Dupe Alert: The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lips Make-up Remover

I confess, there have been times when I shunned the evening cleanse.

I went to bed with a full face of makeup and actually convinced myself that my lashes looked great when I layered a new coating on top of yesterdays leftover mascara.

It was back in the days when I started experimenting with foundation to cover up my acne, and reality hit hard.
My breakouts got worse by the day, and soon it was obvious that I had to clean my face.
Since then, makeup remover is a staple on my bathroom shelf. I have tried more brands than I can keep count of, but I always had a complaint.
Either they stung my eye, left half of my mascara stuck to my lashes or were ridiculous expensive. Or worst, everything combined.

Clarins vs The Body Shop: How do they compare?
And even if I spend 40 € on a lipstick without giving it a second thought, I refuse to pay even half that amount for a make up remover. 

If money didn’t matter, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover would be my first choice. It is suited for heavy or water-resistant makeup, and even though I don’t wear water-resistant mascara on a daily base, I generally prefer those to the gentle ones.

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover

But sadly, money does matter, and a bottle containing 125 ml sells for 25 € (check here). I go through one bottle in about two months, and I am not willing to spend that much money on taking off my makeup.

So for the longest time I just used my Bioderma Sensibio Eau Micellaire, which is 22 € for 1000 ml (click here). As much as I love it as a pre-cleanse, it is just okay at removing my eye makeup. It got rid of the majority, but the next morning I would still wake up to panda eyes, which is not a pretty sight.

You can imagine the excitement as the lovely Lily Pebbles wrote about a budget alternative: The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. As soon as I placed my next order at The Body Shop (which seems to be getting quite frequent lately), I made sure to add it to my basket.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

Facts first:
Both products come in a see-though plastic bottle. The product itself has an oil-based phase (clear) and a blue-toned water based phase, which mix after shaking the bottle.

Clarins is 25 €, containing 125 ml product, whereas The Body Shop sells for 8 €, containing 150 ml.
There is no full ingredient list at the Clarins homepage, they just tell you that the key ingredients are organic Camomile Extract, organic Cornflower Extract and organic Rose Extract.
The Body Shop, besides stating their product is free of alcohol and perfume, lists the ingredients on their homepage. The name-giving Camomile is right down at the bottom, so not much in there, I suppose.
While the Clarins smells floral, no scent is noticeable with The Body Shop.
Both don’t feel oily on my lids, leave a film on my contacts or sting my eyes.

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes. It removes even waterproof makeup and lip stains without stinging my (quite sensitive) eyes.
One night I used Clarins on one and The Body Shop on my other eye and except from the smell couldn’t tell a difference.

Will I rebuy?
Yes, certainly.

Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone. There are cheaper alternatives out on the market, like Alverde Eye Makeup Remover Calendula, which works really well but sadly stings my eyes. If they work for you, perfect. No need to try this one, it is just an eye makeup remover.
But if you struggle with sensitive eyes while wearing heavy eye makeup, make sure to give it a go.

It is your turn now: Which are your favorite makeup removers? Leave me your recommendations in the comments below.

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