A micelle is a tiny oil molecule that is suspended in soft water. Instead of smearing your makeup around your face like water would, these little molecules basically eat up and absorb dirt and makeup like little pac-man. The actual solution looks and feels just like water, and is super soft and gentle on your skin. Micellar water was, until recently, sold almost exclusively in France, but is now available from lots of brands. They have been all the rage in the beauty world for awhile, and for good reason.
The most popular micellar solution is Bioderma, but it is not available outside of France (except for a few retailers). Luckily for us, many brands now carry versions of micellar water so we can all get our hands on some. As bioderma was the "cult favorite" I knew that was the one I wanted to try first, so I ordered a few bottles on amazon. If you're curious, the exact seller I ordered from was this one.
The Bioderma Sensibio H2O micelle solution is a face and eye makeup remover for sensitive, normal to dry skins. It is meant to remove even water-resistant makeup. It also has soothing and decongesting active ingredients to prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing. The reason that I fell in love with this is because it is so easy to use; you literally just pour some on a cotton pad, swipe it around your face and eyes, and that's it. You don't have to rinse it, you just dab your skin dry with a clean cloth and you're done. When I ordered this I was under the impression that this was a one-stop shop: makeup removing and cleansing all in one step. And it is... but I wouldn't exactly say that this should completely replace soap and water. On a night where you are exhausted or have been drinking and it's either this or sleeping in your makeup? Then yes, definitely this is a life-saver. Backstage at a fashion show and you have to quickly cleanse your skin for a new look? Bioderma to the rescue. YouTube beauty gurus will find this fantastic to remove swatches or makeup quickly while filming a look... the possibilities for use are endless. It's definitely a good idea to have one of these in your collection.
These days I'm still a major Bioderma fan. I use this as my first-step of my double cleanse facial routine. I use it only at night, before anything else, to remove my makeup and start the cleansing process. It works beautifully to remove my eye makeup, and never makes my eyes burn. The only negative thing I can say about this is that it tastes a little bad if you get it on your lips (or use it to remove a bright lipstick), and it also tends to break me out if I use this exclusively for a few days in a row. I ordered 4 big bottles of this months ago from Amazon, and still have 2 unopened, and am very happy with it.
There are tons of these waters out there, and there are definitely a few on my "to-try" list, but the only other one I've tried is the this works 5-in-1 clean skin water. Fleur from Fleur De Force sent me a bottle of this to try, and as I had never tried anything from this brand I was quite excited. This one is meant to be brightening, and gently cleanses, balances, refreshes, and removes all traces of makeup. Rosewater and fruit-packed botanical waters help shed skin cells and boost elasticity. There's also olive and almond oils to cleanse and mint to cool and tone. My first impression was that this stuff was so much better than Bioderma; it felt just a bit nicer on my skin. It doesn't have the funny taste that Bioderma has, and it didn't break me out when I used it exclusively for a few nights as a test. I would say that this products only downfall, for me at least, is that I can't use it on my eyes. It doesn't remove mascara well and it stings my sensitive eyes a tiny bit (it's not unbearable but definitely noticeable).
Bioderma is about $29.29 for 500ml, and this works is $34.65 for 200ml, so bioderma is definitely the better deal money-wise. And after using both for awhile, even though this works is a lovely product, I think bioderma is the better choice overall. Although I will admit, on nights where I really want to pamper my skin, and don't mind spending the extra time removing my eye makeup separately I tend to pick this works. It has more luxurious packaging, with a pump to dispense the product, and feels a bit more nourishing on my skin. Both products are lovely.
Have you tried any other brands of micellar water? Which is your favorite?
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Ingredients:
Properties Fragrance-free formula. Alcohol-free. No phenoxyethanol. Ingredients WATER (AQUA), PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, DISODIUM EDTA, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE.
this works Clean Skin 5-in-1 water Ingredients:
Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Almond Oil PEG-8 Esters, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, 1-Methylhydantoine-2-imide, Mentha Aquatica (Wild Water Mint) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract