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I've recently started to wear more eye make-up, so my old routine of just using a foaming cleanser at night was not cutting the mustard arounf the eye area and I was being left with panda eyes.
I didn't want to pay a lot, so I made it my mission to find a cheap eye make-up remover when I was in Boots. After umming and ahhing for a while I picked this product which cost £2.99 for 150ml.
This Simply Essentials, soothing and gentle eye make up remover is designed for sensitive skin, and contains no perfume, colourants or alcohol. Whatsmore, it has been opthalmologically tested which I found reassuring to know it is not damaging to the eye.
The liquid is enriched with plant extract and pro vitamin B5 to help nourish the delicate skin around the eye, the solution claims to dissolve the eye make up as opposed to just wiping it around the eye area.
I'm not sure that there is a rule of when to use eye make-up remover? Is it before cleansing or after? I don't think it matters too much. Anyway, I used this after I had washed my face with cleanser, this was simply because I wear contact lenses, so I wash my face directly after removing them. After cleansing, I was left with the usual black ring under my eye thanks to my mascara and eyeliner, so used this product.
I did find it a little difficult to apply to a cotton pad, but this might just me being a little simple! There is a flip top lid and a small hole for the liquid to come out. I wasn't sure whether I squeeze it out onto the pad, or was I supposed to hold the cotton pad directly over the opening and up-turn the bottle? It seemed as though it was inbetween both of these methods. As a result the liquid quickly dribbles out and you have to be careful not to over-saturate the cotton pad. --- Although saying this, this is just a minor issue!
Not a lot of product is needed and once on the pad, the liquid is clear and has no fragrance. The cotton pad should be held over the eye for a few seconds and then wiped towards to out corner of the eye. The was easy to do and did not feel like I was dragging my skin. The cool liquid on my eyelids was refreshing and soothing.
I did not experience any irritation or stinging when using this product. My eyes aren't very sensitive, so I can't really comment on the suitability for really sensitive eyes, although Garnier state it is suitable. I do wear contacts and my eyes can get irritated and this product did not sting or add to the irritation.
After wiping over my eyes twice, all my eye make up had been removed. I don't wear water proof mascara, so I'm not entirely sure how it would fair when tested with this, but I imagine it would be just as effective, based on the results I have achieved with it.
In addition, this product does not leave an oily residue on the skin, unlike some other eye make-up removers that I have tried.
~~~The morning after.....~~~
So this is when it is easy to see how effective the product has been! For the first time in weeks, I was thankfully, and happily greeted with clear eyes in the morning! My eyes looked fresh and clean and there was no sign of dryness or irritation from using it.
I am very happy with this product. Despite the small issue with dispensing the product, it removed all my mascara and eye liner with minimal effort. My eye area is left soft and soothed. For £2.99, it is really good value as I can see this lasting several months.
I recommend this product and I will be re-purchasing it!
Thanks for reading x
I don't wear make-up very often as I really don't care what people think of how I look and I like to feel that I have made a special effort on special occasions. I bought this make-up remover as I found that when I was wearing make-up I was being left with panda looking eyes when just using normal facial wipes.
I picked this product as it wasn't too dear but was a brand that I knew and believed I could trust to be good to my skin, I found this in my local supermarket and have seen it in Superdrug too.
The product comes in a small plastic bottle which is curved towards the top but other than that it is a straight up and down bottle, the bottle is see through and have a white flip top lid on top. The liquid inside is bright green which is probably another reason I selected this as it stands out from the shelves, on the front of the bottle there is the Garnier logo and then the information that this product is for the sensitive eyes with soothing flower extract.
On the back of the bottle you find that this has been ophthalmologically tested and is gentle enough for contact users and for sensitive eyes, to use the product you need to soak some cotton wool in the product and then hold it against your eye for a few seconds before sweeping the make-up away.
The product is very easy to use although you need to be aware that the product is a thin liquid and so you can end up with it soaking through the cotton wool and then leaking from it if you pour too much on. The liquid doesn't really have a smell to it that I can detect which is maybe the only downside to it as I do like nice smells with products. The product removes my make-up with ease and removes even black eyeliner and mascara without a problem which is what I wanted to prevent the panda look.
