Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

by Neutrogena  
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$6.99 - 5.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Makeup Removers > Eye Makeup Removers
Last Updated:
9/16/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is a gentle, fragrance-free, silicone-based dual-phase remover that works well to dissolve eye makeup, including waterproof formulas. Removers such as this may be used before or after cleansing.

Forget harsh tugging and pulling. This ultra-gentle dual phase formula activates when shaken to remove all eye makeup–even waterproof mascara–without any greasy residue It is ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers and oil free.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Poloxamer 182, Allantoin, Tripotassium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate

Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena has been around for over 50 years, and they've come a long way since they launched their first transparent, bronze, detergent-based bar soap (it also contains tallow). The bars are still sold, and while we still don't recommend them (they are too drying for all skin types), the good news is that Neutrogena has come a very long way from where they started. In fact, several of their products represent truly state-of-the-art options.

Strolling the skin-care aisles of any drugstore or mass-market store reveals that Neutrogena vies for shelf space and prominence with only one other brand, Procter & Gamble's Olay. For the most part, both companies offer a similar assortment of products, with Olay being slightly more focused on anti-aging products and Neutrogena going for broader appeal, offering a nearly equal amount of antiwrinkle and anti-acne products. Regrettably the latter category presents few viable options.

Where Neutrogena really excels (and has for years) is with water-soluble cleansers, AHAs, retinol, and sunscreen products. Their Healthy Skin lineup offers some beautifully formulated moisturizers with glycolic acid, and the sunscreens offer something for everyone, including some ingenious options for those with oily skin (or anyone who finds the texture of high-SPF products as unappealing as slathering your skin with Crisco).

A recent self-proclaimed advance in sun protection came with Neutrogena's Helioplex complex. It is not the superior breakthrough Neutrogena makes it out to be. It's a good system to keep avobenzone stable for longer, but Helioplex isn't the only way to get the most out of this important UVA sunscreen. If it were, why didn't Neutrogena scrap all of their other sunscreens that don't use Helioplex technology? And why do they still offer a handful of SPF-rated products that leave skin vulnerable to UVA damage? Although they offer a proportionately greater number of sunscreens that provide excellent UVA protection, it's hard to unequivocally deem them a sun-care leader when they still sell inadequate sunscreens.

It's common to see commercials and magazine ads for Neutrogena's plethora of products designed to combat breakouts and blackheads. It's nothing short of amazing that, after all these years, the majority of these products, while well intentioned, still don't get it right. Far too many of them contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol, none of which are the least bit helpful for someone struggling with breakouts. If your dermatologist recommends these products for acne without reservation, definitely consider a second opinion! Even Neutrogena's on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide product contains some potentially problematic thickening agents. Despite this, if you choose carefully, there are some great products (including a BHA lotion) that can make a positive difference.

What's most frustrating and, frankly, surprising, is that Neutrogena's enormous assortment of products represents both the best and the worst the cosmetics industry has to offer. Given their worldwide distribution and research capabilities, they really should be offering a consistent range of effective, irritant-free products to address a variety of skin types and conditions. As things stand now, healthy, protected skin is only assured if you know which Neutrogena products to look for and which ones to never put in your shopping cart.

For more information about Neutrogena, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (800) 582-4048 or visit www.neutrogena.com.

Neutrogena Makeup

Neutrogena's "beautiful and beneficial" pronouncement is a great tag line, but most of their makeup doesn't live up to that assertion. This line was lacking in several key areas when it first hit store shelves in 1999, and although some things have improved, the number of problematic products is a bit startling. (I'm not aware of any cosmetic line that uses menthol or its derivatives as often as Neutrogena.) Each product carries on about the vitamins it contains, yet compared to the leading roles played by cosmetic staples like silicones and thickening agents, the vitamins have mere cameo roles, and as such have little to no impact.

There are a few key items to seek out, especially if you're looking for makeup with excellent sun protection. We also found their lip gloss to be one of the best at any price, and a few of their foundations successfully bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.

The most frustrating aspect of this line is that almost all of it is packaged so you cannot see the color. Even worse, the color swatch on the box is a poor representation, not only of how the color looks in the compact, but also how it looks on your skin. What would truly be beneficial is for Neutrogena to offer more revealing packaging or provide testers or offer trial sizes. Their overall collection and in-store displays aren't nearly as tempting as most other drugstore makeup lines, so in most cases they're relying on their constant magazine and television ads to drive shoppers to explore the world of Neutrogena makeup, or they're relying solely on those who don't mind guessing what color they are really buying. It's obviously working, because despite the problematic elements, this is a line that has survived and is very well distributed.

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  1. Stephanie D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Better than nothing.
    • Another eye makeup remover that doesn't actually remove the eye-makeup. I would take this over having nothing, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to purchase it.

  2. Stephanie D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Better than nothing.
    • Another eye makeup remover that doesn't actually remove the eye-makeup. I would take this over having nothing, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to purchase it.

  3. Canadian Girl
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great Stuff
    • This product is great - it is cheap - I can buy it everywhere and it works great. The Canadian price is significantly higher than the price posted.

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 13, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Amazing product
    • I love this product. It works very well and it is very moisturizing it does not sting and it gets all my make up off. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who is looking for a gentle and affordable eye make up remover.

  5. Sharon
    Reviewed on Monday, December 23, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Ineffective
    • Not effective for waterproof mascara - it takes ages to remove and still doesn't take it all off without using a lot of pressure. It is very drying around the eyes. Dislike immensely.

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    great value
    • I switched to this product after using Clinique's Take the Day Off product for several years. This works easily as well for about half the price. I place makeup remover pads dampened with the product over my eyes, hold for about 30 seconds, and wipe gently. Then follow with facial cleanser all over & rinse. Then follow with cotton swabs soaked in eye makeup remover, stroked over lashes to remove the last traces of mascara & eyeliner. Works great!

  7. jetaime
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 07, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    gentle, light moisturizer, effective
    • Gentle and leaves a bit of moisture behind. Good value for money. I find this removes waterproof mascara very well.

  8. Darla
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Excellent
    • Works well to remove eye and face makeup. I prefer liquid over pads, and this is my go to makeup remover until I recently tried Paula's Choice. Safe for contact wearers.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 14, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Effective, but stings
    • I found this to effectively remove my long last eyeliner and regular mascara, but it stings the skin around my eyes. My MIL, however, loves it and says it removes her gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara without irritation.

  10. JF
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 03, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Very gentle, but not effective at all
    • It's very gentle, unfortunately it claims to remove waterproof mascara, which doesn't do. I use WP mascara very often, since I have heavy lashes and WP is the only one that holds curl. Every time I tried this eye makeup remover, I had to use like half a bottle to get my lashes clean. My lids and undereye area ended up irritated after too much rubbing trying to remove mascara with this :( After that, I had to change to the a lot more expensive but much more effective Shiseido makeup remover, which stays as my HG eye makeup remover.

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