Pros: Price, safe for contact lens wearers, opthamologist tested
Cons: Mascara can be hard to take off
Eye makeup remover is one of those things I grudgingly admit the necessity of--after all, washing can't get rid of everything, and repeated raccoon smears are bad for your eyes and skin--but nonetheless, I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on it. I'd rather invest in a cheap, yet quality makeup remover and save those other pennies for products which are much more fun! Enter Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.
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Neutrogena? Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover takes off even waterproof eye makeup without leaving an oily residue.
Forget harsh tugging and pulling. This ultra-gentle dual phase formula activates when shaken to remove all eye makeupeven waterproof mascarawithout any greasy residue. It is ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers and oil free.
Get the ultimate clean feel from your makeup remover in one easy step. (neutrogena.com)
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover comes in an attractive blue-tinted plastic bottle with a silvery cap. The lettering is clean, with no images or fuss. Inside the bottle, the product itself is divided into two separate layers, one on top of the other--when you shake the bottle, the two mix together to form a frothy, bubbly concoction, which is theoretically the "activation." Each bottle contains 5.5 oz of product and retails anywhere from $5.50-$6 dollars--I purchased mine at Target, but you can find it at any drugstore where Neutrogena is sold or online at drugstore.com. The product claims to be opthamologist tested and safe for contact lenses, both of which are good to look out for when choosing products that come in contact with or around the eye.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Poloxamer 182, Allantoin, Tripotassium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cucumber Fruit Extract (Cucumis Sativus), Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol
Though Neutrogena doesn't make any claims about it, the inclusion of soothing aloe leaf juice could potentially mean the product can help cool or refresh the skin around your eyes and eyelids--I'd love to hear if anyone has any input on this one way or another!
To use the product, I shake the bottle to mix the liquid--one or two firm shakes does it just fine--and dampen a cotton pad. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover slides easily onto the eye, lifting off shadow and liner almost instantaneously. Mascara takes a bit more work, probably because the remover is less oily than others--the first time I used it I rubbed too hard and lost a few eyelashes! After a few days of using the remover, I hit upon the idea of washing my face first and then using the product to remove whatever eye makeup was left--this strategy has worked much better and I haven't suffered any eyelash loss since. The remover leaves no residue or filminess in or around my eyes and I don't feel a need to rinse it off before I moisturize--at most, I'll wipe the excess away with a Kleenex. I appreciate that it really is oil-free, just as claimed.
I've been satisfied with Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and will continue to use it until something better comes along. If you do decide to use it, I highly recommend you wash your face first and then use the product to remove just the last traces of residue. This method has been much less harsh on my eyes and lashes, and since I discovered it I've been very happy with the product.