What is Micellar Water?
Before we proceed with the review, let us discuss first what micellar water is. In all honesty, I have never heard of this word until a few months ago. All along I thought Bioderma is a simple cleansing water just like the Haruhada Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Water I swear by. The term "micellar" alone would spark curiosity. It is a term that not many people hear all the time. It sounds geeky and something that you will learn only in biology books. For everyone's benefit, micellar water was named after the "science behind the product." This product is made up of "micelles" which are oil molecules that are suspended in water. Those molecules cling to makeup and dirt on your skin and melts them away. The combination of these "micelles" and water create a product that is highly effective in removing makeup and dirt but gentle on the skin. This technology has been used in France for years and has recently gained a cult following (all thanks to Bioderma). The purpose of this product is to remove makeup and at the same time cleanse the skin (kill two birds with one stone).
Biore Micellar Cleansing Water
Now that we know what micellar water is and how it effectively cleanses the skin, we can now understand why this beauty product has become such a favorite of every beauty enthusiast. While many of us know Bioderma as the product that propelled micellar water to stardom, there are many other brands that are just as effective and also more affordable. One of which is the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water.
I am obsessed with the Biore UV Perfect Bright Milk SPF 50 PA++ sunscreen so I decided to give the brand another try. I was looking for a cleansing oil because I just ran out of it. I don't want a super expensive cleansing oil like Shu Uemura or use cleansing tissue like The Face Shop. I saw the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water at the department store and it is reasonably priced (189.00PHP per bottle). I have already heard so many good things about micellar water and I was curious if all the hype were true. After using the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water for 2 weeks I can say that yes, the hype about micellar water is true and yes, this is an affordable dupe for Bioderma.
How To Use:
- Get a cotton pad and pour a few drops of the product on it.
- Place soaked cotton pad on area to cleanse such as your eyes for removing eye makeup for about 10-20 seconds (make it 30 if removing waterproof makeup).
- Wipe off the area gently.
- You can skip your cleansing ritual and proceed with serum/essence/moisturizer but I prefer to cleanse still using a facial wash.
- Thoroughly removes makeup (even waterproof makeup)
- Gently cleanses the skin (no stinging or tight feeling after)
- Moisturizing effect
- No strong scent
- Can be used as a toner too if you aren't using it as a makeup remover (for those who don't wear makeup)
- Does not sting your eyes (very gentle as I said even when removing eyeliner on your tight line)
- One bottle contains only 90ml and it doesn't last very long (I have been using this product for 2 weeks now and I am already more than halfway through the bottle. I predict this will only last for 1 month).
I cannot say any other negative thing about this product aside from being too small a bottle. It did not break me out and my skin feels hydrated (which I really like). This is effective in removing all traces of dirt and makeup - even stubborn makeup like waterproof makeup. I definitely recommend this if you want to join the bandwagon of micellar water fanatics and is looking for a more affordable version of Bioderma.
The Biore Micellar Cleansing Water retails for 189.00PHP for 90ml bottle and is available at all leading department stores and personal hygiene stores (I got mine at Landmark but I know they are also available in Personal Exchange).