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Happy Monday! (I may have checked it was actually Monday…) Today, I want to review a product that’s been sitting on my skincare table for a little while now, but is sort of an unsung hero. Since I’m not wearing makeup as often in the past few months, the product I reach for to remove it on days that I do wear makeup, is my bottle of the L’OREAL Micellar Water. I have the 400ml bottle, and as you can probably guess from my photo above, I’m working my way through it. You can pick this up from both Boots and Superdrug.
The size I have is the 400ml bottle, which is a lot of product, and compared to other micellar waters I’ve seen in the drug store/high street, is on the larger end of the product size. Many other micellar waters package in 200ml, with only a few other brands packaging in 400ml or larger, so you’re buying a lot of product in one bottle. I’m personally really happy about how much product there is, since it feels like better value for money.
So what does the product claim to do? On the front of the bottle it reads that it “removes make-up, cleanses, soothes” and is tailored for normal to dry sensitive skin. If you’re a long-term reader of my blog, you’ll be aware that I have oily skin, but I also have sensitive skin. I picked up this formula with the perspective in mind that when I remove makeup at the end of the day, that’s when I want to be as gentle and nourishing to my skin as possible. I’ve used micellar waters catered for oily skin before, but find they’re a bit too harsh for my skin, since it is on the sensitive side.
In terms of application what does it claim? From the back of the bottle it reads:
“Dissolves make-up from the face, eyes and lips in one gentle action, without rubbing or rinsing.
Delicately captures impurities.
Calms skin and prevents irritation.”
In terms of using the product, I pour the micellar water onto a cotton pad, then depending on the area of my face I’m cleansing, I gently wipe over the skin. If I’m dealing with my eye makeup, I let the soaked cotton round sit on my eyes for a few seconds, wiggle it slightly while it sits over my eyelids, then lift and wipe the remaining makeup gently to prevent excessive rubbing and tugging at the skin.
As far as dissolving makeup goes, I find this works well with most makeup, although stubborn waterproof makeup tends to require extra attention with a cotton swab soaked in the product to work at removing traces the cotton pad didn’t remove. So as far as cleansing power goes, I’d say it’s pretty good, but if you have especially stubborn makeup you wear regularly, I suggest pairing this with a more powerful makeup remover for removing makeup from those specific areas as a second step in cleansing.
I find the product is really gentle on my skin, and now the weather is warming up, the cooling sensation is really welcomed. It isn’t cooling in the same vein as an after-sun product, but the contrast in temperature does feel nice. I keep this stored in a room with the curtains closed to help keep the room cooler, but also helps keep my makeup and skincare from being exposed to sunlight. I used to store all of my skincare in the bathroom, but our apartment building doesn’t even have ventilation vents, so a lot of my skincare products were developing mold on the stickers that couldn’t be cleaned off, so I decided to relocate them to a healthier space.
Back on topic, I do agree with the claims that it calms the skin, although I can’t vouch for whether it prevents irritation. It definitely hasn’t caused any irritation for my skin, but in terms of preventing it, I don’t have a means to measure it. I don’t keep hold of products that irritate my skin to test it, so I think that’s a claim I personally want to set aside as a constant question mark.
The formula itself is completely water based, so no oils like some micellar waters I’ve seen that integrate oil and water based cleansing into one product. You’ll typically see the oil and water separated to tell them apart in-store, where you shake the together and then cleanse. I personally am not a fan of oil-based products, as I struggle to find one that doesn’t fulfill my fear of oil creating more oily issues. I know this is mostly a myth, but I’m personally at a point where I won’t use oils on the areas of my face that are oiliest, so this purely water-based formula is great for me.
The aspect of this product that I feel mixed-negatively about is the dispenser itself. On the one hand, a simple pouring application is really easy to work with, and from an ergonomic perspective, it’s great. What I take issue with, is that the hole you pour from is quite large with no blocking mechanism to prevent you from pouring out too much product. I find this to be my only real gripe with this product, as I over-soak cotton pads really easily, so I’m working through this product a lot faster than I would if I used a different bottle. One of my favourite cosmetic philosophies is the “a little goes a long way” and it saddens me that the packaging prevents me from making this claim about it. So while this isn’t an outright negative factor for this product, since the packaging is very ergonomic, but it does have faults.
Overall, I really love this product, and while I will try other makeup removers in the future, it is one I recommend for all skin types, and one I plan to keep noted as one I can go back to in the future.
I want to leave an *affiliate link* for this product, since I do love this product a lot. You’re not obligated to use it at all, but if you do, a small portion will go to support me, so if my review was helpful and you want to support me back with your purchase, please consider using my affiliate link.
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