Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Reviews

Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

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Lancome Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Jul 7, 2009
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:removes eye makeup well without oily residue; does not sting eyes

Cons:pricy; some may object to the scent

The Bottom Line: If this cost less, I would probably consider it perfect.  A very effective, non-irritating, non-oily eye makeup remover.


I’ve used quite a few eye makeup removers in my life.  Some have been awful, some have been decent, some have been really good… but none of them have been quite perfect.  I took a sample of Lancome’s Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover along on our vacation and have been astonished at how fantastic it is.  This is the best eye makeup remover I have ever used.

Description

I have a sample size of this product, so the packaging for the retail product appears a bit different.  The sample is in a clear cobalt blue plastic container with an opaque whit-ish cap.  The cap twists off; I dispense the product by tipping the bottle directly onto a wash cloth.  The retail product looks very similar; it is a larger plastic bottle of the same color.  I’m not sure how the product is dispensed in the retail product.  The bottle also has some etching in the retail product.  In both cases, product information is printed directly on the bottle in white.

The eye makeup remover itself is a liquid that looks and feels like water.  There is none of the oiliness that eye makeup usually has.  I might actually mistake this for water if I saw it sitting in a glass, although the scent (and no doubt the taste, if I went so far as to taste it) would likely tip me off that it isn’t.  Like many Lancome products, this is highly scented; in this case the scent is floral and smells like roses.  It’s not so strong that it bothers me (and I usually hate rose scents), but for people with sensitivities or aversions to scents, this could be a huge turn-off.

Use and Experience

My sample package does not offer any directions, but I have been using this eye makeup remover in the same way I would use any eye makeup remover.  I put some on a washcloth and then sweep that over my eyes – trying not to tug on the skin around that area. 

I have been really, really impressed with this product.  It removes eye makeup quickly and efficiently.  Mascara is, as always, the hardest bit to remove, and that does take a bit more work, but it comes off cleanly.  This does not cause my eyes to sting, even a tiny bit, another huge point in its favor.  And – most amazingly – this does not feel oily at all, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue on my eyes after I use it.  I have never run across an eye makeup remover that didn’t do that; I didn’t realize it was possible!  My skin feels like it really was just water that I was using. 

Cost and Where to Buy

Of course, this product does have one flaw; it is expensive.  One 4.2 ounce bottle will cost you $26.00 online at www.lancome.com; the price is likely to be identical at Lancome cosmetics counters.  It is an excellent product, and for some people this price won’t be too outrageous.  If you do plan to buy, I highly recommend timing your purchase for when your Lancome outlet is offering a gift with purchase.  At least then you’ll get some “freebies” that you can use up or take along when you travel.

Ingredients list: 5714595, Aqua/Water/Eau, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Allantoin, Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Parfum/Fragrance, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Geraniol, Citronellol, D28321/1.

Lancome’s Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is the best eye makeup remover I’ve found.  Yes, it is expensive, and some people will be turned off or unable to use it because of the scent.  But it is an excellent product for those who can use it.  4 stars.


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