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As I've mentioned I previous reviews. I have tightened my budget on beauty products quite significantly since becoming a mum. However my own mum is still very generous and for Christmas and Birthday's she likes to treat me with premium skin and beauty products. When I lived at home one of her biggest moans was how many towels I ruined with eye make-up because I hadn't removed it properly. This is still the case although now it's my own towels that I tend to ruin because I often find my beauty regime actually did not remove all of my eye make-up like I thought. I also have the added chore of often needing to remove eye lash glue on the occasions I wear false lashes. Finding the right eye make-up remover that is gentle but tough enough to fit this criteria has been difficult and one of the premium products my mum bought me for my birthday to help with this task (and save my towels) was Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover.
***Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover***
The description of the Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover is "Rose and Cornflower extracts for very gentle eye make-up removal. Ultra-fine oils gently remove heavier make-up. A double phase formula to instantly remove all eye makeup, even heavy or waterproof. Does not sting even the most sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested"
Now as someone who wears quite heavy eye make-up most days (eye shadow, eye liner and waterproof mascara) I had quite high hopes for this product. Although no mention of the product removing lash glue I did secretly hope that because this was an eye make-up remover that could get through waterproof mascara it would also work on lash glue especially as this is from a premium skincare brand.
The Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is available from Clarins counters in department stores which include boots, John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Selfridges. A 125ml bottle costs £16 therefore this is almost 4 times the price of most standard eye make-up removers from high street brands. You can purchase this product slightly cheaper online from online retailers such as www.escentual.com and www.echemist.com for around £12 for a 125ml bottle. Although this is still an expensive product.
The Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover comes in a small plastic 125ml clear bottle. This has a white screw top lid and you can see the bright blue liquid inside of the bottle so you can see how much of this product you have left. When you screw the lid off the bottle the neck of the bottle has a cover over with a hole in so only a small amount of liquid comes out of the bottle in one go to minimise wastage. The bottle comes in a standard white cardboard box with the red Clarins logo on.
***Application and Results***
The directions for use are pour some of the eye make-up remover onto some cotton wool and then gently wipe over the eye area. This is very much like most other eye make-up removers I have used.
The bottle dispenses the liquid very easily and although there is a small hole cut in the top of the bottle to minimise wastage, the liquid does come out quickly. Therefore you only need to tip the bottle for a few seconds to soak the cotton pad.
What I like about this eye make-up remover is that the scent is not strong and chemical like. There is quite a soft floral scent to the liquid but it is not strong or unnatural smelling like many make up removers are. The liquid when on the cotton pad has quite an oily and greasy consistency. When you wipe over your eye you only need to wipe rather than rub and apply pressure. I do not particularly like the greasy feel that is left on your eye area but it also means that you do not need to drag the cotton pad on your eye which could cause irritation.
The Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is definitely gentle and I feel it does live up to the claims that it is suitable for sensitive skin and for contact lens wearers. The skin under my eyes is very sensitive and when using this product I have never suffered a stinging sensation or inflamed eyes. I have also used this eye make-up remover when wearing my contact lenses and I have never suffered any irritation to my eyes. I also feel a benefit of this product for contact lens wearers is because you simply need to wipe and not drag on your eyes your lens stays in place. I have found in the past I have removed my lenses by accident when removing eye make-up as I have been applying too much pressure to the eye area.
In terms of the effectiveness of removing eye make-up I feel this is just an average/ satisfactory product and no better than a product you could purchase for around £4. The claims that the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover will remove all traces of "heavy and waterproof" eye make-up in my experience was found to be untrue.
For those that wear eye shadow, eye liner and a heavy lashing of non-waterproof mascara I would say this product would be effective and with 2-3 wipes of each eye even a heavy coating would be removed. I found this to be the case and all traces of my eye make-up were easily removed. However bottles of Boots own brand make up remover can do this and a bottle of Boots own brand eye make-up remover costs under £3.
