The unfortunate result of wearing makeup is that we have to remove it (for proof of this just Google that creepy article going around with the woman who didn’t wash her face for a month). Personally, I find makeup removal to be a big pain, so I’m happy to find anything that helps, which is why I was excited to test out the Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads*. I was sent both Lash Care and Oil Free versions, so I decided to put them to a test with a comparison.
Interestingly, as you can tell from the photo, both Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads are oil free, so I’m guessing the Oil Free version is just the traditional formula which promises “no greasy residue” while Lash Care is for “healthy lashes”. Both containers come with the same amount of product– 80 pads which are the same size as a cotton pad though much thinner. To test them out I piled on the eye makeup.
Still not used to taking photos of myself! Awkward… moving on though.
I was wearing eyeliner, eyeshadow, and a heavy coat of mascara (Benefit They’re Real! which I do find a tad difficult to get off.) I ended up using 3 pads on each eye to remove my makeup, although there wasn’t much on the third one and I don’t see myself needing more than 1 or 2 on a normal eye makeup day.
I tried taking photos of my eyes to show the removal process although it’s a bit difficult cause my camera screen doesn’t flip out.
As you can tell, use of one pad is not enough! The Almay Lash Care also seems to have made more of a mess after one pad but by the end the two products are exactly the same and if you see a minor difference it’s probably humour error. So what makes the Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads different?
It’s how they feel when you’re using them!
Both Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads are advertised as gentle, but only Lash Care is advertised as 100% Fragrance free, which makes me wonder if that’s the cause. Because while they both did an equally good job of removing my makeup, Oil Free did a lot of burning and watering while it was happening. At first while removing I was okay, but after I took the first pad off I think some dripped into my eye and it was really painful. I wondered if I just got unlucky. However, when I used the pads to remove eyeliner from my waterline, there was burning with the Oil Free and the Lash Care was fine which I was super-impressed by as the makeup remover pad was pretty close to in my eye.
I found these pads easy to use, and they were nice and wet with remover and didn’t dry out while I was using them, I just ran out of space. They are a tiny bit rough when you are continually scrubbing an area, but I find that to be the case with most products I use to remove makeup which is why I’m so hooked on shiseido cotton pads. Still it wasn’t anything really bothersome, and with less heavy eye makeup or mascara that was less ridiculous, I think I would be fine.
The container the Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads are in screws on the lid tightly and I’ve had no issues with leaking even when knocked over, plus there’s no need for a separate wipe and remover, so I think it’s a great choice for traveling because they are so convenient to use.
Overall, I’d say both Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads do a great job as eye makeup removers, but the Lash Care does the same job but with an even more gentle formula. I do think that both products are still gentler than many other eye makeup removers, asides from burning when it actually got in my eye, there wasn’t any redness or irritation where either was used. However it’s definitely the Almay Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads in Lash Care that I’m tempted to purchase when I run out and it’s the clear winner for me!
What kind of makeup remover do you use?