Many people still have no clue as to what makes micellar waters so special. But I am obsessed.
In a previous blog post, I detailed the science behind micelle molecules. It’s actually quite fascinating, so go forth and read up on The Magic Of Micellar Water.
Today, I thought it would be fun to show you 3 different micellar products that I’ve been using. And then do a comparison of them with a blind test.
These products are of the French Pharmaceutical variety. Literally, I had someone visit my favorite pharmacies in Paris and bring them back in a suitcase.
Two of them are almost impossible to find outside of France, making them très précieux to my little quivering heart.
From Left To Right:
1) JONZAC Rehydrate Micellar Water For Sensitive Skin
2) BIODERMA Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution For Sensitive Skin
3) URIAGE Make-Up Remover Water For Normal To Combination Sensitive Skin
Take note of how different brands have different names for them. From micellar water, to micelle solution, to make-up remover. But whatever name you call it, all micellar products essentially do the same thing: remove impurities from the skin without irritating it.
Though they are targeted for sensitive skin, they prove useful no matter your skin type.
I mainly like to use micellars as my makeup-remover. My nightly routine begins with wiping off makeup and impurities from the day with a micellar soaked cotton pad.
Yah, I know what you’re wondering… “Why not just use regular ol’ makeup-remover?”
Well, my leery friend, micellar waters are formulated to cleanse without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance.
Some of the best micellars that I’ve tried are made with thermal waters, which boast of soothing, anti-inflammatory properties.
These claims are hard to substantiate, but my positive experiences with micellars makes me a staunch believer that they have special, albeit subtle, magical properties.
Not all micellars are created equal though. And here, I will attempt to describe and show the main difference between these 3 micellar products.
JONZAC Rehydrate Micellar Water
This one contains the thermal spring waters from the Jonzac region of France. It can be used daily to cleanse sensitive, dehydrated skin.
It was developed and tested with a view to minimizing allergic reactions. It’s suitable even for babies and children.
My experience: This cleanses without drying out the skin. I like to use this one in the morning. Normally, when I just wash my face with regular tap water, my skin tends to feel dry and taut several minutes later. But when I follow up with this, my skin feels comfortably balanced.
The smell is very light and fresh. It does not irritate the eyes whatsoever. In terms of quantity, you get a lot more for around the same price as the others.
Ingredients: Water*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Betaine, Sodium Levulinate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Unde ylenate, Fragrance, Lactic Acid.
* Jonzac Thermal Spring Water
** ingredients sourced from plants
** ingredients sourced from organic farming
Natural and organic cosmetic certified by ECOCERT.
BIODERMA Sensibio H20
Bioderma’s Crealine Micellar Water is THE cult beauty staple among top makeup artists around the world.
The Sensibio is an even gentler version of the Crealine (though I never even thought that was necessary). Obviously this is for people with SUPER sensitive and reactive skin.
My Experience: The scent, which can be best described as “clinical,” is very light and subtle. It’s non-irritating to my rather sensitive eyes.
After cleansing, my skin feels comfortable, retains its natural balance and does not feel dry or tight.
Ingredients: Water, PED-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cucumis Satifus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide
URIAGE Makeup Remover Water
Uriage micellar water is made with the thermal water from the Uriage Springs near the foot of the French Alps.
Thermal waters are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements, which enhance the skin’s ability to repair itself.
My Experience: I love the light, floral scent. For whatever reason, this one feels slightly cooler (and therefore quite soothing) on the skin.
As with the other micellars, my skin feels comfortable and retains its natural balance. It also effectively removes stubborn eye-makeup without causing irritation.
This was the first micellar water I’d ever tried. I actually got it for a beauty swap, but ended up keeping it and using it. The beginning of a beautiful love story!
Ingrdients: Water, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cetrimoniom Bromide, PED-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract
THE MAKEUP “LIFT” FACTOR: A BLIND TEST
Ok. You could say that these 3 micellar products are hardly different from each other. They all work pretty much the same way.
They do, however, differ in one significant aspect: their ability to “lift” or remove makeup.
To show you what I mean, let’s do a blind test!
I will show you three images.
In each image, a different micellar product was used to remove make up.
I used four cotton pads, starting with the one on the left and ending with the one on the right.
For the above images, I tried my best to apply the same types and amount of makeup. But since these photos were taken weeks apart, it may have happened that I put on a little more mascara during one trial (ahem, as was obviously the case with Product B).
The most important thing is to look at how much makeup was removed with the first cotton pad and compare that to how much makeup was left on the last (4th) cotton pad.
Based on this criteria, I think we can all agree that Product C comes out the worst.
But when it comes to telling which product comes out on top, Product A or Product B, things are a little less clear.
The trickiness comes from the amount of black mascara on Product B’s first cotton pad, which makes the difference between the 1st and the 4th cotton look more dramatic than it actually is.
So to level the playing field, let’s make the 1st cotton pads disappear…
Now let’s compare Product A’s cotton pad 2 with its cotton pad 4. Then compare Product B’s cotton pad 2 with its cotton pad 4.
What do you think?
I think the difference is much more evident, making Product A officially the best at removing makeup!
Actually, from experience, I know Product A is the winner.
But if you think I’m being biased, there is another blogger I know who actually participated in a real blind trial. Her conclusion and that of 99 other bloggers matches mine.
And just for fun, I’m not going to reveal to you which one is Product A. Bwahaha!
You’ll see, the winner is none other than Product A.
Micellar waters are great for:
- Removing makeup
- Washing your face without having to wash your face (great for cleaning your face in the middle of the day)
- Keeping your skin’s natural balance
- Cleansing eye-makeup without any irritation
On very rare occasions, when I am just too tired at night, I sometimes very quickly cleanse my face with micellar soaked cotton pads.
It’s the only way I would ever, EVER allow myself to go to sleep without first washing my face.