My skin is sensitive to items such as soap so I was quite surprised to find this doesn't dry my skin at all and my skin feels smooth after use although I do always wipe my face over after using this to make sure there is no residue left. On the back of the bottle you are advised that this product lasts for 6 months but it must be more like 18 months that I have been using this and it still works and hasn't caused me any skin problems.
I was in desperate need for a new eye makeup remover as to tell you the truth I never ever owned one in my entire life! I decided that now was the time to get one as I had been wearing mascara alot lately and find its quite hard to take of with just tap water.
Whilst in asda I saw this eye makeup remover for about £3 so decided to pick it up as 1) It was reasonably priced and 2) The brand was garnier which I know and trust. Also this eye makeup remover was described as gentle and can even remove waterproof makeup.
The packaging is very simple and clean looking. It is a small bottle so it is easy to take in your suitcase. The lid has a small hole which is a fantastic idea so you dont end up wasting too much product. The product smells really nice. It is not a particularly strong scent it just smells fresh and clean with a hint of grape water.
I soaked a cotton wool ball in the eye makeup remover then gently pressed it on the corner of my eye and moved it in circular motions removing the eye makeup. At the time all I was wearing was mascara but ALOT of it! I found it came of quite easily but as I was wearing alot there was still alot that clumped together under my waterline. Therefore I applied a bit more pressure to my eye area to remove the rest of the eye makeup.
I would have prefered if this eyemakeup was a little stronger y'know. I mean its good that it is gentle but that isnt really good enough if you have very stubborn makeup you need to take off. Overall an okay eye makeup remover. I will still continue to use it afterall I did pay good money for it. I would deffinately recommend it to people who wear light eye makeup and have sensitive skin.
I've tried many an eye make up remover, from the pads and creams to waterproof ones and liquid types.
Simple's range just doesn't cut it for me and the pad wipes irritate my sensitive eyes so for 2 years i have been using The Body Shop - camomile gentle eye make up remover.
At £8 a bottle it was heart crushingly expensive but i knew it worked so i had to keep buying! (Nothing to do with my love for their products hee hee :D )
But, i'm not writing a review on this. I have come to tell you all how much i now enjoy Garnier and their 'Simply Essentials Gentle Eye Make Up Remover'.
At £3 a bottle for 150ml from superdrug (plus i get 10% student discount) i was a very happy chick when i stumbled upon this.
With my eczema and flaky skin i really have to be careful. When i found that this product gave me no reactions, i was delighted!
It is in a slim, clear bottle with a white flip top lid.
No perfume, alcohol or colourants. (Good good!)
Also, opthalmologically tested which means it's good for me with my sore, sensitive eyes.
I use it twice a day. In the mornings with a cotton bud to refresh my eyes from my long, fidgety sleeping habits and at night time with cotton wool pads to remove mascara and eyeshadow alike.
I do not wear waterproof mascara so i cannot comment on that, however this product doesn't state that it is great for waterproof mascaras so i wouldn't give it negativity when it doesn't claim to remove that.
I simply apply the liquid to the pads and hold them against my eyes for 10 seconds or so then swipe in a downwards motion to remove most of the products and just gently rub against my lashes to get rid of the minimal residue that remains.
It is cool, refreshing and smooth on my skin with no unpleasant smells that ones with alcohol contain.
I have found a cheaper, good alternative that i will most certainly use for everday use.
The only tiny negative point i have about this is that the flip top lip lets out a lot of product when i apply it to the cotton wool. Maybe it's just me squeezing too hard, i'm not sure but a lot seems to go to waste so that is the only reason i am not giving it 5 stars.
If i do my maths right, i can get two bottles of this with get an extra 50ml of product AND save £2 or so compared to The Body Shop. Hate to admit it, but my Body Shop one is definitely out of the picture now!
I would most definately recommend this to my friends. Well done Garnier, i am very impressed!
Before I tried this product I had been happily using the Simple eye makeup remover, which was excellent. Then I saw this one on special in Tesco, it worked out really cheap so I decided to try it.
