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Finally...an eye make-up remover that actually works!
If there’s one thing that grates on me in this industry its rubbish eye make-up removers. They’re not sexy I know and you might be questioning whether they warrant an entire blog post but my gosh they do.
For someone who rarely leaves the house without a slick of black eyeliner (or more recently, teal) you wouldn’t think it too much to ask that with all of the technology these days, getting an eye make-up remover to do what it’s actually meant to – get rid of caked-on mascara and day-old kohl – would be so tricky. But it’s no mean feat.
Yes eyeliners have got more staying power than ever and yes we all love mascaras that create tubes around our lashes making them look longer, thicker and fuller but at the same time - and this is aimed at you beauty powers that be - we need to be able to de-gunk too.
So why the rant now you might ask? Because I’ve not only been discussing with my colleagues the merit of a good eye make-up remover, I’ve actually found one. Granted, this isn’t the first I’ve come across – Mac’s Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover does the trick with its soothing oil and water combination, as does Lancome’s Bi-Facil Non-Instant Eye Make-up Remover (thank goodness as £21 is pretty steep) – another dual phase formula. And it’s this blend of oil and water that’s become the holy grail of good removers and the basis of my latest find too. Why? Because the oil cuts through and loosens the make-up while the water cleanses, conditions and washes it away.
Which leads me to…Vichy’s Purete Thermale Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes that has this week stormed into first place of products I’m loving. Simply shake it to wake it Orangina style and in just ONE sweep, you’ll have removed more make-up than you think possible. Honestly. Plus it’s suitable for sensitive skin, isn’t stumped by waterproof mascara and miraculously it contains conditioning ingredients that limit the eye lash loss you often get when you rub your lashes too vigorously in the removal stage. It’s also non-greasy, hurrah! And it doesn’t cost the earth at £10.50.
I’ve even put it through its paces after a night out and layer after layer of mascara and nothing gets passed it. You can literally watch your make-up melt away. It truly is one of life’s little pleasures.
As a side note - and I’m not one to go out of my way to bad mouth products and I genuinely adore all of the below brands - but unfortunately their eye make-up removers just aren’t up to scratch compared to the rest of their offerings, so unless you want to stand at the sink for a good ten minutes rubbing your eyelids with something that probably has less removal power than your own saliva, I’d focus on the products above not below!
- Decleor Refreshing Eye Make-up Remover – I love the brand but despite being reformulated and a boasting dual phase technology, this just doesn’t cut the mustard.
- Darphin Gentle Eye Make-up Remover – they’re spot on with skincare but this is so gentle it barely touches the sides. Good luck getting anything off with this.
- Nivea Visage Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover – tries hard but gives up just before you get that satisfying clean sweep where all clumps of mascara have finally disappeared.
- Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover – is another brand that’s just relaunched their eye make-up remover but for me, it remains in that shaky ‘ok’ category. More B- than A+.
Now go and see if your remover really does what it’s meant to and don’t forget to let me know. My make-up bag is always open to new suggestions…