I don’t usually test a product out for months in order to form an opinion on a product, but I know that sometimes that has to happen when it comes down to certain claims, like the Marcelle Renforcils Lash Fortifying Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($17.50 CDN), coming next month to Canadian drugstores, claiming to make eyelashes stronger and more resilient. Stronger eyelashes = less fall out = fuller, healthier looking lashes. I’m in.
The product comes in a squeeze tube package, something you would see for a moisturizer or hair gel. In fact, it looks quite like a hair gel! I like the packaging a lot because you can control exactly how much you use, and by default, less wasted product.
The product itself is a gel consistency. It is a micellar solution (I explain how these solutions work in my Marcelle Cleansing Water review)…so its basically the same principle as a cleansing water but in gel form (at the launch party, they said that they found with their testing that the gel medium was the best way to deliver the nutrients & strengthening properties to the root of the lashes). It’s oil free, so you won’t have an oily-residue left over on your skin afterwards which is fantastic, especially for those with sensitive eyes (gone are the days of the dual-phase waterproof makeup removers)!
The directions say to apply it onto a cotton pad, then wipe away makeup. I don’t do this. I just found the cotton pad pushed all the product into my eyes and didn’t work so well. I just put a pea-sized amount on my fingers, and massage it into my eyelids/lashes (just watch the video review- I demonstrate how I use it)!
First things first, it works great as an eye makeup remover itself. I love the fact it has no oily residue and it really does get most of my waterproof eye makeup & mascara off (if theres a little left, my regular face cleanser takes it off). It doesn’t irritate my eyes, sting or anything…so even without the lash fortifying properties, it’s still a winner in my book.
I have noticed that not a single eyelash has fallen out during my nightly cleansing routine since I started using the product. I used to have my lashes fall out a LOT and this has really stopped it. I used to have a lot of ‘bare spots’ on my lash line….especially after I stopped using RapidLash…and they are all nicely filled back in now. I don’t know what else to attribute that to, so I’m thinking this product does work for me!
Overall, whether it is the miracle worker behind my stronger, thicker lashes or not- it’s still a fantastic eye makeup remover and one that I’ll continue to purchase and use. It’s like a soothing gel eye mask each night and I’m really happy with it. As for the price tag, it is a bit steep for a drugstore product, but I’ve been using it for nearly 3 months and I’m not even half-way done the tube. This stuff lasts!
- Price: $17.50 CDN
- Availability: Marcelle (in February 2012)
- Overall: Soothing, oil-free gel that works great to remove stubborn waterproof eye makeup. No fall out lashes since I’ve been using it, so I believe it does help make lashes stronger and more resilient!
- Rating: A