I have tried a lot of different types of makeup removers. They have come in different forms from oils to waters to balms. Some have worked well, others not so well. Some I even used inappropriately. A very big thank you to the reader who pointed out that I needed to start oils on a dry face to use them to their best efficacy and then rinse with water instead of starting with damp skin. I very much appreciate that.
However, often the issue I have with some cleansing products involves my eyes. As mascara is always a product I need to remove, this is somewhat of an issue. Sometimes the products will sting my eyes and sometimes they will seep into my eyes, coat my contacts and make my vision cloudy until I realize that no matter how much I rinse the contacts, the product isn’t coming off of them and so the contacts need to be replaced.
It is an ongoing frustration.
I have found products that I like for removing makeup (including eye products) but I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the way they worked with my eyes. With some products I like them enough that I devise systems to make sure they don’t get into my eyes. It’s sort of like my own nightly game show event.
However, when I made my last dry shampoo purchase from Klorane (I am loving the Nettle infused formula for dark hair and may not go back to the regular version) I received a sample of their Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover made with soothing cornflower to try. While only a sample size the bottle does contain 25 ml so it is plenty for multiple trials to see if I like it.
I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical since I had at least one minor issue with almost all of the makeup removers and my eyes in the past, but decided that since I had the sample, I might as well try it.
According to the website…
Remove stubborn makeup the easy way with Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner can be difficult to remove at the end of the day, or it can leave behind a faint stain. Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower removes everything in one gentle swipe. This formula is infused with cornflower, a mild botanical that works to soothe the delicate eye area and calm inflammation and redness. Free of common irritants, this eye makeup remover is perfect for sensitive skin and those who wear contact lenses.
Oh yes my darlings, the description actually addresses the main issues I have directly. And so I tried it.
I put a little on a cotton round and used it to remove my eye makeup. The trick with this little bottle is that under the cap it is just an open bottle. There is no regulator to control dispensing (which I believe the full size has). So you need to press the cotton round to the top of the bottle and quickly upend then right the bottle so the product just kisses the cotton. Otherwise when you put it to your eyes the product will just run down your cheek. It won’t cause issues, it just wastes product.
And after my first use I knew that I didn’t want to waste product. The eye makeup remover has a lightly floral scent that actually smells of cornflowers. I used to live in an area where they grew wild everywhere. It is a very light fresh scent rather than a perfume-y one and it doesn’t last, dissipating quickly into the air.
The product itself feels slightly greasy when you apply it, but the greasy feeling doesn’t remain on your skin, it departs with the makeup. I had a really easy time getting rid of my eye makeup with the product. It required no harsh rubbing or pulling on the skin. After the first pass I had to go back in under the eyes to catch the last of the mascara sludge, but that too came off easily.
I did get some product in my eyes, especially when I accidentally got too much on the cotton round. I didn’t try to get the product in my eyes and I don’t recommend deliberately putting it there, but if you have ever removed eye makeup then you know getting the remover in your eyes is an occasional occurrence you can’t always avoid.
There was no stinging at all and no clouding of the contacts. Zero. Zilch. Bupkis. It felt like I splashed water in my eyes and then blinked it out. That was it.
The Klorane Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover worked well, had no stinging in the eyes and no clouding of my contacts. I also only needed to use just a little bit to achieve the results I needed.
While I added a lot of eyeshadow to my eyes during this test, concentrating on both waterproof formulas and the darker colors that tend to be harder to remove, I don’t usually go all that heavy on my eyeshadow. I tend to favor simpler more low key looks and with those sorts of looks, a tiny drop was all I needed. After about a month of use, I am only half way through the sample sized bottle. The sample sized bottle is 25 ml while the full sized bottle is 100 ml. That means Klorane’s $16 bottle of Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover would last me about six months. Clearly if you wear a lot more and a lot heavier makeup, you would need to use more remover. But for me this is a great product at a great price that will last me quite a while.
In addition, I still used my normal cleansing balms on the rest of my face. Since I didn’t have to play the “What will this do to my eyes and contacts’ Game with them, I found myself liking several of them a lot more as well. Plus, as I didn’t have to use them to remove my eye makeup I could use less of them, and concentrate them on my face where they belonged. It was an extra win for me.
Normally, when I think of Klorane I think of Dry Shampoo as they are my favorite brand of Dry Shampoo. If I expand my thoughts I still usually stay in the realm of haircare. I actually have a leave in conditioner from Klorane that I have scheduled to try out. I rarely think of them outside of haircare, but if their other products are as good as this Waterproof Eye Makeup remover, I really need to start branching out and trying some of their other products.
The next time I order my dry shampoo, I will be ordering a full sized bottle of this eye makeup remover. I’ll probably also keep this sample sized bottle around so I can refill it for travel. As it is the perfect size to fit into my travel kit. I will probably also start poking around the site more to see what I can find to try out. After all their Dry Shampoo is my go to product and the Waterproof Eye Makeup remover is now on my must keep stocked list. I can’t help but wonder what other goodies the brand has to offer.