Monday, 28 January 2013

Eye Makeup Removers - my tried & tested

Over the years, I've tried several different eye makeup removers - some with great success, and some not-so-great success.  I thought that seeing as my blog is predominantly a makeup focused blog, it's about time I shared my experiences with a few of the eye makeup removers that I've tried.  These eye makeup removers include:

- Mirenesse Purify Dual Comfort Eye & Lip Makeup Remover  
- Darphin Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  
- Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips  
- Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover  
- L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  
- Kiehl's Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  

The eye makeup removers above include both single phase and biphase removers - these are the ones that have a dual layer consisting of an oily phase and a water phase, which you shake just before use to combine the two.  I have had great results with both types of removers, as I discuss below.  

For someone like myself who loves their eye makeup - whether it be eyeshadows, eyeliners or mascaras - a good eye makeup remover is a must-have in the bathroom cabinet.  In my experience, a good eye makeup remover should do the following: 

1. Remove eye makeup effectively and thoroughly, without leaving panda eyes.  
2. Remove eye makeup effortlessly, without tugging and pulling.  
3. Remove eye makeup without leaving a greasy residue on the eyes or in the eyes.  
4. Be non-irritating to the eyes, including those of us who wear contact lenses.  

Mirenesse Purify Dual Comfort Eye & Lip Makeup Remover  

This makeup remover for the eyes and lips by Mirenesse is relatively new.  I had high hopes for this one - formulation, results and packaging wise.  The bottle is designed so that you twist the top, and the pump comes up, which ideally would be great for travelling.  However when I received mine in the post, both bottles were leaking slightly.  Additionally, the pump does not dispense the product cleanly - it squirts in all directions, no matter how close I have the cotton wipe to try and 'catch' the product.  Whether I have the cotton wipe right up against the nozzle or not, it goes in all directions!  

In terms of the formula, this one is a biphase, which is shaken before use.  It is opthalmologist tested, hypoallergenic, and contains ingredients such as organic aloe vera, witch hazel, glycerin and orange oil.  It does remove eye makeup generally easily, but unfortunately not as thoroughly.  Usually I remove my eye makeup in the evening just before I have a shower, and when I get out of the shower after having used this remover, I have some really noticeable 'panda eye' going on.  So I need to use remover again, and even sometimes the next morning.  It's a bit disappointing, considering that this is an award winning remover and has such great reviews on the Mirenesse website.  

Darphin Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  

After having used several biphase eye makeup removers, I decided to try Darphin's remover, which is single phase.  I honestly don't know what prompted me to try this one, as I had doubts as to whether a single phase remover could be nearly as effective as a biphase.  However I was pleasantly surprised!  Not only does this remover do a great job of removing eye makeup, but it also has an amazing soothing and cooling effect - as if it just came out of the refrigerator.  And there is no greasy residue left on the eyes, as some dual-phase removers can leave.  My only negative (if you can call it that) is that I wish the opening was a bit wider, so it could fit a cotton tip.  Other than that, a brilliant remover overall.  

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips  

This is one eye makeup remover which I have repurchased more than once.  It's a biphase remover, and it removes my eye makeup effortlessly and thoroughly.  What I also really like about this one is the packaging - the opening of the bottle is wide enough to fit a cotton tip, which is really convenient when I want precision removal (such as along the lower lashline).  Most other eye makeup removers only have a very narrow opening (no bigger than a pin head size), but the Clinique remover makes it easy to be able to lightly soak a cotton tip with no mess.  

Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover  

As indicated in the name, this is a biphase remover.  The formulation is fantastic - it removes a wide range of eye makeup easily and extremely well.  The opening is very small (about the size of a pin hole), so there is much more control over how much product comes out.  It is possible to soak a cotton tip by holding the cotton tip right up against the opening, tilting the bottle and squeezing GENTLY.  However I sometimes find I have product pouring down the sides and onto the floor, and at $40+ a bottle, it's something I don't really want happening!  Overall though, an excellent quality product, which removes eye makeup quickly and effectively, without tugging.  

L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  

I decided to try the L'Oreal remover because I wasn't keen on spending $40-ish every time I needed a new eye makeup remover.  Having worked in pharmacies, and having tried some of L'Oreal's products previously with good results, I decided to try their eye makeup remover.  However this one turned out to be a disappointment.  Not only did it require tugging and pulling, but the effort wasn't worth it, because it barely removed half of my eye makeup.  So I'm still on the lookout for a pharmacy priced, effective eye makeup remover.  If anyone has any recommendations, I would love to hear them! But it's a pass on this one.  

Kiehl's Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover  

When I purchased this product, I neglected to fully read the product description on the packaging, which describes the remover as a "lightweight non greasy lotion."  Yes, it's a lotion - much like a moisturising lotion, so it has a thick, creamy texture, rather than a runny watery consistency.  So I was a bit surprised when I squeezed some of the product out onto a cotton pad and discovered the texture.  But I thought it was still worth a try, as it is formulated to be safe for contact lens wearers, and it contains some great ingredients such as apricot kernel oil (for moisturising), beta-carotene (for antioxidant properties), and cucumber (for cooling and refreshing.  

Unfortunately, this remover didn't work very well.  Being a "gentle" eye makeup remover, I don't think it's formulated for long wearing and/or intensely pigmented makeup, such as waterproof mascara and long wearing eyeliners.  It might make a good cleanser for the eye area, but for removing eye makeup, it just doesn't really do much.  Additionally, I found it very awkward to use a product with this consistency, which doesn't absorb into a cotton pad, but rather sits on the surface.  Most of the product ends up sitting on the eye area, and it is a bit messier to use compared to the removers with the watery consistency.  

Out of all the eye makeup removers I have tried so far, it is difficult to pick just one stand out.  But the two removers that are all-round great performers for me are Clinique's Take The Day Off Remover, and Darphin's Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.  Chanel's remover also gets an honourable mention!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Urban Decay Vice Palette - looks & combinations

Happy New Year everyone!  Thank you to all of you who visit and/or follow my blog - to this date, my blog has received over 28,500 visits, which is amazing!!  I hope that my posts have been of some help to you, and I will do my best this year to post more!

Continuing on from my previous blog on the Urban Decay Vice Palette (here), I have been playing around with some colour combinations, and thought I'd post what I've done so far.  I will keep adding photos as I go along, so stay posted.

In terms of the texture and formulation of these eyeshadows, they are generally impressive.  They are richly pigmented, and Urban Decay's new eyeshadow formulations also have a smoother texture.  This helps reduce the amount of fallout, even though it is inevitably completely unavoidable (especially with the shades with glitter in them).  However there is an improvment on Urban Decay's previous formulation.  The eyeshadows are also long wearing, especially with Urban Decay's Primer Potion underneath - I get hours without any creasing or fading. 

A "rainbow" look using Blitz (inner lid), Noise (outer lid), Vice (crease), Unhinged (lower lash)

Penny Lane (inner lid), Vice (outer lid), Chaos (lower lash)

Echo Beach (all over lid), Muse (outer corner), Nevermind (crease)

Provocateur (lid), Vice (outer corner & lower lash).
Provocateur is one of the shades that needs patience -
it's a a glitter & is a bit crumbly, and also transfers easily.

As above, with Rapture added to the crease

Laced (all over lid), Desperation (outer corner), Nevermind (crease)

Armor (all over lid), Junkie (outer corner & lower lash)

Occupy (lid), Anonymous (crease to brow), Black Market (lower lash)