There’s been an explosion of micellar waters over the past year here in the USA. What the heck are these micellar waters that we’re seeing on shelves and why the explosion? Micellar Cleansing Water is defined as “a gentle fluid cleanser with an ingredient list that reads more like a gentle liquid makeup remover than a standard water-soluble cleanser. And not surprisingly, it’s applied exactly the same way, with a cotton pad that you wipe over the face, no need to rinse.”
Micellar cleansers are powerful yet gentle to the skin. They remove all of your makeup, clean the skin and leave you feeling refreshed. Some people use these waters as their only method of cleansing the face. I, however, choose to use a cleanser after removing my makeup with the water. The choice is personal.
These multi-purpose cleansers contain Micellar technology. Here’s the science behind them: Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying. They come in several different formulas. Some are even designed to remove tough waterproof mascara formulas.
Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O was the first micellar water that I ever used. I had to purchase it online since it wasn’t available in the US yet. I even stocked up once on a trip to the UK before it was readily available in the US. I always have a backup bottle of this one in my stash. I have to be a bit careful not to get this one in my eyes because it tends to make them sting if I accidentally overdo it. They’ve come out with a few additional formulas. However, I haven’t tried those yet.
The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is one of the first ones that comes to mind for me for people who have sensitive skin. This one is extra gentle. Like the rest of the Simple Skincare line, it is formulated for sensitive skin and is often recommended by dermatologists.
La Roche-Posay also makes a micellar water designed for sensitive skin. I like that this one is available at drugstores even thought it’s a higher end skincare line.
I picked up the Embyrolisse Micellar Water when I saw it at The Makeup Show in Dallas last June. Embryolisse is a very well-known French brand that has always gotten rave reviews by makeup artists. I’d used their cleansers and moisturizing creams in the past so I was excited to see if the micellar water lived up to the rest of their products. It didn’t disappoint. In recent months this brand has become available at a few US chains.
Sephora also came out with their own brand of Micellar Water. I went through theirs fairly quick. It’s on the lower end of the price points, compared to some of the others and performed great for me.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water debuted in the US just a few months ago. It’s been well received. It’s a drugstore option that is one of the most cost effective and affordable of all of these cleansers. I’m working on my second bottle of it now. Garnier also has a second formula available that is designed to take off even the toughest of waterproof mascaras. I haven’t tried this one yet, although I’ve needed it on a rare occasion.
Verdict: I can honestly say that I love all of these Micellar Waters that I’ve spoken about above. I don’t feel like one out-performs the others. You can choose to be fancy and get an expensive one and you’ll be happy with it. However, you can get a drugstore formula and be just as happy, in my opinion.
Have you jumped on the Micellar Cleansing Water train yet? If so, which one is your favorite?
*I paid for all of these products with my own money