I’m sure many of you are familiar with the micellar water solutions. They took beauty industry by storm a few years ago, and today almost every beauty brand on the market offers their own version of it.
For those of you less familiar with these products – they are lightweight, oil-free water-like liquids that remove waterproof makeup and surface impurities. They are very gentle and suitable for all skin types (including sensitive).
I first came in contact with micellar water thanks to a friend who gave me a generous sample of Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Micellar Solution. When I first tried it I soaked a cotton pad in it so much that, after I pressed the pads against my eye lids, a lot of the product ended up in my eyes. As a contact lens wearer with sensitive eyes I was expecting some kind of reaction, but nothing happened. No irritation, no stinging. Plus, my makeup dissolved and was removed from my eyes in less than a minute. Since that day I always have a bottle of Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution in my bathroom. It works perfectly for me – it doesn’t dry my skin, it’s not sticky and I find it very effective in removing heavy and waterproof makeup.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Micellar Solution ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin , Poloxamer 184, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Panthenol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance.
Even though I love this product, the curiosity got better of me and I ended up trying Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, that everyone raved about, and La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution. I found none of them worked as well as Vichy – they were less effective in taking the makeup off and a bit drying. That put me off from trying different brands so I stayed with Vichy for a long time.
Recently, however, I was recommended another one that, except for the fragrance and panthenol, has exactly the same ingredients list – L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (someone honestly needs to reconsider naming of the beauty products, they’ve became ridiculously long!).
The performance of L’Oréal micellar solution is as good as Vichy. It does sting my eyes slightly, but it doesn’t dry my skin and is equally as effective in removing the makeup. I can’t really say which one I prefer – I use both of them. I like that Vichy contains panthenol but I’m not a fan of fragrance so that one goes in favour of L’Oréal. Plus, L’Oréal is quite a bit cheaper at £4.99 (Vichy is £11.50/200ml).
L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
Finally, even though companies claim micellar solution can also be used as a toner and doesn’t have to be rinsed off, I have to say that I am strongly against it. For me they are makeup removers, not cleansers. I don’t like the idea of leaving a product I use for taking my makeup off on my skin. Also, they don’t cleanse skin thoroughly, so I prefer using them as a first step in my cleansing routine, followed by a cleansing milk or a balm for a deeper cleanse. I found this video very useful when it comes to demonstrating how effective micellar solution are, and this one which shows you how to use it to remove your makeup. I hope you’ll enjoy them!