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Must-try Makeup Removers After a Long Work Day

By: Beauty Insider Journalist / March 31, 2021
Categories : Cleanser, Skincare

Having a good night’s sleep is the best way to cap your busy day. But don’t you dare sleep with your makeup on! Doing so will clog pores and hype the growth of bacteria which cause acne and other skin imperfections. Good thing, there are holy grail makeup removers which cleanse your face with a swipe of cotton. Do this before and after you wash your face with soap and water and you’ll surely remove 100% of the stubborn makeup residue.

Don’t have a makeup remover in your haul? Turn to this list of the best makeup removers which get the job done:

What are Makeup Removers?

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Makeup removers are specifically formulated to remove and dissolve makeup on the surface of the skin, leaving your face refresh and cleaner. Besides that, there are various types of ingredients and textures of makeup removers depending on their formula. When it comes to finding the best makeup removers, the rule of thumb is to look for a product that does not strip your skin of its natural oils.

What is the Difference Between Makeup Removers and Cleansers?

Primarily cleansers serve to eliminate impurities like dirt, sebum, and sweat which can clog the pores. Furthermore, there are different types of cleansers from gel, foam, oil to balm. Typically, the cleanser that we choose is based on our skin type and concerns. Regardless of the difference, both makeup removers and cleansers can be used in tandem for the double cleansing method. If you’re interested to try out this technique, opt for your usual makeup remover and follow with the cleanser of your choice.

What are the Benefits of Using Makeup Remover?

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  • Allows the skin to breath
  • Prevent acne, pimples, and blemishes on the skin
  • Dissolve makeup and impurities
  • Eliminate dead skin cells
  • Promotes skin microcirculation

How to use Makeup Remover?

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  1. First of all, you need to wash your hands before touching your face.
  2. If you’re using a liquid-based makeup remover, pour a few drops of it into your palm and for micellar water, pour the products into a cotton pad. Meanwhile for a cleansing balm, just scoop the desired amount.
  3. Then, apply the makeup remover to your face and gently massage your face to dissolve the makeup. If you’re using makeup wipes, simply sweep them gently all across your face.
  4. When you notice that the makeup has dissolved, take a clean facecloth and rinse it under warm water. Then wipe your face to completely remove the makeup.
  5. Finish it off with your favorite toner or you can proceed with a cleanser for the double cleansing method.

15 Best Makeup Removers in Singapore

Biore Oil-Control Micellar Cleansing Water

When it comes to makeup removers, micellar water is the forefront product. Start off your bedtime beauty routine by swiping your face with a clean cloth or cotton pad dampened with the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water. Pour a few drops then gently press on makeup for 5 seconds and enjoy the feeling of having clean, bare skin!

This cleanser is made up of natural mineral water from the Japanese Alps and is enriched with collagen treating your skin in the supplest way.  It’s lightweight and refreshing to use. You’ll see the makeup, dirt, and oil lift off from your face in attach to the cotton you use. More importantly, this doesn’t leave your skin dry or sticky.

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KOSÉ SEKKISEI Clear Cleansing Oil

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We often go sceptic about applying oil products on our skin thinking of a greasy result. Contrary to this belief, oil-based removers actually work miracles.

Our best pick for this category is Kose Sekkisei which contains oil that’s similar to our natural skin oils. Its deep clear formula thoroughly removes waterproof makeup and old skin cells containing melanin to create clear, fine-textured skin. SEKKISEI Clear Cleansing does not leave you with a sticky finish and washes off easily without leaving any residue.

Its price is a lot cheaper compared to bigger brands in the market, and one bottle lasts for ages. Definitely worth a purchase!

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Tulipe Doree Demaquillant Douceur De Soie Silky Soft Solution


Free from soap, alcohol, and artificial colouring agents, this makeup remover brings pure and fresh results to your skin. It comes with a transparent water property which turns into an airy foam texture for gentle and thorough cleansing.

Sometimes cleanser can get very rough on the skin, but Tulipe Doree Demaquillant Douceur De Soie Silky Soft Solution is suitable for sensitive skin as it helps reduce redness and irritation on your face.  Its water-like formula doesn’t leave you with a stingy feeling making it gentle as it claims to be.

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Cyber Colors – Gentle Grapefruit Makeup Remover Wipes

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When bottles of makeup remover don’t come too handy, pack of wipes comes to the rescue. Whether you’re taking off stubborn cosmetics or needs a quick-fix cleaning tool, wipes do it all—and more!

The professional makeup brand Cyber Colors now introduces an alcohol-free and Paraben free remover that dissolves your makeup with just a few wipes. Enriched with Vitamin C formula that has an antioxidant effect, aloe vera and cucumber extract for moisturizing benefits—this remover wipes will leave your skin hydrated and squeaky clean.  

However, if you have a more thorough skincare regime, an occasional wipe may not undo all your good work thus, cleansing it with water afterwards is still advisable.

