I admit that in the past I haven’t had great luck with the Almay eye makeup remover pads that I always hear raves about. I wonder if it has something to do with the way that I apply my eye makeup (I like a lot of liner really smudged into my lash line), it just seems to take about 5 pads to completely clean one eye. But, I saw this new version in a magazine recently (I think it was Redbook, believe it or not. The new Redbook is all kinds of awesome…) and was interested in them. And then the next day CVS sent them to me in a summer mailing.
So, while these are eye makeup removers like other Almay pads, they also do something a little bit different. They leave behind just a little bit of product that is meant to help sooth, de-puff and generally help your eye area. They do a decent job of removing eye makeup. Maybe I’ve been applying differently lately or they’ve improved the formula, but this version only takes 1 pad per eye for removing everything, even when using waterproof mascara. It does leave behind a light liquid that quickly sinks into my skin an doesn’t leave behind a residue, and they smell a bit like Windex to me.
What’s in that liquid? Well, things that will help your skin look better.
• Butylene glycol: Works as a “slip” agent, also a humectant (aka- moisturizer). It is derived from petroleum, but has been found to be safe in many studies and by many agencies (like the FDA).
• Caffeine: Great for temporary tightening, I think it would make these pads a great option if you’re removing some makeup as you’re transitioning from day to night makeup
• Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract: A yeast that has been found to help with soothing skin, improving hydration and a lot of other great things.
• Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract: Recognize some of those names? Definitely soothing! Note that there are some people that are allergic to aloe (it’s more common than you think, though most often is an issue with sap directly from the plant), so if that’s you it might be a good idea to do a patch test.
I still prefer the feeling of really removing everything and rinsing well with water, but I think these pads will be a great option for using for day to night makeup changes, and I’ll be leaving them in my nightstand. For the super lazy nights that I don’t want to remove everything (I fully admit I do this about once every 2 weeks), grabbing a wipe to get things off while sitting in bed is a good idea.