For my "heavy eye make-up" when wearing waterproof mascara that I consider to be poor examples of waterproof mascara (the ones where I have reviewed and found these products to not actually be waterproof!) the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover will also remove all traces of these eye products. It does take a few more wipes (probably around 3-4 wipes per eye) but this make up comes off.
With my effective waterproof mascaras such as MAC Studio Fix and Lancome Hypnose Drama the Instant Eye Make-Up Remover will not remove all traces of these products despite claiming it removes "waterproof mascara". I think this is very disappointing considering the price tag. After 5-6 wipes of the make-up remover the product looks like it has removed all traces but I have found that the following morning I have woken up with panda eyes and black mascara traces under my eyes.
The Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover does not claim to remove false lash glue but I used in in the hope that because it removes heavy make-up it will remove the rubbery residue left on my eye by false lash glue especially because of it oily consistency. Sadly it does not remove this residue and I have used eye make-up removers that are half the price and can do so.
I was also very disappointed that unlike other Clarins products this is not very economical and you use the product up quite quickly. I would say after 6 weeks of daily use you would need to replace. At £16 a bottle this could prove very expensive.
I must admit this is definitely one of the more disappointing Clarins products I have used. In the past although I have always felt that Clarins products are expensive, I have always felt this higher price tag is justified because the products offer some added benefits to cheaper alternatives. With the Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover I feel this is not the case.
The product is a satisfactory eye make-up remover in the sense it is reasonably gentle and does not irritate sensitive skin or eyes. Removing make up is very simple and you simply wipe across eyes and ordinary mascara and removes all eye make-up. It also smells pleasant and does not have a strong chemical or unnatural aroma.
When I say removes all eye make up there should be a but included. I have found that although the Clarins Instant Eye Make Up remover claims to remove "heavy or even waterproof eye make-up" it did not always do this in my experience. Some (less effective) waterproof mascaras (L'Oreal, Maybelline and Revlon) were removed by this product but the better waterproof mascaras I own (MAC, Benefit and Lancome) all could not be entirely removed by this Clarins product and I found traces of this mascara left on my eyes. My MAC lash glue also could not be removed by this Clarins product which is why I feel it is not a product I would recommend.
By no means is this the worst eye make-up remover I have used; it just is not worth the £16.00 price tag as it is just as effective as some of the £3.00 eye make-up removers I have used.
Being a huge make up fan I was delighted when my OH aunt walked through the door with a box of make up and offered it to me, of course I didn't refuse and was soon upstairs rumaging through all the make up, I was shocked to see that most of it was very expensive, Clinique, Dermalogica, Clarins! Estee Lauder..I couldn't wait to try out everything because I know that with some products you really do get what you pay for.
The price of the eye make up remover is around £16.00, very very pricey for a make up remover but like I said, with some things you get what you pay for and the results may benefit your skin more. Also, if you would like this cheaper, look around and you may find it cheaper. In the bottle there is 125ml of product.
The bottle is quite nicely presented, I think it kind of has the feel of a spa about it, its very relaxed.
The bottle is plastic and clear so you can see the product inside which is the colour blue, a very aqua shade of blue. It has a white lid which is a twist off.
Over the front is the Clarins logo and some information in different languages, on the back is some more information on the product. After seeing other Clarins products which I have I notice it is very similar to the majority of them.
I think the bottle is fine, nothing special but it certainly isn't bad too look at.
I dont wear that much eye make up on a daily basis, I wear eyeliner and mascara..okay I guess that is more than other people but I mean like the whole sha bang like eyeshadow, primer, eyebrow pencil ect..I only wear that whenever there is something special on.
I gave the bottle a gentle shake, opened up the lid and the first thing that hit me is quite a strong smell, kind of like nail polish remover! I was quite scared actually as this had to go on to my eyes! I thought it may sting, I put on my brave face and tipped the bottle gently onto my cotton wool ball which was easy enough to do, no problems there.
I have to be honest putting the cotton ball wool up to my eye was quite irritating as my eyes began to water and the smell was fowl.
