“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Eye Makeup Remover / Suitable for: Eye „
I bought this Superdrug Skin Essentials Eye Make Up Remover as I had left my main make up remover at home whilst going to an event and I presumed that I would need some to remove some eye make up at some point or other. I had time to pop into a Superdrug nearby, to buy the cheapest eye make up remover available; I wasn't really feeling all too picky, as I was only using it on a temporary basis- it just had to be a functioning product. Luckily for me, the Superdrug Skin Essentials Eye Make Up Remover was on sale for only 50p- what a bargain, and exceptionally lucky for me too, as I could have ended up buying some eye make up remover for many times its price. The bottle at full price costs around £1, which is not bad for a make up remover at all. However, it was just meant to be a basic, 'Essential' buy, so I really wasn't expecting a lot.
This eye make up remover came in bottles of 150ml each, which is quite a lot and is bound to last you quite a while, unless you are very prone to spillages. The bottle and overall packaging is very simple, probably to match the 'Essential' product range, but I like it, as they are not making it seem like a better product than it is. The plastic bottle material is white and translucent, so you can easily measure how much make up remover you have left. The label is simple, containing the brand name and all the necessary product information- but not much else. The cap is a simple 'screw on screw off' design; the mouth opening is quite wide, making the possibility that it will spill larger. Also, the fact that it does not come with wipes (my preferred method of removing make up) or an applicator means that you have to bring your own make up pads, or even tissue, but that is the case with most more expensive brands selling bottles of make up remover. The overall aesthetics of the packaging is very simple, but pleasant. The smallish sized bottle does weigh something, just like a bottle of water would weigh something as well, but portability is really not a problem. It is very easy for you to slip it in your bag, perhaps with a couple of make up remover pads, and use it when you needed it with little to no hassle.
The directions for use printed on the label stuck on the bottle goes as follows:
"Apply with cotton wool and gently wipe away make-up from closed eye lids and lashes."
Even though it asked for cotton wool, I used cotton make up pads instead, simply because they were by far easier to use. I followed the directions, and was pleased to find that a large amount of eye make up had been removed from just one application. It worked remarkably well for such a cheap product, just as good, I would say, as my usual make up remover. I was just about to exclaim about how good this product was, when, about 10 seconds later, the stinging started.
No, it was not excruciating pain, but my skin felt sufficiently irritated and inflamed for me to know there was a problem- the skin around my eyes looked slightly red. It felt a little like a rash, or some kind of allergic reaction; I was probably allergic to something or other that they put in the make up remover. It couldn't have been the camomile in it, as I had used plenty of products with it inside, but without any negative effects. There was no lasting impact- the stinging stopped after a few minutes- however, I did not want a repeat of the experience and therefore I have discontinued the use of it. It is such a shame as I had just begun to think of it as a very promising product.
It is such a shame that my personal experience was marred- you can probably check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or not. Had I not experienced a mini 'allergic reaction' or whatever it was, I would have given this product 5 full stars. Based on my personal experience, I would have given it 1 star. However, I am sure I am just one of the few who have faced problems with this, and I know many who have tried and loved this. It would not be fair to mark a good product down completely just because I personally had a problem with it that many will not share. I am sure that others will have a good experience with this product... it was just not right for me. So for that reason, I have decided to take the middle path and award this product with 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I have tried several different eye make up removers over the last few years, and found with a lot of them that they made my eyes sting and caused a lot of discomfort. I started to use one from boots as it was the only one i'd found that didn't hurt my eyes, however it was very expensive. When it got to a point where I couldn't afford that one any more, i tried the superdrug skin essentials one. It was cheap to buy, only £2.50 for a 150ml bottle and it was advertised as being mild and gentle so i thought I may as well try it. I bought this from the store but you can also buy it online at www.superdrug.com.
The eye make up remover came in a simple bottle with a screw top. You just need to take off the lid, turn it upside down over some cotton wool and squeeze a little. I found that it didn't come out too fast or too slow.
I wear quite a lot of eyeliner and mascara so i need a good eye make up remover to effectively remove all of it. Superdrug skin essentials eye make up remover removed all of my make up easily. It also didn't cause and irritation or discomfort. Furthermore, it left my skin moisturised but not greasy.
As I'm broke and had run out of eye makeup remover, I browsed the shelves in Superdrug for the cheapest option possible. I've often found own brands to be just as effective, and well worth a try for daily staples like this anyway.
So when I came across Superdrug's own eye makeup remover at just £1, it seemed like a good choice. It comes in an 150ml bottle with a screw top lid. It states to be suitable for sensitive skin and fragrance free, so what more could you want?
Well, you could want a product that actually works. Here's the best part, it did! Really well in fact.
