Tested on animals:Yes
Now that we've tested several micellar waters, we thought we'd revisit our review for one of the pioneers of the category: La Roche-Posay's Micellar Water Cleansing Solution. Upon revisiting this formula and comparing it with others on the market, we raised the rating—but it still doesn't rank among today's best micellar waters.
If this is the first you're hearing of micellar waters, you may be wondering exactly what they are. Micellar technology is a way to formulate a cleanser that involves how surfactants (which this and many other cleansers contain) combine with water and interact with oils, like the "oil" our skin produces, to cleanse them away. The appeal of micellar waters is their ease of use and, if formulated properly, multitasking ability as a cleanser, toner, and makeup remover.
True to claims, Micellar Water Cleansing Solution sufficiently cleanses skin, removing dirt and oil, but these aren't the impurities the brand suggests. We don't recommend using this on eyes (see below to find out why) but it easily removes most types of makeup. It lacks a waterproof makeup removing claim, but in our testing we found it removed some waterproof mascaras with additional effort but didn't stand a chance against longwearing eyeliners or liquid lipsticks.
Our gripe with this product isn't its performance but with it being marketed for sensitive skin and that it's suitable for use around the eyes. Considering the formula's simplicity, we're particularly disappointed to see added fragrance. It's the last ingredient and inoffensive as far as our sniffers are concerned, but we aren't keen on fragrance as skincare, especially for those with sensitive skin or eyes. Fragrance is less of a concern in a rinse-off cleanser, but since the draw to micellar waters is the convenience of not having to rinse after, it's not the best to know fragrance is being left behind.
One concern, because this contains the cleansing agent disodium cocoamphodiacetate, leaving it on the skin is NOT a good idea. Cleansing agents break down makeup and oil and skin as well. We recommend washing it off with a gentle water soluble cleanser and following up with your other skincare products.
Make no mistake: If you don't have sensitive skin and don't mind using a separate makeup remover for your eyes, this is a good option. If you're looking for a slightly gentler option, or one with more exciting ingredients like antioxidants or anti-irritants, we'd recommend trying a micellar cleanser that's rated higher.
- Cleanses thoroughly.
- Removes most types of makeup.
- Leaves skin feeling clean without residue.
- Contains fragrance which isn't ideal for around the eyes or on sensitive skin.