Product Review: Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion

Name: Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion
Brand: Clarins
Size: 4.32 fl oz
Price: $26.00

From Clarins’ website:
Gently and thoroughly removes light to normal eye make-up. Does not sting even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Revitalizes and refreshes eyelids and strengthens lashes.

What I liked:
– very gentle, doesn’t irritate nor sting eyes
– doesn’t leave an oily residue behind
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– takes a lot of effort to remove even normal, not-waterproof, not-longlasting makeup
– expensive

Maybe I’m asking too much, but if I have to fork out $26.00 for an eye makeup remover then I expect it to remove all traces of makeup (including waterproof mascara) in a pinch without irritating nor stinging my eyes, while leaving my skin soft and perhaps make me coffee too. Ok, maybe the coffee bit is asking too much, but a good makeup remover definitely has to remove makeup and Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up remover Lotion, well… doesn’t.

Which makes me happy that I only purchased this product as part of a set at a discount price. But I’m disgressing. Clarins didn’t lie when they said this makeup remover is really gentle. Too gentle in fact, just as water. While I like that it doesn’t irritate nor sting eyes, it’s just too gentle to remove makeup. Now, if you are wearing natural eyeshadows without primer, this will probably work well.

But if you’re wearing eyeshadow on top of primer, regular mascara or any type of eyeliner, then it’ll take some time and a lot of effort to wipe everything off your eyes. The remover may not irritate your eyes, but all that wiping and tugging certainly isn’t good for the delicate eye area. And don’t even attempt to use it with longlasting cream eyeshadows or waterproof mascara. It just won’t work. At all.

All in all, I think this is a pretty useless makeup remover. I’m not too disappointed that it doesn’t remove waterproof makeup as it never promised to do that, but it doesn’t really work that much better with regular makeup either. It works only for those that wear eyeshadows without primers, mascara or eyeliners (and I don’t know anyone that does that) and even then, you can find much better options at a much cheaper price.

Available at: Clarins counters

Summary
Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion is the most gentle eye makeup remover I’ve ever come across. So gentle that it takes a lot of tugging and effort just to remove eyeshadow on top of primer, eyeliner and regular makeup. With longlasting and waterproof makeup it doesn’t work at all. It doesn’t irritate eyes nor leaves an oily residue behind, but what’s the point when the remover simply doesn’t work? And it is very expensive too!

Rating: 2/5

4 Comment

  1. I have noticed that Clarins products are generally expensive and their effects are just OK, most of the time. I like their makeup more, but sometimes, it can be a hit or miss. Their latest Spring eyeshadow palette is very pretty, and classy packaging that when I first saw it, I didn’t even think it was Clarins!
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    • Vonvon, I agree with you. I like Clarins makeup a lot but their makeup remover and skincare products are just so-so and way overpriced from what they actually do.

    • Xin, mm, maybe. It is so gentle that I’m not sure it’ll work, but you don’t know till you try right? Thanks. ;)

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