I had been using a Simple makeup remover which was a cream, and often found it hard to gauge how much is going onto the pad. With too little, you can't remove a thing, with too much, a blob of cream makes its way into your eye and I don't think anybody finds that particularly fun. So I was quite keen to try a liquid eye makeup remover, thinking it would be easier to work with.
Well unfortunately the bottle isn't helping matters. Rather than having a small hole as a nozzle, so that you can pour the product onto a cotton ball until you reach the desired amount, there is a huge gaping hole. Unfortunately this means that you must completely block it with a cotton ball and tip the bottle over. This invariably leaves the cotton wool slightly more saturated than you had in mind, but I will be experimenting to see if I can find some kind of middle ground.
I realise that it would be entirely possible with the wide neck of the bottle to squeeze some product back in, but it being the first time I've used it I wasn't sure how much I would need and left the cotton ball pretty sodden. This did lead to me getting some in my eye, but it really didn't sting at all so I can vouch for the fact that this is great for sensitive eyes as well as skin!
I have been using this product to remove mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner, all of which I have had to do some scrubbing to remove with my previous makeup remover. However, with this I was able to use one cotton ball for both eyes, removing all traces of my waterproof mascara without simply smudging it to create panda eyes. What's more, I woke the next morning to find that my face was still make-up free, so I really had got everything and no sneaky mascara had stayed put!
I was very impressed because I really hate having to scrub at my eyes. I do get quite sensitive skin on my eyelids, meaning that some makeup products can irritate me, but this was soothing and gentle and as I didn't have to scrub hard, was overall very comfortable. I find that if I close my eyes and place the cotton ball over my lashes, the mascara is all lifted away without any smudges or stubborn bits that don't want to come off.
Even though the design of the bottle could be better, this is cheap and easy to use so I will continue to use it when this bottle runs out. 150ml is not a huge amount, but now I know how well it works I will be squeezing out the cotton ball a little bit as I don't think all that much is really needed. Therefore I find it extremely economical at just £1 a pop! Highly recommended.
When I go home for the weekend to see my parents I can never be bothered to pack a massive bag of toiletries, relying instead on whatever my mam has got in the bathroom cupboard. My experiences with these random products have ranged from wonderful to dubious. The last few times I was at home, I used the Superdrug Eye Makeup Remover, which my mam informs me cost a bargainous £1 (for 150ml of product).
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a screw top lid, very handy for seeing how much of the product is left. There is a blue label with the Superdrug name and star logo. The label says that this eye makeup remover is suitable for sensitive skin. The packaging is very simple but attractive.
Now I do have sensitive skin and eyes, and I try to be extra careful with this area of my face especially as I wear contact lenses. I was a bit nervous when first trying this product but there was nothing else in the house so I didn't have much of a choice! I put some of the clear runny liquid (which resembled water or toner more than anything) onto a cotton wool pad. As I am in the habit of using Garnier or Johnson's makeup dissolver, I held the cotton wool pad over my eye for a few seconds before wiping away.
I was very impressed by how well this remover worked. I am often quite sceptical of cheaper brands where eye makeup remover is concerned but this did the job really well- almost as well as my favourite products. It even removed my gothic eye makeup without much trouble. I don't use waterproof mascara so I can't comment on how well it works on that.
Unlike the previous reviewer I didn't feel any burning - there was some very minor irritation at first (and I mean very minor) but this wore off incredibly quickly and was non-existent once I'd cleansed, toned and moisturised my face. Anyway, think of the irritation your face might suffer if you went to bed with bits of eye makeup still on your face!
I am pretty impressed with this eye makeup remover and would seriously consider buying it myself. At any rate I will happily use it when I go home! It does a really good job which is even better when you consider the price.
As I have mentioned in other reviews since my return to dooyoo, I have just got married. This is important to this review as, although wonderful and very much worth it, weddings do tend to leave you a little bit skint. As a result, married life has kicked off with us watching every penny....even more than usual, which is saying something for someone as tight as me.
So, last week as I am desperately trying to extract the final dregs from my bottle of eye make-up remover, I am forced to accept that the day has come where I will have to buy a replacement. Enthused with the recent success we have had with many brand-downshifts on the food shopping, I decide to try the new Superdrug own no-frills brand and see if it also applies to cosmetics. How bad can it be? It's probably made by the same people that make some other swanky brand and wrapped in a disguise anyway. I take confidence from the fact that there are two varieties, one of which is specifically made for sensitive skin. Oh, goodie, I am a contact lens wearer and anything to do with my eyes panics me. Also, my skin IS a little sensitive under and around the eyes (whose isn't?). Now, my skin isn't THAT sensitive, normal products generally do me just fine. However, seeing as I'm going for a low-price version (which of course means there could be all kinds of harsh scary stuff in there), I decide to take no chances and go for the sensitive version. (The other variety is Camomile which is designed to be suitable for all skin types).
So, lets see if it's any good....
