Quite a number of products this month! Woohoo~
Sad but empties are an accomplishment for me.
Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye makeup Remover (100ml)
Do I really need to turn to Chanel for an eye makeup remover? Probably not. But did I like this? Yes, a lot. It was my second (third?) bottle and is hands down my favourite eye makeup remover.
It takes off stubborn waterproof eyeliners (like NARS’ and Armani’s) and mascaras easily when others struggled. I’ve tried a few: No luck with drugstore ones, they were in general quite bad; didn’t like the oilines of the Bi-Facil; Shiseido’s The Makeup one is actually decent but is slightly on the oily side for me. For a while I relied on a no-frills but very gentle waterbased remover from the Japanese brand Kosé that I used maybe 4 bottles of.
To be fair the products I tried in the past worked ok until makeup companies started putting out new eye makeup formulas that are more resistant and long-wearing. I don’t wear eyeshadows everyday but I do put on a nice deep black liner and with my oily lids the longer wearing the better. This is where the Chanel shines and it’s always been a cinch for me to remove all traces of liner and waterproof mascara with this. I soak a cotton pad, place it over my eye with gentle pressure usually for around 10-20 seconds. A last swipe in the lashes if I see any traces and under my eyes. That’s it.
As an aside, Bioderma (and other micellaire lotions I’ve tried) is great on all sorts of shadows but really stumble with liners, especially a tightly-lined eye. Maybe others have better luck with it. I love it for removing foundation and everything else on the face though.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (100ml)
I think I have mentioned before, I really like Aveeno. Their products just agree with me. We don’t get the whole range here and even that it’s not sold everywhere. But when I do see it I grab a tube or a pump bottle. I find their moisturisers really soothing and relieves dryness. I mostly use it on my legs after the shower and before bed. Not sure about the 24 hr claim but it’s not a criteria I care about. I wish I could buy it at US prices though. Actually I wish I could buy everything at US prices. Except French pharmacy stuff, haha.
Nivea Invisible Protection Transparent Spray SPF30
Spray nozzle, a clear watery formula that sinks in quickly. I didn’t have to rub at it much for it to absorb and as a result I tend to apply more than I normally would (lots of overlapping) which I consider a good thing cos I never apply enough for a sunscreen to work as it should. I did tan with this but I didn’t burn. (Sorry I’m not going to go into all the hazy SPF/US vs Europe regulations/how sunscreens work/chemical vs physical filters etc etc etc discourse. But I do recommend you do a search on it if you have concerns). Has that typical sunscreen smells that makes you think of the beach. I quite like this.
This is one of their moisturisers (out of three, varying in textures). It’s a white cream, texture probably between a cream and a lotion. Very light and spreads easily. As mentioned there’s no scent. It’s a very basic, gentle no-frills moisturiser. No anti-aging benefits, antioxidants etc etc. My dermatologist recommended this to me as I had some allergic reactions of sorts on the face. It’s not a very exciting product (or to write about) but it does the job well enough. I don’t know how it will perform in the winter months though but for now it’s more than adequate. My skin doesn’t feel tight or dry at all.
Repurchase? see entry for Toleriane above. I have other hand creams I prefer but they are not as friendly to sensitive skin.
This was my face cleanser for a long time but with my recent visit to the derm it is now my … hand wash. It’s a gel cleanser for sensitive skin, non comedogenic and soap free:
“… soothes and softens without drying the skin, while maintaining its natural pH balance. It is a non-greasy formula that does not contain animal fats, providing a gentle cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. … A low-foam formula that cleanses thoroughly with or without water. For use on face and body.”
If you do use it without rinsing, you tissue off the excess.
It doesn’t say on the bottle but I believe you’re meant to apply it on dry skin and then massage the product in. It’s a very gentle cleanser, it says low-foam but I’ve never seen any foam at all. However it’s difficult for me to say how well it cleanses as I always clean my face with Bioderma first, even if I’m not wearing foundation.
I will say that it’s not a cleanser that leaves your face feeling squeaky clean and some people like that in a cleanser. On the flip side it also means your skin isn’t stripped of its natural oils either. There is this fleeting feeling of having a ‘protective film’ on top of your skin immediately after.
As a handwash, it’s alright as long as your paws aren’t dirty/stained. If you have foundation on the back of your hand or mascara/eyeliner stains on the tips of your fingers from a quick clean-up, it’s not going to take them out. To be fair though it never says it can double as a makeup remover.
This cleanser is not paraben free. I’m now using La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane cleanser which is. Both cleansers have very similar textures.
Repurchase? I still have a 150ml bottle of this to go through but I won’t be buying again after it’s gone. Given the similarities, for my face I prefer the Toleriane without parabens. And even though the doctor recommended this for my hands, I can’t see how I can avoid using other products to clean them unless I bring my own little decant bottle wherever I go.