I’ve grown a healthy sense of cynicism about bold-branding claims. Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover sounded promising but, at €22.50 for a bottle, I wasn’t running out to test it.
Best decision EVER. This stuff doesn’t eff around. Holding a remover-doused cotton pad over your eye and letting this soak through removes every scrap of mascara, be it waterproof, long-wear or just heavily applied. This is great for two reasons:
1. Fuss-free removal means you’re less likely to neglect makeup removal after a long day/night out. Saying that, I’m not going to pretend that I regularly take my makeup off after clubbing. I figure that worrying about letting my skin breathe after filling myself with cheap wine and cigarettes is like ordering a diet drink with a Big Mac. Point is, this makes going to bed with a clean face easy as pie.
2. The skin around the eye hates rubbing. Hates it. Gentle treatment means you’re less likely to cause extra wrinkles and general eye drooping. I’ll be sending thank-you letters to Clarins when I’m foxy at fifty.
I haven’t found any drawbacks but have to mention that I’ve seen some less-than-positive reviews by people who’ve had issues with this irritating their eyes. It’s alcohol free, so I’m placing the blame with how heavily scented it is.
It smells exactly like my Nanny. If you’re looking for a cleanser that is reminiscent of a lady who successfully covered a lifetime of chain-smoking with perfume and soap, this is it. Personally, I think it’s nothing but pleasant. If sensitivity is an issue, ask for a sample at the tester. They can’t say no if you bring your own empty tub.
After around three months of daily use, I’ve got about one fifth left. Will I repurchase? Definitely, as soon as I can chalk up the cash money dollars. It’s gentle, speedy and effective.
Let me know what you’re using to get off your warpaint – especially if it’s budget friendly!