For about a year or so, I read about Micellar Water mostly from women who lived in Canada or Europe or Asia. Although Micellar Water was available in the U.S., it was harder and more expensive to come by. Not so any longer. Micellar Water can be had in the drugstore now in the U.S.
What is Micellar Water?
Micellar water is a soap-free cleansing product that removes makeup without the need for rinsing.
Micellar water started in France as an antidote to their harsh tap water. It became popular in Canada. The U.S. is a bit of a micellar water laggard, but it looks like we’ll be catching up soon.
Micellar water is applied with a cotton pad. Pour some micellar water on the pad and remove your makeup. You can even remove waterproof mascara with it. Dirt, oil and makeup are attracted by the micellar water and they end up on the pad. The product was formulated for sensitive and irritated skin, so in spite of it being a hard-working cleanser, it is meant to be mild.
Bioderma Micellar Water is the brand that has created the most buzz, but it’s expensive. I waited till micellar water came to the drugstore. I had heard good things about Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, so that’s what I tried. I bought it along with Simple Eye Makeup Remover during a buy one, get one half off last week at CVS.
What’s My Verdict?
I love the idea of Micellar Water. It’s great for those times when you don’t feel like going through your regular cleansing and makeup removal ritual. To me, it’s a replacement for a cleansing wipe, but it weighs a lot more and you need to have cotton pads on hand.
Here’s what the brand says about Simple Micellar Water:
- Our most advanced yet gentle cleanse
- Thoroughly cleanses; Removing make-up, dirt, impurities, and unclogging pores
- Instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%
- Contains no artificial perfume or dyes and no harsh chemicals that can upset your skin
- Made with skin loving ingredients, multi-vitamins, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water to help remove contaminants that are known to irritate skin
Simple Micellar Water, the only brand I have tried, is extremely mild and gentle. It feels good on my skin. It has virtually no scent. It does remove both face makeup and eye makeup. However, to remove my L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara that has fibers built into the formula, it required many strokes of the micellar water-soaked cotton pad to get it all off. I used one cotton pad to remove my face makeup. I probably should have taken a second clean pad and gone over my face again to make sure that all of my makeup came off. Instead, I washed with my usual cleanser and I noticed that more foundation came off onto my white sponge. So that confirmed that I should’ve gone over my face again with a new micellar water-soaked pad.
Would I buy Simple Micellar Water again? Maybe or maybe not. The label says to avoid getting the product in your eyes by keeping your eyes closed. I found it hard to do that while trying to remove my eye makeup. And unfortunately, the formula definitely irritates my extremely sensitive eyes. I guess I could use something else to remove my eye makeup, right? Simple Micellar Water does feel very nice on my skin. I’m not sure it is easier than using a wipe, it’s just different.
Simple Micellar Water comes in a clear plastic squeeze bottle containing 6.97 fl. oz/198 ml. It’s made in the U.S. It’s sold at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and probably anyplace that carries Unilever personal care products. It was priced at $8.74 at CVS, but I took advantage of the deal and bought a Simple Eye Makeup Remover with it.
Simple Eye Makeup Remover
Next, I tried Simple Eye Makeup Remover. Here’s what the company says about the product:
- Removes eye make-up, even waterproof mascara without leaving a greasy residue
- 100% Oil-Free
- With added vitamin: Pro-Vitamin B5
- No Dyes, No Artificial Perfumes and No Harsh Irritants that can upset your skin
The label also warns about avoiding getting the product in the eyes. And the eye makeup remover too seems to irritate my sensitive eyes in spite of the fact that it says “kind to eyes” on the front label. Oh well. I need a makeup remover that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes…and that is my tried-and-true Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover! So in the future, I’ll stick with Rimmel.
At CVS, the 4.2 fl. oz./124 ml plastic squeeze bottle of Simple Eye Makeup Remover is priced at $8.74. It’s made in the U.S. and is widely available.
Have you tried Micellar Water yet? What were your experiences with it?