(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)
The last post of the month will be on 2 eye make-up removers that I like: Nivea’s Express Eye Make-up Remover (125ml) and Almay’s Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks.
Nivea’s works on any mascara, even resistant waterproof ones, and eye make-up. Shake up the solution (or not), squirt out a few drops onto a cotton ball or pad, then dab it on your lashes. I find that using a brushing motion helps remove the mascara without ‘tangling’ my lashes. When you’re done, wash your face with a cleanser. Nivea’s Express remover contains blue cornflower extract and is gentle enough around the eyes that it won’t sting.
Very similar to Nivea’s Express is Klorane’s Soothing Eye Make-up Remover, which also contains cornflower extract but comes in two sizes (100 or 200ml). The difference is that it does not require any rinsing. Although Klorane is more expensive, it is a trusted botanical brand.
Nivea carries two other eye make-up removers. The Gentle Eye Make-up Remover uses Provitamin B5 to remove water-soluble eye make-up and the Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover uses chamomile extract and Provitamin B5 to remove any long-lasting make-up (incl. lipstick). As I have never tried these removers, I cannot say if they are as effective.
The Almay Oil-Free eraser sticks are cotton swabs filled with Almay’s Oil-Free Liquid Makeup Remover, which contains aloe, cucumber, and green tea. The first time I tried an eraser stick on my waterproof-mascared lashes, I found it pretty ineffective, as if I had used water on my lashes. What these eraser sticks are excellent for are mistakes and smudges around the eye area. Almay is made for those with sensitive skin so it is safe to use around the eyes. In fact, it is the #1 brand for eye make-up removers in North America (Canada & USA). I recommend keeping a pack (24) in your purse!