“ Brand: Simple / Type: Eye Makeup Remover / Subcategory: Pads / Suitable for: Eye / fragrance free: yes / What it does: Cleanses, „
These wipes are by Simple and come in a little pocket size packet with about 30 circular pads inside. They sell for about £2-£3 so when i paid this i was expecting them to be really good. They claim to remove all eye make up - even waterproof mascara.
Like the rest of the Simple range there isnt any smell from these wipes and they say they are suitable for sensitive skin, being 100% perfume and colour free. I dont have sensitive skin myself but my younger sister does and she is able to use these wipes and other things from their range without a problem so on that claim they are telling the truth. On the removing make up part though they fall way below expectations.
The first time i used the wipes i had on mascara and liquid eyeliner and i had to use about 3 or 4 wipes, both sides, to get it off. The wipes have barely any mouisture to them and i found that i was dragging and rubbing my eyes a lot to get my make up off. Its as if the packet has been left open for a while and the wipes have dried out, thats how dry they are. One side of the pad is smooth and the other side has little squares that are raised. I dont really know what the point of these raised squares are, an exfoilating effect or something is the only thing i can think of, but they made no difference to the removal of my make up.
I was really dissapointed in these wipes because they didnt do what they were meant to. I could barely get normal mascara off, without rubbing my eyes and making them red, so i dont hold out much hope for anyone using them to remove waterproof mascara.
Over the years i have not always used a product specifically made for taking off your eye make up but as I have got older i have realised that you really need to take care of your skin as it is the only one we are going to get. With this in mind i set about to find a product that would do it simply and effectively, i have tried many from lotions to pads, some were too oily others too drying and some never quite took off all of my make up leaving me with panda eyes in the morning (not very attractive).
The Simple Eye Make Up Remover Pads came up trumps, their pads removed all my make up including waterproof mascara so it was goodbye to my panada eyes and hello to clean pillowcases! They didn't irritate or sting my eyes and were not oily or drying leaving my eye area looking clean and fresh. My skin can sometimes be sensitive and was fine when using these pads. The pads are moist with a waffley texture to them, they can be used on both sides and are round in shape and about 4cm (approximately) in diameter. They are also supposed to contain pro vitamin B5 which "actively restores, softens and smooths".
The pack contains 30 pads and is resealable to keep the moisture in the pads. The pack is small and ideal for on the move and travelling.
The Simple eye make up remover pads cost £3.99 at Boots and are also available from Superdrug, other chemists and supermarkets.
I can definitely recommend these pads they are easy to use and effective.
I am a big fan of the Simple skincare range, which I've used since the age of twelve. I have really sensitive skin and this range is one of the few that I can use without my skin going red and itchy. I normally use the cleanser, toner and moisturiser as part of my regular skincare routine.
When it comes to eye makeup, I normally like to use a separate product to remove it. When I'm going away for the weekend, I like to take eye makeup remover pads when I can, to save on space and spillages.
Simple the brand is over 50 years old. It was introduced with the aim of creating skincare suitable for sensitive skin, without perfume and colour. The first product was colour and perfume free soap, released in 1960. The cleanse, tone and moisturise routine was brought out in 1978. The brand has several sub-brands, including Simple Sun, Simple Baby, Simple Radiance and more.
***Price and Availability***
Simple is one of the lower-priced skincare ranges with most products selling for under £5. These particular wipes retail for just under £4 for 30 pads although it does depend where you shop. Products are widely available from Boots, Superdrug, Savers and supermarkets.
***Simple Cleansing Eye Makeup Remover Pads***
These pads come in a small white plastic pack with green lettering. It is claimed that they remove all eye make-up, even waterproof mascara, and won't sting or irritate your eyes. They have been dermatologically tested and approved, and contain no perfume or colour. The wipes are 100% alcohol and oil free so they won't leave any residue, and they have also been opthalmologically tested.
The wipes don't irritate my eyes at all, and they leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed with no oily film. Unfortunately they aren't as effective as I'd like. They do remove makeup but it is difficult to remove mascara (I don't use waterproof mascara). I sometimes have to rub my eyes a little, which isn't ideal.
However, I do find these pads easier to carry around than a bottle of eye makeup remover when I'm travelling, so I will probably carry on buying them for this purpose - at least until someone invents pads that remove eye makeup effectively and are still good for sensitive skin!
I wear less makeup these days than I used to but when I wear eye makeup at all I always like to get it off before I go to sleep, sometimes if I have had a lot to drink or I am just really tired this can be a major chore but Simple Cleansing Eye Make Up Remover Pads make the job much easier.
