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Thursday
Nov152012

Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellar Solution

If you watch Lisa Eldridge on YouTube then you've probably seen her rave about the Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellar Solution (recently renamed to Sensibio) a few times. It's a French makeup remover that has no scent, no sting, and feels just like water on skin. Micellar waters like this are all the rage these days (a favorite by models and makeup artists) because they leave no wet or greasy mess after it is wiped off.

Come again?

What's a micellar water anyway? Basically, a micelle is a cluster of surfactant molecules suspended in a liquid solution. These molecules absorb dirt and oil thus cleaning the skin without having to lather or emulsify. Cool eh? I found Bioderma very mild, however, it has a bitter taste - something you'll notice when you use it to remove lipstick.

Efficiency

It surprisingly removes makeup so well! It can be used on your whole face, but I use it mainly to wipe off eye and lip makeup. It's particularly useful when I have lots of dark eyeshadow and liner on since it doesn't smear the makeup around, unlike my emulsifying oil remover.

The Bioderma solution can take off most mascaras with minimal rubbing. HOWEVER, I find that it doesn't budge extremely stubborn waterproof mascaras. :/ I use an oilier makeup remover for that sort of hardcore makeup! Well, at least I don't wear it all the time.

Tips on how to use

Apply a generous amount on a cotton pad, leave it to soak on one eye for 30 seconds to a minute. The longer, the better. You need to give this stuff some time to break down the makeup.

For really heavy makeup / tough mascara, massage the lashes with your index finger to loosen up the product. Then, wiggle the cotton pad away gently and you're done! Yes, it's not for the impatient girl. But at least you don't rub so much!

Thick eyeliner + mascara - gone in a couple of wipes

Lipstick

Recommendations

I highly recommend the Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellar Solution to anyone who's looking for a mild makeup remover without the oiliness and greasiness of normal removers. I never got a pimple from using this so I feel confident recommending it to girls with sensitive skin.

It's great if you don't like smearing your super pigmented makeup around your face - not just eye and lip makeup, also long-wearing foundations/concealers. However, you need to be patient as you really need it to soak for a bit.

Note that this is not effective against heavy duty waterproof mascaras. Also, while the bottle has 500ml of product, you will find that you'll go through it quickly because you need to use a generous amount of the water each time. Well quicker than you'd think anyway! I've had my 100ml sample bottle for almost two months and it's only now I'm running out.

Verdict 

I love it! :) I still prefer using my Shu Uemura oil cleanser for my face makeup, of course. I use Bioderma first to remove colored makeup then follow through with the emulsifer for a super clean face.

Now, this Bioderma water It's rarely available outside of France, but thank goodness Digital Traincase stocks it. Sol mentioned that it's difficult to get regular stocks but she's definitely working on it. In the meantime, grab one from her online store while it's still available. It's only P1,290, a fair price considering the shipping from France + amount of product you get.

Have you tried micellar water before? What type of makeup remover do you prefer?

Reader Comments (15)

Wow, it's tempting to try but I'm impatient! Will never be able to hold that cotton pad over my eye for 30 seconds. I recently used Shu Uemira's skin purifier/cleansing beauty oil (the green one), it's really good and my skin looks great in the morning too.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

I use HHN's clenasing oil. Its not THAT great cz it leaves my face oily (duh? Its oil for pete's sake!) but considering the price and the benefits i get from sunflower oil, i can live with the oil-iness ;)

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLian

My favorite! I stock up on this whenever I go to HK! It's cheap! Only 103hkd at Bonjour :D

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRomzs

This is great stuff but I think Digital Traincase ran out of stock and not sure when they'll re-stock. Anyway, this is also used by Pixiwoo sisters Nic and Sam as well as Hollywood HD/SFX MUAs Melissa Street and Kim Greene (the one who came up with the clear, plastic Kim Greene MUA bags).

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

oh i want to give this a try because it's not oily but seeing that it's not available locally, i might just wait and stick to my Etude House lip and eye makeup remover :]

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanie

This one looks promising next to Shu. I use to rub my eyes when removing make-up which is a no-no. I think with this, it will help me in removing my make-up without harsh rubbing needed.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGen-zel

I've tried this one before and loved it but I didn't repurchase after I finished my whole bottle. It's way too much for my wallet to handle. :'(

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

This product I wanna try soon!

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I am using Lancome Bi Facil eye make up remover. I love that it's quite greasy at first but dries completely without any trace of oil. it doesnt sting or irritate my eyes like Estee ones. I am thinking of getting a full sized bottle after finishing this one (Im using a gift with purchase small bottle) but after reading this I might get the Bioderma instead. Haha! Thank you Liz! Your blog is so informative!

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

I still turn to my trusty Pond's cold cream to remove the makeup all over my face. I use my eye and lip makeup remover from Etude house to erase excess eyes makeup the cold cream couldn't remove. And If there's any of my lipstick left, I use petroleum jelly, especially for ones that leave tint on my lips. I just don't like sleeping with anything left on my face! >.<

In any case, this makeup remover sounds really good, and reasonable for its price too! :D Thank you for this review Ms. Liz!

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaye

I use cold cream as a makeup remover too. I've been reading a lot of raves about Bioderma, though. I think I might give it a try for a change :)

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

I know this is super late comment...but finally I was able to try this Sensibio h20...yey!!! Totally HG for cleansing face full of makeup. Been thinking to get this product ever since I read your post Ms. Liz. I am really on the search for a good cleansing regimen. Then yesterday I dropped by in a pharmacy and saw this with a very nice promotion 2 500ml bottles for the normal price of 1 500ml bottle (60YTL = 33USD). I know this is the right time to get and try this product. I am sooo happy how it cleanse my face without drying. I totally luv luv luv this product and thank you so much Ms. Liz from the bottom of my heart! =) If it wasnt for you I wouldnt notice and try this product. More power to your blog! =) Been an avid reader for a long time now.

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelif

Hi Elif! I'm happy to hear you're loving this! It's a great makeup remover. If you ever get to see Bifesta, do try it also, it's a cheaper version!

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

On this part of the world where I am, Bifesta is not available yet unfortunately. Which do you think is better Bioderma or Bifesta? Actually,when I was in the pharmacy yesterday, you were in my mind on how you love this product and how much it costs in phils so considering those things it was a go for me =) I am such a happy girl =) =) yey! =)

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelif

Same lang actually. ^_^ thanks so much for reading my blog!

June 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

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