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Sasatinnie Oatmeal Eye And Lip Makeup Remover

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Take your favourite breakfast to a whole new level with this makeup remover. This cleansing product contains the properties of oatmeal that help lock in moisture and protects the skin from exterior irritants.

What’s admirable about Sasatinnie Oatmeal Eye And Lip Makeup Remover is that it can be tough on makeup, but very gentle on skin. Sasatinnie has an excellent removing power without rubbing off delicate areas of your face particular to the long-wearing eye and lip makeup that are hard to remove.

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Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Light Cleansing Oil

After a long day of work and wanting nothing more than to jump straight to bed, this cleanser is what you need. An all in one cleanser, it will remove your oil-based products such as foundation and sunscreen and through their micellar properties, will remove your water-based products too!

Enriched with Centella Asiatica as their main ingredient extracted using MCT oil as a solvent. This ingredient will help burrow deep into your pores ensuring a nice clean feel. With a light and thin texture, the oil is hypoallergenic and won’t cause your eyes to sting or leave any oily residue.

Price: $30.90

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JOWAÉ Micellar Cleansing Water

Have you ever tried a makeup remover that turns your skin into the shade of a tomato after use? When you think about it, the act of cleansing your skin is a vigorous action especially for those with sensitive skin. However, JOWAÉ has a solution with their Micellar Cleansing Water.

Formulated with their special antioxidant Lumiphenols to cleanse deeper into the skin and Imperial Peony is known for its soothing properties. Moreover, it also contains vegetable glycerine to put back moisture after cleansing to give a supple and hydrated finish.

Price: $20.00

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Esse Probiotic Makeup Remover

The Esse Probiotic Makeup Remover is water-based with a light and thin texture to thoroughly cleanse deep into our skin. The formulation is calming and glides easily across your skin with little pressure needed. This makeup remover will not strip your natural skin barrier and balance your pH levels.

Furthermore, the ingredients include Aloe Vera known for its soothing properties and Jojoba Oil that will hydrate your skin after cleansing. 

Price: $45.00

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Souffle Beauty The Balm – Rose Cleansing Balm

If liquid form makeup removers aren’t the way you roll then a cleansing balm like the one by Souffle Beauty is the one for you! Many prefer makeup removers in this form because they are more travel-friendly and usually contains more hydrating properties.

Additionally, the balm has a lightweight and silky texture that will smoothly melt away the makeup and grimes from your day. It comes with a small spatula for hygienic reasons. 

Price: $42.00

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Juliette Armand Biphase Eye Makeup Remover

Removing eye makeup is always a hassle. Most eye makeup is waterproof to help stay on all day so it’s a toughie to cleanse that area well. The eye area is incredibly sensitive and weak from how much muscle we use, therefore, being extra gentle is pivotal.

Therefore, Juliette Armand’s Biphase Eye Makeup Remover makes its way onto our list. This makeup remover targets to clean oil-based and water-based products and is specially formulated for the eye area. To use it, apply it onto a cotton pad and press against your eyelid for 30 seconds before gently wiping down.

Price: $78.00 (get it at $60.00 and save 23% when you shop at Insider Mall)

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Essano Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water

If you are a little intimidated to use oil, you can opt for micellar water that works just as great! Essano’s Micellar Water is great as it’s gentle but still gets the job done by cleansing your skin off of impurities. 

Formulated with Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil to soothe your skin while balancing your natural pH level. To add, this makeup remover does not need to be rinsed off and is suitable for all skin types.

Price: $8.95

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Solyph Take off Smooth, Cleanser

This cleanser by Solyph has a hydrating formula to ensure that your skin maintains its hydration while in the cleansing process. Made from phytoncide-rich base water, it will effectively remove impurities and makeup. 

Moreover, it is enriched with Green Tea that is known for its antioxidant and protective properties. Suitable for all skin types, this makeup remover is free of alcohol, sulphate, phthalate and artificial dyes.

Price: $39.00

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm


With 4.5 star ratings on Sephora, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is the epitome of perfection. This lightweight cleansing balm easily melts to the skin once applied and transforms into a milky emulsion. Its gentle formula effectively eliminates even the stubborn makeup and pollution, leaving you with a clean and healthy-looking complexion.

Price: $71.00. Available at Sephora.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil


DHC Deep cleansing oil is a cult favorite makeup remover that skincare junkies are obsessed with! Formulated with olive oil, it effectively dissolves stubborn makeup and emulsifies it into a milky emulsion when comes into contact with water. On top of that, DHC Deep cleansing oil is also handy for people that do not wear any makeup as it removes impurities and sunscreen, leaving your skin feeling refresh.

Price: $29.00. Available at Watsons.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm


Infused with sunflower oil and ginger root oil, Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm effectively cleanse and nourish the skin. On top of that, it contains moringa tree extract which is known to purify the skin meanwhile papaya extract helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother. This cleansing balm is high raved by beauty junkies as it instantly melts and dissolves makeup as well as impurities on the surface of the skin. Unlike other makeup removers, Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm is packed with antioxidant properties as it is created with the patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy.

Price: $52.00. Available at Sephora.

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