A little while ago, I was perusing Escentual.com for my La Roche-Posay fill (standard)... when I reached the checkout, I realised my basket of items was, annoyingly, a couple of pounds short of free delivery, so I impulse bought a travel-sized version of the cult beauty product Bioderma 2
If you haven't already heard of it, this is a micellar water (nerdy-time: a liquid containing microscopic oil particles) used to quickly remove makeup. Until very recently, it was not actually available in the UK, meaning many a beauty fanatic would bulk-buy the stuff the second they stepped out of Charles de Gaulle airport.
I'd wanted to try it for a while, and thought I'd give it a go now it was readily available for me to road-test.
So what's the verdict?
I soaked 3 cotton pads, one for each eye and one for the skin, and began to take off my makeup - it easily lifted product off my waterproof-mascara-and-'shadow-laden eyes (better than your bog standard eye makeup remover!), and took off most of my base. I had worried my skin would be left with some sort of oily residue after I'd finished, but lo-and-behold, it actually felt really light and fresh.
Whilst Bioderma is great, it's definitely not a "quick-fix" - yes, it's infinitely better than makeup wipes (we all know how I feel about those), but not a product I'd encourage to completely replace a cleanser. I now use Bioderma everytime I remove my makeup, but immediately follow up with some La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, warm water and a flannel - you just can't beat a double cleanse.
Bonus Brownie points for Bioderma: my mum is also happy with it, because now I don't get makeup (read: jet black mascara stains) all over her freshly washed towels: win win.