Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover

I thought this eye makeup remover would be right up my street: after all, it has the part-oil formulation that I usually love, and it promises to remove even waterproof makeup, while also being ultra-gentle. Unfortunately, my mind keeps drifting to Lancome Bi-Facil, and the sad truth is, it doesn't quite compare. 

There's nothing wrong with this product per se, it removes my makeup perfectly adequately and I'll continue to use the rest of the bottle. I'm just not massively impressed with it.

It stings a little; not my eyes, but rather the skin around my eyes. Nothing dramatic or painful, just a mild, slightly uncomfortable sensation. I don't understand why: the blurb on the Clarins site specifically says, 'Doesn't sting even the most sensitive eyes'. And yet here I am of an evening, wiping my eyes and feeling a sting. Does that make my eyes more sensitive than even the most sensitive eyes, ie The Most Sensitive Eyes in the World? Well, I'll admit, I do not like foaming eye makeup removers because I find them irritating and drying on my skin. However, I've never had an issue with a part-oil product before. 

Next time I'm shopping for an expensive eye makeup remover, I'll stump up £19.50, instead of £15, and scoot along to the Lancome counter. 

If you're in the market for a similar product on a budget, head to Boots, where No 7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover costs £7 for 100ml. It's perfect for removing all traces of eye makeup without irritating eyes or leaving a greasy film on the skin. 


  1. Yves-Rocher Express Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes with Cornflower is my religion. I've been using it for 4 years now, and my friends who have constant medical problems with eyes have been using only this. No stingy whatsoever, me loving it!

  2. Fab, thanks for the recommendation. You can buy this here: if anyone is interested. Postage costs £3 or is free if you spend over £15. I'm very curious to try it!


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