If you’ve had to scrub and rub your eyes until they’re raw and red just to get most of your eye makeup off at night, you’re not alone. The key here is finding the eye makeup remover that actually works—waterproof makeup and all. Good thing the InStyle beauty team has done some recon for you by testing four different formulas. From liquids to wipes, read on to find out which ones our editors find will completely wipe your makeup clean.
1. Biossance The refresher Makeup Remover Cloths, 15/30 ct
"I wear waterproof eyeliner every single day along with two coats of mascara so getting it all off at the end of the night can be a messy endeavor. I typically hate using wipes since they can sting but a lot of liquid removers can also feel too greasy. These squalane-infused wipes from Biossance are the perfect combination since it removes any trace of makeup without feeling heavy; it leaves just the slightest bit of moisture so my skin doesn’t feel dry or tight. It doesn’t hurt that it also contains antioxidants, like rosemary leaf and vitamin E, and that the cloths are biodegradable." —Sheryl George, Beauty Editor
2. Dolce & Gabbana Essential Eye Makeup Remover
"I wear quite a bit of eye makeup—liquid liner, brow powder, and two different kinds of mascara, to be specific—so I tend to go for bi-phase remover formulas as the oil layer helps to break it all down. D&G’s version did a great job of sweeping away the brow powder and all traces of my inky black cat-eye, though I did have to use a second cotton ball soaked in the stuff to remove my mascara. If you don’t wear as much as I do, you’d easily be able to get the job done in one quick pass, so I would definitely use it again to take off the day when I have a more minimal effect going on." —Marianne Mychaskiw, Associate Beauty Editor
Dolce & Gabbana | $35
3. Pixi Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads
"I’m a huge fan of Pixi as a brand—so much so that the eyeliner I was wearing the day I tested their new eye makeup remover wipes was their own Lash Line Ink ($14; pixibeauty.com). If you’ve tried this liner, you already know it’s pretty much impenetrable, so removal is no easy feat. But, to my delight, these wipes cut right through. Since they’re quarter-sized, I could hold one against my lid with one finger, pressing down gently to allow the formula to do its thing. The teeny size allowed the wipe to snuggle into the nooks and crannies of my eyes, no rubbing required. Color me impressed." —Dianna Mazzone, Assistant Beauty Editor
$10; available June 26, 2016 at Target.
4. Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
"Eyeko's Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner ($20; eyeko.com) is one of my go-liquid eyeliners for doing my daily cat-eye so I was excited to try these makeup remover wipes. While the wipes eventually took off all traces of my waterprood liquid eyeliner, mascara, and eyelash primer, I had to go over my eyes quite a few times to clean the area. That said, I didn't experience any burning or redness from the rubbing I did. While the extra effort wasn't so taxing that I would never use these wipes again, they wouldn't make my top shelf." —Erin Lukas, Beauty Writer