Product Review: L’Oreal Paris Gentle Make-Up Remover Eye

by Gio

loreal gentle eye makeup remover

Name: Gentle Make-Up Remover Eyes
Brand: L’Oreal
Size: 125ml
Price: £3.65

From L’Oreal’s website:
Eye Makeup Remover removes eye makeup instantly with a gentle, oil-free formula.

What I liked:
– gentle, doesn’t irritate eyes
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– only removers subtle natural makeup

I usually stay away from gentle eye makeup removers. No, I don’t like removers that irritate my eyes. Or sting like hell when they find their way inside my eyes (which has happened more times than I care to remember). Ouch!

I too want something that doesn’t bother my eyes, but eye makeup removers labelled gentle just don’t work. Or better, they are indeed gentle enough to be used safely (even by contact lenses wearers) on the delicate eye area without fear of pain or injury.

But they only take off subtle natural makeup. As soon as they encounter some eyeliner or mascara, they just refuse to work. Unless you use a ton of product. And even then, they force you to tug and pull at your eyelids to take every little bit off, which is not gentle at all.

That’s the case with L’Oréal Paris Gentle Make-Up Remover Eye. It’s so gentle it hardly removes anything easily (but at least it doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind). If you only wear a wash of eyeshadow and water-soluble mascara, you won’t have any problems with tit. But, if like me, you love pigmented eyeshadows, bright eyeliners, and waterproof mascaras, be prepared to throw it to the wall in frustration. Argh!

Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners contain waxes and oils that are better removed with oil-based makeup removers. L’Oreal Gentle Makeup Remover Eye, instead, uses a bunch of surfactants that should allow makeup to mix with water so it can be rinsed off, but it doesn’t do that too well.

The formula also contains allantoin, which has soothing properties and can calm down irritations. This is great news for those of you who have very sensitive eyes that get irritated easily. Chances are that, because of it, you only use minimal makeup, so this remover would be a great choice for you. But I can’t really recommend it to anyone else.

Water, Hexylene Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorhexidine, Dihydrochloride, Geraniol, Citronellol, Fragrance

L’Oreal Gentle Make-Up Remover Eye is gentle enough even for sensitive eyes, but it only removes subtle makeup easily.

Rating: 3/5

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Allison June 3, 2015 - 6:28 pm

You were kind to give it a 3 out of 5. That’s too bad that it didn’t work much at all. I like the look of the packaging. Also, I was looking at the price. I really need to go to Europe while the exchange rate is so favorite to the US coz I know it won’t last!

Gio June 4, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Allison, I think it can work for those with sensitive eyes who wear little makeup, but definitely not for everyone else.

That’d be great! Europe is beautiful, and there are lots of great makeup brands here. You must try some Pupa and Sleek makeup!

Gauri June 4, 2015 - 5:05 am

I prefer gentle makeup removers for eyes, but this one sounds like a dud. :/

Gio June 4, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Gauri, sadly it is. 🙁

tirurit June 4, 2015 - 9:22 am

Right now I am testing the garnier biphase eye make up remover. It is working fine so far and it is inexpensive. Just in case you want to give it a go 😉

Gio June 4, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Tirurit, I will, thank you!

Annette June 6, 2015 - 5:41 am

KIKO Micellar Water removes everything for me without the tugging etc. and no greasy residue. I can’t say how it would work for a full on smoky eye looks because I don’t wear a lot around my eyes, but I like that it is non-greasy and doesn’t just smear everything all over your face.

Gio June 6, 2015 - 9:39 am

Annette, that sounds wonderful! Must pop down to the Kiko store one of these days. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂


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