How many of these have I purchased over the last 10 years?
20 bottles? 25 bottles…? Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips ($19) is by far the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used, and I’ve repurchased it MANY times.
Everything melts under its liquid gaze, and I mean everything, from industrial-strength waterproof mascaras, to long-wearing liquid and gel liners, and even waterproof cream shadows. Anything you can throw on your lids, no matter what makeup apocalypse it’s made to withstand, this takes it out.
When I soak a square of Shiseido Facial Cotton with a small amount of Take the Day Off, that square dissolves every shred of makeup with a couple gentle swipes. It works shockingly well, but that’s not even my favorite thing about it.
Well, I mean…it is, but it wouldn’t matter if this stuff hurt my eyes. Thankfully it doesn’t. Many other eye makeup removers make me tear up, but this doesn’t bother my peepers one bit.
What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.
It’s a multitasking powerhouse, too, because you can also use it on your lips to erase any traces of long-wearing lipsticks. Plus — bonus! — it doesn’t taste funny or weird.
(I don’t know why, but this is a THING for me. I don’t like it when makeup removers that you can also use on your lips taste funny. Go figure.)
I also like that I can pretty much find it everywhere. I usually get mine at Sephora, but you can also find it at any ol’ Clinique counter.
This bottle I just picked up should last me about six months, based on past experience, and I’m an “eye makeup every day” person.
And I’m not the only person crazy about this. I went to Sephora a few weeks ago (it was the same trip when I bought Drybar Double Standard Conditioning Foam, which I’m still using and loving) to get a fresh bottle, and while I was there I chatted with a few of the artists I see all the time, and every single girl who saw me holding it in my hand said more or less the same thing in 20 different ways. “Oh, that’s the ONLY eye makeup remover I use,” and “That Clinique purple bottle is THE BEST,” and “Hey, I love that too!”
It’s tried and true.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,