As soon as it hit my eyes my eyes were quite sore and hot, but I carried on using it but after one eye I decided to take it away as it was not removing my make up and instead it was making my eyes very sore! So much as rose and cornflower extracts to moisturise, soften and soothe your eyes! What a load of nonsense.
I gave this another few tries to see if my skin just needed to get used to it ( very stupid, I know. ) but the same thing kept happening and eventually I just threw it out as I didn't want to pass such an awful product on to somebody.
After seeing how many stars this has received by other people I am guessing they have had a similar experience and no wonder my OH aunt did not want this, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and it is not worth the price tag, it shouldn't even be on the shelves!!
I wouldn't say that I use heavy eye make up, but I do wear eye shadow, mascara and eye-liner virtually every day and, as such, I do use eye make-up remover in order to remove the make-up at the end of the say - although I do use generally cheap brands for this purpose. A 125 ml bottle of Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover costs £16.00 from Boots which is significantly more expensive than many of the eye make-up removers on the market - some of which start at around £1.50. The only reason I tried this eye make up remover is because I got a freebie bottle when I bought some other Clarins products as I don't think I would have spent £16.00 on a bottle of eye make-up remover unless it had proved to be magical in some way! But I had the free product - which allowed me to use if for about a 6 week period and to gain enough information to write this review.
The product comes in a small bottle that looks like most other Clarins bottles. It is plastic with a white screw top, and transparent so you can see the product through the plastic and can judge how much of the product you have left. The design of the packaging is plain, but I think Clarins has a niche in the market for providing products which are without gimmicks because a good quality product doesn't need gimmicks. It comes in a box which contains comprehensive product information and directions for use that are useful for referral.
Before use, the bottle needs to be gently agitated to mix the solution together as the solution is partly water-based and partly oil. The solution does mix together after some gentle shaking - but will separate again between uses. In order to use, you literally need to pour a generous amount of the solution onto a cotton wall ball so that it is partly saturated. Although I say a generous amount, a little seems to go a long way, but I got through a 125 ml bottle in about 6 weeks.
I wiped the saturated cotton wool ball across my eyes, from the inner corner outwards (to lessen the risk of infection) and repeat several times until all of the make-up has been removed. I have never yet come across a eye make-up remover that removes all the eye make-up in one wipe....and this product is no different. On average, I would say it takes 4 wipes to remove all of the eye-make up, but I use the same cotton wool ball for each wipe. It certainly does remove all of my eye make up....but I wouldn't say it was any more successful than many other brands I have used for this purpose.
I do have sensitive skin and my skin did not react in a negative way to this solution. Afterwards, the skin around my eyes did feel well hydrated and soft and there was no need to moisturize around my eye area. I have to admit that I think there was a slight difference to how nice my skin felt afterwards compared to other eye make-up removers - but this is something I could normally achieve with some relatively cheap eye cream.
Overall, I do think the product itself is a good quality one and it does work to remove eye make-up and to hydrate the skin around my eyes. However, I do not think that it is significantly better to warrant spending a price tag of £16.00 when you could get something very decent for about a quarter of the price.
I normally use Clarins Make-Up Removing Wipes, which work very well, but I recieved the Clarins Intant Eye Make-Up Remover as part of a set for Christmas. It's a full sized bottle, which is 125ml and it retails in Debenhams for £14.
The bottle is a typical Clarins skincare bottle, with a white plastic lid, gold trim, and fairly plain and descriptive plastic bottle. The product inside is half-oil half-water based so it 'sits' in the bottle and needs to be shaken like a lava lamp.
I use Clarins eye products, so what better time to test it than after a night out with the full works on - eyeliner, glittery shadow, waterproof mascara, eyebrow pencil and an eye brightening pencil (a white pencil).
On opening the bottle the first thing that hits you is a pretty strong smell, the only thing I can really compare it to is vodka! It's a very strong alcoholic smell which I am suprised to smell with any Clarins product, but as it is designed to wipe off waterproof mascara, maybe that's the reason why.
So, on trying it, I tipped the bottle (which has a small hole dispenser) against a cotton wool pad, and rubbed it against my eyes. It needs a few pads to totally clear you of make-up, but it does work, eventually. For me, though, I find it a bit too harsh. It left my eyes rather red, a bit sore, and smarting slightly. I had to follow up this eye make up remover with my usual makeup remover wipes, to get off the rest of my make-up, and then a cooling face wash with cold water to soothe my eyelids. Then I needed to apply an eye cream as my eyes felt a little dry around the edges, something I only really do when I have worked a long day or have used an eye product which has irritated my outer lids.
I can't say that I saw the benefit of using 2 make up removers when previously I used one by the same manufacturer. Maybe if you wear very, very heavy eye make up regularly (say in some sort of acting profession?) it might be more suitable but there are all in ones which are far less harsh and get the job done. I haven't used the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover since and I don't think I will. So for £14 for one use, I can't say it would be value for money were you to buy it!
I am a huge fan of Clarins but this one is a rare miss for me.
I recieved this clarins instant eye makeup remover as an extra gift which came free with the face cream I had off a relative for Christmas. I was really pleased with these extra small gifts which had come free with the cream from Clarins. This included a foaming facial wash and this instant eye make up remover.
I only ever use soap and water to remove my makeup. I am really lucky as I can count on one hand the amount of times I have had a spot in my life. I don't really do a lot to look after my skin as far as a removal of make up regime, but beings as I had recieved this product, I decided to give it a go.
I was impressed by the clinical appearance of the packaging. I felt it gave a very proffesional look, which made me feel as though I was using a quality product. This little plastic bottle which held around 15ml, had a white plastic screw top which was easy to remove.
I applied a small amount to a cotton wool ball in order to apply to my eye area. At first I was impressed with the amount of makeup this product removed. I also found this remover was very quick in removing the eye make up and did not require alot of rubbing.
Even though I don't have problems with sensitive skin. I felt that this eye makeup was very harsh and not up to my usual gentle experiences of clarins products. I noted that my area was quite red and some what irritated after use. It was not particularly bad, but it did make me feel uncomfortable.
I have since used this eye makeup remover on a couple more occasions. I don't know why, but I am so used to clarins products being wonderful that I wanted this to be a great product too. Although, I continued to be impressed by the fast and efficient ability in removing my eye makeup, I still encountered slight irritation after use. I would describe the feeling I had as the same as when I have been swimming underwater too much with no goggles.
I have to say that although this product is good at removing eye makeup, I just feel it is too harsh in it's ingredients for me. There is certainly something in this remover that disagrees with my skin. Which is unusual as I have never have had any problems before with clarins products.
I would not buy this clarins eye makeup remover again. Simply because I found it too harsh. I can understand why people do use this remover though as it is indeed, very good in performing it's eye makeup removal duties. It's just that I personally would rather a remover that is alot more gentle and caring to my needs.
Although I am happy to pay that little bit extra for clarins products. I have to admit, I would be really gutted if I had parted with the cost of this remover (which I believe is around £18. ) I do think that this is a really inflated price for an eye makeup remover anyway regardless of it's effectiveness. However, I would have been wasting my money with this product as I jsut find it too harsh for me and I have returned post haste to my beloved soap and water.
It has taken me a few days to write this review, as I just don't know what I can possibly say that is in any way positive about this product. I was stunned when I first tried it, and I am still stunned now - it is positively awful. I am a huge Clarins fan, as you may have noticed from my other reviews, and I am yet to discover any product of theirs (apart from this one) which is anything other than good - most are fantastic actually.
I received this in a 10ml free sample bottle when I was replenishing my Clarins supplies in Boots, and I was really pleased that I had something new to try, as I was sure I'd love it as I love most of their products. A full size 125ml bottle will set you back just under £14 - save your money and rub some vinegar over your eyes instead, I'm sure it will have a similar effect.
