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Recently my mam bought me quite a few Clarins goodies as a 'well done' gift after seeing how well I've been doing at saving money. Along with these she also got loads of free samples which she put in as part of my gift. One of these free samples was the Clarins Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, which costs £17 for 125ml.
It comes in a transparent blue plastic bottle with a white screw off lid. Although is really is just a plain and simple plastic bottle, it does still have the high quality look and feel that I've come to expect from Clarins, and which I want from something I'm paying extra for. I'm not 100% sure if the full sized version is exactly the same as mine, but the bottle I have has a simple open neck to the bottle, where you just pour out the liquid. Personally I prefer a smaller hole for dispensing as it allows greater control over how much you get out.
The makeup remover is used just like you would expect; just pour some out onto a cotton pad and swipe over the eye area. The liquid is very watery but it does have quite a strong scent, though I can't put my finger on what it smells of. It's not an unpleasant scent though. It feels quite cooling on my skin and doesn't leave any kind of residue.
I don't wear loads of eye makeup, usually just one coat of mascara and that's it, and I find this makeup remover takes it off pretty easily. I usually just hold a soaked cotton pad over the eye for a few seconds and then swipe downwards to remove the bulk of the mascara, then fold the pad in half and use the corner to get right into the lashline. However, I don't think this would be suitable for people who wear full-on loads of eye make-up because it is very gentle and therefore not particularly powerful.
Overall this is a decent enough eye makeup remover, but I wouldn't buy it myself as I justthink there are much cheaper options that do as good a job.
I was really hoping to love this product as I still have not managed to find a make-up remover I am completely satisfied with. I bought this product on the promise that it was non-greasy and that that it would condition my lashes. I have sensitive skin and wear contact lenses, so I needed a product that would accommodate these needs. On the whole, this product is not bad. It does its job and even removes tough waterproof mascara and it does feel soft and gentle. However, I am left feeling a tad greasy and my skin feels a bit heavy after using it. I have to give my face a good wash afterwards to get rid of the heavy slick feeling on my skin.
The make-up remover comes in a 125 ml size for £14.40. Cheapsmells.com had it for £11.00. I do not mind spending my money on good products if they work!
*Using the product*
The liquid is light and smooth, it does not look like it would be greasy in the bottle and does not have that oily look to it. A good couple of drops on the cotton wool pad is sufficient for tackling the eye area. The bottle is easy to dispense the liquid through and only a small amount is needed to have the desired effect. To protect the delicate eye area, you should wipe rather than rub at the eyes and be careful of getting the product inside the eye. It does not take too much pressure to rub the make-up off. The mascara seems to come away in chunks and true to form, they do feel cared for and my skin is treated gently. My eyes do not sting or feel sore after wards. The product contains some natural active ingredients to make the make-up removal process as gentle as possible. It contains cornflower water that sooths the skin, rose water that softens and tones and a soya protein that strengthens the lashes. The last ingredient is completely pointless as I have to wash the product completely off after using it.
On the whole, it is really successful at removing my make-up. I'm pretty horrified at the colour of the cotton pad after using it only a couple of strokes across my face! It is gentle in doing so and the whole process takes hardly any time at all. I never wake up with panda eyes and do not ruin my white towels by leaving orange streaks or little black half moons on them!
I just do not like the feel of my skin afterwards. It feels greasy and dull. I always wash my face after removing my make-up, however after using this product I feel in such discomfort around my eyes that I want to wash it off instantly. I think because my skin is sensitive this product is just a little too heavy for me. It is designed for sensitive skin and I have never had any problems with other Clarins products. It is supposed to revitalise and refresh eye lids, but this is something that I certainly do not experience. I will continue using this product until it runs out but I will be replacing it.
I have, at the age of sixty four, begun wearing mascara as my eyelashes very suddenly lost their colour after cataract surgery at the start of this year. I would not ordinarily be concerned by this, but it is extremely ageing and that I am not happy about. I have very sensitive skin, however, so while choosing my Clarins mascara I sought advice about a suitable eye make up remover. The lady behind the counter was helpful and knowledgeable, recommending this Gentle Eye Make Up Remover Lotion as an effective yet kind product.
While it cost more than I had planned to spend, I bought a bottle as it both looked and sounded like an excellent product. This was part of a bulk purchase some time ago and I cannot remember the exact price, I have just found the identical product on www.strawberrynet.co.uk priced at £25 for a bottle containing 125ml of lotion.
