Micellar waters are becoming increasingly popular lately with many skin care brands jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve been a fan of possibly the original and most well renowned – Bioderma Sensibio – for a long time now and regularly repurchase this as a staple of my skin care routine. I am yet to find anything that removes eye make up as well and is as gentle on my sensitive eyes.
However, Bioderma is only available to me online and when I run out, I have to wait until a new bottle is delivered which isn’t always as quick as I would like.
I found myself in this situation recently having used the last drop of Bioderma and needing a replacement immediately. Whilst shopping in the supermarket I noticed a new micellar solution from L’Oreal. I will admit to having never used L’Oreal skincare before, but at the bargain price of $2 and no obviously dodgy ingredients listed – I decided to give this one a go. If it turned out to be horrific, I had only wasted a small amount of money no big deal.
To say I was apprehensive is an understatement. My temperamental skin does not take kindly to swapping and changing products and introducing new products from brands I do not usually use can lead to full on skin meltdown.
That evening, I used L’Oreal’s Micellar Solution to remove my eye make up as I would normally use my Bioderma. Two cotton pads soaked in the solution and my eye make up was removed – or so I thought.
Upon closer inspection, the waterproof mascara I had used on my lower lashes was still there. I tried fresh cotton pads soaked in more of the L’Oreal Micellar Solution to no avail – the waterproof mascara just would not budge.
Luckily I do not use micellar water as a full cleanse – nor do I recommend that anyone do this. My bioderma acts as an eye make up remover only. Sadly, the L’oreal worked fine on regular eye make up but just couldn’t move the waterproof mascara. Bioderma removes all of my eye make up instantly with no problems.
I can say that whilst this micellar solution did not cause any sensitivity, it didn’t feel quite as gentle as the Bioderma. I managed to get some in my eye and there was a minor stinging sensation.
While this was an absolute bargain at $2 I doubt I will repurchase and there is no question about how effective it is compared to Bioderma.
This was a fair substitute given the situation but Bioderma is the clear winner and the only micellar water I will use in future.