I am someone with sensitive eyes so I thought this would be good as it's suitable for sensitive eyes and has been ophthalmologically tested. It didn't irritate my eyes, but it also didn't leave them feeling soft like other eye makeup removers. It is also described as being suitable for 'even waterproof' mascara, which I regularly use. The only problem is I found it didn't remove all of the mascara.
The bottle contains 150ml, so it does last a really long time. It's in a green bottle with a white flip up lid. So it's easy to open and insures no leakages. The hole where the liquid comes out is a perfect size. So you can get a reasonable amount out without wasting any.
To use the product all you have to do is apply a bit to cotton wool and wipe gently over your eyes. For best results you should start at the inner corner of the eye moving outwards. The product is soft to use and has a pleasant smell of grape.
Overall this product does an okay job it doesn't leave you with greasy eyes. But whilst it looks like it has removed all eye makeup often in the morning I still find it smuggled under my eye.
I will finish using the bottle I have but will certainly pay more and stick to the Simple eye make remover, as in my opinion that is a better product.
When buying a new eye make-up remover, I chose this one, because it seemed like the most fairly priced of the ones available and also there was a 3 for 2 offer on Garnier, so I could get a couple of other things at the same time. I'm not really all that familiar with Garnier skincare products, for some reason it's a brand I don't often choose, so I wasn't really sure what to expect in terms of quality, I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!
Garnier describes this as containing a soothing flower extract, and being suitable for sensitive eyes. As a contact lens wearer my eyes can get sore from time to time, so this appealed to me because I needed something gentle. It also claims to remove all eye make-up, 'even waterproof' again a positive claim for me, as I always tend to use waterproof mascaras.
The product comes in a green plastic bottle, with a white flip top cap that is easy to open. The hole from which you dispense the product is not too big, so makes it easy to apply to a cotton wool pad without wasting too much product. It's perhaps not the most stylish or remarkable packaging ever, but there's something about it I quite like, and I don't think it's too bad as far as packaging goes.
To use you simply need to soak a cotton wool pad with the eye make-up remover, hold over the eye for a couple of seconds and gently wipe from the inside corner of the eye outwards. I find the liquid has a very gentle scent to it which smells quite natural and when wiping this over the eyes it feels quite cooling and soothing on the skin. It doesn't irritate my eyes in any way, even when I'm wearing lenses which is fantastic as some other brands can really make my eyes sting.
When I first started using this, I thought it was very good. There was always a lot of make-up on the pad, and most of the time my lashes look like all make-up has been removed. The problem I have found, is that whilst it often looks like all my mascara has come off, I often wake-up the next morning with grey smudges under my eyes, or small flakes of mascara still there, so it's obviously not as thorough as it seems. I have tried various methods to try to stop this happening - holding the pad over my eye for longer, applying more product to the pad, even using two pads and double cleansing, but most of the time I find exactly the same thing.
One thing that this product has got going for it is that it's not at all greasy. Lots of eye make-up removers leave a sort of greasy film on the skin which then has to be washed off, so I was happy to find that this one leaves no residue at all.
This costs £2.93 from Superdrug and the bottle contains 150ml.
I have continued to use this product despite the fact it is not as thorough as I would like it to be, but I will not buy another bottle for that reason. I think there are better products out there, and I'd rather pay extra in future to get something that does the job properly!
I recently started using Garnier Fresh Essentials Eye Grape water makeup remover as I wear contact lenses and so was looking for something that would not irritate my eyes should the product come into contact with them. Being ophthalmologically tested and deemed suitable for people who have sensitive eyes or are contact lense wearers this seemed perfect for me. Garnier is a name that I trust especially as they endeavour to use natural ingredients that will care for your skin.
This remover is clear like water but has a gorgeously subtle fresh smell that comes from the grape water with which it is infused. This takes your make up off easily (even waterproof mascara) without you having to rub the delicate eye area unduly. There was no oily or greasy residue left on my skin and my eyes felt really clean and fresh after use.
I would highly recommend this product if you are looking for something that is gentle but effective and cares for your skin at the same time.
Having sensitive eyes, i have to be really careful of what i use on my eyes. Sometimes products can make them itch, go red or just irritate them.
