran out of this and used something else for a week, and I could really tell the difference. My skin just looks and feels better when I use this!" β€”Jessica V.

    Get it from Tarte Cosmetics for $36 (or a travel-sized version for $9).

    18. A lightweight cleansing balm that transforms from a solid balm to oil to milk. This cleansing balm is to makeup what water is to the Wicked Witch of the West β€” it'll have your foundation, mascara, and lipstick melt. / Via @clinique

    Promising review: "I used to always tug at my skin with makeup remover wipes because it was so difficult to remove it. Now that I use this balm, I just rub it all over my face and it breaks down my makeup in a matter of seconds and removes most of it with one swipe using a makeup remover!" β€”Deanna863

    Get it from Sephora for $9.50+ (available in two sizes).

    Psst, this product is a WINNER! Check out our full review on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A coconut micellar makeup melter tested by lovely ophthalmologists, meaning that β€” while this $tuff may be extremely tough on your mascara β€” it won't irritate sensitive eyes. Contacts wearers, rejoice! / Via @firstaidbeauty

    This lovely blend of coconut water, coconut oil, sodium hyaluronate, and goji berry is nourishing without feeling greasy or oily.

    Promising review: "This product is my-stellar! I have used many micellar products in the past, but this is above and beyond. As a contact wearer, I have to be very careful with what products I used on my eyes β€” but this never irritates me!" β€”Jenn

    Get it from First Aid Beauty for $16.

    20. A foaming cleansing gel to lather away dirt, oil, and makeup without leaving an oily, greasy residue behind. And magic doesn't exist, you say?


    Promising review: "I have used a lot of products in the past, and they've either made my skin super dry or have caused me to break out. So far, I love the way this makes my skin feel and it takes my makeup completely off (including waterproof mascara)! There is no better product out there. Plus, the price is awesome!" β€”KimDupont

    Get it from Sephora for $23.

    21. Oil-free, biodegradable cleansing wipes that will get rid of ALL makeup with just a few swipes. Plus, they contain aloe vera and cornflower water β€” ya know, to hydrate and soothe your skin. / Via @beautycounter

    Promising review: "I love these wipes! They don't leave you feeling greasy, you only have to use ONE wipe for an entire face of makeup, and your face feels so clean afterwards." β€”Claudia C.

    Get a pack of 30 from Beauty Counter for $20.

    Waving goodbye to my makeup after a long, tiring day like:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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