Then a few weeks ago when I was in UK, I saw a Micellar display at Boots. The accompanying poster explained a bit more about the product and suddenly I was interested. Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin. Therefore, Micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one.
Removing eye makeup is something I struggle with as most products burn my eyes and after all that I still wake up with panda circles in the morning. The best I’ve used so far is Vaseline and a gentle face cloth but sometimes even that leaves my eyes uncomfortable and irritated. So I’m always on the hunt for a different product that cleanses well and hopefully doesn’t sting.
My mistake when I first saw Micellar months ago was thinking it’s a gimmick. I didn’t know that it was a makeup remover, I honestly thought they wanted you to replace normal tap water with Micellar when washing your face in your regular skin regime. I mean, who has money to waste like that, right?Wrong. Turns out, Micellar water has been around for decades. It was made in France back when the plumbing was old-fashioned and water was too harsh on their skin. It claims to remove an entire face of makeup without leaving behind oil residue like most makeup cleansers do.
Back in SA, I did a bit of my own research to see which of the two available options would best be suited to my skin. The original Pink Micellar is for sensitive skin and the new Blue, Pure Active Micellar is for combination and sensitive skin. I decided on the Blue one, which also removes waterproof makeup (even though it doesn’t say so on the bottle).
To my surprise, when I got to Clicks I saw a third Micellar option! The Gold, Oil-infused water for dry to sensitive skin. This one has a distinct layer of golden oil above the clear water, and specifies that it removes waterproof makeup. The Pink was never an option for me so I pondered over the other 2 before choosing the Blue. I don’t like oily residue on my skin and thought the extra layer in the Gold bottle was too much (even though it claims to be non-greasy).
Now for the verdict!
So my sister bought the Gold one and she was kind enough to let me use it and compare the two.
Firstly, it’s simple to use. Pour a generous amount on a cotton pad and wipe your face. You have to shake the Gold bottle before you do this. Blue can be used as is.
Both products removed my foundation, blush and lipstick just as a face wipe does. Honestly, I don’t see anything extraordinary about it. And even though it states there’s no need to rub to cleanse, you definitely have to (pressing down in a circular motion is best).
Secondly, there’s no difference in the way either removes my waterproof makeup. It removes quite easily with no blotching or smudging. They both work exactly the same. Here’s what I love: It doesn’t burn my eyes at all!! That means I can get into the corners of my eye and remove every last bit of makeup with no stinging! No more panda eyes!! Very impressed!
Thirdly, it claims it’s a cleanser but I wouldn’t advise sleeping without cleansing. Wiping my face with toner after using the Micellar, revealed a fair amount of makeup still remained on my face. This is why I said it’s like using a face wipe. Please don’t skip your cleanser and toner routine.
Lastly, the Gold didn’t leave an oily residue on my skin. This surprised me and in fact it left my skin feeling smooth and supple, whilst the Blue left me feeling sticky. I prefer the Gold without doubt.
Micellar is worth it, even if you just use it as an eye makeup remover. Quite a lot of product comes in one bottle and can last you up to 200 uses. It’ll be quite handy to take with you when travelling as it can replace quite a few things in your toiletry bag.
Available at Clicks and Dischem for an affordable R79.99-R85.00*.
♡, Sana xx
*All prices and details are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.