Apparently this product is ideal for tackling waterproof makeup and for sensitive eyes. If you have sensitive eyes and use this after unscrewing the top and getting a whiff of it you are a braver woman than me, that is all I can say. Bearing in mind that this is a product for the delicate eye area, I was stunned when I first opened it and my nostrils were assaulted - yes assaulted - by the vitriolic smell of it. It actually smells like an 80% proof spirit - as though it will burn your nasal hairs off! It truly reminds me of a very strong alcoholic shot crossed with nail varnish remover, and made me feel quite sick actually. I only carried on using it because it is Clarins so I was sure it would be better than I expected. Sadly I was wrong.
The active ingredients are:
-Rose and Cornflower extracts to moisturise, soften and soothe;
-Ultra-fine oils to melt away make-up.
There was nothing softening, moisturising or soothing about this product. My skin is not sensitive, nor are my eyes, yet it made my skin hot and my eyes sting. It also took a lot of product to even shift a small amount of my minimal non-waterproof mascara, so I dread to think how it would tackle full-on night out glam eye makeup. I abandoned halfway through as my eyes were red and stinging, and went straight to my Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
Its only saving grace is that it is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
I would really advise against trying this product. It is very rare for me to feel this strongly about a beauty product, but I do about this one. I will never, ever use it again, even in desperation.
since wearing contact lenses i have been looking for a really good eye make up remover.
I wear a tough waterproof mascara as i always have watery eyes and have tried most eye makeup removers and even made some myself. However I couldn't find one which got rid of all my makeup and didn't sting my eyes and ruin my contacts.
This eye makeup remover is great because it's made with natural ingredients and contains plant extract, it has no strong fragrance so does not sting the eyes. To use, you shake the bottle so the clear part and the blue part mixes together to form the remover.
Although the remover is quite oily, it makes the skin around the eyes soft and supple whilst removing all the tough mascara.
It is really gentle and suitable for someone like me who wears contacts and needs a eye makeup remover to effectively remove stubborn makeup without stinging and damaging the contact lens.
I bought this product a little while ago. I wanted something quick and easy that would effectively remove my eye make up but that was also quite gentle, since some eye make removers make your eyes sting! I have used Clarins products in the past and have found them to be effective, so I thought that I would give this 'Instant Eye Make-Up Remover' a try.
The bottle is a simple and attractive design. It is an oval shaped, plastic bottle with a screw top lid. The lid is white with a silver coloured rim, which adds a nice bit of bling! The plastic is a frosted colour, and you can easily see though to the liquid inside.
The make up remover has two layers in it, it looks really cool in the bottle! There is a blue layer on the bottom and a clear layer on top, and you have to shake the bottle before you use it so that these two layers mix and the make up remover is ready to use.
It is very simple to use the make up remover once you have shaken it, all you do is apply it to some cotton wool and then rub it over your eyelids and eyelashes. It recommends on the bottle that you use a separate cotton wool ball for each eye.
The eye make up does start coming off as soon as you start wiping your eyes and you don't have to rub too hard to start getting a result.
This product is very kind on the eyes. It doesn't sting your eyes in the slightest, as I have found some make up removers doing, however I do find that this is slightly too mild. I have problems removing all of my eye make up when I use it. Although I manage to get the bulk off, I still wake up with slight panda eyes the next morning. This was quite disappointing since it says on the bottle that it is for 'heavy make up'. I don't even wear that much make up and I still found that it left some behind!
It also states on the bottle that this is a non-oily lotion and I would agree with this. There is no oiliness left behind on my face after use.
The eye make remover is to be used within 12 months of being opened and comes in a 125ml bottle.
I bought this from an online discount beauty store for around £10, though I have seen it in Boots for £14. The Clarins brand is easy to find both online and offline so it is not a hard product to get a hold of.
