Eyes On, Eyes Off!

In similar vain to my Mega Moisturiser Review, I’ll be reviewing  a variety of eye-make up removers.

Perhaps I’m a little to slow to catch on, but I really dislike using make-up remover that is specifically for eye make-up. I’m going to trial and review a wide selection of products to benefit us both – maybe I’ve just not found the right remover for my skin…

To give you an idea of what challenge the make-up remover is up against, my normal eye make-up is a liquid eye-liner and mascara.

1. Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water.  The idea of the Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water make-up remover is great: a very natural and gentle product. Paraben free with green tea and rosemary extracts, I was expecting this make-up remover to be much more gentle on my eyes. While I appreciate that it’s not designed to be deliberately put in your eye, it almost always manages to find a way in. I found this remover really effective in removing my make-up and I didn’t have to rub too hard at all. My skin felt soft after use of this product. My only qualm with this remover is how much it stung my eyes – natural or not, this remover actually drew tears to my eyes! I’m happy enough to finish the bottle but I won’t be repurchasing  for that very reason. Cost – £16 for 500ml.

Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water.

2. Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’.   Clinique’s ‘Take The Day Off’ is a safe and reliable purchase and has won awards such as the 2011 SHE Magazine Beauty Award for Best Eye Makeup Remover. This make-up remover is aimed specifically at eyes and lips, so focusses on stubborn wax-based make-up. My experience with this remover is that it is very effective: if you hold the remover-soaked cotton pad over your eye for 5-10 seconds it effectively loosens the make-up enough to just wipe off in one or two sweeps. I’m not overly keen on the texture of this product as it’s quite slimy as the remover is it has a high oil content. I don’t mind oil one bit but this remover is not a wash-off one so it can leave skin feeling a little greasy. Another problem that I found with this is that it stung my eyes. I wouldn’t be completely adverse to buying this product but I’d definitely look for something a little more gentle. Cost – £16 for 125ml.

Using Taaj Himalaya Micellar Water.

3. Boots Cleanse and Care Eye Make-up Remover.  I LOVE this product! Here is a reasonably priced make-up remover that doesn’t sting one bit. You just pop it on some cotton wool, rest it on your eyes for a few seconds then wipe away your make-up. I would give this make-up remover full marks. Every other remover has brought tears to my eyes and whilst this doesn’t specify that it’s gentle, kind etc. etc. it really is very good for delicate skin and sensitive eyes. I can’t seem to find it online so I’ll go in store to check its availability as I love it.

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