When I posted this picture on my Instagram last week it received more mixed reviews than usual. Most of the comments were based around the Flash Facial (the majority love it, but not the smell - in a nutshell) although I myself am more impressed with the not-so-famous Eye Wash.
What is it?
'A delicate eye makeup remover suitable for the most sensitive of eyes.'
Who is it for?
Anyone can use, but particularly good for those that wear a lot of eye makeup, including waterproof, but also have a sensitised eye area.
What’s in it?
Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cucumber Oil, Apple Extract, Natural Fragrance (Pure Essential Oil Blend)
What's not in it?
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
I was really shocked when I saw that this contained essential oils for fragrance purposes, because it literally has no smell. In fact, it smells like raw oils, which is to say, not something you would wear as a perfume. :)
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
Country of Origin?
How do you use it?/ Where to use in your routine?
It says to apply 1-2 pumps to eyes an massage in before removing with a damp cotton pad. I apply 1 pump across both eyes, massage gently and then go over with my cleanser before removing the whole lot with a flannel.
If you were double cleansing, this could be your first cleanse. Only if you were wearing a high SPF under your makeup would you maybe need to go in again a second time with your cleanser.
What’s good about it?
This is a really gentle, thorough eye makeup remover that in all honesty, took me by surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but this works really beautifully and is so gentle that it feels like you're giving your eyes a massage rather than removing product.
One pump is sufficient for my normal makeup, if you are a habitual waterproof wearer, you may need 1.5/2 pumps. Crucially for the eye area, there is absolutely no sting or irritation at all, and I asked three friends to test it too, just to be sure I wasn't a fluke.
Eye Wash contains two very powerful anti-inflammatory agents: ursolic acid and quercetin contained within antioxidant-rich grapeseed and cucumber oil, which not only moisturizes, but has antiseptic properties.
Despite its oil base, there is absolutely no greasy residue.
What’s not so good about it?
Despite the inclusion of the fragrance, it smells reassuringly of a cold-pressed grapeseed oil, which is to say, slightly pongy. It reminds me of my training days though and mixing our own massage oils and so for me, is not an issue. This is not for you if you want everything floral or citrus. (I have asked the brand what the oil blend is and will report back when I hear from them)
It's obviously an oil, so no good if you wear fitted fake lashes, as it will break the glue seal.
It's only 15ml, like most eye skincare products, although if only using one pump a night it will last a few months.
How's the website?
Good. No full list of ingredients, but everything else is clear and concise, including a detailed Q&A about each individual product: sonyadakarskinclinic.com/eye-wash which is really good.
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Sonya Dakar Eye Wash is $42.00 and available from Sonyadakar.com in the US and £32.00 from CultBeauty.co.uk