“ Brand: Boots / Type: Eye Makeup Remover / Suitable for: Eye / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots Simply Sensitive „
Recently, I have made a bit of a vow not to purchase any more cosmetics and toiletries until I have used up what I already have; I have a huge stockpile of assorted creams, lotions and potions at home, and whilst I quite like trying out new products, I can't really justify the purchase of any new items when I have so many waiting to be used up at home.
Among the huge selection of assorted bottles and jars, I unearthed several items from the Boots own-branded "Simply Sensitive" range of skincare products, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make-Up Remover."
I believe I purchased several items from the Boots Simply Sensitive range as part of a 'multi-buy' offer, but a quick look online tells me that the 125ml bottle currently retails for £2.79, which feels like reasonable value for a product like this one.
The packaging is in keeping with the rest of the Boots Simply Sensitive range overall, comprising of a white and green design, with the plastic bottle carrying a bright green coloured lid, complete with green coloured font on the bottle. This look resembles the 'Simple' range of skincare cosmetics, and I believe that Boots have produced the Simply Sensitive range as an own-branded alternative.
The Eye Make-Up Remover is described as containing "A blend of light oils" and the product has been formulated in this way so that it can cope with removing waterproof mascara and cosmetics. Personally, I don't wear waterproof cosmetics so this point was neither here nor there for me. I was more interested in whether the Remover product would be able to cope well with removing my dark eye shadow, eye liner and black mascara.
In a nutshell, I do find that the product is more than capable of carrying out these removal duties, and in particular I find that it works very well at removing mascara. A cotton wool pad soaked with the Remover liquid works very well in my experience, and an intitial 'sweep' across the eyelashes, followed by a sort of secondary 'dabbing' motion across the lashes will easily remove all black fibres and mascara deposits. With dark eyeliner and eye shadows too, I find the Boots Remover copes very well, and I can easily remove all traces of my make-up in just a few moments. I like too that I don't need to 'scrub' or rub around the lashes and delicate eye area to achieve a good result; the eyelid and surround area are very sensitive, so I am always mindful of undertaking a delicate approach when applying - and removing - my cosmetics. The Boots Remover didn't cause me any concern here, and I was pleased at how easily it 'lifted' my dark coloured make-up from lids and lashes.
Unfortunately, each time I have used the liquid, my long, dark lashes have been left looking - and feeling - completely 'slicked' due to the oily texture of the Remover. This feels rather unpleasant, I must confess, and I find that it makes my lashes feel quite 'heavy.' I tend to use a moistened wet wipe around the eye area to remove the excess Make-Up Remover liquid that is lurking on the skin's surface, but to be quite honest this practice feels wasteful, particularly as so many brands of facial wipe are able to remove make-up by themselves. I don't have much choice in the matter, however, as the residue left behind by the product after use is too 'heavy' for my liking, and there's really no way I could leave it there.
The fact that the product is rather oily does reinforce the claims made by the product that it will "Gently Sweep Away" make-up, in addition to it being suitable for sensitive skin. Indeed, I find that the Boots Simply Sensitive Make-Up Remover is quite soft and gentle when used around the eye area, and certainly I have witnessed nothing in the way of dryness; quite the opposite is true, and I do feel that the product has a 'moisturising' quality to it, by way of its oily formula. Likewise, sensitivity has never been an issue, so I do recommend the product as being completely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin; the product feels entirely gentle and kind to skin.
There is absolutely no way that I would repurchase this product again, and I do feel that it's oily texture would put a lot of consumers off. It's a bit of a shame, as the product works really well and removes Make-Up with ease whilst caring for skin and removing the need to 'scrub' around the delicate eye area, which are all considerations for me personally when purchasing a product like this one.
As it stands, I can really only award the product two stars in the rating score, with this reflecting my disappointment and the fact I can't recommend the product highly.
My sister is in the process of moving house and going through her cupboards and cabinets she passed me a few lotions/creams etc that she had partly used and wanted rid of. One such item that she gave me was this Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make Up Removal Lotion. As with all the products she gave me, she told me to see for myself, but none of them were her favourites, hence the reason they had got to the back of the cabinet/cupboard. I still tried each one, including this one, with an open mind, but I soon discovered why she didn't like this product much.
This Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Removal Lotion currently costs just under £3 for a 125ml bottle, so it is a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger branded products. My sister would have bought this because like me she does have sensitive skin and wears contact lenses and so has to be careful as well as to what make up she wears around the eye. I don't wear a lot of make up around the eye usually, but I do occasionally especially at the weekend.
This lotion claims to be hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera. Boots states that this lotion is a combination of light oils designed to 'gently sweep away' make up including waterproof make up. There is no fragrance nor colour to this product which is the kind of the product I would naturally be buying. All these factors mean that this product is suitable for all skin types.
When I do wear make up it tends to be some non waterproof mascara, plus some light eye shadow. When I first used this lotion, I applied some of it to cotton wool balls and was able to sweep away only a little of the make up on my eyes. I had to rub a little more and apply more lotion to another ball to ensure I removed all the make up from my eyes. What made this worse was that the more I rubbed the more my skin became covered in this oily, greasy residue from the lotion, that was horrible and could easily make my skin break out if I hadn't had to use another facial wipe to remove the lotion residue. Talking to my sister she had had the same problem hence the reason this lotion had got to the back of the cabinet! I'm afraid I only used this product once as I just couldn't bear the greasiness and all the cleaning up afterwards, never mind the fact that it didn't remove my eye make up that easily or quickly, unlike other eye make up removal products I have or have previously tried.
All in all, this is certainly NOT a wonderful eye make up removal NOR is a product for those who want to keep their skin clean and clear as with all that grease/oil it actually leaves you skin more prone to outbreaks unless you have the facial wipes to hand! Avoid in my opinion.
I use make up every day and I make sure that every night I remove it properly. I wear contact lenses so I have to make sure that the remover is for sensitive eyes. I generally don't stick to one brand because the life is too short so I like to try new things.
While I was browsing at boots I have spotted this Boots Simply Sensitive Eye remover 125ml on offer for £2. I though I will give a go.
The bottle is similar to Simple brand, with green lid and the bottle is see through. At the front of the bottle is written: "Eye makeup remover with soothing aloe vera, no fragrance, no colour, hypo-allergic, dermatologic ally tested". It also contains a "blend" of the light oil to remove waterproof mascara which I am not sure whether it does because I don't use waterproof mascara.
It does remove mascara properly with one sweep, but your eyes looks like you have put cooking oil on them. It's so oily. And when I put my glasses on I can't see anything because my eyelashes are too oily and leave marks on lenses. I won't be buying this again.
So I would not recommend this eye remover if you wear glasses. Otherwise it's ok.