My favourite eye makeup remover has to be the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I like to wear a lot of very pigmented products and my eyes particularly, are usually blended with multiple shadows from the highlights through to dark creases. Then there's the eye liner, which has to be the exact same thickness and precise on both eyes - so I usually opt for a liquid eyeliner, like the Illamasqua Precision Inks or the Paul & Joe Fluid Eye Liner. Add to that mascara, usually one that adds tons of volume and really, really black, like the Benefit BAD Gal Mascara, not forgetting my Benefit Browzings, I need a really heavy duty remover! But when I was nearing the end of my beloved Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, I was a bit lower on cash and so the splurge for such a high end product, was out of my reach. I needed to find a good alternative, that was more purse-friendly but still a good bi-phase formula. I tried a few from the high street, finding none really did what they claimed - I'd be left with skin which felt oily and greasy, and makeup still on my eyes. One day during a cheeky Internet shop, I spotted that Vichy did a bi-phase makeup remover that I hadn't tried. I couldn't resist giving it a go.
The Vichy Purete Thermale Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is very similar to it's more extravagant Clarins counterpart. It's a bi-phase cleanser, completely free from parabens, it's non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and has even been road tested on sensitive eyes - so it's a real gentle product! I find this doesn't have a very stand out scent, but the scent is pleasant. There is a good balance of product between dual non-greasy oil and Vichy Thermal Spa Water, so the formula won't leave any unwanted greasy, oily feel to your skin. To use, I moderately soak two cotton pads and hold them on each eye for around 30 seconds. Depending on how much makeup I'm wearing that day, and how intense the shades were, it usually comes off pretty easy with a few swipes after 30 seconds. Sometimes I have to work harder to get my makeup off, especially if it's a long-wear product, so I will sometimes need to do this again, for another 15 seconds or so. It takes off eyeshadow, bases, eyeliner, brows, highlight and mascara with no problems, just make sure you use a moderate amount! I've really enjoyed using this as an alternative to the higher end Clarins one, and I'm swaying more towards repurchasing this one from now on, rather than splurging to repurchase the Instant Eye Makeup Remover. For now, at half the price and a pretty good product, I'm sticking to Vichy. (Escentual, 150ml, £9.10)
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