I really love this product; it is so gente on the skin eye area and removes all the makeup around and on your eyes and the best part- it doesn't irritate them whether it gets in the eye or not.
It has extract of grape juice in it and really leaves the skin feeling soft and pampered; not red and sore. Although it may dry the skin after.
It removes mascara, eyeliner and even eyeshadow- which i often find is quite a pain to remove due to it's cling to the eye area.
*Removes eye makeup really easily with tissue or cotton.
*No irritation to the eye
*It doesn't matter if it gets in the eye.
*Has essential vitamins, minerals and grape extract.
* Can dry up eye area a little after.
To help moisturise the eyes after use, just massage a eye mosituriser into the eye area after.
Overall i love this product.
In regards to eye make up removing, I often find that facewipes can be really harsh on the eye area and so have been using some different eye make up removers which i can use with a cotton ball. I tried this Garnier one recently and have to say I really enjoyed using it.
Firstly, I didn't find it at all oily or greasy on the eye, it has the consistency of water and was great at removing stubborn mascara and eyeliner. I simply applied a generous amount to the cotton wool ball and gently removed all makeup. The product was also quite refreshing for the eyes and felt really nice and cooling. The container states that the product contains flower extracts which is possible the reason the product was so refeshing; it is also stated that the product is suitable for sensitive eyes which I would definately agree with.
The bottle is a great size as it can be transported easily if you are going away from home. It is about the length of a hand, maybe a little bit shorter, it contains 150ml of product. It has a flip top lid which you flip open in order to squeeze the product onto the cotton wool ball.
The product retailed at around £4 when I bought it, however it is not showing up currently on the boots.com website so you will have to get definative prices in store or at tesco as I am aware they sold it too.
I am giving this product a 5/5 due to it's ease of use and application, the fact that it removes make up so well without leaving a greasy or oily film, finally even if this gets into your eyes it is not going to be badly irritating or even painful. I hope this helps you, I would definately recommend this product.
*This review is my own work, also posted on other websites*
I've been devoted to this make-up remover for absolutely years now. My eyes get irritated quite easily (hmm, like the rest of me really!) and are often itchy at the end of the day - especially after a day when i've driven long distances for work.
Before this, i tried numerous oil and cream based makeup removers, and without exception they left my eyelids feeling heavy and gunky, and more often than not i'd manage to get some in at least one eye, for a half hour of lovely blurred vision.
This remover is a gentle liquid, which doesn't end up in your eyes. It feels wonderfully cool and fresh on my eyelids, and my eyes are soothed as well as clean after using it - so much so that i sometimes use a pad soaked with a little of this, held against my eyelids for a few minutes, instead of eye drops. I'm not sure if it's the "floral extracts" mentioned on the pack, but the liquid also has a delicious light scent, like a summer breeze!
The only downside is that this is probably not the best at obliterating makeup. I normally use a little eyeliner and maybe one coast of mascara, and i do sometimes find there are a few traces left after i've washed and dried my face...i think that if you're using very heavy makeup and / or waterproof mascara, one of the nasty oil based removers are probably better at getting it all off in one go. That said, it is only the odd trace, and this isn't nearly enough to make me consider using any other brand.
At about £2.80 a bottle, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but each bottle lasts me over a year so I think it's fantastic value for a remover that feels so great in use.
I have used this product for ages so just had to write about it's merits.
Garnier clean and fresh eye make up remover is great at doing just what it says. Usually the last thing you feel like doing at night is removing your make up. With this it's quick and simple and takes seconds to do.
It has a lovely fresh fragrance with a 'soothing flower extract' which it says is suitable for sensitive eyes. It says that it is a 'gentle' make up remover and also suitable for waterproof make up.
Over the years I have been using this I have never had any problem with irritation, it also says that it's been opthalmalogicaly tested so even if you wear contact lenses is should be suitable.
At a cost of £2.79 from Tescos for a bottle of 150ml it's well worth it and by far the best out of all the removers I have used, I always come back to this one.
For your eyes only: a formula specially developed for sensitive eyes, ophthalmologically tested and suitable for contact lens wearers /