Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover

After my abysmal experience with Simple Eye Make Up Remover last year, I turned to Twitter for advice on what to try next.  I wanted something cheap and cheerful and someone, I can't remember who due to old age, suggested Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover.  So off I pottered to Boots to buy it and since then, I've repurchased this countless times and realised I'd never reviewed it.  How very dare I.

So this is the eye make up remover in question.


This bottle will set you back a measly, and very random, €4.42 and lasts me a good 4-5 months and that's using it almost every night.  Now, you hear Botanics and you think natural ingredients, but the Iceland Moss that's mentioned on the front of the bottle is the seventh ingredient, the first is water and I can't pronounce the next five.  Note that there are a bunch of parabens in the ingredients if you're trying to stay paraben free.  I'm not so doesn't bother me too much.

There are two layers in the bottle, the top being an oily layer.  So first thing to do is give the bottle a good shake and pour some of the solution onto a cotton pad.


The solution separates again really quickly, which is annoying, so it means you have to work fast to get it onto the cotton pad.  Once you've completed this, it's plain sailing from here!  I find this remover great for, well, removing my eye makeup.  No surprise there really.  It removes eye shadow with a single wipe, mascara with a teeny bit of rubbing and removes all waterproof mascara without too much fuss, except for The Body Shop's Big and Curvy Mascara,  some elbow grease needs to go into taking that off.  But it does it.

It's gentle on my skin and I don't feel like I have to rub my eyes a lot when using it.  A muy importante factor is that it doesn't sting or irritate my eyes.  Because there's oil in that top layer, it leaves a slight residue on the skin but I usually wash my face after removing my make up anyway so that's not a major factor for me.

Would I recommend this?  Ab-so-lute-ly!  It does what it says on the tin, is readily available, a lot of time is on special offer in Boots and is a grand staple to have in my stash.

What eye make up remover do you use?
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14 comments

  1. Great review, cheers Karen! My Lancome eye makeup remover only has a couple of days left and I've had an eye out for a cheaper replacement, this sounds just the ticket! Love the packaging, too. xo

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    1. I haven't tried the Lancome one yet so let me know how you compare the two, x

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  2. Right on time :) thanks for the review Karen, i have the no7 one but it gives me blurry vision lately so i'm looking to replace it. might give this one a go xox

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  3. This is one of the three eye make up removers that I rotate between (the others being the Johnson's one and La Roche-Posay's Toleriane), I really like that it's gentle on the eyes.

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    1. I must give LRP a go actually, thanks for reminding me :)

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  4. With my eyelash extensions I can only use oil free which is a shame, I really liked my two phase Lancôme
    This one looks lovely though

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    1. I was the same when I had Myscara, I had to go back to the Simple one, hated it, yuk

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  5. My own horror story was with a Rimmel remover, the name gentle on its name lured me in but woman did it hurt!
    Should give this one a go, I do like oil in water remover, think they work best.

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    1. Oh no! I hate when that happens! Hopefully this one doesn't hurt your eyeballs :)

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  6. i think i got my little eye cyst from not removing my makeup properly so i need a quality eye makeup remover that is not too hard on my eyes

    this sounds like the business

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    1. Sure give it a go mags and see how you get on, and even better when it's on special offer or when you want to use up some points!

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  7. I used L'oreal but its got Sodium Laurel Sulphate in it that I'm meant to avoid. I tried Simple before & it simply stung the bejaysis out of my peepers! Tempted to try this one but I had that oily greasy feeling from the Lancome one but for this price, it might be worth a go! xx

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone re Simple! I thought I just had extra sensitive eyeballs :)

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