Product Review: N.Y.C. Eye Makeup Remover

Hey Dolls,

Today I am going to share with you all my thoughts on the N.Y.C. Eye Makeup Remover ($3.99). Confession: I hardly ever use eye makeup remover. I rely on makeup removing cloths to do the job for me, even though it does not completely remove all of my eye makeup. Its just that I am so picky when it comes to eye makeup removers. And the majority of the ones that I have tried always end up stinging my eyes, and/or underwhelming me. I saw this eye makeup remover from N.Y.C. at my local Duane Reade drugstore, so I decided to give it a try. Its pretty inexpensive, and I figured I had nothing to lose.

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N.Y.C. Eye Makeup Remover

Besides being inexpensive, I purchased this eye makeup remover because it is oil-free, and it claims to "gently remove all eye makeup". Gentle and effective are the main two qualities that I look for when it comes to eye makeup removes. Here are some other interesting product facts listed on the back of the packaging...

1. Safe for those who wear contact lenses
2. Safe for sensitive eyes (YAY!)
3. Ophthalmologist tested
4. Fragrance free
5. Dermatologist tested

Sounds like great stuff. But is it really? Well, this eye makeup remover is not horrible, but its also not a complete winner for me. I moistened my cotton ball with the makeup remover, and I then proceeded to remove my eye makeup. I found that it removed my eyeshadow easily, but when it came to mascara (even the non-waterproof kind), it did not completely remove every bit of it. I still detected traces of the mascara on my lashes. I also noticed that it took quite a few swipes to completely remove my eyeliner, which I applied to my lower waterline and top lash line. I had to use two-three cotton balls for each eye.

I did not detect a scent in this eye makeup remover, and I am oh so happy that it did not sting my eyes. It felt very gentle, and it did not leave any film residue on my eye area once I was finished removing the eye makeup. Score!

I really like the simple, travel-friendly bottle. Its great for carrying around in your makeup bag without worries of any spillage, and it allows one to dispense the desired amount of product.

Overall, I think if you don't go super heavy with your eye makeup, this can actually be pretty effective. But if you are looking for an eye makeup remover that will completely remove every bit of mascara and eyeliner, you may want to look into another product. I appreciate that this eye makeup remover is something that will fit in anybody's budget. I have not decided if I will repurchase this eye makeup remover. But, maybe I will seeing as it is affordable and it doesn't hurt to have it around, and use it on those light, eye makeup days.

What do you all think of the N.Y.C. Eye Makeup Remover? What are your favorite eye makeup removers?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above. I purchased this product for my personal use.


  1. so far i really like the mary kay remover (shockingly...i never use their stuff but my mom had some and i used it one day, love!)

  2. I have actully heard great things about the Mary Kay makeup remover. One of my best friends sells Mary Kay products. I may just have to order it one of these days. :)

    Have you tried any of Mary Kay's foundations? I am using a matte one and its really fab!