L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water €6.99. L’Oreal Micellar Eye Makeup Remover, €4.59. No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, €14.25. No press samples featured. Disclosure policy here.
Face wipes are out. So far out that I don’t even need to get into it. A dedicated pre-cleanse product is much kinder to skin, and faster at getting the job done. I’ve tried lots, but have 3 pre-cleanse favourites that deserve a mention.
Just last year, you could only get micellar cleansers if you had a buddy in France. Now, they’re everywhere. L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water is my favourite of the new mass-market bunch.
It feels and looks like water. You don’t have to rinse it off, and it doesn’t leave a residue, but it totally dissolves makeup. Yep, even mascara and liner. Soak a cotton disk in this, hold it over your skin and wipe. Boom! Gone.
The technology is based around micelles, which are fatty acids, suspended in water. When you put ’em on your skin, they grab all the makeup and melt it away. Crafty, crafty stuff.
L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water’s little sister is the L’Oreal Micellar Eye Makeup Remover. It’s got a thicker, gel texture and is more effective at stripping heavy makeup.
I prefer the texture of the water, but this has its place too. When I’m wearing waterproof eye makeup and want to get it off fast, I reach for this.
I did a full review of the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil last winter, and have since used up another bottle.
This is the only one of my three picks that requires water. You apply it to dry, made-up skin, and then add warm water in gradually. It starts out very oily, melting away makeup until it’s all over the place. With water, it turns to a milk and is very easy to rinse clean.
This leaves a residue, but it’s pleasantly hydrating.
I’m really happy with my skin at the moment (yep, I recovered from The Face Ruiner), and credit that to all this cleansing.