After finishing bottles and bottles of micellar water, I now declare the product as a permanent in my nightly skin care routine. I still don’t think it falls in the must-have category — it’s nice to have but I can live without it.
If you’re not familiar with micellar water, I’d like to welcome you to beauty internet universe. Hi! You must be new here. Micellar water is a makeup remover that is basically just water with surfactants that are mild enough to leave on the skin. A more intelligent explanation can be found here: What is micellar water and how does it work?
I’ve tried 3 brands: Bioderma, Casino Expert, and Bifesta
I think they’re all somewhat the same. All of them are gentle enough, all of them are not good at removing waterproof makeup (obviously, because they are mostly just water), and all of them can not remove every trace of makeup in one go.
As far as I know, cleansing waters are supposed to be no-rinse. I can do the no-rinse thing if I come home really tired, but if I have enough energy to worry about how acne-prone my skin is, I always rinse it off, even with just water (then I put on tretinoin cream afterwards).
At this point, you might already be asking how this type of product made its way into my skin care routine if I think I can do without it. Basically, I use this product just to loosen up sunscreen and makeup before I wash my face with non-foamy cleansers (e.g., physiogel, vmv cream cleanser, etc.).
Usually, I soak one cotton pad with the product and wipe it all over my face. It removes most of my eye shadow and face makeup. On mascara and eyeliner, it’s useless.
Sometimes, I put the solution in a spray bottle and I spritz (spritz?) it all over my face, massage it a little, then I wash with water — you know, just to save on cotton pads. Buying micellar water is like buying just the liquid part of makeup wipes. But I like the former more because most makeup wipes feel slippy.
So, for the purpose I use this product for, all three brands are essentially the same to me. But of course, there are actual differences.
I can only speak for the sensibio variant (haven’t tried the others).
This one is the least tacky and most water-like (???). I think it’s also the best at removing eye shadow. But for honesty’s sake, that doesn’t matter to me because if there will still be some eye makeup left, what difference does it make?
I bought this at a BYS counter at Watsons for Php 699, if I remember right. So, that’s 1.398 php per ml. I’m not sure if BYS is still selling this. But I know that Watsons will be officially distributing Bioderma products soon (check out their instagram @biodermaph).
This may not be relevant but Bifesta tastes bitter and feels the tackiest of all three.
But, if I need to name one that I would most likely do a no-rinse experiment with, I’d pick Bifesta because it has variants that make it appear like it could actually work as a leave-on skin care product. I’ve already finished two bottles of this: Age Care and Bright Up. I didn’t notice any significant difference between those two, probably because I rinse them off. When I finish all the waters I have left, I’d get the Moist variant (and probably do the experiment).
This costs Php 419 for a 300ml bottle, Php 1.3966666… per ml.
Casino is probably already phased-out by now. I bought 6 bottles of this. 4 of which, I’ve used up, the other 2, I gave to friends. A 200 ml. bottle costs *hold tight* Php 86. That’s Php 0.43 per ml.!!!
I bought them at a buy-one-get-one deal from Shopwise (that’s Php 86 for 2 bottles). Maybe they were on clearance at that time. They used to be also available at Rustan’s Supermarket but I don’t see them anymore.
This is the least ‘moisturizing’ of all of them, but it’s still not drying. It has a toner-like feel that I really like and it does what it’s supposed to do for a fraction of the cost.
As I said, micellar water is not a must-have. I just feel the need to double-cleanse since shifting to non-foamy cleansers. I can substitute this with physiogel cleanser (i.e., cotton pad the physiogel cleanser and use it in a cleansing water fashion) but that seems costly. The best and neatest makeup removing routine would probably be: two-phase makeup remover for the eye area and micelle solution for the rest of the face.
If you don’t wear a lot of waterproof makeup, maybe this type of product would be enough as your sole cleansing product. If you expect it to remove all types of makeup, you’ll be disappointed.
PS. I wish D’Mark (the official distributer of Bioderma in the PH) would sell it here at a price that is a little bit closer how much it costs in France. I saw in a few websites that 2 500ml bottles only costs around 20 euros?!?!
PPS. Recently found out that Garnier and L’Oreal (technically the same company) now sells this mythical water as well.