I must say it has performed well, removing mascara with ease but without having any adverse effects on my skin. It's delicately perfumed with a fresh and natural fragrance, this is partly I think why the lotion is so kind as the lighter fragrances products do tend to react better with my problematic skin. It has a defined feminine scent, one that does not linger after I have finished using the product although it does smell very nice whilst in use.
The lotion itself is rather thin; I had expected it to be thicker and creamier for some reason, but now I have been using it regularly for a while I can see that this is indeed the correct consistency for the product. I use a few drops on a cotton wool ball and this is sufficient to remove my mascara, I do not wear any other eye make up so I am surely not putting the remover through it's paces as some of you younger ladies will but I do find it very effective on the brown mascara I am currently wearing.
One cotton wool ball per eye is sufficient so this 125ml bottle has lasted me for quite a while so far. For this reason I do not begrudge the cost, although I am told that whatever eye make up remover you choose will last a long time so if you opt for a cheaper brand the longevity should be the same.
One very good aspect of this Clarins product is that I find it incredibly conditioning, not only in relation to my lashes but it also softens and moisturises the very thin skin around my eyes. Presumably this is due to it having a lotion consistency rather than being a sticky liquid or a gel, I don't specifically apply it as a moisturiser but do make a point of ensuring that I use a little to wipe around my eyes so as to get the full benefit of the product.
There is a very slight residue left after using this eye make up remover, by this I mean that my upper eyelids can become quite greasy after I have removed my mascara and in turn this causes a little irritation occasionally as my skin is so sensitive. I have discovered that this can be easily dealt with by giving my face a brief wash after using the product, but I am still rather surprised that such a creamy lotion could cause greasiness.
I am very pleased to have discovered this product; admittedly it may be one of the most expensive eye make up removers, but the quality is excellent and it does such a thorough job that I am more than happy to continue using it.
This is the most gentle eye makeup remover I have ever used.
What is so great is that it is so gentle yet it is so thorough and even gets rid of waterproof mascara (it claims that it only removes light to normal eye makeup, however I wear liquid eye liner and several coats of waterproof mascara and occasionally eye shadow and it removes the lot).
It is also oil-free which is a plus because I hate getting that horrible residue from eye makeup removers and most eye makeup removers which remove waterproof mascara contain oil.
It also conditions the lashes as well as refreshing the eyelids.
It is ophthalmologist tested meaning it can be used on the eyes and it is so gentle that even sensitive contact lens wearers can use it.
The bottle is blue with a screw cap and it has a very small hole to pour it out of (but it is great because it is not such a big hole that you waste it by accident).
125ml = £15.00
***How to apply***
Just half soak a cotton pad and gently sweep it over the eyelids without rubbing it. One pad is enough for both eyes.
Rose water softens the eye area, Cornflower water soothes and refreshes the eyes and protein conditions the lashes to strengthen them.
***Would I recommend it?***
I certainly would and if you purchase other Clarins products it is worth waiting for their gifts (which are very frequent from one of their stockists: House of Fraser, Boots, Debenhams). You usually get to choose around 4 half size products as the free gift from selected items and this eye makeup remover is usually in the selected items, so basically you could get two whole free bottles of it (that's if the sales assistant is nice enough to let you have all the same gifts). Clarins is also one of the only companies that continually has a massive selection of samples of all their products.... If a Clarins sale assistant says they haven't got any samples of it they're lying, they do! So that is a great way to try it out!
have to admit that I am a posh, natural cosmetics addict - show me a Clinique or a Clarins counter or even an Origins counter and I am there, credit card out purchasing.
Having said that my grandmother, and mother have both used Clarins all their adult lives and both look 20 years younger than they are so I guess there is some pedigree there!
Now I am unlucky enough to have very sensitive skin so have to be so careful with my products. I find it hard to find a make up remover that will do its job without irritating my skin.
Well this stuff is amazing- it is so gentle - in fact almost slightly too much as it leaves your skin feeling slightly greasy (just cleanse and tone afterwards to get rid of this feeling) but it does the job!!!!!
It gets rid of mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow without scrubbing or washing.
If you get it into your eyes by mistake it does not sting!
It is easy to apply - soak a cotton wool ball and away you go - rub your eyes and off the make up comes!!
It even removes waterproof mascara which is a feat in itself!
OK the price is a little steep but it has been made ethically and not tested on animals and if you shop around on the internet you can find this for about £10. Plus if you are addicted to the free gifts that these type of brand give away with purchases then it is a cheap way to qualify!
Can't recommend this stuff enough (although would prefer it to cost a fiver!!!)