I am sure I may have mentioned this before but one of my favourite things to do after work is take off my makeup. It just feels very refreshing which is why I love to try easy makeup removers. I tend to switch what type of makeup remover I use depending on the season. For A/W, I opt for formulas that feel creamy like the typical Hot Cloth Cleansers, Cleansing Oils and Cleansing Balms. During the warmer season, I want anything that feels refreshing and non-stripping which is why I opt for Micellar Waters or just plain old wipes to take off my makeup (not cleanse). I have always been a fan of anything micellar water because I know they are effective in effortlessly removing my makeup. I have tried quite a few micellar waters from L'Oreal, Garnier, Simple and of course, Bioderma. They are all really good but of course some are better at removing makeup than others. One thing I look out for in micellar waters is non-stripping effective formulas. Some of them tend to leave my skin feeling slightly stripped which is not the best especially for the warmer season. La Roche Posay, like many French Skincare Brands, have their own Micellar water which I purchased to see how it works and compares with the others I have tried. I was also kindly sent the new La Roche Posay Makeup Remover Micellar Water Gel* to try out. I was naturally curious because I have never tried a Micellar Water Gel so I was totally up for it. Today, I would be talking about the La Roche Posay Micellar Cleansing Gel while the Micellar water will be reviewed separately in another post
As the name suggests, the La Roche Posay Micellar Water Gel is made from the popular micellar formula but it is in a gel form. I guess this makes it a dual purpose formula because it acts as a regular micellar water but feels non-stripping like a cleanser. I am glad it comes in a bottle with a pump so it can be dispensed easily. The pump actually works really effective and you all know I am very particular about product packaging because I feel it can make or break a product. I love the simple packaging which looks pristine like all major French skincare brands. It also contains 195 ml of product and I know this would last me a good while.
The first thing I did was read the instructions which I can tell you does not give the best results if you follow it religiously. It seems a little vague but I had to devise my own way of using it for effective results. The instructions says "Apply to wet face and do not rinse". This method did not work for me at all and I have read a few reviews stating the same thing. Instead, I spritz/wet my face with some water and I apply two or three pumps depending on what makeup I have on. Then, I gently massage it across my face but I don't have to do much because it breaks down my makeup really well. I use a muslin cloth or flannel or cotton pad to take it off. Voila!! All my makeup is gone and I continue with the rest of my skincare routine.
One thing I really like about it is that it does not leave my skin feeling stripped at all. My skin feels clean without the slight stripping feeling I get with some micellar waters. If you are pressed for time or not in the mood to do a proper cleansing, this is one way to get your makeup off without leaving your skin stripped/dry. If you apply it without wetting your face, I don't think you would get good results at all because I believe water helps activate the formula (I think but I am not sure). I tried it on dry skin (I did not wet my face) and I found that I needed a whole lot more pumps to get the desired effect. I also found out that if you attempt to directly rinse it with water instead of removing it with a flannel or muslin cloth or even cotton pad, you won't get good results. It would almost feel like there is still some product on your skin. That's just my personal experience and I am keen to find out how other people fared with it. However, I have absolutely enjoyed using it this summer because it is easy and effective to use once you use it correctly.
Price/Cost// £12// Link
It retails for £12 in Boots and Escentual. I believe it is sold in other online stores and other stores that sell French Skincare brands like Garden Pharmacy in Covent Garden, London. I always wait till Boots have their offers off French Skincare brands to stock up so I don't always have to pay full price. Escentual also has 1/3off French Skincare brands every quarter (I believe they do every March, June and September/October). I know this because I have been following their trend since last year.
I am really impressed with the formula so far and I reach for it every now and then because I think it is a quick way to remove my makeup. I am so glad it comes with a nice pump because I can't imagine getting it out any other way. It reminds me of the La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel which I absolutely love but I think this one is slightly different. I would not say it is excellent for removing all of my eye makeup effectively especially when I have waterproof mascara and heavy eyeshadows but it still does a good job. Generally, I always use a separate eye makeup remover no matter how effective a micellar water is just because I prefer it that way. If you think this Micellar Water Gel is too much of a hassle and prefer a "wet" or regular micellar water formula, I suggest trying out the La Roche Posay Micellar Water/Link. I absolutely love it and I will be reviewing it later. Many people even agree that it is better than Bioderma but I will let you know my thoughts in my review. That's it folks. I hope you have an amazing weekend and I would see you in my next post. Have you tried the La Roche Posay Micellar Water Gel?
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