The best thing about cleansing water, aka micellar cleanser, is the no-sink-required thing. I keep micellar cleanser by my bed so I can hit the sheets without taking off my makeup. I keep micellar cleanser in the living room so I can multi-task while watching "Rookie Blue." And I take micellar cleanser on airplanes in my carry-on so I can cleanse in-flight. The worst thing about micellar cleanser, though, is how effing painful it is if the stuff gets in my eyes when I remove mascara and liner. Gaaaaaah! But yay! I've found a micellar cleanser that doesn't sting eyes. Not mine, anyway.
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I'm a longtime user of Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution Sensitive Skin ($21.95 at Shoppers Drug Mart; $22.95/2 at murale.ca). Makeup artists have used it for years, on set and backstage during fashion weeks all over the world. (Makeup artist suitcases fresh off a Paris flight were often stocked with Bioderma Sensibio before it became available here.) I still love it because it takes off even waterproof eye makeup really well, and I love it especially in the crazy convenient flip-top pump-dispenser bottle. But Sensibio does not win in the category of micellar cleanser that doesn't sting eyes. This one stings like a -- well, you know.
Another pump-dispenser micellar win: Lise Watier Probiotic Micellar Water ($25 at lisewatier.com). It cleanses well, but it's another loser when it comes to the subject of micellar cleanser that doesn't sting eyes. Pooh.
Flip-top pump-dispenser tip: cover the entire surface of the pump with your cotton pad (these are the best. cotton. pads. ever.) to avoid splash-ups.
a micellar cleanser that doesn't sting eyes
I'm newly in love with L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution ($12.99 at well.ca). I have to put a bit more effort into removing mascara and liner than I do with Bioderma Sensibio, but Sublime Soft does not sting my eyes. At all. Ever. That no-sting characteristic pleases me so much that when I spot L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution in a magazine, or in a drugstore, I blurt gimme that! (That's a little phrase I appear to have picked up from my sister Karen, who you know as our Beautygeeks Mani-Geek. *grin*)
Another reason to love L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution is that it's fragrance-free. Thank you, L'Oreal Paris. (Certain brands I used to use and love have decided to add fragrance or increase the fragrance content, which sends me into a rage. Yes, rage.)
The only thing that could make me love this Sublime Soft micelle cleanser more is a pump dispenser. And I've dealt with that by putting it into an empty Sensibio flip-top pump-dispenser bottle.
Worth mentioning is this gentle Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Micellar Water ($16, yvesrocher.ca). Although it stings my eyes a bit (less than Sensibio) if I'm not careful, my oily, dehydrated skin likes it. Plus the price point is nice -- Yves Rocher frequently offers great discounts; right now Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Micellar Water is just $10.
I know someone's thinking, dude, if micellar cleansers generally sting your eyes, just don't use them there. But here's the thing. Either it's stinging eyes or it's eye-makeup-remover residue, which I loathe. And besides, now that I've tried L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution, I don't have to switch products to clean my eyes. Win.
Do you switch cleansers when it comes to your eyes? Do you use cleansing water like I do? Have you also found a favourite micellar cleanser that doesn't sting eyes? Do you watch Rookie Blue?? #SamSwarek4evahbutNickisawesome