Sunday, 24 November 2013

The War of Micellar Waters!

When it comes to Micellar Waters, three instantly spring to mind - Bioderma, L'Oreal Micellar Solution and Taaj Micellar Cleansing Water. I have been using the latter for around 2 years now and absolutely love it to pieces. The only disadvantage is that it used to be slightly hard to get your hands on. There was the faff of having to order it online, originally from Amazon who import it from France. Although now you can get it from the Birchbox store. Either way, I figured I should try two more accessible waters to see if I like them more. Plus, a Bioderma sample came in my Birchbox a few months ago so there really was no excuse not to try it!

Here's how I got on with each and which one finally won my heart.

First off we have the Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Solution for Combo/Oily skin. This tiny sample only lasted me about a week but I still feel like I got a good feel for how it worked for me. It seemed really fresh and clean, just like a water should be. It wasn't soapy like one I will talk about later. It didn't dry out my skin or break me out which were two aspects I looked for most in these products. It cleared my pores and didn't leave me with clogged skin. It took off my mascara relatively easily so there wasn't too much scrubbing involved. Over all I really got on well with this water. I'm still interested as to whether my skin would react differently to the original water which isn't specifically designed for Combo/Oily skin. However if I was to go and repurchase this again, I would simply stick to this one as it works well for me.

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Solution - £14.80 for 500ml from Escentual

Next up we have the high street version of micellar water by L'Oreal. I was really hoping to love this product as it's so affordable and easy to get my hands on, but I just don't love it as much as the other two. I find it quite soapy. It bubbles up on the cotton pad and leaves my skin feeling quite stripped and dry. I don't feel like it deep cleans the skin, which means it leaves my pores clogged with makeup, even after I've washed my face post-micellar-water. This had lead me to break out a little more often than usual. It does take off my mascara with reasonable ease which is nice, but over all I'm still not that taken with it. I really wanted to be but the other two triumph for me.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution - £3.32 for 200ml from Superdrug

Finally we have my trusted Taaj Micellar Cleansing Water. As I said previously, I have been using this product religiously for a couple of years now. Just like Bioderma, I first tested this product due to it coming as a sample in Birchbox. This just shows that Birchbox is a great way to test out new products and potentially find ones that you'll be using for many years to come.

The reason why I like this water so much is because it simply acts like a water on my skin. It doesn't dry or strip the skin, nor does it act soapy. The Taaj water helps to prevent breakouts by cleansing my skin so well. Plus it removes my mascara like a dream. It's really gentle and doesn't have any strong perfumes which make it feel really natural and healthy for the skin. I honestly can't really fault the Taaj water. My only issues were getting hold of it and price.

Taaj Micelar Cleansing Water - £16 for 500ml from Birchbox

With all of the waters mentioned, you could use them without washing the product off. However I do feel a little uncomfortable leaving both this and the L'Oreal water on the skin. It feels like a film has been left which I want to remove. Regardless of film or no film, I would always wash my face after using a wash anyway, to make sure I'm double cleansing. It's ok to just use the water on its own for a few nights but in general I don't think it's enough. Skin needs a proper clean to make sure the pores are clear and it can breathe.

Due to everything I've learnt I have to say, it looks like Bioderma comes out on top which I would not have expected! I never dreamed that Bioderma would be a cheaper option for a start, never mind the fact that it does just as good of a job as Taaj.

I may purchase another small bottle of Bioderma to test it out for a little longer before I commit to the complete swop from Taaj, but I've really enjoyed testing out other options. I guess this time higher end brands triumph over high street.

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