Monday, 7 May 2012

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover vs Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Make-up Remover ♡

About a couple of months ago, having run out of make up remover, I decided to head over to Boots to pick some up - and as there was a 3 for 2 offer on at that time (and me being the indecisive person I am) - two make-up removers and a new moisturiser ended up in my basket. And wow was I glad they did because I found one of the best eye make-up removers I've ever come across.. not to mention one of the worst!

They both have a make-up removing oil (which is blue) and a cleansing water (which is clear). In order to use them both together, you have to shake the bottle until they have mixed, before soaking a cotton pad with it and wiping it gently over your face and eyes to remove your make-up.

The No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover is for, as the name suggests, eye make-up removal, and boasts that it is suitable for 'all skin types'.

The Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Make-up Remover is for both eye and face make-up removal, and claims to be 'suitable for even sensitive skin'.

First up.. the No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover. Sigh. Despite my wish to love it just as much as I love all the rest of my No7 products, I have to say that this is pitifully bad. And when I say bad I really mean bad. It pains me to say it, because I love No7 as a brand.

This was far too oily; I felt the need to wash my face with cleanser straight after using it. I might as well have used oil to take it off - and if I did use actual oil to take it off, I doubt it would have clogged my pores as much as this did. It left a film of oil all over my eye area - it felt so uncomfortable!

It was so uncomfortable it put me off it after the very first try, but I thought I should test it out a bit more - and I did, for approximately three weeks in fact - but alas, it was the same every time. It's now on my Project 13 Pan, that's how bad it is!

 When using this, I needed quite a lot of product just to take off eye liner and one coat of mascara. I had to use two make-up remover pads just for ONE eye - ridiculous - which means this gets used up really fast. I had only been using it for ten days when I had only worn eye liner, and I had used up about a third of it. A third!
And even with all that on the make-up pad, it would still tug at my eyelid, and make it sore.

You can even tell how oily it is by looking at the bottle - not just on the inside but the oil from the cotton pad transfers to your fingers and then consequently onto the bottle. 

One other thing that I dislike about this was that it has an open neck, which means it increases the chances of me spilling it all over myself. When I first bought it, I was pulling at the white part of the lid, thinking it would pop off and have a little pump underneath or something. I almost hurt myself. >.<

About the formula: when using this, after I've shaken it, I have to get it on the cotton pad ASAP, as it separates very quickly - this annoys me quite a bit as I don't like to waste time shaking a bottle every single time I need to use some more. It takes me around ten minutes taking my eye make-up off with this thing. Never buying this again!

Next up, the Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover. This, in the words of one Ronald Weasley, is bloody brilliant.

I've been using this for about a month and a half now, and I have to say that this is by far my favourite make-up remover ever! You only need to use a little, and I must say it is true to it's name - when you put the wet cotton pad on your eye it is so cool and soothing you just want to sit there with it forever. 

It is not oily in the least, and you can use this all over your face and it will leave your face feeling completely clean. 

You know those days when you're just too tired to wash your face? Don't lie we've all been there :P
Well whenever I have one of those days, when I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open, I use this. I can honestly say that the morning after, my skin feels perfectly fine. No dry patches, no super oily patches. Doesn't block my pores, nor leave a film of any kind. I don't even need to moisturise after - this is most likely due to the fact that it is alcohol free. 

I can honestly - hand on heart - say that I've never come across a make-up remover that leaves my skin feeling so good after using it.

In terms of design, you can see that the top is miles better than the No7 make-up remover. It helps regulate the amount of liquid that comes out far better and more easily than the No7 one, and it's cap satisfyingly clicks shut to prevent any accidental spillage.

Compared to it's No7 counterpart, when shaken it does not start to separate almost immediately - it stays mixed for a good minute before it starts to separate, which is excellent for when I'm feeling lazy (which is most of the time..heh.)!

And in conclusion...

.. I'd have to say that the Garnier is a clear winner this time, folks.
Not only do you get 200ml as opposed to the 100ml you get from No7, it costs less too - £2.99 compared to £7.75! So you get more for your money, and a better product too.

What's your favourite make-up remover? Have you tried either of these? ☺

Disclaimer: All products were bought with my own money unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

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