I think this is a good make up remover for removing the bulk of your eye make up, but I find it too mild to do a thorough enough job. It is kind on the eyes and doesn't leave any oiliness on the skin, but I don't think I will buy another bottle after this one runs out since I just don't think it was effective enough.
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I had been struggling for some time to find an eye make-up remover that would remove my waterproof mascara easily without irritating my eyes. Having tried a few different products which were cheap but which weren't very successful I decided to go to my local department store and visit the Clarins counter. I have bought several products from Clarins and really liked them. They are expensive but they are lovely to use. I had a sample of the eye make-up remover before and it was effective but it was the cost that had put me off buying it before. However having been unable to obtain a suitable cheaper alternative I decided I would go and buy it.
The lady at the counter explained that they made two eye make-up removers and the one she recommended for me was the heavy make-up remover as this was good at removing waterproof mascara.
Clarins began in 1954 as a French company making quality products made entirely from plant extracts. By 1981 it had started selling products in USA and by 1990 had become the European leader in premium skin care products. It now has a wide range of skin products, make-up, perfume and in 2002 launched ClarinsMen a new skincare range for men. In addition to its products it also has many "studios" offering a range of treatments including massage, facials and exfoliations.
My bottle cost me £13, I know a lot of you will be screaming at your computers "£13 for some eye make-up remover, are you mad?" Well I would say no, read on! It is 125ml. You can get it on internet sites for a few pounds cheaper.
The bottle is clear plastic with a white screw top lid with gold trim. The product is oil-based and at rest the product separates into a clear layer on top and a blue layer on the bottom. The clear layer is the oily layer which dissolves the make-up while the blue layer removes any oil then moisturises, soothes and refreshes the skin. Before using the product you must shake the bottle so the two layers mix together.
There is a quite large hole at the top for dispensing the product. As the product is liquid I think the hole could have been smaller to avoid dispensing to much of the product at one time. Having said that I have never poured too much out at a time (maybe I am over cautious as I know how much it costs!).
The bottle comes inside the traditional Clarins White cardboard box (is all this packaging necessary?), inside which there is also instructions and further information about the product.
Although this product is for heavy make-up I have to admit that I don't actually wear heavy eye make-up, on a normal day I would wear some black waterproof mascara and a little concealer underneath my eyes. I think that most eye make-up removers (even plain old water) will remove eye-shadow the main test is whether it can remove waterproof mascara.
I shake the bottle and put a small amount onto a cotton wool pad. You are supposed to use a separate cotton wool pad for each eye, this avoids spreading any infection from one eye to the other. I don't know how many women (or men) keep to this advice, I have to confess that I don't and I have never had any eye infections (so far!). I guess if you are prone to eye problems then it would be good advice to follow.
I wipe the cotton wool pad across my eye and look at it. Where the blue make-up remover was on the cotton wool is now black with the waterproof mascara - success. One wipe is not enough to remove all the mascara however it does come off after a little dab on the more stubborn bits.
Now all the mascara is removed and I can go to bed safe in the knowledge that I will not wake up the next morning with panda eyes from my mascara. The only downside is that your eyelids do feel a little oily after using this product. The product description from Clarins says that the product in non-oily but I would have to disagree. That isn't a big problem when you are removing your eye make-up at the end of the day, but if you were putting your make-up on and made mistake and wanted to take it off and reapply then it might cause some problems.
If you want an eye make-up remover that removes waterproof mascara then I would definitely recommend this product. I have not used another product that is as effective as this one. The main downside is the price but then sometimes you pay for what you get. I tried some cheaper products and I wasn't happy with the results but with this product it removes the mascara every time. I think if you can afford it then its worth every penny and I think the bottle will last quite a long time as you only use a very small amount each time. In my opinion it's another top quality product from Clarins and one I will continue to use.
© AJ26 2006
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is formulated with a bi-phase lotion that removes stubborn 'waterproof' make-up / Firstly, the cleansing translucent liquid removes eye make-up whilst the blue layer containing Cornflower and Rose Extracts soothe, soften and moisturise / '