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I have a similar problem but the irritating ingredient seems to be a pigment or preservative, something that is really common (brown Maybelline eye pencils and Dior under eye concealer originally triggered the reaction). I went for products that have really short INCI lists, ditched liquid foundation and switched to mineral makeup, and it really works. Many eye makeup products make my eyes red and itchy but Almay, Revlon and Chanel are also problem-free for me. I don't think I have issues with SPF. Good luck trying to find what works for you!
I have incredibly sensitive eyes (blepharitis) and a consultant at Moorfields told me about butterflies-eyecare.co.uk. I had to give up eye makeup for about two years and this site has changed my life, i buy all my makeup from there and can wear eye make up on a daily basis now. Avoid anything with dimethecone (spelling is atrocious) on your face. All the makeup on the site is for sensitive eyes/skin.
I can't even use Simple eye make up remover. I tried it again last night. I used Simple on one eye and Nivea for sensitive eyes on the other eye. Simple stung more. I had been using La Roche Posay but as it's expensive I wanted to try a cheaper brand. Dd2 can use it.
Jacia - if you have a chalazion you will almost def. have Blepharitis (I've become a bit of an expert on the subject). I hope you are using hot compresses on your eyes to "pop" them - loads of info on Dr Google - doing this will help minimise the symptoms. I did try a tinted moisturiser from Butterflies - it was OK, but I then went all spendy and now use the Chantercaille tinted moisturiser which is £££, but has zinc oxide as a sunscreen rather than a chemical concoction, and I've not had any problems with it. I found that when my eyes are having a bad spell, less is more when it comes to products. I also wipe my eyelid margins with a clean flannel that's been wrung out with hot water to get rid of any crusty bits . .delightful. Also consultant at Moorfields makes me take a shedload of flaxseed oil every day - loads of studies prove that it helps minimise the symptoms. Give Butterflies a call - they're v helpful and may be able to get samples to you . .(I'm rushing, want to watch Wolf Hall)
Hi, glad to know I'm not the only one with sensitive eyes! Makeup has been trial and error but I can't use anything else other than baby oil to take makeup off. I wet my eyes with warm water first to 'loosen' the mascara and eyeliner to the point I get panda eyes (nice!), give it all a wipe with cotton pad soaked in baby oil and rinse. Very effective!