Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Micellar Water Round-Up & Review

Hi beauties! 

Lately I've been testing a few micellar waters. I didn't really know what micellar water was until a few weeks ago when I really started looking into several different ones. L'Oreal is in my view the brand who set the benchmark for the others on this product as it was all over the TV and magazines when it came out. Below you will see individual reviews on Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, L'Oreal, B.Pure and Vichy micellar waters as well as a comparisson between the brands.

The main reason for wanting to do a round-up of this type of product is because I wanted to test whether you can really keep blemishes away by properly cleansing your face and removing makeup. YES YES I'm a self-confessed Boots wipes girl and I never ever use a proper cleanser to take my makeup off with, so let's find out if it really worked for me! 

Bioderma H2O Micellar Solution* 
I had seen these products in lots and lots of different blogs and always wanted to try it because of its popularity. I have to say that I was very very impressed with Bioderma. I was kindly sent minis for both sensitive and oily skin types and of course the oily skin one is more suitable for me but I used them both. I found there to be little difference to be honest, but I'm sure this could be more well determined by those with sensitive skins. 

My thoughts...
I found this micellar solution to be SUPER effective and I was really pleased with the results. It literally took one wipe with a large cotton pad to wipe off all the makeup in that section of my face. The liquid really adhered to the pad, pulling all the makeup and dirt off the skin in one motion - BRILLIANT! I also found Bioderma to be really kind to the eyes so I also wiped my eye makeup off with it and it didn't sting or get in the eyes or irritate them at all. 
Another positive is that this product didn't leave the skin feeling sticky or slimy like a lot of water-based toners/cleansers do, so if you don't want to rinse, there's absolutely no need for it anyway! 

I found this to be one to be my second favourite out of the best micellar waters I tested. It's super gentle on the eyes, very effective and fast to use with a great result of leaving skin properly cleansed and soft. A true 3 in 1 must-have! Highly recommended! 
RRP: £14.80 // Escentual  

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution* 
This micellar solution claims to gently cleanse the face, eyes and lips and it is also Paraben-free. Also suitable for sensitive skin types, so it's very mild.

My thoughts...
As with all other La Roche-Posay products I've tried I was impressed. I thought that this product had the lightest feel out of all of them as it literally felt like you were washing your face with normal water. Very light and smoothing which I love as I hate the feel of heavy products. The design of the bottle makes it extremely easy to squeeze the water out onto the cotton pad without wasting too much and soaking the cotton pad which then means I can't use it on my eyes without squeezing the excess off first. This product like Bioderma is also good for removing eye makeup as it's very gentle, and it's also relatively fast at removing all traces of makeup and dirt.

I did find this product to be the most fragranced out of all the waters and although that's nice, it always makes me think that there are extra ingredients in there. 

I really enjoyed using this product, it was effective and luxurious and although it wasn't my favourite but I would definitely recommend it to anyone on an independent basis as it's still a really good micellar solution! 
RRP: £11.50 // Boots  

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution 
This micellar solution as I mentioned above is for me the benchmark of micellar waters. I remember seeing this everywhere when it first came out, and it is the product which got me interested in micellar solutions to begin with. This product claims to dissolve makeup, unclog pores and remove impurities and tone and soothe skin. 

My thoughts... 
This was definitely one of my favourites for various reasons. It's cheap, effective and great quality. However, I don't think it actually does everything it claims to do. It was gentle on the eyes so definitely suitable for removing eye makeup, it also removed remaining makeup and cleansed skin with just 1 wipe! However as for removing impurities and toning I'm not too sure. Since I've started using micellar lotions to remove makeup with and cleanse the skin with as opposed to Boots quick facial wipes I have definitely seen a decrease in the amount of spots, I haven't really had any spots actually any which is OMG GREAT! However, my pores haven't really changed and my skin just felt clean not really toned. 

My favourite micellar water! This is great value for money, widely available and very effective in deep cleansing the skin and removing even the smallest traces of makeup. I love that it's also gentle enough for use in the eyes as this saves me from buying a specialized eye makeup remover. Highly recommended. 
RRP: £4.99 // Boots

Superdrug B.Pure Micellar Water* 
This is Superdrug's own micellar water. I was quite intrigued to try a Supredrug's own branded product as I had no idea what to expect. Also, this product had quite a high rating on their website which is always good to know. It claims to cleanse, tone and refresh.

My thoughts...
Even though I have recently been going into Superdrug more often to try their branded stuff I have to say that I was disappointed with this product. To begin with, it was the only one that stung my eyes and therefore I had to remove eye makeup with another product.  I know that it doesn't say it's suitable for eyes, but I assumed that as a multi-functional product it would be suitable for eyes as well, especially as all its rivals had been. Also, this was the only one which felt a little bit slimy and soapy on the skin afterwards, so definitely not very keen on it. 

I have to say that I wouldn't buy this product again. It just didn't live up to the expectation and for the same price as the L'Oreal, I would much rather buy that one. 
RRP: £4.99 // Superdrug

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Calming, Cleansing Micellar Solution* 
I've always liked Vichy as a brand. To me it's a brand which has always seemed to provide a little luxury for a very reasonable price. I would've liked to have tried the version for skin prone to impurities instead but I was kindly sent this one so I was happy to give it a go anyway :)
So this micellar solution like L'Oreal claims to be a 3 in 1 which clams skin, cleanses and soothes. It also says that it's suitable for removing eye makeup! 

My thoughts... 
Similarly to Bioderma and L'Oreal this solution was not strongly fragranced, it was very quick at removing makeup, gentle on the eyes whilst dissolving the makeup and had a very light feel. My face felt the freshest with this solution, possibly because of the calming properties within the product which are what differences it from the other waters I tried. 

I would re-purchase and would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a good cleanser and enjoys their premium skincare brands. It's reasonably priced and excellent if you specifically suffer from either sensitive or impurity-prone skin as I always find that when you do, specialised formulations always work slightly better! 
RRP: £11.00 // Boots  

I have to say that cleansing my face properly has definitely had a chance on my skin, it's far more refreshed, clean and blemish-free than before so I'm happy to say that I've ditched the wiper FOREVER! 
i hope you enjoyed this round-up and I hope that I helped you decide on the best micellar water for you if it's something you're thinking about buying! Would love to know if you've ever tried any of these, and what's your favourite micellar water? 


  1. I have been looking at getting a micellar water recently but I am totally lost which one. I almost brought the Superdrug one so glad I didn't!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  2. This is a great post! I've been thinking about trying the L'Oreal micellar water as a cheaper alternative to Bioderma but wasn't sure if it would be as good, I'll definitely have to try it now! xx


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