When I discovered the L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution allowed me pain-free eye-makeup removal, I thought I'd found my one true micelle-cleanser love. But now I've unexpectedly found myself in a polyamorous relationship -- Bourjois Paris Micellar Cleansing Water is another that doesn't make me cry.
I geeked out about the no-ouch L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft micellar cleanser here, when I confessed that most cleansing waters, including the very popular Bioderma Sensibio, make me weep and say bad words because they sting the heck out of my poor eyes. In fact, so many formulas have hurt me in the past that it took me months to stray from my micelle love. But one day when I hadn't had a chance to replenish, I worked up the courage to introduce myself properly to a languishing bottle of Bourjois Paris Micellar Cleansing Water. And I discovered we have great chemistry together. J'aime.
The thing with love, though, is that whole "despite the flaws" deal. Both formulas are fragrance-free, which I really appreciate. But the bottle-lids are somewhat sloppy disappointments when one has experienced the flip-top-pump-dispenser joy of other brands (i.e. Bioderma, Lise Watier and Marcelle).
And, unlike L'Oreal Paris Sublime Soft, my dear Bourjois Paris formula contains sodium methylparaben. That may be a deal-breaker for some of you, but I overlook it because it doesn't torment my eyes. Plus, although this is ill-advised in most relationships, I hope things will change. At some point the Bourjois Paris chemists will reformulate with a less controversal preservative, right? Maybe when ownership is transferred from Chanel to Coty? Until then, I'll love it for how nicely it treats my eyes.
Bourjois Paris Micellar Cleansing Water ($18 -- it's 250 mL) is available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada (not available in the US, unfortunately). Have you tried it?