Review + The Test: Creer’s new Micellar Cleansing Waters are so refreshing

From 3D sheet masks to shampoos and hair serums, we’ve raved a lot about the products by  Japanese brand Kracie. Now, they have something new to add to our skincare routines with a set of cleansing waters! The Creer Micellar Cleansing Water (P545 for 330ml in stores) joins the Cleansing Water and Clean Water Oil In as the latest in Kracie’s cleansing solutions. These micellar waters come in two variants, Clear and Moist, and are said to be made from Japanese hot spring water.

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I was excited to try these as I’ve always loved micellar waters. I think they’re so much easier to use and less messy than other makeup removers. Creer’s formulas are also paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and coloring-free. But what really intrigued me was their claim to being multi-purpose, 4-in-1 products. They’re apparently makeup removers, facial cleansers, exfoliators, and toners all at the same time! That definitely appealed to me as someone who’s often tired after a long day, and wants to save energy and time during their skincare routine. So, are these micellar waters really all that?

The Clear variant is meant to remove medium to heavy makeup, while the Moist variant is meant to cleanse off natural and light makeup. They work well as makeup removers for regular makeup, but I found that as with any micellar water formulation, these are not designed to remove waterproof film-forming cosmetics. That’s the limitation of a water-based makeup remover with no oil and for normal makeup days, that’s alright!

While using this on my face, I didn’t notice much difference in the performance of the two variants so I decided to do a micellar swipe test on my arm. For this test, I used Maybelline SuperStay Matte Liquid Lipstick, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick, Ellana x Project Vanity Eyebrow Gel, L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara, Heroine Make Waterproof Eyeliner, Tony Moly 7-day Tattoo Brows, and the Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation. Almost everything is waterproof except for the Fit Me Liquid Foundation. 

The Clear Micellar Water wasn’t able to remove much makeup on the first and second swipe. However, after around 15 swipes, it was able to remove almost all of the makeup except the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Liquid Lipstick. 

The Moist Micellar Water was actually surprisingly better at removing makeup! At just two swipes, it had removed a significant amount of makeup on my arm. And at around 10 swipes, it has removed almost everything except the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Liquid Lipstick. The lipstick finally came off at around 40 swipes, but I guess that’s just a function of how unbeatable this lipstick is. If you’ve tried it, you know how SOLID that stuff is.

For the record, this test is only to show the cleansing powers of the Creer micellar water variants. The type of makeup used in the test are best removed with a biphase or oil cleansing product. However, if you don’t wear heavy or waterproof makeup all the time, Creer is pretty ideal for daily use.

Now on to the skincare front. Within a week of using the micellar water, I noticed that it seemed to have a refreshing effect on my skin. My skin looked and felt better! Maybe there is some magic to this Japanese hot spring water because they seem to work like a moisturizing toner on my skin, and I really love the feeling right after using them. I feel so refreshed and clean, plus I really like that they’re odorless, because I can get sensitive to scent sometimes.

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These micellar waters work best on light to medium makeup with non-waterproof formulas, but I mostly enjoy using them for the clean, refreshing effect on my skin. You can swap these for washing your face with cleanser in the morning, and they’re really handy because you cover several skincare steps with just one product. Perfect for when you’re busy and in a rush.

Have you tried Creer’s newest micellar waters? What do you think of them?

Kracie is available online at https://shop.beautyboxcorp.com/collections/kracie and in Beauty Bar and SM Beauty.

Product photography by Nicole Quindara