Micellar waters have had their fair share of the limelight when it comes to make up removal over the past year or so with one in particular stealing the show. A Micellar Water is quite simply a water based cleanser containing micelle molecules which have proven to be pretty good at removing make up, dirt and pollution from the skin. Having said that I wouldn’t skip that second cleanse just yet as personally I use these for the initial eye make up removal process and nothing else. I personally think that this type of product is perfect for using on the eye area as they are often very gentle and fragrance free.
I’m sure you have all heard of Bioderma* but for those that haven’t this has been a super popular micellar water from the French skincare brand which towards the end of last year finally made it to the UK enabling beauty fanatics everywhere to get their hands on it. Over the last six months or so there have been many attempts by a number of brands to create their own micellar water but have any of them managed to knock Bioderma off the top spot?
For me Bioderma is a fantastic product because it removes my make up wonderfully and it does not irritate my eyes in anyway. It is extremely gentle and refreshing on the eyes and also works very well on the rest of my face too, it’s quite clear to see just how much make up and general grime from the day it removes. Due to the fact that it is alcohol free this means that it won’t be as drying or stripping on the skin which has been true for me as I’ve experienced no tight feelings on my skin after using it. I think overall it is a fantastic product and can most certainly see why it has been so highly recommend however my only issue with it is the price as for 500ml you will pay just under £15 if it isn’t on offer which is rather expensive in my opinion; it’s also not that easy to get hold of.
Out of all the current micellar waters on the market I think the closest rival to Bioderma has to be the new release from Garnier which if I do say so myself is on par with the French offering. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is already a product that I have repurchased and will most likely feature in my favourite’s post of 2014, yes it is that good. The Garnier micellar water in my experience works just as well as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost as at just £4.99 for 400ml you’ll be saving quite a few pennies. For me there really isn’t much of a comparison to be made outside of that one factor as they both are as effective as one another on my skin; I think it will generally boil down to how much you want to pay.
Whilst I really like micellar waters for that initial eye make up removal and perhaps a quick sweep across my face I’d just like to stress that the cleansing process does not end there. I’ll always use a balm and gel/cream cleanser afterwards as that is what I prefer to do, using a cleansing water alone would not sit right with me. Having said that using a balm or cream cleanser on my eyes has never been something I particularly enjoy so these micellar waters really do come in handy for that.
Overall I’m going to favour Garnier on this occasion as it is quite a bit cheaper in comparison to Bioderma, it’s also much easier to obtain as it is sold in my local ASDA as well as Boots, Superdrug and Tesco.
Have you tried a micellar water? What’s your favourite?