Another post which has to do with cleansing, only this time instead of cleaning our brushes I will be dealing with removing makeup with…micellar water.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but about two years ago no one had heard of micellar waters, cause brands had not started making them or, if they were available on the market, they were probably called ‘makeup removers’.
Today we have a micellar water showdown between:
- Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water,
- L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water, and
- Good Things Acai Berry Multi-Tasking Micellar Water
…are the same.
The Simple Micellar Water contains Hexylene Glycol and Potassium Chloride which, according to CosDNA might be irritating and cause acne, plus a preservative which might not be too safe. The L’Oreal Micellar Water, although it contains the least ingredients of the three, also contains Hexylene Glycol and a surfactant/emulsifier which is marked ‘unsafe’ according to CosDNA. The Good Things Micellar Water, according to CosDNA, has no irritants and no ingredients which are hazardous, although there are five ingredients which raise slight alarm bells.
Ebay Prices (Minus Shipping Charges):
- Simple Micellar Cleansing Water retails for $7.15/£4.95/€6.50
- L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water retails for $8.85/£6.21/€8.15 and
- Good Things Micellar Water retails for …. I couldn’t find this on ebay! On their website this retails at around $6.42/£4.49/€5.88.
I was a bit harsh and decided to compare their ‘removing powers’ against two products which are extremely difficult to remove…the Rimmel Provocalips and the Wet’n’Wild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner. Harsh, I know, but the micellar water do claim that they remove ‘all traces of makeup’ and are ‘super effective’.
Here is how the micellar waters performed:
N.B. I must admit before commenting on the results, that since the products used were marketed as relatively difficult to remove I did tug at the makeup, and used both circular and back-and-forth motion with the cotton pad to remove the makeup.
As you can see from the results photos, the Simple Micellar Water was the only one which almost totally removed the liquid eyeliner, whilst the Good Things Micellar Water was the only one which totally removed the kiss proof lipstick.
I was quite surprised with the results as when I was still using micellar water to remove my makeup, I always felt that the L’Oreal Micellar Water was the one which ‘performed’ better than the rest, as the foundation would literally melt off the skin.
My question now is: should one still bother purchasing micellar waters for makeup removal?
I personally do not use micellar waters for makeup removal, as I find that jojoba or grapeseed oil are extremely effective at removing makeup.
But what about using micellar water for cleansing the skin in the morning? If you’re like me and apply products at night which are not a good base for foundation in the morning
and you’re always running late in the morning then micellar waters might be used as a light and non-stripping cleanser.