Rimmel London has been running now for a surprising two centuarys which is a fairly good time and the old girls still running and is one of the most well known cosmetic brands going. It's one company that doesn't look like it's going to retire soon and it's the world's oldest cosmetic brands to top it all. Who started it all though?
In 1820 a French perfumer, trained by Lubin (Perfumer to Empress Josephone - wife of Napoleon) was asked to manage a perfumery in London on Bond Street. By 1834 the perfumery was so successful that with his son as an apprentice Eugene Rimmel who was then aged 14 opened up a perfumery of their own. Thus was the birth of Rimmel but was first named "The House of Rimmel".
As business progress so did Eugene Rimmel and by 24 he was an expert perfumer and a cosmetic visionary experimenting with colour and fragrance. At this point Eugine's shop was on Regent Street in London and there was a lot of potential which then started to advertise the products using mail order catalogues similar to the ones we see today such as Avon. Of course after Eugene died in 1887 his two sons took over the empire and enhanced products creating the revolutionary mascara which is supposedly Rimmel is the word used for mascara in several languages - pretty impressive.
Rimmel Gentle eye make-up Remover
So what is this product for? If you wear eye make-up you'll know yourself that mascara is such a b*tch to take off especially the waterproof kind. I, myself have accidentally pulled out eyelashes trying to remove mascara and needless to say it's painful. This make-up remover states on the bottle that it removes waterproof mascara which can only be an eyelash saver if it works - which it does.So What does the bottle say?
Gently removes all eye make up, including long lasting and waterproof make up, with no oily residue.
Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
Dermatologically (a word I can never say properly) and Ophthalmologically (This is where I got the dictionary out - it's for eyes) tested.
Now When I was in superdrugs contemplating the purchase I was swayed by the removal of make-up - even the waterproof and long lasting kind. I tend to wear waterproof mascara and this helped me feel as though I could stop tearing out my eyelashes which really is painful at times.
Using this product
I get in from work and I want to remove my make-up. I looked at the directions which say: "TO USE: Apply cleanser to cotton wool/balls, gently sweep over eyes till all traces of make-up are removed." Now that sounds simple enough to me and you can't really balls it up. So I got my cotton pads and squirted a bit of the cleanser onto the pad and gently sweeped over my eyes and then gently rubbed my eyelashes to help remove the mascara a bit better.
To me the directions were a little vague but you don't need much more than what is given to be honest although it obviously isn't going to work if you only sweep on the eyes and I find you do have to take care with eyelashes to remove the mascara from there as well.
I decided to inspect my eyes and see if all of my eye make-up really was removed and found that a majority was but there was still a little bit of black mascara on my eyelashes although this was just the colour which had been left and not actual clumps which I found removes itself when you wash your face afterwards.
I can't say that I'm disapointed really as I find that it does do a fairly good job although I would have been happier if it had removed all of the mascara instead of most of it - nonetheless at least I'm not ripping out my eyelashes anymore - thank god!
What does the product look like?
It's basically just a clear transparant bottle approximately five inches in height and nearly two inches in width. There is mostly blue writing on the bottle with Rimmel in black writing and at the bottom "4.2 fl oz 125ml" which is also in black. The lid screws off but there is also a flip cap to allow you to squirt the product into a pad. On the back of the bottle there is a barcode with ingredients, directions, what the product does and the same in other languages. The liquid itself just looks like water which gets a bit frothy at the top if you shake the bottle and has no scent to it at all.
There's nothing special about the look in fact I would say that it's very bleak and quite boring but I wouldn't say it's not professional although I will say it's been cheaply made. There's nothing really attractive about the product either that would make me want to add it to my cosmetic collection (even though there's A LOT already).
Suitability and warnings
Obviously don't drink the product that's never going to have a happy ending really to be honest otherwise it's suitable for sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses and has been tested by dermatologists and Ophthalmologically tested. Being that Rimmel London is a well recognised brand I do trust that it's not going to affect my eyes or that anything bad will happen but obviously if it is that you get any in your eyes then you need to wash your eye out imediately and possibly contact your doctor and if your eye starts to burn then you should wash the product off of your face with warm soapy water and possibly contact your doctor if there is irritation, a rash or a burning sensation.
I feel that there isn't really enough warnings on the bottle - well actually there aren't any which is a little worrying but I pressume this goes by Rimmel assuming that adults will use this and keep the product out of reach of children which isn't always possible or the case.
Have you ever smudged eyeliner or mascara on your eyes or underneath them? Well if you get a small facial sponge or fold some tissue and get just a bit of the cleanser on then you can remove the smudge yourself. It can save you buying the corrector stick that's recently came out and I find this product works better on fresher make-up.
You can also use this to remove other make-up such as foundation although I would still recommend that you wash your face afterwards after as to help prevent yourself from clogging up your pores.
When removing eye make-up never sweep away from the bridge of your nose always sweep inwards. By sweeping outwards you're actually encouraging the signs of age by helping to cause wrinkles to occur whereas if you sweep inwards you're not likely to cause this and can look younger for longer.
Well I'm not impressed with the look of the bottle in all fairness but I wouldn't say it's a poorly made product either. I think the improvements are there to be made like with any other product but the starting point would be the overall appearance but in regards to quality I don't actually have any problems with it.
Harshness to Skin
When I used this product I found that it was relatively soft to my skin and there was no harness, sting or irritation caused by the product itself. I also found that my skin wasn't oily like how the back of the bottle said it wouldn't be. However, my skin is different from another persons and just because I didn't find this product harsh doesn't mean somebody else wont and the only way to be sure of this is to test the product for yourself, borrow it from somebody who uses it or look at the ingredients to see if there's anything that you know you are allergic to.
You can purchase this product from Boots, Superdrugs and occassionally Wilkinsons at around £3.49. I find this to be a little high as I would have paid £2 at the most but I find that the product lasts about three months so at around £1 a month it's not too badly priced either. I do however think that 125ml isn't a lot and it would have been better if there was 150ml or 200ml to justify the price a little better as I feel like I'm buying water sometimes and being that the appearance isn't exactly glamorous then I can't see where Rimmel London see justification in £3.49.
Overall I'm going to rate this product four out of five stars as I think it's slightly overpriced, the appearance isn't great but technically the product does work although a bit of mascara is left sometimes. I would recommend this to a friend if they happened to wear a lot of eye make-up - although like I stated you can actually use it to remove other make-up such as foundation which I found useful.
Although I regularly use moist facial wipes to remove my eye make-up, I do like to have some eye make-up remover liquid at home too, mainly because I find it works more effectively at removing certain types of make-up from my eyes. In addition, I find that some moist facial wipes have a slightly rough 'texture' to them that feels slightly too harsh to use around the gentle eye area. I therefore often prefer to use some cotton wool dampened with make-up remover liquid around my eyes, as it feels more gentle than some brands of moist facial wipes that I have used. This very much depends on what brand of moist facial wipes I am using at the time, as some are softer and gentler than others.
Nevertheless, I tend to keep some eye make-up remover liquid at home for those times when it is needed. I recently purchased two small bottles of "Gentle Eye Make Up Remover" from the well-known "Rimmel" brand, taking advantage of a special offer I came across in a local (independent) pharmacy. The two bottles I purchased are small, being a sort of 'travel size' and are 30ml each. I paid around £2 for the two bottles, a price that I thought reflected reasonable value for money.
The packaging is quite simplistic, comprising of a small plastic bottle that is made of clear plastic. I can see the clear-coloured liquid contained within quite easily, and this liquid resembles water as it is very thin. The lid on top of the bottle can be removed easily by unscrewing it from the bottle, which is very easy to do.
The liquid can be poured onto cotton wool before sweeping over the eyelids and surrounding area, and in fact there is an instruction to this effect on the back of the bottle. I am informed here too that the Rimmel Gentle Eye Make Up Remover has an "Oil Free" formulation, which appealed to me prior to purchase, mainly because I am not a fan of having a 'slicked' feeling left behind on the skin after using such products. This side-effect is very common with eye make-up remover liquids, I have found, so I do tend to seek out those that don't contain any oil instead.
I find the Rimmel Make-Up Remover is very easy to use, which suits me down to the ground as I have little stamina or time to engage in much 'faffing' with products like this one, so anything that feels easy or 'less fussy' is going to get the thumbs up from me. I find that I can quickly dispense the thin liquid onto my cotton wool and then I tend to gently 'dab' it around my bottom lash line which feels entirely gentle and kind. I find too that although the liquid is cold, it is not overly harsh or unpleasant, with a refreshing sort of 'cooling' feeling being experienced instead. I like too that the product is completely unfragranced, which allows it to feel more gentle and 'subdued' than other remover products that I use regularly that smell quite 'chemical' in their aroma.
