Ingredients in Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover

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Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. By including a variety of surfactants and emollients in the formulation, the product helps makeup and oils mix and then rinse away without harsh rubbing. Other ingredients ensure the final product is non-irritating and non-drying, without leaving a greasy feel on the your skin.


Mary Kay's Oil-Free Makeup Remover contains three preservatives that increase the product's shelf-life; cyclotetrasiloxane, imidazolidinyl urea and benzalkonium chloride. Cyclotetrasiloxane is a colorless, clear fungicide, preventing the growth of various fungus species. Imidazolidinyl urea commonly acts synergistically with other preservatives, resulting in a wide range of protection against microorganisms. Benzalkonium Chloride also retards microbial growth. These preservatives prevent Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover spoilage caused by microorganisms and also from inadvertent contamination by the consumers during use.


Mary Kay Eye Oil-Free Makeup Remover contains isohexadecane, the main ingredient responsible for the creamy, thick, but relatively non-greasy texture of the final product. Isohexadecane feels light and silky on your skin. It has low toxicity, no odor or color, and will not cause skin irritation.

Solvents and Viscosity Modifiers

Both hexylene glycol and water act as solvents, helping all other ingredients mix with each other. Hexylene glycol is a type of alcohol having two hydroxyl or OH groups, sometimes called diols. Both water and hexylene glycol decrease the viscosity of Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup remover and other cosmetics products, making them less thick. The viscosity decreasing actions of these are balanced by sodium chloride, a viscosity increasing agent.

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol is a soothing analgesic, helping to relieve irritation and pain. Benzyl alcohol provides a pleasing fragrance and can act as both a solvent and a preservative. Similar to the viscosity decreasing characteristics of hexylene glycol, benzyl alcohol can also decrease the thickness of the final product.

pH Adjuster

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover contains a buffer system that maintains the overall desired pH level of the final product. This buffer system consists of potassium phosphate and dipotassium phosphate. Using buffers to maintain a specific pH, specifically one that will match the pH of your eyes, which is slightly basic at about 7.5, ensures that the final product used near your eyes will be non-irritating.

Chelating Agents

Mary Kay's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover contains disodium EDTA, a metal ion chelator. Metal ion chelators are compounds that sequester metal ions found in hard water, such as calcium, magnesium and iron away from solution, keeping them in a kind of molecular cage. This is useful in cosmetic products, as it allows better foaming and cleaning performance, preventing the metals from being deposited onto your skin.

Poloxamer 184

Poloxamer 184 stands for polyoxypropylene block polymer 184, a surfactant that helps Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover form an emulsion with the other ingredients by reducing surface tensions. Poloxamer 184 helps the oil and makeup on your eyes mix together so they can easily be rinsed away. When dissolved in water, poloxamer 184 has the property of forming a gel at high temperatures that can revert back to liquid when the temperature is lowered.