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Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Member Name: Lools_24
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Date: 13/10/11, updated on 15/11/11 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Easily removes light eye make up by wiping not rubbing, nice scent
Disadvantages: Does not remove all waterproof mascaras, does not remove lash glue, expensive
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.
Summary: A less than effective eye make-up remover from Clarins