Packaged in a recyclable white packet that resembles a miniature packet of baby wipes these pads are as simple as their name. Just remove one of the pads and use it gently to remove your eye makeup, if the makeup has been on a while you might have to rub a little harder but you never have to put too much effort in to it or rub till the skin hurts.
They are fragrance free so no need to worry about horrible cleansing type smells and they can even remove waterproof mascara but it does take some time. The pads are nicely dampened but not enough so you have liquid streaming down your face. They are also Dermatologicaly tested so no need to worry about bad effects on the skin.
These can be quite expensive so be sure to shop around, I saw them priced at £3.48 in Sainsbury and even more expensive in Boots the chemist, yet I was able to pick up a pack from Superdrug for £1.98 and later found that my local Poundland (pound shop) had them for..... Yes that's right one pound!
Each pack contains 30 pads and I usually find i use three pads each time, on for each eye then one to go over both eyes again just to be sure!
Firstly, I bought these amongst a few other products, had I realised the price beforehand I probably would not have purchased them. At £4.25 for 30 pads (though I did later see them for slightly less in Boots) they are a fair bit more expensive than most of Simples products, and my experience with them was dedinately not worth it.
They are very small and I found that I needed to use at least one per eye (sometimes two for heavier makeup) and they were quite dry so do not remove the makeup all that easily, especially waterproof types.
But although they promise to be caring and are 100% oil/alcohol free and Opthalmologically tested, I found the fabric to be quite rough and almost scratchy, definately not something I want near my eyes.
Once I had (gently) worked my way through all 30 pads, I decided to go back to using other Simple products that I personally do the job better. This was the first time I was truly, 100% dissapointed with a 'Simple' product and I will definately not repurchase. Neither would I recommend anything else to do so - The 'Cleansing Lotion' and regular, larger wipes work a lot better in my opinion.
Priced at around £3 a pack, these are wipes to remove your eye make-up. There are available in the bigger branches of most Boots, Tescos, Sainsburys, Superdrug and etc.
Simple are a well known brand, the adverts on TV are irritatingly airbrushed to perfection, as are the printed ads in magazines, they claim to be a very pared down and effortless product. They claim to be very straight forward, very honest, very Simple.
The eye pads themselves are sold in a white little plastic packet, you tear off the resealable think plastic lid to take out the wipes you require. I tend to use one per eye so that gives me around 2 weeks of use from these, you may only need one per eye, but I do wear eye-liner and mascara every day and the products I use take a while to get off my eyes properly.
Using the wipes they are fairly moist, unlike the Johnssons eye make-up pads which are not. They are also not as harsh or scratchy as the Johnssons wipes, not do they sting my eyes when I use them. They don't have any scent, they don't have any colour, just as the Simple manufacturers claim.
These pads were not too bad, but they didn't make it particularly easy to remove make-up. I would rate them well above the cheaper brands of eye make-up remover you can buy at the same price from the same stores, but I don't think for removing make-up these fare any better then just using the wipes that Simple also sell. Plus the benefits of buying the wipes rather then the eyemakeup pads is that you can cleanse over your entire face rather then just your eyes. They cost the same too so your not loosing any money- especially if you buy them on offer as at the moment in many stores, Simple Wipes, all varieties, are 2 for £4.
As for the ingredients, well, maybe not so pared down, many unknown chemicals, I am not going to state them all here, as I have no idea what is a chemical and what could be a fruit with its Latin name given, but I would have thought they would have made a point of saying all the products are natural somewhere on the pack. Instead the ingredient is given with a short slogan under it stating 'no animal derived products were used'. It does not say 'nothing was tested on animals' though, call me a cynic but...
First of all trying to sell products under the (false) concept that they are very simple and not chemically based, when in fact there are many many chemicals and weird things in the ingredients and then saying they don't use Animal derived products but then not following through and saying they don't use any animal testing.
Compared to the make-up removers by the expensive ranges such as Clinique, Clarins, etc, this is no where near as good, it does take a few attempts and maybe a few wipes to get all the make-up off your eyes, but they do work eventually. The thing is, as you end up using so many wipes to remove your eye make-up that pound for pound, your actually better of paying for the more expensive brands which take off the eye make-up a lot faster and also last longer. These wipes I bought on offer, worked out as £2 for the pack. The lasted me 2 weeks. That works out at £4 a month. But if I buy Clinique, the bottle sets me back £13.50, the cotton wool another £1.50 and the bottle lasts me about 4 months. That works out at £3.75 a month. It is therefore cheaper to buy a top range brand if you are looking specificity for eye make-up remover.
On the other hand, these are easy to carry around in your bag, the pack is small, it wont take up all your bag space.
