NOTE: If you're unfamiliar with micellar waters and not sure what they're all about, please refer to my previous post here for an explanation and some background history. Thanks!
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
(retail: $6.99, 6.7 oz)
Keep reading for my full review...
As I've mentioned before, there are not many affordable options when it comes to micellar waters here in the US. L'Oreal and other drugstore brands make micellar waters in markets outside of the US, but nothing else here compares to the price point of this Simple version. The most popular micellar water worldwide, Bioderma Sensibo H20, is now availble for about $17 here in the US, and Sephora has a house brand micellar water for $12, but yeah, $6.99 is the lowest I've seen when it comes to micellar waters in this country that you can purchase in-store (the Yves Rocher micellar water I reviewed for you a while back sometimes goes on sale for $4, which is fantastic, but you do have to pay shipping unless you can catch a free shipping promotion).
Also, remember that Simple often goes on sale at the drugstores, and there are often coupons for Simple products (both printable and in the newspapers) that you can use along with sales. So if you play your cards right, you will be able to get this for next to nothing.
No fancy directions--just apply to a cotton pad, wipe your face and you're done. No rinsing necessary.
Made in USA
Here's another shot of the bottle so that you can better see the liquid--it literally looks just like water, and the consistency is much like water as well (it's not thick or oily--it pretty much feels like water):
If you caught my Yves Rocher micellar water review, then you know that I'm no expert when it comes to the world of micellar waters. The Yves Rocher version was literally the first micellar water I had ever tried, and the Simple version is the second. So I really only have the YR version as a basis for comparison here.
I find that both the Yves Rocher and Simple versions are quite similar in terms of makeup removal (which I'll get to in a second), and they feel quite similar on the skin. Both leave a slight tacky feeling on the skin immediate after use, but that quickly goes away and then my skin just feels soft and fresh, without any lingering residue. The biggest different between the two products, for me, is probably the fragrance. The YR version has a clean fragrance to it, whereas the Simple version is fragrance-free. There is no fragrance to this product at all.
I've tried using the Simple product in several ways: to remove my full face of makeup and also as a follow-up to removing my makeup after using towelettes, eye makeup remover or traditional facial cleanser at the sink. I find that when I'm wearing a full face of makeup, including long-wear foundation, waterproof eyeliner and the whole nine yards, I require several cotton pads to remove everything (very similar to how the YR micellar water performed for me). And I did have some issues with waterproof liner--no matter how much micellar water I used and how many times I applied with a fresh cotton pad, I still saw lingering residue under my lower lash line. I don't use waterproof mascara, but I'm guessing I would probably have that issue with waterproof mascara too, since I had it with waterproof liner.
For me personally, this product really works best on either light makeup days (when you're not wearing waterproof eye makeup), or as a post-cleansing product to help remove any last traces of foundation around your hair line, etc. For me, it didn't work as a "remove everything at once" type of product. But I do really enjoy using it after I've cleansed my face, to help remove anything my cleanser did not catch. And I also have been reaching for this product in the morning--especially on lazy weekends when my face is already clean from the night before, and I just want to refresh my skin before doing house work, laundry, etc. It's perfect for just a quick refresher or cleansing if your skin is already fairly clean to begin with.
I also want to mention that this product leaves some nice, light hydration behind, without any greasy or oily feeling to the skin. The weather here in San Diego has been unseasonably warm for this time of year, with temperatures up into the mid-80s, which isn't always fun when you have oily skin (which I do). But I find that when I cleanse my face at night, and then just use this product in the morning before applying my makeup, I can skip moisturizer completely and my skin is nicely hydrated, without getting super oily throughout the day. Now keep in mind that I do have very oily skin to begin with, so this product may not provide you with enough hydration if your skin is normal to dry. But if you're a fellow member of the oily skin club, this could be a nice way to add some extra hydration in the morning without having to use moisturizer on warm-weather days (but please still use sunscreen or, at the very least, a foundation with sunscreen. I'm all about never leaving the house without at least SPF15 on my face at all times, but I prefer SPF30--it's the best thing you can do for your skin in addition to drinking water!).
Oh and one more thing: I haven't experienced any skin irritation, breakouts, stinging eyes or temporary foggy vision while using this product. In fact, I once got it IN my eyes (by accident of course) and it did not sting.
FINAL VERDICT: This wasn't a "remove all makeup in one quick shot" type of product for me, but that's not to say that I don't have other great uses for it. I really like it for removing any lingering traces of makeup after traditional cleansing, and I also like it for cleansing my face on light- or no-makeup days. And since I have oily skin, I've found that it also works great as a morning cleanser. This product gives my skin some nice, light hydration before applying my makeup, and I can actually use it in place of moisturizer on warm-weather days when I'm trying to avoid turning into a greaseball. I think that, for $6.99, it's definitely worth a shot, especially if you've never tried a micellar water before and you'd like to see what all the hype is about.
Have you tried the new Simple Cleansing Micellar Water yet? If so, I would absolutely love to hear how it's been working for you!
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