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Clinique

Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is indeed gentle, but also oily enough to make it difficult to rinse from the eye area or eyelashes. It is an option, but Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips is less messy, easier to rinse, and effectively removes all types of eye makeup.

An interesting side note on this product is that it contains sialyllactose, a complex carbohydrate that is derived from human milk and urine. It’s not formally listed as a cosmetic ingredient, but according to a blurb on this product in the March 2002 issue of Allure, sialyllactose is a sugar-based emulsifier that is a component of human tears. The idea was to add ingredients to this eye makeup remover that mimic human tears. Ironically, the sesame oil in the formula, while gentle, is assuredly not a component of natural human tears, and like any oil it can cause temporary blurred vision if it gets into the eye.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Clinique's gentlest eye make- up remover ever. This rich creamy lotion spreads evenly and quickly, while effectively removing all signs of makeup. As gentle to the eyes as tears. Appropriate for all skin types.

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sucrose, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Sialyllactose, Arginine, Dextran, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-8 Dilaurate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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