Five Best Eye Make-Up Removers For Sensitive Eyes

I wouldn’t say I have sensitive eyes as such, I don’t react to any eye make-up and very rarely do I react to treatments, but one thing I do have a problem with is stinging eyes from eye make-up removers.  I don’t know if this is because I use too much product or don’t close my eyes properly, but a lot of the time I end up with horrible red and streaming eyes after trying out a new remover, which isn’t ideal!  Here’s a list of five products I’ve used to remove eye make-up, they’re not all specifically designed only for eye make up removal, but they all do it really well and don’t cause irritation.  I’ve come across plenty of removers that don’t sting but also don’t remove make-up very well, so they’re not in this list!

1.  Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips

This is a really lovely remover that I can quite happily cover my eyes in without irritation.  It’s gentle and softening; the important thing for me about this product is that it doesn’t feel harsh at all and you don’t feel like your eyes have been stripped of both make-up and moisture.  It isn’t the cheapest on the list but it lasts well and is often featured in Clinique Bonus Time (the promotional freebie packs you get when you purchase 2 other products at Clinique counters) so if you don’t want to fully commit then Bonus Time is a good way to try it.

2.  Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

This is a cheap, cheery and effective make-up remover.  It’s very gentle and works really quickly at dissolving stubborn mascara.  You can also apply it very liberally to use as an eye compress if your eyes are feeling a bit on the tired side.

3.  Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This isn’t just an eye make-up remover, but it’s very effective at such a task.  This is the only facial cleanser I’ve ever used that not only doesn’t irritate my eyes, but also doesn’t ‘blear’ them at all; meaning that if I get it in my eyes it won’t alter my vision.  It’s a multi-award winner for good reason as it’s a great multi-tasker and generally Liz Earle products are lovely to use which leads me on to……

4.  Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion

This is not technically an eye make-up remover as it’s not strong enough, unless you’re someone who barely uses any eye make-up then this won’t prove an effective removal product.  However, it’s one of those products that I bought when I was going through my ‘I Heart Liz Earle’ phase and the many uses I’ve found for it have proven this a brilliant buy.  Firstly, if I’ve ever used a cleanser that involves water/washing then I always like to make double-sure that I’ve removed everything from my eye area, so a quick sweep of this ensures the area is completely clean.  Secondly, if you’re like me and don’t bother with the whole cleanse/tone/moisturise procedure in the morning, this is ideal for removing any sleep gunk and refreshing the eye area for make-up.  It’s also a beautiful compress for tired eyes and is gentle enough for really regular use. Lastly, if you use an eye make-up remover that leaves a bit of a film, this will remove that both effectively and gently.

5.  Neutrogena Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes 

These multi-use wipes are fantastic for removing waterproof eye make up remover quickly and easily.  I tend to use these every day when I get in to remove the oil and grease that gets built-up on my skin from living in a city and they’re also an ideal eye-make remover.  They leave eyes feeling soft, moisturised and clean.



  1. October 8, 2011 / 7:42 AM

    Thanks so much for this blog post. I have found it extremely useful and I have excessively sensitive eyes and whilst I have now discovered which eye-shadow and mascaras I can wear I constantly struggle removing my eye make up. Every single product I have tried leaves my eyes extremely sore, red, itchy and irritated, so I look forward to trying these! Thanks!

  2. October 8, 2011 / 1:23 PM

    Yay! So glad you found it useful; it’s such a pain when you react to products around the eyes as it’s so hard to calm that area down! Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx

  3. September 15, 2012 / 12:22 PM

    If any person have sensitive eyes then i only suggest don’t do make up around the eyes.Because some of the products are made of harmful chemicals which effects the eyelids and cause infection. Homeopathic Treatment for Dry Eyes

    • September 19, 2012 / 4:32 PM

      I agree to a certain extent, but there are a lot of make-up products formulated especially for the benefit of sensitive eyes, so I think savvy shopping is the way forward if you suffer from really reactive eyes 🙂 xx

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