Steeped onto soft cloth pads is a water-based, fragrance-free makeup remover that not only claims to remove makeup (which it does, though not without some effort) but also to "de-puff" undereye skin. It would be great if ingredients like caffeine and cucumber really could ease eye puffiness, but neither works well unless the puffiness is the minor variety one gets due to fluid retention or allergies. Even then, the cleansing agents these pads contain can be irritating when used around the eyes, so any de-puffing benefit would be short-lived unless you rinsed the pad's solution completely.
Almay sells some very good eye makeup removers, but these pads don't work as well as the claims state and aren't worth considering over several others at the drugstore.
- Fragrance-free formula contains some good soothing ingredients.
- Doesn't remove many types of eye makeup (like long-wearing eyeliner or mascara) without considerable effort.
- Cannot reduce the most bothersome type of undereye puffiness (which is related to aging, not allergies or fluid retention).
- Contains detergent cleansing agents that can be irritating if they get into the eye itself.
- The hypoallergenic claim is bogus (see More Info for details).
"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).
The gentle formula instantly soothes and de-puffs the eye area for a refreshed look. Completely removes all traces of makeup that soap and water can leave behind. Hypoallergenic. Fragrance-Free. Dermatologist Tested.
Aqua (Water), Poloxamer 184, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Caffeine, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camella Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Disocium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, 23030.
Long a standby for those with sensitive skin seeking hypoallergenic products (though that term is unregulated and can be applied to any product, regardless of ingredients), Almay continues to refine its comprehensive makeup line. In early 2006 the company repackaged its old favorites, and also relaunched several new makeup items. Everything now has a sleek new look and color-coded packaging. We admit, the makeover is effective, not just product-wise but visually too.
Shopping this drugstore line is now much easier because of the clearly defined product and color family groupings. Lamentably, testers and trial sizes of the makeup are still scarce regardless of where you shop. Almay has always been a reliable line for foundations, powder, and mascara. Within its current lineup you'll find that remains true. Their foundations are better than ever, and still offer full, broad-spectrum sun protection and a mostly neutral palette. We also found their concealers and mascaras have improved, as have the pencil options. When it comes to shopping for makeup staples with state-of-the-art formulas, Almay has many winners, and some innovative surprises that its competitors would be wise to learn from.
For more information about Almay, owned by Revlon, call (800) 992-5629 or visit www.almay.com.