Micellar waters have made quite the splash recently (pun intended) when it comes to the beauty world. I first used Bioderma’s offering in 2009 when I was living in Toulouse, France and my love of French pharmacies and cult skincare began. I definitely took having a huge inexpensive pharmacy down the road from me for granted and when I moved back to England I’d order from Amazon, Ebay, and snap some up whenever I crossed the channel. Fast-forward to 2013 and thanks to YouTube, blogs, and amazing makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge sharing their knowledge, Bioderma has gone from makeup artist staple to bathroom cupboard status. The famous Crealine H20 is now available in the UK, but it’s not the only micellar solution out there. People often refer to other micellar cleansers as “Bioderma dupes” and whilst this is true, they can often be just as amazing. It’s like comparing all foaming facial washes as a dupe to one specific product, a micellar solution is just a type of cleanser (oils suspended in water) and whilst Bioderma’s offering is fantastic, there are other wonderful ones out there.
You can get a host of similar products from Vichy, La Roche Posay, Avene et al, and thanks to Boots stocking these amazing brands in lots of stores, they are widely available. Smaller stores however normally only have a couple of cult products from each brand so the news that L’Oreal were releasing their own micellar solution is great news for beauty fans everywhere. I committed the cardinal sin of beauty bloggers by photographing this half-empty, but I think that speaks for itself. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one – On one hand L’Oreal are a brand that I turn to mainly for haircare and makeup, skincare isn’t usually something I buy from them. On the other hand we have to remember that they do OWN La Roche Posay along with a whole host of other lauded skincare companies, and when I visited their research facility in Paris last year I really got to see the work and preparation that goes into new launches.
I’m a complete cleansing balm girl. There’s nothing I love more than taking off my makeup with a warm fluffy flannel and nourishing balm at the end of the day, which leaves micellar waters usually relegated to eye use only (apart from those nights where I’m too drunk/sleepy to cleanse – we all have them) but surprisingly, I cleansed with this for a full two weeks. It dissolves eye makeup quickly and without smearing it all over your face, and makes light work of foundation, blushes and bronzers. I used two cotton pads for my eyes, two for my face and I found that the third round was completely clean, which almost never happens with waterless cleansers. I’ve also used this on lip products for an upcoming video (lipstick collection and swatches anyone?) and it left my lips feeling cleansed and not irritated.
The alcohol-free formula means that your skin isn’t dry, and there is no greasy feeling that comes with an oil-based remover. I have now switched things up and gone back to my cleansing balm but I do use this on those evenings when cleansing isn’t going to happen and it would be great for removing eye makeup and for travel. My advice? Get rid of the facewipes and replace it with this. I know so many places have this on special offer at the moment so you could grab a bargain, I’m definitely going to stock up on a few for the summer (I love camping and this will be a godsend) and those cocktail fuelled nights…
L’Oreal micellar water is £4.99 and can be purchased on 2-for-£6 here.
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