Friday, June 10, 2011

lancome eau fraiche douceur micellar cleansing water review: are you missing out on micellar?


Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur $35 / 6.8 oz.


I have been trying to get my hands on a makeup artists' fave --- Bioderma Sensibio H2O, but I refuse to pay the inflated prices on the web since it costs less than half the price in Europe.  So running into the Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water Face, Eyes, Lips somewhat pacified my relentless search for the Bioderma.  For those not familiar with either products, both are considered "cleansing waters" or makeup removers using the Micellar technology.  Texture-wise, I can describe it as water mixed with glycerin.




I use the oil cleansing method when removing my makeup, but the Micellar hype got the best of my curiosity.  According to Lancome:  Pamper and purify your skin with this refreshing cleansing water that instantly removes face, lip and eye makeup in one easy step. This magic formula with gentle Micellar Technology cleansing agents and soothing Rose de France, lifts and removes makeup and impurities, even waterproof and long-wear formulas, with no need to rinse.  Skin is purified, toned, and left feeling perfectly clean, soft and revitalized.


Now I must say, that it did all that it promised above, however, I felt that I had to soak up at least 3 cotton squares to truly clean up a full face of makeup, including waterproof liner and mascara, not to mention sunscreen.  With all that said, I have gone through half a bottle in less than 3 weeks, and that's only using it 2-3 times per week.  In comparison to an oil cleanser, I use about a pump to clean my entire face, so I go through a similar 6 oz. bottle in 3 months with the same use.


top: kohl pencil / bottom: waterproof liner with 1 swipe over both products








I require waterproof mascara and liner because I wear contact lenses.  And I think that the biggest challenge this product has, is the immediate removal of those two products.  I learned that if I let the cotton square sit on my eyes for half a second, it gives the cleanser enough time to soak up the debris, and makes removal an ease.







top: kohl pencil / bottom: waterproof liner with 2 swipes over both products


Would I recommend this cleansing water?  Yes.  It is very gentle, does not sting the eyes, and it does a great job at removing makeup.  But I must say that it will require a lot of product to do so.  If you don't mind replenishing it every 3 weeks, give it a go.  I would also note that this product is not fragrance-free.  It has a light fresh scent, which I found pleasant, but may be a deal breaker for those sensitive to fragrance.  Just to get the most out of this cleanser, I decided to reserve the half a bottle I have left for quick touch-ups or light cleansing, and let my oil cleansers do all the tough work.  



results with 6 swipes of the cotton swab

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