I’ve been wanting to try a micellar water cleanser since hearing several bloggers rave about how they just melt your make up away, no rubbing. I love my Lush 9 to 5 cleanser for my face, but worry that it’s a bit heavy on my eyes, so this seemed like the perfect match. I wear black eyeliner most days, and it does take quite a lot of effort to get it off, so I was so ready for this wonder product to rock my… er… cleansing routine.
I had been planning on getting the Bioderma Sensibio that everyone seems to have, but the lovely Gillian over at alwaysunpresentable recommended this B. Pure Micellar Water as a cheaper alternative. I believe B. Pure is a Superdrug own brand? This normally retails for £4.99, but there’s a £1 off B. Pure offer on at the moment, so I got this for £3.99.
I took it for a test run when I bought it, oversoaked the cotton pad, got it in my eyes, and retired in pain. This stuff stings. I’m not sure why, given that it’s pretty much just water, but oh my God does it hurt.
Since that wasn’t a very fair test of its make-up killing powers, I gave it a challenge:
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kajal liner, my messiest, smudgiest eye pencil; a good swipe of No7 360 Degree Mascara, and a splotch of Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Stain for good measure.
After the first swipe (not over the eyeliner!):
After a swipe over the eyeliner:
Ah. Yes. It’s taken some of it off. Just not all of it. And that bit that’s left held on for four more swipes until I got bored and scrubbed it off with a fully soaked cotton pad. Which, as we’ve established, really wouldn’t be good for your eyes.
I don’t have any pictures for you of it removing make up from my face, because frankly, that’s kind of weird, but I tried it last night over a full eye of make-up (Urban Decay shadows and Zero liner, topped off with my usual No7 mascara) and it failed miserably. Again, it coped very well with mascara, and with the eyeshadow – but it tripped up on the eyeliner, dragging it all under my eyes and making me reach for a facewipe to get it off safely.
Overall, I’m not massively impressed with this micellar water. I’m not sure if it’s my high expectations (not stinging? Is that too high an expectation?) or the cheapness of the product, or just micellar water in general, but I found this product distinctly meh.
Worth buying only as an eye make up remover, and then only if you don’t wear eyeliner. So not one for me! Have you tried any micellar waters – what do you think? Can you recommend a good eye make up remover?