Anyone else dread getting ready for bed? I do, because A) I hate washing my face and B) my eye makeup-slash-mascara feels like it takes one thousand years to finally get off (oh, and I still wake up with residue under my eyes in the morning, riddle me that!). To the rescue: These 13 formulas that actually help speed up your nightly beauty routine, so you can crawl into bed and cozy up to Netflix faster.

1. REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia Express Make-Up Remover

This silky formula clears away face makeup and *waterproof* mascara fast, while soothing drier, dehydrated skin with hydrating rice bran oil. Bonus: The tannins from Rosa Centifolia also claim to help tighten pores with continued use.

REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia Express Make-Up Remover, $28

2. Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

If you’re a contact lens wearer or have super sensitive eyes, this paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free solution is the answer to your eye makeup removal prayers. Another plus: It contains a lash-strengthening complex that’s packed with flavonoids and olive wood extracts, so you lose less lashes in the removal process.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, $11

3. Collosol No Rinse Cleansing & Softening Milk$38.00

If you hate washing and rinsing your face at night — basically waking yourself up when you’re about to crawl into bed — allow me to introduce you to this no-rinse makeup remover. It’s gentle formula wipes away waterproof makeup and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Simply apply it on a cotton pad and swipe it over your face every p.m.

4. Dior Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser


Part makeup remover, part cleanser, this magical oil to milk solution breaks down tougher formulas with sweet almond oil, and then, upon contact with water, transforms into a gentle creamy emulsion that rinses the residue (and other impurities!) away. Think of it as a quick, luxurious, hydrating milk bath for your face.

Dior Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, $42

5. Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover

This remover might be a little greasy to the touch, but it’s for good reason: the solution literally wipes your lids, lashes, and lips clean of any makeup. Plus, it’s fragrance- and paraben-free, and ophthalmologist-tested, so it won’t irritate your eyes if you wear contacts.

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, $19

6. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover​

This cult-favorite remover — and its soft, oily (in a good way) consistency — gently melts all things makeup off of your eyes in seconds. Translation: Your budge-proof cat-eye is no match for this luxe formula.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, $30

7. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm


If you fancy yourself a full face beat and need something that’s going to cut through your full-coverage foundation — without stripping your face of its natural oils — meet your new BFF. Sure, it’s on the pricier side, but TBH, it’s worth not having to tug on your skin or use 300 cotton pads to take off a day’s worth of makeup.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, $60

8. Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

If you’re looking for an oil-free option, look no further. These doused eye pads might be tiny, but they pack a punch when it comes removing your eye makeup.

Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $7


9. Cetaphil Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover

Non-comedogenic? Check. Fragrance-free? Check. Gently removes face makeup with zero oily residue? Check. Bonus: It’s formulated with hydrating aloe vera and soothing ginseng and green tea.

Cetaphil Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover, $7

10. Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser

This formula an be used on dry or wet skin. Here’s how: On dry skin, it breaks down makeup with a quick swipe over your face with a cotton pad. On wet skin, its milky jelly consistency is viscous enough to stay on your skin (without sliding off your face) to help dissolve your makeup and dirt, bacteria, and other impurities.

Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser, $12

11. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

All 25 of these totable wet wipes are gentle enough to use around your eye area (yes, their formula even removes waterproof makeup!), and can clear away face makeup in just one swipe.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $6


12. Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser

The zero alcohol in this formula makes it perfect for contact lens wearers (and anyone with sensitive eyes), and is strong enough to remove waterproof eye makeup in a cinch.

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser, $25

13. Natura Brasil Bi-Phase Makeup Remover


The hydrating humectants in this solution help keep your skin’s moisture barrier in tact, rather than stripping away important natural oils as it removes your makeup. It also doesn’t leave behind a greasy film, which is a huge plus!

Natura Brasil Bi-Phase Makeup Remover, $20


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