Cleansing waters and micellar solutions are the hottest thing since hair straighteners, and have gone from being a beauty bloggers cult item, to something we can easily find in Superdrug or Boots. They come in all prices and are available for all skin types.
Products from this new generation of cleansers all have in common that they are soap free and gentle on the skin, so would suit the most sensitive among us. You use them just like a toner - soak a cotton pad in the solution and you're ready to get rid of make up or to cleanse your face in the morning, just with a simple sweep. I've matched a couple of products against each other and here are my thoughts on them.
In the first corner we have an old friend of mine - Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water. While I'm very familiar with one, the others were new to me and I was really looking forward to trying them. This goes in particular for the product in the second corner - beauty bloggers no 1 favourite Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. In the third corner we have L'Oréal's dupe for Bioderma, L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution and the last contender is Decleor Aroma Cleanse Soothing Micellar Water, another brand that I know well - although not this particular product.
So lets get ready to cleanse!
I have been using Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water for about 4 months now, and I mainly use it as part of my morning routine, although I have also used it on evenings when I was too tired to do a proper cleanse, and it does a good job. It is very gentle on the skin, and the yummy peach smell helps to make your skin feel refreshed. However because it is so gentle I'm not sure how effective it would be on days when you wear full makeup with heavier foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter - hmmm, I'm sceptical. When I first got the cleanser I didn't read the instructions properly so I thought I could use it both for eye and face makeup, but it really stung my eyes and since then I always use a separate eye make up remover before using this product, so while it may be fresh, gentle and lovely smelling, an all-in-one cleanser it is not.
Let's move on to L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution which is often called a dupe for Bioderma. Considering I was so impressed with Bioderma, this product had a lot to live up to and since I'd never used any of L'Oréal's cleansing products previously, I wasn't sure what to expect. Similar to Bioderma this is an all-in-one product, so it removes both face and eye makeup without stinging your eyes, and it also tones and soothes the skin. It's very effective and makes your skin feel thoroughly cleansed. I can see why fans of Bioderma may find this a good substitute, and it's excellent value for money - all in all a very positive surprise!
The last contender is Decleor Acoma Cleanse Soothing Micellar Water. I always seem to have one or two Décleor products as part of my routine mainly because I love the concept of Aromessence. This micellar water also contains essentials oil - camomile, neroli, lavendar and majoram and essential waters from rose, sweet clover and mallow. The only scent that you really pick up on though is the very subtle one of roses. This is supposed to remove both face and eye make up but I would not recommend that. I don't have either sensitive eyes or skin, but when I used it on my eyes it really stung and my eyes kept on watering, for the next 10 mins or so. That unfortunately was the deciding factor for me - I really wanted to like this but I won't be repurchasing, when there are so many other fantastic options to choose from.
So - after 4 intense but clean rounds we have a winner. It's not a knock out, but it's a win on points. And for me the winner is.....
I will definitely re-purchase Bioderma and for me it's the champion of light weight cleansing!
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