The packaging of this product is very simple. It is a clear bottle which contains 150mls of the lotion. You can see the liquid inside which is handy as you always know how much you have left. It has a screw-top lid and a blue label which gives you the name of the product and a little bit of information on the back detailing the contents and instructions for using the product. It also states that it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians (yippee!) and that Superdrug are against testing on animals.
Here's the real winner. This product costs £1. Yes, just £1. I have to say, this did worry me a little initially. You know when something is so low a price you begin to question the quality? Well, that's where I was. I justified it to myself by calmly explaining to the concerned side of me that this product is part of a whole new range and it must, surely, have been through a testing process. You only use a tiny bit, I tell myself. It's not like using really cheap cleanser that makes your skin oily, or flaky, or spotty, or all three simultaneously. Besides, it's Superdrug, you LOVE Superdrug! Well, you got me there, says the other half of me, I am indeed a Superdrug junkie. Alarm bells silenced, to the counter I march.
The eye make-up remover is in the liquid format and so is extracted from the package by unscrewing the lid, placing a cotton wool ball or pad, or other shape of your choice, over the top and tipping the bottle a little until it dampens the cotton wool slightly. The cotton wool is then swiped across the (closed!!) eye. I like to also use a cotton bud directly after the swipe by running it along the eye-liner mark on the upper and particularly lower lids. I find this tends to help remove the more stubborn make-up from an area that is difficult to safely get into with cotton wool soaked in lotion.
It is fast and simple to apply.
The first sensation to mention is probably smell. I think it is genuinely scentless. It is meant to be fragrance-free, although this doesn't always mean that there will be no smell at all, there is usually something. Not this time. I could detect nothing, and all in all that is a good thing for me.
Next comes texture. As mentioned above, this is a liquid eye make-up remover. It has the consistency of water, unlike the thicker gels or creams. The first thing that struck me was its lack of oiliness. I'm not fond of oily products, particularly if they are intended to go anywhere near my eyes. All too often eye make-up removers fall into the oily category. This one, thankfully is not one of them. It felt more like a toner than anything else. I like that.
But...Yes, there is a massive big, ugly BUT! Just after application, a split-second before the smug feeling of getting a brilliant bargain kicked in, the skin under my eyes began to sting like mad. There was an awful burny feeling. I checked to make sure it was indeed a bottle of eye make-up remover and not nail polish remover, and yes, it was. The feeling was not unlike the one you would get should you place a cotton ball soaked in nail varnish remover on to the really thin sensitive bit of skin directly below your eye.
I actually attempted to cool it and calm it down by applying cleanser to the area straight away to remove anything that might still be sitting on my skin, but I think it must have instantly absorbed and so could not be removed. It did pass fairly quickly, but it was such a shame. I didn't expect, even with the cheap price, to burn like that from a 'sensitive skin' product, regular sure, but not sensitive. As I mentioned above my skin is really not THAT sensitive...I was playing it safe! I dread to think what effect the regular version might have had!
I have tried it again this time using hardly any of the product at all, and I have found that this doesn't tend to cause so much of a reaction, but then I had to face it. I had made a blooper. Nivea, I'm so sorry, take me back.
But does it work?
Much as it pains me to say it, I have to say that yes, it actually does work. I guess whatever harsh chemical they are using is in there for a reason.
Before I go any further, let me point out that I really like eye make-up. It is the best of all the make-ups. On a given day my eyes will have at least three different shades of shadow, as well as eyeliner and mascara, along with a bit of added definition to my eyebrows. In addition, I favour waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner. I am obsessive about both these products - not only can I not leave the house without wearing them, I can't be IN the house without wearing them, even if I'm not going to see a soul all day. I'm also very unhappy with the concept of re-application, so tend to buy the industrial strength stuff. This is not easy to remove, so believe me when I say if it shifted mine, it will shift anything. I secretly wonder if, rather than a nice brand in disguise, it is actually paint stripper, or nail varnish remover in disguise.
So, overall, I've given this product a three-star rating. I did consider giving it four (can I give it 3 and a half?), because it really did work incredibly well, and it is surprisingly cheap, even the burning wasn't SO bad and my skin did seem to toughen up to it. (To be completely honest with you I think I have adjusted it, I'm still using it and it no longer burns me. Should that worry me?) However, I felt I had to penalise it for being Sensitive yet still causing the burny feeling on my skin. Had this been the regular version for "normal" skin, I would have forgiven the burning a little on the basis that my skin is too sensitive for it and it would then have earned its fourth star (had there been no burn at all, of course it would have got a perfect 5).
However, it DID work, and it probably will for you. I think it is a trial and error kind of product, you never know, it might not burn your skin. If you are brave enough to try and tough-skinned enough to take it, congratulations, you might just have your wonder product here. If you have ever had any cause to think you might not be made of leather though, it might be better not to take the risk.
Thanks for reading
© BondgirlK8 October 2009