Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Almay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads present a quick and easy way for all skin types to remove makeup; however, their convenience is reduced because some formulary choices mean you really should rinse this (although the directions do not indicate rinsing is necessary).
Housed in a white opaque plastic jar, each thin-yet-soft pad is steeped in enough solution to work well without being messy. The pads move easily over the eye area, taking most types of makeup with it.
Long-wearing and waterproof formulas don’t come off as easily (if at all) and you might find even regular mascara takes more effort than usual to remove—effort that could damage fragile lashes and tug at delicate skin around the eyes. Still, the fragrance-free formula is mostly composed of gentle ingredients.
We advise rinsing after use for two reasons: One, the pads leave a somewhat tacky residue on skin that doesn’t dissipate well. Two, the formula contains surfactants (cleansing agents) that, while effective, should ideally be rinsed from skin. Leaving them on skin, especially around the eyes, could lead to dryness and irritation.
Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads have some strong positives, but you can find better options on our list of best makeup removers.
These convenient oil-free pads take off all your eye makeup in one easy step with no mess. Gentle blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea to nourish delicate skin. Your lashes will feel soft and beautifully conditioned.
Strengths:An excellent assortment of mascaras; several exceptional foundation options to choose from; a phenomenal liquid eyeliner; a selection of good makeup removers.
Weaknesses: Some of the Intense i-color products do the exact opposite of enhancing eye color; mediocre blushes; Smart Shade products dont automatically adapt to skins color as claimed.
Long a standby for those with sensitive skin seeking hypoallergenic products (though that term is unregulated and can be applied to any product, regardless of ingredients), Almay continues to refine its comprehensive makeup line. In early 2006 the company repackaged its old favorites, and also relaunched several new makeup items. Everything now has a sleek new look and color-coded packaging. We admit, the makeover is effective, not just product-wise but visually too.
Shopping this drugstore line is now much easier because of the clearly defined product and color family groupings. Lamentably, testers and trial sizes of the makeup are still scarce regardless of where you shop. Almay has always been a reliable line for foundations, powder, and mascara. Within its current lineup you'll find that remains true. Their foundations are better than ever, and still offer full, broad-spectrum sun protection and a mostly neutral palette. We also found their concealers and mascaras have improved, as have the pencil options. When it comes to shopping for makeup staples with state-of-the-art formulas, Almay has many winners, and some innovative surprises that its competitors would be wise to learn from.
For more information about Almay, owned by Revlon, call (800) 992-5629 or visit www.almay.com.
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