I’ve been wanting to hop on the micellar water bandwagon for some time now. After reading reviews about various brands that have their own version, I settled on my first try to be with the most widely reviewed and popular of micellar waters — Bioderma Sensibo H2O.
On lazy days, I admit, I will use makeup wipes to remove all my makeup (sometimes without rinsing or cleansing afterwards, eek!). The appeal of a micellar water is that you can use it to remove all your makeup without having to worry about following up with a cleanser.
Intially, I purchased the Bioderma Sebium H2O, which is the micellar water they make for combo/oily skin. I tried this once; yes it did remove all my makeup quite well, however, it stung my eyes and left my skin feeling tight and dry. Although I do have combo/oily skin, this formula was too strong for me. (Those with oilier skin, might find this tolerable). So, I went back to the drugstore and exchanged it for the Bioderma Sensibo H2O which is formulated for sensitive skin.
This solution is virtually fragrance-free and has the consistency of, well, water! I soak 2 cotton pads with enough Bioderma to clean my entire face. First, I hold the cotton pads over closed eyes for about 20 seconds and wipe my mascara and eye makeup away with gently swipes. I turn the pads over and use them to wipe off the rest of my face makeup. After I’m finished, the pads are pretty much covered with all of my makeup — awesome!
This definitely leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture afterwards. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying that the Bioderma can remove all eye makeup, even waterproof, easily. Unfortunately, I can’t agree with this — yes, it does take MOST of it off, but I find that it doesn’t take ALL of it off (I always wear waterproof mascara so that makes it a bit tougher to remove anyway). What I’ll usually do is remove my eye makeup first with the Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover and then finish off my cleanse with the Bioderma. Overall though, this is a GREAT cleanser, so to speak, and I am not disappointed!
Now, let’s talk price. This is not cheap. I got this on at Shoppers drugmart for around $17.49 Cdn for the 250 ml and the little mini one I got for $5.99 Cdn — and these were sale prices at 20% off!
I’ve seen a few other micellar waters on the drugstore shelves — some of the more higher-end drugstore brands also have their version, like La Roche Posay and Vichy. Of the “cheaper” brands, L’oreal has one. Apparently, Garnier has one, but I have yet to find this (some reviewers say it’s the closest dupe to the Bioderma; and Simple has come out with a version as well, which I haven’t found yet either.
I do like using the Bioderma. For some reason it makes me feel less guilty than using a facial wipe, as I feel like I really don’t need to rinse afterwards. I will probably continue to use the Bioderma, but until I find/try a cheaper version that does the same, I’ll stick to this for now.
I give the Bioderma Sensibo H2O: a HIGH FIVE
Have you tried this? Like or dislike? Any suggestions on alternative micellar waters?
Thanks for reading!