I would use Simple again, they do what they say on the box- or plastic wrapper, they are not harsh and don't cause irritation on my eyes, but I do think they are slightly devious the way they go out of their way to market the brand as a very 'Simple' product, in a way they are, but not in the way you think. I wont buy these eye pads again as really, its better value to get the proper wipes for my whole face AND my eyes, they work to the same degree and as the wipes are larger then the eye pads, are better value for money.
I've become increasingly aware that my skin may not stay so elastic and wrinkle free for much longer and so have been on the look out for products that may help keep my skin looking 'youthful'. I tend to use water and lots of rubbing with a towel to remove my eye makeup, but apparently you shouldn't rub your eyes, as the skin will stretch and bag (eeek!). So, when I saw the bargain offer of two simple products for £4 in Sainsburys, I couldn't resist! The eye make-up remover pads are normally £3.75, which I wouldn't pay because I'm a poor student (sniff sniff), but to get a pack of them AND a pack of face wipes (which are more face friendly than the £1 scratchy wipes from Poundland!) for £4 is a blooming bargain in my books.
~ Packaging ~
The wipes come in a reasonably small plastic packet (10x8x1 cm to be precise - I just found my ruler today when tidying, I'm not a freak! Honest!) It looks pretty much like the one in the picture, although the design is ever so slightly different and more colourful. The pack can be opened by lifting a resealable sticker, much like you get on most face wipe packs. The sticker doesn't lose it's stickiness over time either which is good, so your remaining wipes are kept very fresh even as you near the end of the pack.
The size of the pack means you can carry them with you, if you so desire. I can't imagine I would need them with me very often, but I am going to my best friend's wedding next week and so I think I could use some of these so I can redo my makeup after the ceremony! You get 30 pads in a packet, so a pack should last you about a month presuming you use one every day. At first I thought I may need to pads, one for each eye, but actually you can get away with only using one for both.
~ A little about Simple ~
You've probably seen the advert - "Simple says - never use harsh chemicals, colours, or perfumes. Simple says - Settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says - Trust the natural goodness in all our products on even the most sensitive skin. Simple says - Natural beauty comes from goodness." Basically Simple claim to be "experts in sensitive skin" and their products are natural and don't contain colours or perfumes. This means that their products shouldn't irritate or sting your skin. All their products are dermatologically tested and approved. Also, the Simple skincare range "contains no animal derived ingredients", which is definitely a bonus, although I can't find anywhere saying it's products aren't TESTED on animals. If you're worried about that I would contact them (0121 712 6523). Simple are part of Accania Health & Beauty Ltd.
~ The pads ~
The pads are approximately 7cm in diameter (ah the wonders of the ruler!). One side of the pad has slightly raised square bumps and the other side is smooth. It doesn't say to use on side over the other but I tend to use the bumpy side first and then the smooth side to get rid of the remaining make up.
The pads are quite moist - not too soggy but not dry either. Even after using a pad on both eyes, the pad will still be damp, which shows there's enough moisture in them. The pads feel a little like a cotton pad which has been soaked in 'stuff'! The pads have a definite smell to them, but it's not overwhelming or a chemical smell, they just smell a little like cucumber - quite a fresh smell.
The pads are designed to remove all make up, even water proof mascara. The pads contain no oil, and more importantly no alcohol so they don't sting or dry out the skin around your eyes.
~ Using the pads ~
Apparently you should "gently wipe pad over the eye lids and around the eye to remove makeup". I found that I still needed to rub quite a bit to remove my mascara. Removing eye shadow and foundation was done by simply wiping the pad over my eye lid a few times, but this didn't remove my mascara. I had to rub my eyelashes (an acquired art!) a good few times with the pad before all my mascara had been removed - and I don't even wear waterproof mascara, just a few coats of black mascara. However, my eyes weren't sore after I'd removed my make up. They were a little red, but no where near as red as when I use a normal face wipe over my eyes. Also, I find that sometimes my eyes sting a little after removing my make up, but that wasn't the case with the Simple pads.
The pads aren't made of a scratchy material, they're quite smooth, and so glide over your eyes easily. If you use the completely smooth side after removing the bulk of your make up, it seems to cool down the eyes a little and make them less red.
I know it may sound like these pads made my eyes red and it doesn't sound that pleasant, in comparison to normal face wipes and some other eye make up pads the Simple pads really are quite good.
There is a "Top Tip" on the pack which suggests you could put two pads in the fridge for a while and then place them over your eyes to refresh them and reduce puffiness. To be honest, when you think of the cost of the pack, you're probably better of just using two slices of cucumber! You could use these pads to cool your eyes, and if the pads do that when at room temperature then I'm sure they'd work a treat when cold, but I wouldn't personally!
