Beauty Picks

The best, most efficient makeup removers to cleanse your face fast

You won’t have any excuse to go to bed with makeup on anymore, no matter how late it is or how tired you are
 

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Hands up if you've ever refrained from putting on more makeup just because you were dreading the troublesome task of makeup removal at the end of the day.

Well, we've definitely been there too. So we've rounded up our five favourite makeup removers that work the fastest and gets rid of the gunk efficiently. These are the skin saviours that work hard to leave our skin clean and clear every day.

 

1. Nivea Rose Micellar Water with Oil, $19.90.

Ideal for: Waterproof makeup

Time taken: Under 5 minutes for the whole face

The promise: Contains Microscopic Oil molecules to remove all traces of makeup. Also infused with Rose Water and other antioxidant-rich properties to purify and tone the skin while keeping it soft and smooth even after makeup removal.

We tried it:  This removes stubborn long-lasting and waterproof makeup, from eyeliners to mascara and even glitter eyeshadows. It was a tad messy as I needed a few cotton pads (about three to four) soaked in the makeup remover to thoroughly remove all my makeup. Also removes intense pigmented lippies easily and with minimal effort.  In addition, the Rose Water also helps keep skin soft and hydrated so if you’re feeling extremely lazy and tired after a long night out, all you need to do is remove all traces of makeup and head straight to bed.

 

2. Senka All Clear Oil Whip, $14.90.

Ideal for: Long-lasting makeup

Time taken: Under 5 minutes for the whole face

The promise: Contains an oil essence encased in its signature No-Mitsu foam to clean away makeup, dirt and impurities. Also has a Silk Essence and Double Hyaluronic Acid to ensure that skin feels well-hydrated after.

We tried it: The fluffy foam removed traces of my liquid foundation, cheek and lip tint easily, while leaving skin soft and supple. However, even with its oil essence, it was unable to remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner, so you’ll need to use a separate Eye and Lip Remover prior.

 

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3. Bifesta Cleansing Sheet Oil In, $14.50 (pack of 40 sheets).

Ideal for: Long-lasting and waterproof makeup

Time taken: Under 3-minutes for the whole face

The promise: Each sheet is infused with a cleansing oil to effectively remove all traces of makeup, and combined with Squalene, it also restores moisture to the skin preventing it from feeling dry or irritated. Each sheet is infused with a cleansing oil to effectively remove all traces of makeup, and combined with Squalene, it also restores moisture to the skin preventing it from feeling dry or irritated.

We tried it: One sheet is all you need to remove all traces of makeup, including long-lasting foundation, long-wearing lip tint and waterproof eyeliner and mascara. In short, this is double-cleansing at its fastest. Also able to remove stubborn lip stains and tints — yes, even bright coloured reds and fuchsias with ease. Best bit? No tugging or dragging on the skin during makeup removal. Super easy to use, and once you’re done, just roll into bed and drift off to sleep.

 

4. Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, $36.

Ideal for: Long-lasting and waterproof makeup

Time taken: 6-7 minutes for the whole face

The promise: A two-in-one cleanser, the solid balm melts away traces of makeup while the cream cleanser removes dirt and impurities as well as the last bits of makeup.

We tried it: While the balm was able to remove foundation, most of my waterproof eyeliner and even glitter eyeshadow, I still found traces of waterproof mascara and a little bit of eyeliner after cleansing despite a rather extensive massage around the eye area. It also takes a bit of time to massage the product to emulsify and dissolve the makeup, so you can’t rush through your cleansing routine. The cream cleanser, on the other hand, left my skin really soft, and it’s gentle enough even for sensitive skins.

 

5. Mamonde Lotus Micro Lip & Eye Remover, $15.

Ideal for: Waterproof eye and long-lasting lip makeup

Time taken: Under 2-minutes for the lips and eyes

The promise: A dual-phase makeup remover, it effectively removes all traces of stubborn waterproof makeup. It’s also infused with Lotus extract to strengthen the skin barrier and prevent dehydration.

We tried it: I, like many women, tend to use waterproof makeup on the eyes in hopes of preventing panda eye by the end of night, so a separate Eye and Lip Makeup Remover is a necessity. And this really does the job in a jiffy and removes all traces of waterproof eyeliner mascara and even pesky glitter eyeshadow cleanly. Moreover, unlike other makeup removers, this didn’t sting the eyes, and was really gentle on the skin.

 

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