I expect a micellar water to be an all-rounder and this means that it be suitable to remove face makeup and gentle enough to use around the eyes to effectively remove eye makeup without me needing to go over the same areas so many times that it makes my eyes sore. The solution also needs to be sensitive enough that it doesn’t make my eyes sore and/or irritated. I wouldn’t say that I have extra sensitive eyes but if a micellar water burns my eyes into an oblivion burn then it isn’t for me. It is also important for me to mention here that I do not wear waterproof mascara or gel eyeliner.
Below I have reviewed a handful of brands that I have tried over the past year so let’s get started!
Caudalie Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin £15.00 200ml
A real french secret, Caudalie Micellar water gently cleanses and removes make-up from the eyes and face in one step. The formula made up of micelles which trap impurities in the skin (sebum, pollution, oil & traces of make-up) so they can be wiped away easily. Moisturised and soothed the skin is clean & soft.
Delicately scented with the fresh fragrance of orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Hypo-allergenic & non-irritating. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
I had really high hopes for this micellar water considering that it is more ‘high end’ than the other popular ones. It does a good job of taking off face makeup but not so eye makeup which causes me to go over the same areas which can irritate anyone’s eye area. I also noticed that the solution occasionally made my eyes sore and sting a little.
The scent is ok but I am guessing it is the orange and lemon blossom that causes the sore and irritated eyes so I am finding it difficult to understand how Caudalie can claim that these ingredients are non-irritating.
Overall it is an ‘ok’ micellar water but it doesn’t wow me. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh and does not make my skin feel tight and dry after use.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin*, Poloxamer 188, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water*, Capryl/Capramidopropyl Betaine, Cocoyl Proline*, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Chloride, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Parfum (Fragrance), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice*, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Phenylpropanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate. (067/137) *Plant Origin
Bioderma Sensibio H2O £10.50 250ml
Many of my readers will recognize this micellar water and it has become a cult favourite in the beauty community. It was because of all the hype that I tried this product and it was one of the first micellar waters that I have ever used.
I couldn’t find this product in Cyprus so I had to order it online from the UK and I was excited to try it when it arrived but my excitement sadly met with disappointment.
I find that it removes face makeup well but again there is the same issue with removing eye makeup effectively without the need to keep going in with the product on a cotton round. I understand and implement the ‘science’ behind removing eye makeup using any cleansing product, of first resting the cotton round with product on the eye to dissolve mascara and liquid or gel eyeliners etc but it really doesn’t make a difference; it still needs to be repeatedly applied to the eyes to remove eye makeup and so it behaves in the same way as most micellar waters. A good thing is that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, tight and nasty.
The solution can also cause some stinging to my eyes and all the duration I was using this product I was wondering why everyone was going crazy over it. I think I will have to put it down to ‘crowd hysteria’ 😜
At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H2O micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up.The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).• Soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.• Sensibio H2O guarantees excellent cutaneous and ocular tolerance (tested under ophthalmological supervision).
And something they also say which I find quite amusing is:
Sensibio H2O is an ultra-mild cleansing formula, use it with the utmost care.
Hmmm 😒 If it is an ultra-mild cleansing formula and has been tested under ophthalmological supervision, why does it need to be used with the “utmost care”? The mind boggles 😳
WATER (AQUA), COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHICONE, GLYCYRRHETINIC ACID, SOR-BITAN SESQUIOLEATE, CLIMBAZOLE, PIROCTONE OLAMINE, GLYCERYL UNDECYLENATE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, CETYL ALCOHOL, CARBOMER, SCLEROTIUM GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL.
Still, I found that this solution performed slightly better than the Caudalie so my rating is below:
Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Combination/Sensitive Skin £3.33 400ml
Cleanse and refresh your skin with Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water for combination and sensitive skin. Gentle and hypoallergenic, the makeup remover washes away daily grime and makeup whilst soothing the complexion; skin looks and feels clean and fresh. Perfume free, the mattifying cleansing water is gentle enough for use around the eyes and lips. No need to rinse. – K.N.
Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. Hypoallergenic.
I have to say straight away that I love this micellar water. It removes face makeup effortlessly and removes eye makeup efficiently without me needing to go in repeatedly over my eyes. It does not sting my eyes nor make them sore and the beautiful thing about it is that it is so affordable compared to many of the micellar waters on the market. After use, it does not leave my skin feeling tight or still ‘dirty’ which is great!
I have since tried the other micellar cleansing waters from Garnier and they all perform the same way as the one for combination and sensitive skin.
Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA.
Bioten Micellar water for Dry/Sensitive skin €3,90 200ml
The Bioten website says:
containing extremely fine particles of oil and water, ‘traps’ and removes make up (even waterproof) and impurities from face, eyes and lips without inducing irritations or dehydrating your skin.
The formula is enhanced with 100% natural Cotton Extract deriving from eco-friendly and gentle extraction methods, rich in proteins and minerals that effectively cares for sensitive skin while conferring a smooth and supple appearance.
HYDRO NUTRIENT an advanced moisturizing complex combining the purity of natural ingredients with the power of science prevents skin dehydration while maintaining its smooth appearance and comfort.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bioten you can visit their website here
This is my No.1 micellar water and it beat Garnier based on its more natural and moisturizing ingredients which appeals to me in a cleansing water. This product does not leave my skin feeling dry or greasy; it just make me feel my skin is clean although I still use a two step cleansing method for cleaning my skin after using this solution.
I really love the slight ‘clean linen’ scent that this product has. It effectively removes all facial and eye makeup wonderfully without me having to go over the same areas of my face or eyes. It does not sting, irritate or make my eyes sore during or after use. I love it! It’s a keeper!
It is not easy to find the ingredients of this product all in one place online as you have to click on the hyperlinks on the website to read the descriptions so click here to be taken to this page.
Alternatively, because I am too lazy to type them all up from the bottle, I have taken a photo of the description list here: