If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll already know I’m a huge skincare hoarder… from cleansing oils to balms, eye creams to moisturisers, masks to toners, you name it, I have it.
When reviewing my skincare collection a few months ago, it suddenly struck me that I have missed a vital step which would make my life 10 times easier – a good eye makeup remover.
I suppose the sceptic in me kind of gave up on them when I was younger and gave into the fact that my cleansing balm or oil could remove all of my makeup, including the eyes, without the need for an additional product, but I definitely underestimated the necessity for one.
- Whenever I use a balm or oil based (first) cleanser, I always end up with lots of makeup residue along the waterline and my mascara clings to my lashes like there’s no tomorrow.
- As quite a lot of cleansing oils are fragranced, this regularly causes my eyes irritation – they’re streamy at the best of times without getting product in them.
- There’s a reason eye makeup removers are formulated specifically for the eyes, they can offer targeted solutions for the most delicate area of your face.
So with all of this in-mind, I thought I’d give the Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover a go. I’d never tried the range before, but I’d heard a lot of good things, the packaging was cute and the price point was impressive (£5.49 at full price).
There are a lot of things I liked about this eye makeup remover, but there were also quite a few which I wasn’t so keen on, so I thought I’d cover the pros and cons below:
Pro 1: the formulation includes Caprylyl glycol and Butylene glycol, two ingredients within the Glycol AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) family.
What does this mean for your eyes? Alarm bells might be ringing when you hear acid in the eye region, but the minimal inclusion of this should help to loosen dead skin cells and resurface the skin to promote a brighter complexion. AHAs are also renowned for firming the skin, so should help reduce ‘crows feet’ and other under-eye concerns.
Of course, the percentage of AHAs included in this product is not transparently detailed on the website, and as with all acid based ingredients, you’ll witness much greater results through using a leave-on treatment, e.g. an eye cream, in this instance.
Pro 2: The formulation includes Hibiscus – acknowledged for its brightening properties. I haven’t really given it a fair test (everyday for months) to notice this impact yet, but it’s worth a try if you’re concerned about the purple tone of your under-eyes.
Pro 3: It claims to be suitable for all skin types (unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients). As mentioned, I have fairly sensitive eyes (and I wear a tonne of eye makeup), so I need a product which is going to melt stubborn makeup away, but avoid added sensitivity simultaneously. Thankfully, this formulation did just that for me.
Pro 4: It goes without saying that the price-point is pretty spectacular, especially considering some of the high-performance ingredients included.
Con 1: It’s really oily. Some of you might think this is a good thing because it helps to slide all traces of makeup away, which granted – it does. For me, the extreme oiliness created a bit of a mess. You really have to go in with a thorough cleanser afterwards to remove all traces of the oil, which isn’t a huge problem (as it is best practise), but just be aware that you’re not going to remove all residue with your cotton pads.
Con 2: Since using a full sized version of the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic, I am a firm believer in a pump dispenser… especially with liquid based products. If not a pump top, the next best option for me is a bottle with a plug-like top, which has a tiny hole in it… enough to dispense liquid onto a cotton pad as freely/gradually as you like.
One of my biggest pet peeves about this eye makeup remover is the fact that it is a traditional bottle top, making it near-on impossible to dispense an even amount of liquid… so you’re probably going to waste a reasonable amount of product unintentionally.
Interestingly, I was reading through the reviews online and it sounds like a lot of people feel the same, their biggest concerns are the extreme oiliness and functionality of the packaging, with many claiming that it caused them irritation in the eye region.
From an outsider perspective, it looks like the brand has changed the formulation, as a lot of people have stated that they used to love this product when it was benchmarked at a lower price (so potentially the ingredients listing altered slightly).
My biggest conclusion upon reviewing my experience with this product as a whole is that I’m going to look around for another eye makeup remover, as this one just hasn’t wowed me.
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