~ Recommend them? ~
I would recommend these pads, especially at the bargain prices they're being sold at recently. I am definitely going to go out and buy some more and keep them in my cupboard (I will use them, not just fill up shelves with them, that'd be weird!) as they work a treat. They are kinder on your eyes than other make up removed products that are around, and if they halt the eye bags for the time being, then who am I to complain!?
Even if the advert puts you off Simple (I find it SO irritating!), try these pads and you will love Simple again!
~ Everything else ~
More information about the Simple eye make up remover pads and other Simple products can be found on their website www.simple.co.uk. If you just type "Simple" into Google (or other search engine) you'll end up with all sorts of weird stuff about computers, software, and "deep, driving, underground house" whatever that is!
The pads are on offer, for a limited time, two packs for £4 in Sainsburys. You can mix and match any two Simple products, not just the pads, although the pads are the most expensive so the biggest saving (if you're one of THOSE people!)! Normally, you can buy a pack of 30 pads for about £3.75 from Sainsburys or £3.99 from Boots which is where I know a lot of you get your beauty products here. Superdrug also has an offer on for £1.99 for a packet (which is 6.6p per pad, £3.99 a pack normally). Well, it seems you can get them cheap at the moment so I'd suggest buying them now rather than waiting!
Since I've got older long gone are the days of sleeping in my make up! Yes been there done that but these days since I hit my 30's I have a religious night time beauty regime and not only do I make sure I never sleep in my slap (no matter how drunk and tired I am) I also make sure that every night I take of all traces of my make up and I find myself with lots of products for separate things! I do own a few eye make up removers but I saw these ones advertised in a magazine I read with the heading of top ten beauty buys and this rated third as a must have so me being me off I went in search of them and I found them for 99p on offer. Again I ruined my good buy if they were rubbish cos I bought 5 packs in case they were good and when I returned there were none left!
White recyclable plastic small packet containing 30 wipes. Clearly tells me on the front that they are indeed by Simple and tells me they are cleansing Eye Make-Up Remover Pads.
On the back tells me the ingredients and what they are for. Simple packaging, pardon the pun lol. It has a piece of plastic you lift up and take the pads from and it reseals.
Gently wipe pad over the eyelids and around the eyes to remove make up.
Top Tip.... Put two pads in the fridge and place over the eyes to help soothe and reduce puffiness.
Promises to remove waterproof mascara.
100% fragrance free.
Well firstly I must say the pad itself is great. It's quite large and is quite thick and textured and fairly damp though not wet. It doesn't rip with rubbing. I thought on size maybe I would need one wipe for both eyes but I was wrong as I do use a lot of eye make up!
Now these are great for taking off day time make up. By that I mean fairly light run of the mill. It does however struggle with heavy make up and alot of mascara.
Personally I use loads of eye make up lol. I Use a base, an eyeliner with liquid glitter eyeliner over the top and then I use glittery eye shadows and lashings of mascara! These pads on all that little lot struggled big time. I had to rub and rub and the glitter particles I was removing really scraped my eyes instead of my conventional cotton wool balls and liquid eye make up remover of which you just keep using a new cotton wool ball and bin till clean! I also found that one pad per eye would not be enough if that's all I wanted to use IE not using cleanser and toner. Personally I use these and then cleanse and tone of which get rid of the last remnants of my eye make up.
Well any good I do get by using this on my eyes is destroyed with having to use cleanser and toner as well. So yes they are mild and gentle and to be fair they don't make my eyes water though with all the scrubbing I had to do my eye area was rather pink looking though the bits that do clean do look refreshed and smooth. However the pads on their own, for me are not enough so I have to question whether at full price I would bother and the answer to that is no.
In the magazine I read it told me they are great for women on the go to keep in their handbags. Well I don't know anyone that would just carry these about cos if your wearing eye make up you'd most likely have a whole face make up to remove too lol
Where these are great is the suggestion to put two in the fridge to reduce puffiness. I do get light bags under my eyes and sometimes cos I'm on the Pc and I also read alot I do get eyes which can feel a bit gritty time to time. I put 2 in the fridge on a tea plate for half an hour, they don't dry out and I lie back and stick them on my eyes for a couple of minutes. This really does work and you can feel your eyes cooling and the pads getting the heat from your eyes. Eyes do feel refreshed and look brighter and they're a nice little treat.
I loved the idea of a two in one product but as I said for me not brilliant and I won't be changing from my usual eye make up remover as its easier for me but in conclusion if you wear light make up, brilliant for you! lol
I bought mine in a local chemist on sale for 99p but I've seen them in Boots today priced £3.99 Per Pack for 30.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Fragrance free / Great for sensitive eyes /