Micellar waters are becoming increasingly popular lately with many skin care brands jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a fan of possibly the original and most well renowned - Bioderma Sensibio - for a long time now and regularly repurchase this as a staple of my skin care routine. I am yet to find anything that removes eye make up as well and is as gentle on my sensitive eyes.
However, Bioderma is only available to me online and when I run out, I have to wait until a new bottle is delivered which isn't always as quick as I would like.
I found myself in this situation recently having used the last drop of Bioderma and needing a replacement immediately. Whilst shopping in the supermarket I noticed a new micellar solution from L'Oreal. I will admit to having never used L'Oreal skincare before, but at the bargain price of £3 and no obviously dodgy ingredients listed - I decided to give this one a go. If it turned out to be horrific, I had only wasted a small amount of money no big deal.
To say I was apprehensive is an understatement. My temperamental skin does not take kindly to swapping and changing products and introducing new products from brands I do not usually use can lead to full on skin meltdown.
That evening, I used L'Oreal's Micellar Solution to remove my eye make up as I would normally use my Bioderma. Two cotton pads soaked in the solution and my eye make up was removed - or so I thought.
Upon closer inspection, the waterproof mascara I had used on my lower lashes was still there. I tried fresh cotton pads soaked in more of the L'Oreal Micellar Solution to no avail - the waterproof mascara just would not budge.
I can say that whilst this micellar solution did not cause any sensitivity, it didn't feel quite as gentle as the Bioderma. I managed to get some in my eye and there was a minor stinging sensation.
While this was an absolute bargain at £3 I doubt I will repurchase and there is no question about how effective it is compared to Bioderma.
This was a fair substitute given the situation but Bioderma is the clear winner and the only micellar water I will use in future.