I don’t think I have EVER been able to get all of my eye makeup off in one fell swoop and it’s ALWAYS the mascara. I have my showers at night so I always do the best I can before my shower and then only when I emerge do I know how good of a job I’ve done. My eyes aren’t extremely sensitive, but one thing I hate about waterproof eye makeup is needing to use an oil-based eye makeup remover. I almost always get some in my eye and then I’m left with an irritating oily film on my eyeballs that only my tears can eliminate. For those of us who would prefer NOT to cry out makeup remover from our eyes or have more sensitive eyes, Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser* might be our saviour!
Formulated with moringa flower extract to calm skin and made without alcohol, dyes or fragrance, this makeup remover has “quick-break” technology to quickly and easily dissolve even the most ridiculously waterproof of eye makeup.
If you zoom in on the ingredients, you will see that this product does have methylparaben as a preservative in it so those of you that don’t use products with parabens in them, keep this mind. I do think the packaging is slightly misleading as we see the word “clean” and the picture of the flower. I actually assumed it would be paraben-free like most things are now, but methylparaben is still up for debate so decide as you please! The majority of the ingredients in the first half of the list revolve around breaking down makeup and leaving skin feeling clean. Isohexadecane is the second ingredient and is a popular one in makeup removers as it is non-greasy and leaves skin feeling light and cleansed. It also provides a creamy consistency and is A-OK for our bodies (Truth in Aging, March 2015). I can break down this product in even more detail, but I have a feeling for a simple makeup remover I might bore you. I will gladly do it for anyone who asks though!
Make sure to shake this product if it’s been sitting for awhile because when mine arrived and I first squeezed out the product, only the liquid portion came out. No cream whatsoever which didn’t seem right since the word “lotion” was in the product name. A good shake and out came what I was expecting!
The product has a slip to it that’s similar to beauty products with silicone in them and isn’t quite like a cream, but almost gelatinous in texture. Make sure to use this product on dry skin and to remove with either water or a cotton round. For waterproof mascara, I put a little bit of cleanser between my thumb and middle fingers and gently rolled my lashes which really seemed to do the trick.
Final Verdict: I have never actually used a cleanser/makeup remover with quite this texture before and I’ll tell ya, I used layer upon layer of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge eye pencils and just a light touch of this cleanser disintegrated every trace of makeup! It also did a really great job with my mascara, but I would recommend the rolling technique because this cleanser did sting a TINY bit. I didn’t need to cry, but I got a little bit in my eye and could feel a slight tingle. I mean, human eyes are pretty delicate and even getting water in them is uncomfortable, but compared to Lancome’s Bifacil, this one is definitely more gentle. As for my skin feeling conditioned, yet clean? Yes and yes on both accounts. With the exception of the presence of methylparaben, I found this product to be highly effective!
Product has been provided by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada.