Since I started TCW there seems to have been major hype around micealler water. Until spring this year, it was pretty much an insider secret reserved for beauty junkies, MUA’s and models. The only one I’d really heard about before March/April was Bioderma. However, like most things, drug store brands have jumped aboard and now this seems the only way to remove make-up. So naturally, you start to wonder whether to use, what I consider to be, the original, or save the pennies and go with the drug store. To help you out I’m comparing Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micealler Soution with Bioderma Sensibio H20.
To make things fair, I applied exactly the same make-up and had two days between using each product to test my skins reaction..
Like most dupes, the packaging is pretty similar. Whilst other types of Bioderma have different colours, its interesting that both these brands have used pink and white for sensitive skin. Like most people, I like a good clear bottle too. It sounds so obvious but I like to see how much product I’ve got left, and some brands just don’t appreciate this.
Regarding the actually top, I hands down prefer Bioderma. I feel like I’ve cheated slightly saying that as my Bioderma is the limited edition with a pump so I just have to press down to have some transfer to a cotton pad, but still, nothing stopped Loreal from doing the same. For anyone wondering, Loreal is just your normal pour top which can cause a lot of wastage if you don’t concentrate.
I used to roll my eyes at people who said Bioderma is like removing your face with magic water. Key words being used to. Oh my does this pack a punch. Two pushes on the pump (I actually think that may have been excessive use too!) and roughly 20 seconds later I was make-up free. I kid you not, I literally swished a tiny cotton pad around my face for that amount of time and my skin was singing, waterproof mascara included. I will hold my hands up and admit when it comes to taking off make-up I’m a sloth. My stock of face wipes will confirm this. Yes I’m aware their bad for your skin, but at the same time, when I’ve done a 12 hour day, the last thing I want is to be using different potions to remove different types of make-up. Bioderma does it all, and I actually think its quicker, and obviously better, than face wipes.
Loreal worked in a similar manner. I did find however that I had to use more product, and tug a little bit more at my mascara. Unlike Bioderma which seemed to make my make-up almost disappear effortlessly, this required more work. My mascara went below my eyes, and it took more time overall to remove every trace. I also thing Loreal may have broke me out, not dramatically and nothing a good medium coverage foundation and a bit of concealer wont hide, but I’ve noticed one or two blemishes appear. I started using Loreal when I just got a pretty bad cold, so my breakout may be due to that, and I’m going to test it further to judge. What I will say is, being the cheaper option, I didn’t experience any tightness and the results were similar to Bioderma, just it took slightly longer
Clearly Loreal is much easy to get your paws on in the UK. This week I’ve seen it in every drug store or super market I’ve been in, making repurchasing easy.
Whilst Bioderma has become more accessible to the UK since May, its a bit tricky. Living in Manchester, the only way of getting hold of it as far as I’m aware is over the internet. I know Birchbox are selling it for a limited time (?), I used John Bell but Escentual are just as good and happen to have 1/3 off French skin care in October & free delivery on order over £30 at the moment. This limited supply means you either stock up to make the most of free delivery, or beg anyone going to France to get you a supply.
Bioderma is on average £10 for 250ml whilst Loreal is £4.99 for 200ml (from Boots), making Bioderma nearly double the price.
This is such a toughy, but I think I may try Loreal out a little bit longer. Because my skin hasn’t erupted, I’m pretty tempted to say its just being ill and if that’s right, I’ll be stick with Loreal. If I do, I’m just going to decant Loreal into my Bioderma empty, so I can take full advantage of the pump. Bioderma is definitely my holy grail product, and the hype is justified but the price and the availability is making me think twice. If it turns out Loreal is the culprit of my skin issues, I will happily sign up to the Bioderma Appreciation Society guilt-free, knowing I’m looking after my skin. I’m really curious to see how long a bottle of each lasts and see if there is any balancing out, so I’ll keep you posted on that, but overall I’d suggest trying Loreal before parting with your cash.