The liquid works quickly, which again, makes it feel very convenient. Dark eye make-up such as black eyeliner is 'lifted' gently from the skin and 'clings' to the soaked cotton wool easily. I don't need to 'rub' the eye area, which is preferable with a product like this one, to avoid irritation or sensitivity. Likewise, I find that black mascara will come off quite easily and quickly with a new piece of cotton wool soaked in the liquid, leaving my eye completely clean after use. Make-up products that contain any 'particles' such as those containing glitter, for example, will often leave behind small traces of their fibres or particles that require a further application of the Rimmel Remover, but I do find that this result is exactly on a par with most other eye make-up remover products that I use regularly, so I have no complaints when considering this result. Likewise, I find that 'lighter' products such as paler eye shadow products will need a little less liquid than those shades that are darker or blacker, but I am able to 'adjust' the amount of the Rimmel Remover that is required very easily each time, depending on my requirements.
I find that after the Rimmel Make-Up Remover has been used, all traces of make-up are completely gone, with skin looking spotlessly clean afterwards. I find that my skin feels quite soft, and completely 'normal' as it were, with no unpleasant 'tight' sensation or dryness being present. As expected, there is no greasy or oily residue left behind either. All of these observations allow the product to feel very gentle and as 'fuss free' as I had hoped prior to use, and I have absolutely no complaints in terms of its compatibility to my sensitive skin. Based on these results, I do recommend the product for use by those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry and sensitive skin.
The product claims that it "Removes Waterproof Mascara" but I do not use such cosmetics, so cannot comment on its effectiveness here. I do think, however, that this claim makes the Rimmel Remover slightly more appealing and versatile than most others that I have used in the past that are NOT suitable for the removal of Waterproof Make-up, which is another plus point I think, when considering the Rimmel product.
The product also claims that it is suitable for those consumers who wear contact lenses, in addition to those who have sensitive eyes. Based on my own experiences, and after finding the product felt so wonderfully gentle to my sensitive skin, I really do think that these claims are founded and justified.
Taking everything into account, I do highly recommend the Rimmel Make-Up Remover liquid, and will definitely repurchase it again in the future. I find it works extremely well in removing my dark, black make-up, and it does so quickly and without fuss. I find too that the product works well on my sensitive, fussy skin without causing any irritation or sensitivity. Based on these results, I feel that top marks are more than deserving in the product rating score, on this occasion.
As @ the time of writing (May 2013), you can purchase the Rimmel Gentle Eye Make Up Remover online at www.amazon.co.uk, where the large, 125ml bottle will cost you around £3, although postage costs may apply.
I use cold cream as a make up remover because it's kind to my dry, sensitive skin, and it is fantastic at removing facial make up, but it struggles with mascara and smudge-proof liners, so I just became used to waking up in the mornings with panda eyes.
However in the past few years I have started to occasionally suffer from eczema under my eyes, so I started to try different removers for my eye make-up to keep the area clean.
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I bought Rimmel's GENTLE EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER because the liquid is clear and the ingredient list is small, so I was relatively confident that I wasn't about to dab my eyes with toxic waste :p
As well as being clear, the liquid also has the consistancy of water, is un-fragranced and doesn't feel oily.
You know how it works: Simply dab a small amount on to a cotton wool pad, gently rub over your eyes, then cleanse, tone and moisterise as normal. No fuss, no mess.
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A) This doesn't irritate my sensitive skin: Almost every lotion and potion burns.
B) All of my eye make up is removed, with no greasy skin around my eyes.
C) This is very affordable.
I've used three bottles over the year I've been using this and get the same great results every time.
I've sometimes been lazy and used this product to remove my facial make-up too. It does remove all make-up and hasn't caused any breakouts, but I do prefer using cold cream on my face, as it leaves my skin moisturized.
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I paid £2.93 for a 125ml bottle.
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Water, Poloxamer 184, Sodium PCA, Disodium Cocomphodiacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Panthenol
** Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically tested **