As a beauty blogger, curiosity sometimes gets the better of you and you find yourself craving products, purely because of the hype. Micellar cleansing waters seem like a big thing amongst the blogger community, maybe not as big as BB creams, but big nevertheless. Bioderma being the Daddy of the Micellar Waters, which as we all know, is soon to be available in Boots.
Well, my curiosity couldn't wait for Bioderma's arrival. Instead, I've been giving Superdrug's B.Pure Micellar Water a road test. Which at only £4.99 is a good place to start! (Although was on introductory offer, so only cost me £3.99).
Firstly, the reason I'm so late to the game with cleansing waters, is because I'm a huge cream / balm cleanser fan and I couldn't honestly see how a cleansing water, which is effectively microscopic oil particles suspended in water, could cleanse as effectively as a cream cleanser like Cleanse & Polish for example.
The B.Pure Micellar Water promises to be a "3-in-1 super water", to quickly and effectively cleanse, tone and refresh the skin. Removing makeup, including eye makeup, dirt and impurities all while protecting the skins pH balance.
I know from reading many cleansing water reviews, one of the biggest selling points, is they're quick and easy to use. Now, I don't know if I've been doing anything wrong (I doubt it) but I didn't find it any quicker than using a hot cloth cleanser. I also found I was getting through 3 large cotton pads each cleanse until I was satisfied my skin was clean AND I don't wear a heavy makeup......a light BB cream and a bronzer and that's it. With a 4th cotton pad, dry, to mop up the slight oily film it left on the skin. So I can only imagine how many cotton pads a girl wearing full evening wear makeup gets through.
I may be a little 'old fashioned' but I also wasn't keen on the idea of it being left on the skin. For me, a 'cleanser' should always be removed from the skin. It is after all a step to remove the days build up of dirt and grime.
For this reason, I used this as a pre-cleanse and always followed up with my usual cleanser. Although, I didn't feel as clean as if I would have, had I done a double cleanse.
I have found a use for it though. When I get home from work, before my workout, I like to remove sunscreens, BB creams, bronzers etc, anything that could potentially block my pores while I'm working up a sweat. This is ideal, as I don't need to follow up with toner or any other products.
As I mentioned, this is the first micellar water I've used so have nothing to compare against. I will probably try Bioderma when it hits the shelves in Boots, merely as a comparison, however based on my experience with this, I don't think I'll be in a hurry to try many more of them.
The B.Pure Micellar Water is available from Superdrug and retails at £4.99 for 150ml.