The Top-Rated Makeup Remover Options by Beauty Reviewers

You worked hard on your killer makeup look—but you shouldn't have to work as hard on wiping it off at the end of the night. All too often we're relegated to either, a.) morning raccon eyes and foundation stains on our pillows, or b.) irritated skin from scrubbing too hard with our cleanser or makeup remover. Don't we all deserve a better way? We've investigated and screened through loads of reviews to find the best makeup remover for sensitive or acne-prone skin, drugstore options that feel like you splurged, and super convenient makeup removers that you can use on-the-go or in the shower. Check out our top-rated picks that wipe away even the most stubborn smoky eye.

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Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover

If you break out easily, a.) I totally feel you, and b.) you should shop for an oil-free makeup remover. Yes, oils do scrub a little harder to take off stubborn liner and the like, but a water-based option is much better for your acne-prone skin in the long run. And then best one on the market, IMHO, is Clinique Take the Day Off—the liquid form, not the balm. It removes all kinds of makeup much better than other water-based options, but it's not irritating or stinging on your skin. Just as the 50 thousand loves on Sephora and nearly 5-star rating on Nordstrom. ($19.50; nordstrom.com)

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Best for Sensitive Eyes: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

If you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes and skin, this gentle but powerful eye makeup remover should be your go-to. It's been ophthalmologist tested, so you know Lancôme has your eyes in mind, but it's still tough enough to remove even waterproof makeup. It has 40 thousand loves on Sephora and more than 3,000 reviews with an average that comes close to five stars—and some reviewers with sensitive eyes have called this stuff "magic." ($30; sephora.com)

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Best Makeup Remover Wipes: Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes

Super affordable and super effective, reviewers are in love with Neutrogena's makeup remover wipes. They're so perfect for travel or on-the-go for when you crash at your bestie's or beau's for the night. Plus, they won't strip your skin of all its hydration, and they have skin-soothing cucumber and aloe extracts. On Ulta, reviewers are spreading the love, with more than 3,000 reviews at an average of 4.6 stars. ($12.49 for 50 ct.; ulta.com)

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Best Natural Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm

All of Farmacy's beauty products are free of (take a breath if you're reading this aloud) sulfates, parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates, as well as being vegan and cruelty-free. Whew! So what is in Farmacy's makeup removing cleansing balm? Sunflower and ginger root oils, which help melt away your makeup without stripping your skin; cleansing turmeric and moringa extracts; and exfoliating papaya enzymes. Not only is this great for just those looking for organic options, but reviews say it's also perfect for those with sensitive skin or even rosacea. An insane 100,000 loves on Sephora should sell you if all that doesn't. ($34; sephora.com)

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Best for Sensitive Skin: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

The active ingredients in Glossier's makeup remover is the same as those found in contact lens solution—so you know you're getting about as non-irritating as you can. Sure, this is more of a daily cleanser than a makeup remover, but reviewers swear it wipes away mascara, foundation, and the rest with the best of them—all while being hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and free of parabens and sulfates. Pro-Vitamin B5 packs a moisturizing punch, and the rosewater is super soothing. Use as a cleanser daily, or use strictly as a makeup remover by massaging two to three pumps onto your eye area for mascara and liner, then massage over the rest of your face. If you're using waterproof makeup, however, Glossier recommends starting with a cleansing oil and finishing with the Milky Jelly. ($22; glossier.com)

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Best In-Shower Makeup Remover: MakeUp Eraser Cloth

We see you: You don't need another bottle teetering on the ledge of your tub for when you shower. Instead, run with this super soft, reusable, makeup remover cloth that just requires warm water. The MakeUp Eraser tackles even waterproof makeup, so you won't step out of the shower with raccoon eyes. Seem too good to be true? Let one Sephora reviewer tell you how it is: "AMAZING! I've used tons of makeup removers and nothing beats this!!! Highly recommend. I wear a full face of makeup everyday and this takes off everything. Even waterproof mascara." Beware: These guys often go out of stock, so grab while you can! ($20; sephora.com)

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Best Drugstore Makeup Remover: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

What is micellar water? This once hush-hush French beauty secret has taken the world by storm. Think: makeup remover + cleanser + moisturizer all in one. And, this drugstore micellar water by Garnier rivals all the luxury brands for less than $10, according to glowing reviews. The beauty technology attracts dirt, impurities, and yes, your makeup, like a magnet, helping to cleanse without having to scrub and without using oils—making it great for all skin types and even your eyes. Use with a cotton pad. ($8.99; ulta.com)

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Best for Waterproof Makeup: Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

This affordable option is easy on sensitive eyes and it removes waterproof mascara and liner—what more could you ask for? Oh, and when it's taking off that mascara, it won't strip your lashes. In fact it has flavonoids and olive wood extracts that help strengthen your eyelashes. One Sephora reviewer approves: "This is the best remover I have tried! The waterproof mascara I use was tricky to remove without taking an eyelash or two with it. This is quick and gentle. It doesn't feel oily on my skin. Definitely a keeper!" ($11; sephora.com)

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