After writing my 'Empties and Repurchases' post on toners, I thought I would write another post with the same theme, but this time on eyeshadow primers and eye make up removers. Although I have quite dry skin generally, I have quite oily eyelids and eyeshadows don't seem to stay for longer than a few hours, which when I'm at uni or on placement all day isn't ideal. I have tried an eye primer before, Lemonaid from Benefit, and it did work but it didn't find a place in my everyday make up routine, but I got a sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion when I bought my Naked Palette, and it has quickly become an everyday staple.
As you can see the first sample is pretty grubby, so apologies for that, but it has lasted a fairly long time (about 8 months) and it was quite a small sample. The packaging also held up pretty well even though the lid cracked, because I seemed to drop it every day! The small sample size had a doe foot applicator, which although it was handy, it didn't seem to be the most hygienic option, so I was quite pleased to see that the full size has no applicator and instead you squeeze it from the tube. Obviously (from the photo), I decided to repurchase the primer potion :) and I'm really glad I did because it is still an essential part of my everyday routine. It was £14.50 from Debenhams which seems to be a standard price and even though it is fairly expensive it is something I use so often that I think it is well worth the price. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with similar problems with getting their eyeshadow to last! I bought the shade 'original' but there are other shades available in sin, eden and greed all at the same price £14.50 for 11ml!
Eye Make Up Removers
I have gone through phases of routines of removing my make up, at the moment I am removing my eye make up before cleansing because I was finding that it wasn't being removed effectively enough with just cleansing, and when I was a lot younger I used make up remover wipes. I finished my Nivea Daily Essentials extra gentle eye make up remover a couple of weeks ago and I really liked it. It was nice and light and sensitive, it didn't have a really strong scent and did take off my stubborn mascara without too much fuss. It costs £3.39 for 125 ml from Boots, and I was planning on repurchasing it however, when I went to Boots I saw another make up remover from Nivea that seemed interesting so I bought that instead.
|L-R - Nivea Double Effect, Lancome Bi-Facil|
I picked up the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make Up Remover instead of the 'Daily Essentials' one because the concept of the oil and the liquid really intrigued me. It was £3.59 for 125ml, so not that more expensive than the Daily Essentials eye make up remover. It works really well on my stubborn mascara, and doesn't leave a greasy residue, or smear my eye make up around my face. It is also really good for my sensitive eyes and doesn't sting at all. You have to shake it before you apply it, and then I put it on a cotton wool ball and the oil works to remove the mascara and any other stubborn products e.g. eyeliner, and the aqueous part removes any last traces and the greasy residue. It makes my eyes feel so clean, even when I've been wearing quite heavy eye make up. I would definitely recommend this eye make up remover, and will almost certainly be repurchasing it!!!
I was also given the Lancome Bi-Facil make up remover in a set for Christmas, so I have been sampling that every now and again as well. It is £21 for 125 ml in Debenhams, but mine is a 30ml sample size. It has a lovely scent, similar to my beloved Lancome toner, and it seems to work in a similar way to the double effect one with two phases. Although this is really nice, and good for my sensitive eyes, I don't think it is worth almost 6 times the price of the Nivea Double Effect, so I think I will enjoy it whilst it lasts but I doubt I will be repurchasing it.