Makeup Removers Reviewed (Sensitive skin)

The way a makeup remover preforms is going to depend alot on what you are trying to remove.  I wear long wearing foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) but no waterproof eye makeup.  So for me, everything but the foundation is typically easy to remove.   Try to keep that in mind if you use a less long wearing foundation but more long wearing eye products. 

Jergens All purpose face cream, Garnier Micellar Cleansing water, and clinique take the day off makeup remover Reviewed

Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream is a Cold Cream, Garnier SkinActive is a Micellar Water and the Clinique is a dual phase remover.

Jergens All-Purpse Face Cream, 15oz, $3.97 @ Walmart
A cold cream is a moisturizer texture that you rub in to break down the makeup and tissue off of the face.  Cold creams are designed to leave a film of moisture behind on the skin and can be ideal for sensitive and dry skin types.  
The pros:

  • Breaks down long wearing foundation easily
  • Gently removes eye makeup without irritating my eyes
  • Doesn’t dry my skin out

The cons:

  • Can take multiple passes to get all of the product off my face
  • Leaves a film on the skin
  • Fagrance

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, 13.5oz, $6.96 @ Walmart
This has molecules (called micelles) that are suspended in water that attach to the dirt and makeup allowing you to then wipe it away.  You are not supposed to need to rinse after using a micellar water and it is also not supposed to be drying.
The pros:

  • Gently removes eye makeup
  • Did not leave a film on the skin
  • My skin didn’t feel dry

The cons:

  • Had to work too hard to remove foundation
  • Using it to remove lipstick dries out my lips
  • Does cause slight eye irritation for me

Clinique take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips, 4.2oz, $19.00 @ Clinique
A dual phase remover is one that combines oil and water or silicone and water.  The product will separate naturally and you have to shake before use to combine the two phases together.  The Clinique formula uses silicone suspended in water. 
The pros:

  • Can break down foundation, although not designed to
  • Gently removes eye makeup
  • Removes lipstick without drying out my lips

The cons:

  • Leaves a film on the skin
  • Expensive for what you get and what it does

I prefer the Jergens over the other two for removing my makeup.  I wish they made a fragrance free version, but I do prefer this to the Pond’s cold cream fragrance.  I do really like the Clinique for removing lipstick, but after I’m done with the bottle, I’ll likely just go back to using vaseline for that purpose.  I do think the Garnier remover is a good option for a less long wear foundation, but I’d have to use something different on the eyes.  So the Clinique and Garnier are good products, but just don’t fit what I need.

What is your favorite makeup remover and why?  Let me know in the comments.

Please stick around and check out some of my other content.  

  • Makeup Baskets:  Join me in rotating through my products to truly enjoy and get use out of the items I own.  Let’s encourage each other to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new.
  • Eyeshadow Combos: If you’re looking for ideas of coordinating shades, I hope some of my eyeshadow combos can give you inspiration.

**Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  Any links provided are for information only.  For the full disclosure policy click here. 

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