|NARS eye makeup remover: shaken, not stirred.|
My NARS eye makeup remover mini is a really gorgeous addition to my counter. The clear and aqua dual layers give the bottle a soothing look. I had high hopes for high functionality. In this review I'll go over my thoughts and experience with NARS eye makeup remover.
First, I'll cover my normal eye makeup removing routine. My go-to remover is Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover, which is also a dual layer remover. I shake it vigorously and soak both ends of a Q-tip in the solution. One end per eye is sufficient to remove every last bit of eye makeup. Clinique is a bit oily, so I always make sure to rinse it off with a gentle soap.
NARS eye makeup remover is a thinner solution and not so oily. This is helpful because it doesn't run down my face as quickly as Clinique. Unfortunately this is the only plus side of this remover. I dipped my Q-tip as I normally do and attempted to remover my eye makeup. Eyeshadow was easily removed, however it did a poor job of removing my mascara. My mascara last month was NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara which has a reputation of being difficult to remove so it was a good test for this remover. Clinique's remover was able to remove all the mascara with a little extra rubbing with my Q-tip. The NARS eye makeup remover was unable to do so. I rubbed my lashes with the NARS remover extensively, however it just couldn't get everything off in one go. I even tried using two soaked ends of the Q-tip in succession then washing my lashes with facial soap for cleanup. The result was a mascara shadow under my lower eyelid that I couldn't remove with soap. I ended up having to clean up with my Clinique remover. The performance was incredibly disappointing.
To top things off, if a little bit of NARS eye makeup remover got in my eye, the result was a painful sting. Because of the sting, I would find this hard to use even if I was wearing easy-to-remove eye makeup.
So in summary, NARS eye makeup remover gets two thumbs down from me. It stings my eyes and it can't even remove NARS mascara. Something I've noticed is that I love how NARS does color, but I don't feel the same about their supporting cast of products. I had a similarly poor experience with NARS Oil-Free Primer (it made me break out). This is not a huge loss for me, since using NARS skin products makes me uneasy anyway. Even though NARS says it doesn't test on animals, NARS skin products are made using Shiseido (NARS's parent company) technology. Numerous NARS artists have told me this. For those of you who care about animal cruelty, Shiseido is a known animal tester. The NARS-Shiseido connection is an idea I've struggled with for a long time.
Thanks for reading this entry! I hope it wasn't too much of a downer. Have you ever tried NARS eye makeup remover? Do you have any eye makeup remover recommendations?