So for years I have heard countless praises for the Bioderma Sensibo (formally known as Crealine) H20 Micelle Solution. Everyone from Lisa Eldridge (awesome celebrity make-up artist – check out her YouTube videos) to every glossy mag has been raving on about this cleanser.
Bioderma is not new – it is a French brand which gained a cult following during fashion weeks where a models makeup could be effectively and instantly removed ready for the next look. It is so legendary I have heard people stocking months worth of product every time they go to France!
In the past year retailers must have cottoned onto the demand because websites in the U.K. have finally started to stock it. This is great news as the post and packaging used to cost just as much as the product itself when buying from abroad such as the French pharmacies! I bought mine from Escentual where 500ml was about £15 including post and packaging.
Lately, the high street brands have jumped on the bandwagon with their own Micellar Solutions. I have seen L’oreal and Garnier come out with their own versions. I purchased L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution from Boots at £4.99 for 200ml.
So what is a Micellar Solution?
I have been looking more into Micellar solutions and here is my simplified synopsis: it is a special solution which removes impurities using Micelles. Micelles are basically molecules which attract and emulsify, in this case impurities on the skin by trapping them within the molecule. Because of a magnetic attraction makeup, sebum and impurities are removed without having to rub harshly on the skin. The solution contains a lot of water making it dermatologically safe for sensitive skin.
On to the review!
So finally – what is the difference between these two cleansers?
Packaging: Firstly Bioderma comes in a nice round bottle which is easy to hold. It has a nice flip top cap which is secure and you can control the flow of product by tipping and squeezing the bottle. The L’oreal cleanser comes in their new oblong style packaging. Although this looks nice and different the lid feels a bit flimsy. I would not trust putting it in my weekend bag without the risk of it leaking. A very annoying thing is I always get way too much product coming out and because the cotton wool pad has soaked it up it ends up being wasted.
Product performance: To do a fair comparison, I took off one side of my makeup using each of the solutions. Both solutions did a good job of taking off the makeup without having to tug or pull on the skin. However, I did have to wipe my mascara with the L’oreal solution a few times when the Bioderma did it in pretty much one go! I enjoyed using the Bioderma solution more as it really did feel like water and didn’t irritate my eyes at all. My skin felt soothed and refreshed. However, the L’oreal solution felt oily and left a film of product behind which made me want to wash my face – defeating the point of using this type of cleanser in the first place.
Price: In the U.K, the L’oreal Micellar Solution is£1.67 per 100ml at RRP. Although I have seen offers at Boots and Superdrug with 1/3 off. Bioderma Sensibio is £4 for 100ml – but again sometimes you can get it on offer. A real spend vs. slurge product!
Availability: Obviously L’oreal is a drugstore brand so it is widely available in most shops on the high street. I have never seen Bioderma stocked in-store in the U.K although if you don’t mind buying online there are increasing numbers of reputable websites which are starting sell it.
Overall, I have been really impressed with Micellar solutions. It feels so good to have makeup gliding off my skin without having to pull or rub my eye makeup off. Bioderma is definitely the favourable choice when it comes to performance however it can be very hard to get a hold of. The L’oreal or Garnier cleansers will be ideal those that are new to the world of Micellar and allow them to dip their toes! But at the end of the day I still prefer washing my face and using this as a toner – call me traditional! What have your experiences been like?