During the past year micellar waters seem to have made a big impact on the beauty community. I used to think each one was pretty much the same as the next, but after trying many brands including Bioderma, No 7, La Roche Posay and more I've realised they can vary quite widely on performance. Most seem to be in the same price range of about £9-14, however this is only £4.99 full price and is mostly on offer too. I had seen loads of good reviews and combined with the lower price point thought it would be great to pick up next in my search for the perfect micellar water for me.
So what is a micellar water? To briefly sum up it is a micellar solution with microscopic oil particles suspended within to effectively draw out dirt and cleanse away make up. I much prefer them to make up wipes not only because they are kinder to your skin but I find wipes quite dry and therefore have to tug and pull a lot more, where as with a micellar water you can soak a cotton pad with as much solution as you need. You use them on dry skin either in the morning or evening as your cleanser. I personally choose to use them in the evening to get off the excess of my face and eye make up, then follow up with a balm or cream cleanser to thoroughly cleanse my skin.
The L'Oreal version promises to dissolve make up, unclog pores and remove impurities as well as toning and soothing skin. It is supposed to be suitable for face, eyes and lips and is hypo-allergenic in order to be suitable for sensitive skin. However, I think it fell dramatically short of these claims. I don't wear heavy make up on a daily basis, especially in Summer, but this micellar water did not remove my make up completely (although most waters fall short in this respect) or make any difference in reference to unclogging my pores. The main gripe I had with this product however was that it made my eyes so sore. I don't have sensitive skin at all, and yet within a few days of using this it made my eyes sore, red and the skin very dry. I stopped using it immediately once I figured out it was this product, but it still took a few days for my eyes to recover.
It is a shame to write up a negative post as there are many people who have had positive experiences with this product, however, because of the influx of good reviews I thought it was important for people to realise that it isn't amazing for everyone. I wish it had worked as it is cheaper and I like the brand, but unfortunately I just didn't get on with this at all.
Have you tried this product before and had a better experience? xxx