Eye Make-Up Remover Pads
Simple's Eye Make-Up Remover Pads have had a makeover from their previous version, and there's good news: The new formula is an improvement, bumping this up to a higher rating.
These pads are steeped in a no-frills solution that includes emollients and a silicone to remove makeup. They're fragrance free and they do not include the formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, which was present in the original version, so they're a much more gentle option for skin around the eyes and sensitive skin.
These pads are effective in removing eyeshadow, non-waterproof foundation, regular mascara, and eyeliner, but it does take a bit of extra effort to remove waterproof formulas, which is why this isn't getting our highest rating (plus, Simple claims that it can remove waterproof makeup as well).
Still, these pads are an easy and convenient way to take off makeup at the end of the day, especially if you're traveling!
- Fragrance-free, very gentle formula.
- Effectively removes non-waterproof makeup.
- Convenient for on-the-go makeup removal.
- Requires extra effort to remove waterproof makeup formulas.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well... simple! Back then and presently, the brand's claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, we're happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn't go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you're operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That's one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency; what's been done to date has us encouraged.
For more information about Simple (owned by Uniliver) products visit www.simpleskincare.com. Because Simple products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required on imported cosmetics, we do not consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.
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