The way some people talk about micellar waters, you’d think they’re hand-plucked from the Fountain of Youth and come with a cupcake.
Well, I’ve tried my first one. And it does not come from the Fountain of Youth (I’m fairly certain about this) and there was no cupcake, but do I think it’s a good cleanser? Why yes, I do.
For those of you who have never heard of micellar water, let me point you in the direction of
my most-used, extremely trusty source, Wikipedia yeah I just read that Wikipedia article, and my head is reeling in confusion. Here’s a much better explanation via She Said Beauty. Bioderma is the most famous one, but it’s also hard to get ahold of in the states. So naturally, I was thrilled to discover that La Roche-Posay, makers of my HG lip balm and a damn good sunscreen, carry a micellar solution. And you can get it at CVS, which is the cherry on top of the proverbial cupcake that sadly did not come with this bottle.
What I love most about this solution is the blissful sensation of clean that it leaves up on my skin. It doesn’t make my face feel tight, as some overly stripping cleansers do, nor am I left with any oily residue. It’s got a light floral scent and a lovely refreshing feel. It’s wholesome in a bottle.
As for makeup removing abilities, I’m able to remove my waterproof mascaras using this, but it does take some extra work. And as I am unbelievably lazy when it comes to makeup, I stick to cleansing oils on the days I choose to wear Majo Majo. For eyeshadows, eyeliners, and regular mascaras (just found one I love, and I can’t wait to share it with you), it works like a dream. Perhaps my favorite way to use this is to clean up those last pesky traces of makeup that my cleansing oil doesn’t quite get. It’s also a must-have product for those who frequently find themselves living out of a suitcase.
As far as face makeup goes, this takes off all of mine with ease, although I will mention that I wear very light makeup on my face, and sometimes forego it altogether. One important thing to remember is that tools matter. Just as you might use a nice brush to apply your foundation, pay attention to the types of cotton pads you use to remove your makeup. I like to get the kind with two sides, one smooth and one textured. And of course, I use the textured side on my face, as I find it does a much better job of wiping off product.
For those of you who are curious about micellar solutions, but have a hard time getting your hands on a bottle, La Roche-Posay is the way to go. It’s particularly great for those with sensitive skin, as it is free of soap, alcohol and parabens. A 200 mL bottle of Physiological Micellar Solution retails at $20.95, and you can always use those handy ExtraBucks* to lessen the price.
*not all CVS locations carry LRP, but you can find them at other places too. Use their handy store locator here.
Have you tried micellar waters? What’s your favorite one?
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