Nowadays, whenever i'm on the lookout for new beauty products, 3 main creteria apply:
Cheap (in price)
Preferably cruelty free/not tested on animals
This little number could well tick all those boxes:
The Skin System Eye Make-Up remover is only £1.50 for a whopping (for an eye make-up remover) 150ml, and is widely available in Asda stores.
All suppliers used in the production of Skin System products are based within the Europe Union and have been audited within the last 2 years by an independent 3rd party to an ethical standard.
Asda state as part of their policy that 'Asda is against animal testing and funds research into alternatives', although one has to bear in mind that this policy may only apply to the finished product, not the actual ingredients which may have been tested on animals, which is rather disappointing. Asda have yet also to adhere to a FCOD (Fixed cut off date) scheme.
Launched in September 2011, the range includes basics such as cotton wool pads and facial washes, to more niche, complx products such as wrinkle filler system - all at very reasonable, affordable prices.
All of the Skin System products contain the Algisium C2 Complex which works to improve the appearance of your skin by stimulating cell regeneration, activating collegen synthesis and protecting against free radicals to fight the first signs of ageing.
The Eye Make-Up Remover is suitable for sensitive skins as it is free from parabens, fragrance and artifical colours, and contains Vitamin E, white tea, shea butter and aloe vera leaf juice.
The specific ingredients are:
Aqua - water
Glyceryl Stereate SE - emulsifying agent
Isopropyl Palmitate - palm oil based emollient
Stearic Acid - fatty acid
Propylene Glycol - Synthetic liquid substance that acts as a pentration enhancer
Cetearyl Alcohol - mixture of fatty alcohols
Glycerin - fat/oil component
Decyl Oleate - naturally occuring fatty acid that makes make-up removal easier
Tocopheryl Acetate - Vitamin E
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract - Shea Butter
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract - Green Tea
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder - Aloe Vera
Carbomer - thickening agent
Triethanolamine - strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical
Disodium EDTA - type of preservative
Sodium Benzoate - preservative
Sorbic Acid - preservative
Potassium Sorbate - preservative
Phenoxyethanol - preservative- used as an alternative to parabens
Ethylhexylglycerin - conditioning agent and (surprise, suprise) preservative
Unlike the majority of oil-based eye make-up removers, this cleanser is of a cream substance, and quite a thick one at that, which means you only need a tiny (pea-sized) amount at a time (and therefore meaning it will last you yonks!)
The directions on the bottle instruct you to apply the make-up remover using cotton wool to remove all traces of make-up, but i've found that gently massaging it with my fingers around (closed) eyes for a couple of minutes and then gently wiping away with a cotton pad does the trick really well.
Despite the list of (what seems to be) largely chemically-based ingredients (then again, most beauty products these days are), I'm actually really impressed with this make-up remover.
It powers through my mascara and eyeshadow far better than even the Bioderma Crealine H20 cleansing water did; a product that is considered HG material for models, professional make-up artists and the like the world over.
I think i've found a (better) £1.50 alternative!
Have you tried any of the Skin System products?