Thursday, January 27, 2011

Testing the waters... Micellar waters, that is

You all know my love affair with Bioderma Sensibio, it was love at first makeup removal.
It was powerful (removed all my eye and face makeup effortlessly) and was gentle enough for my sensitive and acne-prone skin.
The only negative about it was that it costs $22 at Shoppers Drug Mart for the 250mL bottle, which I managed to use up rather quickly.

Last week when I jolted to Shoppers for a refill, I came across another product that claimed to do the same thing - Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution

It was standing there in all its glory... for $20, and at 400 mL of product... almost DOUBLE the amount of the Bioderma at a smaller price... score!
I instantly grabbed it and happily walked out of the store.

After about a week of using it, here's what I have to say:
- the pump is useless, it just splatters all over the cotton ball... not really necessary for this type of product
- it has quite a heavy rose scent, which isn't bad, but it can be a bit overpowering
- leaves a slight residue on the skin
- effective makeup remover for face and lip makeup
- some extra rubbing required to get rid of stubborn mascara and eyeliner

The Verdict: it may be a better value for money, but it is not as good as Bioderma.
Bioderma is completely scent free (which I prefer, and I'm sure most of you ladies with sensitive skin would agree), and Bioderma removes all my eye makeup without that extra bit of effort, which is nice because the eye area is sensitive and you don't want to be rubbing it too heavily.

So while I will be using the Vichy micellar solution up, I wouldn't repurchase. If you don't wear a lot of liquid eyeliner or lots of mascara, the Vichy might suffice... but for me, Bioderma came out as the superior product.

Have any of you had any experiences (positive or negative) with this makeup remover?


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  1. I really love Vichy's micellaire cleanser, but I haven't used Bioderma's to compare it with. I don't use that kind of cleansers to remove eye make up so I'm OK with that, but I will try Bioderma's even though it's expensive, maybe I'll try Galenic's too, it's a similar cleanser. Still not sure if I'll try the Sensibio from Bioderma or the other one that is better for oily skins, I think it's called Sebium, not sure though!

  2. I've been using the Bioderma one for the past 5 years and nothing works as well as that one, so that's a no brainer for me. But of course I can get it easily for cheap price, that's one of the advantages of my country.

  3. I used both, but of course Bioderma is much much better and more expensive so I did not repurchase it. I don't were that much of mascara so for me vichy was fine. after my vichy was finished I am back at makeup remover for eyes and those cloth for my face! how long the Biodema lasted for you !?

  4. I love Bioderma since i saw the pixiwoo sisters raving about it. Also, i am sure i will love the Vichy one, french skincare is always excellent.

  5. La Roche Posay has a similar one that smells like nothing. It's under $20 here in the states, not sure of the size off hand but I love it.

  6. I bought Bioderma this past Sunday at Shoppers - it was on sale for $18 for 250ml (the discount wasn't marked, only showed up when scanned). Also, the beauty associate had 2 certificates for $5 off a Bioderma I ended up buying 2 bottles for $13, and one bottle for $18 (I stocked up because they are not at the shoppers I usually shop at).

  7. I've been using Caudalie's Cleansing Water (also a micellar water) and it's really nice, but pricey like the Bioderma - I think it's $26 US for 6.7 oz at Sephora. I'm obsessed with Caudalie's entire line, it's definitely worth trying some of their products if you haven't! xo

  8. there is one 3in 1 makeup remover by vichy which is for sensitive skin people that I totally adore, it's very gentle (even soothing ) and basically is makeup remover for face and eyes and also a toner ..I like this product better than bioderma ..believe me and give it a try , it's the best of the best for my super sensitive skin ..

  9. I lovee the Caudalie Cleansing Water.. it smells really nice and is very gentle. I hate the price though. The only reason I purchase it really is because it's easier available than Bioderma. I have been wanting to try Bioderma but cannot find it anywhere.

  10. I have used the Vichy for the last couple years and have loved it. It's often on sale at SDM for 20-30% off. But, I have since tried the Bioderma, which I like better, and I can get for $22 for the 500ml. I tried the Bioderma for oily skin (the aqua-colored one) and it made me get weird painful spots on my eyelids and beside my eyes. After about 5 days of not using it, the spots went away. But I love the sensitive skin Bioderma, no problems at all!

  11. I've used this micellaire cleanser for years. Although I live in Central-Europe, mine does not smell like roses, actually it has no smell! And mine doesn't come with a pump! Also is fells like water on the skin and doesn't leave a residue... :))


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