Clarins – Gentle Eye Make Up Remover & Water Purify One-Step Cleanser
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I placed an order online with Clarins a couple of weeks ago for their HydraQuench Lotion (you can see my review of that here) and got the chance to order 6 small samples of Clarins products. Clarins are really good at offering product samples, both online and at their counters, in fact it’s how I very first got into Clarins products many years ago. I recommend that if you’ve never really tried Clarins before visit one of their counters and suggest that you’re looking for some new skincare products but you’re not sure what to choose and you don’t want to buy something without trying it first – they will be really helpful and send you away with a selection of samples to try out at home. What’s more, they will be in proper little bottles and tubes, not sachets like a lot of the other skincare brands offer.
The first product is Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. Now I have to admit that I’m a bit lazy when it comes to removing my make up, I don’t normally use a dedicated make up remover, I just use my cleanser to remove the make up from around my eyes and sometimes it can leave my eyes a bit red and puffy. So I was really interested to see if this product would do the job better than my usual method and it didn’t disappoint. I applied some of the clear liquid to a cotton wool pad (I was convinced the liquid would be blue, but that’s just the bottle!) and then wiped it over my eyes using separate cotton wool pads for each eye. It most definitely was gentle and didn’t sting at all, and it took off all of my eyeshadow and most of my mascara, just leaving a feint smudge of mascara under my eyes (which later came off with my cleanser). The product has a rather strong floral fragrance which I wasn’t keen on, if I am using something around my eyes I would prefer it to be unfragranced.
I would definitely now think about investing in a dedicated eye make up remover, although I couldn’t guarantee I would use it every evening if I was feeling a bit lazy! This Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover works really well, and would be great for sensitive eyes, but at £17 for 100ml I’m sure there will be cheaper alternatives out there and I am now going to hunt them out.
The second product is Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser. This is a one-step cleanser (hence the name) for combination or oily skin and requires no need for water. It has a nice clean, fresh fragrance and it contains mint essential water which gives it a pale green colour. I applied it to a cotton wool pad then wiped it all over my face and it did take day’s grime and make up off the surface of my skin fairly well. However subconsciously my skin didn’t feel skin afterwards as I hadn’t rinsed it with water – I think it’s just ingrained into me that in order to clean your skin you need to use water! So although this product did what it said on the bottle it’s not for me, as I do like to rinse my skin with water after cleansing. Having said that, it would be perfect for camping or festivals or anywhere where you can’t get to a sink!
There is also a peach version containing peach essential water for dry and normal skins.
Clarins Gentle Eye Make Up Remover is £17 for 100ml, and Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser is £19.50 for 100ml. Both are available from Clarins. Look out for my review of my next 2 Clarins skincare samples, coming soon! And I’d love to know what you think of Clarins products – do you have a favourite?