CeraVe Eye Repair Cream vs. CVS Repairing Eye Cream

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Of all the beauty products out there, many of us spend an inordinate amount of time focused on facial products.  Our users also love CeraVe products, so we gave our consumer testing experts CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, and paired it with CVS’s Repairing Eye Cream.

CeraVe came in a much larger box, but the actual eye cream containers were the same size (0.5 oz), so the larger box mostly just took up space in the cabinet.  Functionally, the packages both worked quite well, and felt identical in terms of quality of tubing and the cap.

Ingredients-wise, the products were very similar, with the first 8 listed ingredients being identical, and only minor differences from there. (The order of ingredients is important, as the FDA requires cosmetic ingredients be labeled in order of predominance. You can see the complete ingredient labelling guidelines here: https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/Labeling/Regulations/ucm126444.htm#clgl ).

Our testers were unable to tell any difference in smell between the two products.

Our testers noted that the CeraVe version was more opaque than the CVS, and that the CeraVe version was a little bit thicker. Once applied, the testers noticed no difference in residue or other after-effects.

Overall similarity score: 88.9.  The strong similarity is in line with our recommendations from testers: the CVS version is a great copycat, and we recommend switching.