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Tried and tested: Make-up remover

I wear make-up a lot, but I don't wear a lot of make-up. Nevertheless, I want whatever is on my face to come off with the minimum of fuss -- certainly with less than it took to put it on in the first place.

Additionally, scrubbing away with make-up removers has to be bad for the skin, particularly around the eye area. How did this week's products measure up to the job to hand? Let's see, shall we?

BENEFIT Gee ... That Was Quick! Oil-Free Make-up Remover for Eyes and Face, €22 * * * I love me some Benefit, and I'm not ashamed to admit that a large part of it has to do with their packaging. They are all that is retro-cool, and I have loved very many of their offerings in the past (you can tell where this is going ... ) Not much love for this, as it required so many applications to make headway that I felt like a slapper. It's good for a last going-over, but not so much for the initial foray.

PAUL & JOE Eye Make-up Remover, €15 * * * I don't know who these guys are, but they sure have lovely taste. The bottle is made out of real glass, which is so old-fashioned and awesome with it. Plus, it's got this wee little flower done in bas-relief on the front. It is so totally feminine, I longed for a dressing table on which to display it. Oh, you want to know how it worked, do you? It was okay, another blend that's good for cleaning up the details after the real work is done.

OLAY Total Effects Make-up Remover for Face & Eyes, €8 * * * * * The winner of the week. It's somewhat disturbing to use a cream on your eyes -- I spend a good part of my beauty regime trying to get cream out of my eyes -- but once you get used to it, it's amazingly efficient. You can use it all over your face, too, which is good because it tends to get all over the place. And it costs less than a tenner! Magic.

DERMALOGICA Soothing Eye Make-up Remover, €17 * * * * We've tried this one before, so we have, and it's funny how much more I like it, in the context of the others that were on trial, this time around. It's a gel, which isn't as weird a texture as the Olay cream, and it does the job well enough. The best thing about it is that it doesn't leave any tightness or oiliness behind.

L’ORÉAL De-maq expert Absolute Eye & Lip Make-up Remover, €11 * * * Shake your booty! Or just shake this up to mix the blue stuff with the clear stuff, and then apply to eyes or lips as needed. Shaking is required because the stuff is very oily, and, while it feels okay going on, its residue is not as pleasant. It's fun to shake it up, but the fun almost ends in tears.

All products were tested over the course of four weeks