I go through phases of being really into The Body Shop and then walking past their highly perfumed stores (you can almost see the smell) without even a glance. I still don't love it the way I did in middle school, but my recent discovery of the incredible Honeymania perfume (raved about here), had me running back into stores to explore some of the latest Body Shop products. While picking up more of the Honeymania collection (the smell of the shower gel and bath melt are on point, but the scrub and butter are not as much), I came across the new Camomile range and gave the Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover a go.
I never thought I would deviate from my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover, as it's not only good product, it's also incredibly cheap, comes in value packs, and is accessible everywhere. But from the very first time I swiped off my waterproof mascara with this camomile stuff, I was hooked. I wear waterproof mascara every day with some sort of long-wearing liner and my Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer under my eyes, and nothing takes that all off as quickly as this remover. It works faster and seems more hardy than the Neutrogena one, and there's even a bit of a soothing effect on my eyes. That might have something to do with the camomile, or it could just be cool liquid on my hot eyes at the end of a long day. I know the original Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is a Body Shop staple and favorite, but I've always been a liquid over creams girl, so this is right up my alley.
What I like best, though, is that despite the fact that this is a duo-phase eye makeup remover, there is next to no oiliness or greasy residue--it almost feels like a miscellar water. Duo-phase makeup removers have always worked best on my waterproof mascaras and long-wearing makeup, but something about this formula is so fresh and clean in a way that the oily Lancome bi-facil and Neutrogena aren't. There's still a bit of an oily feeling as you hold and sweep the cotton pad over your eyes, but it's very minimal and once the liquid dries, your skin feels fresh without any greasiness. I don't have any problems with sensitivity to makeup removers, but I get the feeling that wouldn't be an issue with this particular product--it's too light and clean. (Take that with a grain of salt).
I'm absolutely obsessed with this stuff, and how comfortable and easy it is to use. The texture makes it feel much more luxurious than The Body Shop label might lead you to believe, but I do balk a little at the price. At $15.50 per 5 oz bottle, this is a bit steep for someone who's grown accustomed to paying $7 for the same sized Neutrogena bottle. But I can't deny that the Camomile works better and I don't have to use as much product (and can sometimes even use one cotton pad). I can't remember how long I've been using this stuff now, but I'm guessing it would be over a month, and I still have half the bottle left.
I'll probably keep some of the Neutrogena in my skincare rotation just for my wallet's sake, but stock up on the Camomile Makeup Remover whenever The Body Shop has a deal on (and when don't they?)--everybody wins!
My Most Valuable Products for November (where did this month go?!) will be up this Thursday. Just the thing to help settle a massive turkey feast!
Hope you're well!