Pure Skin Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover
Pure Skin Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover does an excellent job of removing makeup as promised. It’s not quite as revolutionary as First Aid Beauty makes it out to be, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it works great and is ultra-gentle on skin.
Housed in a clear bottle, this fragrance-free formula is front-loaded with water and silicones, as well as mild cleansing agents and soothing extracts. It’s a dual-phase liquid—the kind where it looks like water on the bottom and an oil-like fluid floating on top—which you shake to mix before use.
First Aid Beauty recommends saturating a cotton pad with the liquid and holding it over your closed eye for a few seconds before wiping away. Not only does this work well for eye makeup, we found it also did a good job of removing of our long-wear lipstick and foundation. Once wiped away (and do be gentle when wiping, since pulling and tugging leads to sagging skin), the makeup remover’s emollient residue goes with it, leaving you with a clean slate.
As for the claim that “Panthenol and Silk Proteins helps hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes fortifying lashes and brows,” that’s a bit exaggerated. Panthenol is an incredible humectant with the ability to soften and hydrate skin; however, it’s being used in very low concentration here.
In terms of the Sr-Spider Polypeptide-1 (a.k.a. the silk proteins they’re talking about) we couldn’t find solid research on this ingredient at the time of this review, so the jury is out on its benefits (and as the second to last ingredient, you’re not getting much of it anyway).
Nevertheless, even if the claims are a little overreaching, this is still a great makeup remover formula, so we’re happy to recommend it.
Note: To get the full antioxidant benefit of the soothing extracts, store this clear bottle in a dark place to limit light exposure.
- Effectively removes eye makeup, tenacious lipstick, and foundation.
- Wipes away cleanly—no greasy residue.
- Ultra-gentle, fragrance-free formula features soothing plant extracts.
An oil-free, bi-phase eye makeup remover that easily removes stubborn makeup while fortifying and conditioning lashes and brows so they appear healthy, silky and strong.
First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance
Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.
Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.
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