Best Japanese Waterproof Makeup Removers 2021

Must-Buy Japanese Makeup Removers for Waterproof Mascara and Stubborn Makeup

Do you use makeup remover daily?? When you wear heavy makeup such as waterproof mascara or smudge-free eyeliner, it’s recommended to use special makeup removers because regular cleanser or face wash might not be able to remove stubborn makeup properly, and this could cause skin troubles. Also when you don’t use right makeup removers, you might end up pulling off your eyelashes or damaging your skin by harshly rubbing.

I normally use oil type makeup removers for waterproof mascara or heavy makeup, and personally think the oil-based formula is the easiest for removing stubborn makeup without tugging or rubbing, and it also leaves the skin moisturized (I have pretty dry skin!). But if you have sensitive skin or oily skin and prefer to choose products in different formula, there are also makeup removers that are gentle or put less burden on the skin, yet still manage to remove waterproof makeup easily.

In this article, I’m sharing a list of top-selling Japanese makeup removers in different types and price range. Let’s check out my picks of the best Japanese makeup removers for waterproof mascara and heavy eye makeup 🙂

1. Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil

Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil

Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil (ビオレ メイク落とし パーフェクトオイル) is a top-selling Japanese cleansing oil and one of the most popular drugstore skin care products. Normally, oil-based cleansers can not be mixed with water, but this product can be used on wet hands or face and inside the bathroom, which I find pretty convenient. The light textured oil with a hint of fruit scents is easy to apply and spread all over the face. It lifts away the makeup quickly and wipe off even stubborn waterproof mascara. The price is very affordable so it’s a great item to use daily 🙂

Check the Price ▶ Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil

2. shu uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

shu uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil (shu uemura アルティム8∞ スブリム ビューティ クレンジング オイル) won the second place for the best cleanser of the year on @cosme Best Cosmetics Awards 2019. The cleansing oil is infused with 8 precious oils and 75% of skin care ingredients which lead the skin smooth, soft and moisturized while removing stubborn makeup effortlessly. The product might not be affordable, but it’s promising to deliver an unforgettable cleansing experience with the great skin care effects every time you use.

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3. Attenir Skin Clear Cleanse Oil

Attenir Skin Clear Cleansing Oil

Attenir Skin Clear Cleanse Oil (アテニア スキンクリアクレンズ オイル) is a top-selling makeup remover in 2020, and won multiple prizes on the latest Best Cosmetics Awards in 2020 mid-year (the Best Cleanser & the runner up of 2020 Grand Prize). The cleansing oil is blended with 5 types of selected beauty oil and removes the makeup speedy as well as skin impurities and makes the skin look brighter and smooth. It has relaxing aromatic scents. You can use it with wet hands and also apply on eyelash extension.

Check the Price ▶ Attenir Skin Clear Cleanse Oil

4. FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil

FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil

FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil (ファンケルマイルドクレンジングオイル) is the winner of the best cleanser on the @cosme Best Cosmetics Awards in 2019. This cleansing oil is gentle on the skin and suitable for most of skin types. It dissolves the stubborn makeup quickly and removes even clogged pores, but leaves skin moisturized and smooth after use. It’s also effective to reduce fine lines around eyes and lips caused by dryness. It’s an additive-free and preservative-free product, which is recommended to use off within 120 days after opening.

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5. Cow Brand Additive-Free Cleansing Milk

Cow Brand No Additive Cleansing Milk

If you find above high-performance oil makeup removers are harsh on your delicate skin, I’d highly recommend this one. Cow Brand Additive-Free Cleansing Milk (カウブランド 無添加メイク落としミルク) is a non-additive and gentle milk type cleanser which are specially designed for delicate and sensitive skin type. The product contains natural ceramide (moisturizing ingredient) which helps to moisturize and smoothen the skin while removing makeup smoothly. The affordable price is another great selling point!

Check the Price ▶ Cow Brand Additive-Free Cleansing Milk

6. Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover

Bifesta Cleansing Water Eye Make Up Remover

Point makeup removers are an ideal product if you don’t want to apply powerful cleanser on your entire face but only on certain points so it’s less burdens on your skin. Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover (ビフェスタ アイメイクアップリムーバー) is a toner-like light texture, water and oil based makeup remover. With the double formula with water and oil, it cleanse off the heavy makeup such as waterproof mascara and eyeliner without rubbing or irritaing the skin. It contains various skin care ingredients to keep the skin moisturized and to protect eyelashes. You can apply it on a cotton pad, place it on the eyelid or lips for about 10 second and gently swipe off the makeup.

Check the Price ▶ Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover

7. Softymo Super Point Eye Makeup Remover

Softymo Super Point Eye Makeup Remover

Softymo Super Point Eye Makeup Remover (ソフティモ スーパー ポイントメイクアップ リムーバー) is a gel type makeup remover for point makeup such as waterproof mascara or long-lasting lipstick. The product was awared multiple times on the @cosme Best Cosmetics Awards, and it’s been included on the Hall of Fame list since 2008. It dissolves and removes stubborn makeup effortlessly without rubbing or tugging, and leaves the skin surprisingly hydrated. It also contains eyelash protecting ingredient that helps to maintain your eyelash healthy and strong after wearing heavy makeup. The product is widely sold at drugstores in Japan with very affordable price.

Check the Price ▶ Softymo Super Point Eye Makeup Remover

8. Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover

Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover

Heroine Make Mascara is one of the best-selling Japanese mascaras of all time and the product is also sold in several countries overseas. The Hiroine Make Mascara is super-waterproof and known for its longevity and curl-maintaining and due to its resistance and durability, the mascara requires a proper makeup remover to take off. Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover (ヒロインメイクスピーディーマスカラリムーバー) is specially designed for removing strong waterproof mascara. You can easily apply the liquid on eyelashes with the attached comb, and dissolve and remove the mascara without putting a burden. It also contains skin care ingredients and gentle formula that doesn’t irritate your eyes.

Check the Price ▶ Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover

Listed products can be easily found at drugstores, variety stores and cosmetics shops across Japan, but you can also purchase some of them from abroad! Check an online store Kokoro offering a wide range of Japanese beauty products with worldwide shipping. Visit their website (Kokoro: to check more Japanese cosmetics products! Free shipping is available when you spend over 40 USD 🙂

Various cleansers and facewashes are available in Japan depending on your purpose and skin type! I have previously introduced some of popular Japanese facewash and cleansers in other articles, so please check them out if you are interested 😉

If you would like to check out more Japanese beauty products in different categories, please check out these articles, too!

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