Wave a speedy farewell to waterproof make-up with these gentle cleansers. We already shared our top summer waterproof mascaras, so the next natural step has to be letting you in on some great eye make-up removers too!
Gone are the days when waterproof mascaras were so stubborn that you had to pull out lashes to be rid of the stuff and, similarly, gone are the days when eye make-up removers required oily smears and lashings of elbow grease to work their magic. Nowadays, there are plenty of gentle but effective removers that make light work of even the most stubborn waterproof mascaras, so here are a few of our Butterboom favourites.
Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Make-Up Remover
This most famous eye make-up remover is famous for a reason! With a much-imitated dual-phase formula that activates when shaken, just a few drops cause eye make-up to disappear in a flash. It conditions your eyes, leaving them cool and relaxed and without any oily residue, and is ideal for sensitive eyes and lens-wearers. Join the cult following today!
How much? HK$240
Where to buy? Apita, Cityplaza 2, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2885 0331
VC Organic Rose Otto Eye Make-Up Remover
VC is a new organic cosmetics brand, featuring certified organic and botanical ingredients free of artificial colours, genetically modified elements, parabens and animal testing. This eye make-up remover contains essential oils of Rose Otto (known as the queen of essential oils), Patchouli and Bergamot, and has soothing, antioxidant and moisturising ingredients to help dry skin.
How much? HK$198
Where to buy? Watsons, Unit 210, 2/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2915 9206
Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
This lotion is lightweight, non-greasy and contains cooling Cucumber Gel, antioxidants and Apricot Kernel Oil. The result is a gentle cleanser that washes away all eye make-up without stripping or stinging the delicate eye area.
How much? HK$180
Where to buy? UG-36, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: 2319 2018
Origins Well Off Fast & Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
All Origins products are formulated with natural and organic vegan ingredients, come cruelty-free, eco-friendly and have no nasty chemicals lurking in their midst. Their eye make-up remover contains soothing Rose Damascena to protect the eye area, cucumber extract and more of nature’s cleansers that remove make-up gently, without rubbing, redness or residue.
How much? HK$150
Where to buy? C7, Concourse Level, APM, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: 3580 0305
Andrea’s Eye Qs Ultra Quick Eye Make-Up Remover Pads
For speed and convenience, these cleanser-soaked pads take some beating. Formulated with Aloe Vera and Botanical Extracts, they leave a slight oily residue that means they aren’t great for make-up touch-ups, but with even the most stubborn waterproof make-up removed in just one swipe, you’ll be hard pressed to find a quicker or easier solution.
How much? HK$42
Where to buy? Sasa, 72-74 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2895 6112