Arguably the Rolls Royce of micellar cleansers, it’s a favourite of makeup artists the world over because the no-rinse, soap-free, pH-balanced formula removes even waterproof makeup without irritating skin. So, am I the only person in the World that hasn’t been wowed by Bioderma Micellar Cleanser?
What are Micellar Cleansers? In case you’ve missed/ignored the hype... Dubbed the next big thing in cleansing, they look like water and remove make-up with one simple swipe. Containing micelles (liquid 'crystals' that trap small quantities of oil) and a lot of water (among other things).
Biorderma’s Sensibio H2O has serious cult status in France. Now I’m not saying I don’t like it, but given the hype and the lengths I went to get my hands on it, it hasn’t lived up to the expectations. As with all these “waters” you soak a cotton pad with the cleanser and wipe across your face. It’s far more effective than using a baby wipe and it feels like you’re giving your face a good wet wash. It’s gentle and not at all irritating. BUT with I don’t feel its make up removal powers are super effective. It takes a good 4-5 saturated cotton wool pads to take it all away and it definitely doesn’t shift mascara. The other down side, it leaves my skin slightly dry and tight.
On the plus side it’s a real saviour when you’re feeling too lazy to take your makeup off properly, it’s handy to keep on the dresser when your makeup goes wrong or you want to remove the smokey eye fall out and it’s a good as a pre-cleanser cleanser. I find I can take the “thick” off with this, and then follow up with a creamy cleanser like the No7 Clense & Protect. But it’s not the complete makeup removal/cleanser package I was hoping for. I actually prefer Sephora’s version read my review here.
What do you think of Biorderma? Is it a yah or nay? Tell me I'm not the only one on the fence! And have you tried any other Micellar Waters?
Available in the UK From Escentual £4.50/100ml and £9.99/250ml here