Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about my on the go micellar water, which I use to remove makeup. This is the Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution, which you can find exclusively in Superdrug for £3.49. With 200ml of product, this is an extremely affordable product and one that should go a long way. I’ve been using this since the mid-end of June 2019, and have used just over half the bottle. This might seem like I’m working through it very quickly, but unlike some other micellar waters I’ve tested and reviewed, this is one I use for both face and eyes, whereas others I’ve tried I’ve used for face only, or eyes only, so I work through them much more slowly.
So off the bat, let’s talk about the packaging: it’s a very tall and fairly slim bottle, with two layers of lids to keep the micellar water contained. The first lid, is one you pull off, and underneath, a second cap which you push up. The first lid has a nice suction to it that it does took some minor effort to pull it off. I’ve accidentally dropped this or knocked it off my vanity a couple of times, and this outer lid hasn’t popped off. The second lid is one you push up, and also has some nice resistance to it, which makes me feel confident it’s secure.
Due to how tall this bottle is, this isn’t a product I’d consider travel-friendly, but it’s easy to remove the second lid and just pour some into a travel bottle if you’re planning to take a road trip, go on holiday, etc. Judge this aspect as you see fit, as I understand you may want something a little bit more convenient.
As far as claims go, the ‘back’ of the bottle describes the following:
“Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution is designed to gently but effectively cleanse away impurities, and help remove make-up and mascara, leaving skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. The multi-functional formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex, comprising vitamins A, B, F and H, which, combined with Horse Chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.”
First and foremost, as I already mentioned, I use this as a cleansing water for both my face and eyes, so I have had minimal experience testing this on mascara. I don’t wear mascara often, as I find it high maintenance to remove, but I have been trying to work through my backlog of mascaras to see if any of them work for me. I’ve found that like most mascaras I’ve tried, they tend to find ways to hide and give me panda-eyes the next day even with this micellar water, but I’ve yet to find a makeup remover, water-based or oil-based, that can tackle this, which makes me think it’s me that needs to learn how to work around it.
When it comes to claims about anti-aging properties, this is one of those weird aspects of skincare that I don’t know how to really measure. But I can say this does feel quite nourishing and my skin isn’t left feeling dried out after. I wouldn’t necessarily call it ‘hydrating’ as the description quoted above claims, but it’s not one that leaves my skin feeling irritated or dehydrated afterwards.
When I read that there was vitamin A in the formula, part of me got nervous because it can leave the skin feeling more prone to irritation. However, my oily-sensitive skin hasn’t had any negative reactions so far. It’s about halfway down the ingredient list, so it’s not a high concentration of the ingredient, but not among the lowest either compared to the other ingredients.
There is also perfume in the formula in the latter half of the ingredient list, so if you are sensitive to fragrance, this is something to bear in mind. It does have the signature scent from the Vitamin E line, but it’s not one that irritates my skin or my nose.
I like to use this with cotton rounds, and use four for my overall routine. One cotton round for each eye, and one cotton bud to clean up any makeup on my lash-line, waterline, etc that the cotton round doesn’t reach. Then I use two cotton rounds for my face as a ‘double-cleanse’ kind of routine. So I do work through a lot of product each application, just because it’s the only micellar water I’m using to remove my makeup. I find it removes most of my makeup, but I also find some minimal traces on my cotton round from using the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner as my toning step.
Overall it’s a decent micellar water. It’s not as heavy-duty as a cleansing oil, which I typically use on days I’ve worn mascara or heavier makeup looks. But I can really on this to clean most of my makeup off my face. This is one I’d consider repurchasing if I’m in a pinch, but I am curious to try other micellar waters on the market.
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