1.19.2015

This or That: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water Vs. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution






































Tell me: how do you remove your makeup? Wipes? Makeup remover? Soap and water? What?
Something I use from time to time is micellar water. And I'm comparing two of them today. Let me back up a bit:

What is micellar water? It's a product that removes makeup that feels like water and requires no rinsing. It's made from micelles, cleansing molecules that are in water. It is excellent for sensitive skin. It is oil-free. It is so gentle.

The first micellar water I tried was Bioderma, via an insistent shopkeeper in a French pharmacy (aka the best place for all things skin I've ever visited). But, it can be very pricey for "fancy water" as my friend Maca calls it. I love trying different micellar waters, so when Simple recently came out with their version, there was no question: I grabbed a bottle immediately and got to testing. For today's This or That, I'll be comparing Simple Cleansing Micellar Water Vs. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution.



Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

  • $6.99 (-/+)
  • drugstores, chain stores, online
  • 6.7 fl oz.
  • no scent
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
  • $22.99 (+/-)
  • online in America
  • 250 ml but comes in different sizes
  • comes in several varieties 
This or That:
  • If you wear light makeup or have sensitive skin, you'll enjoy micellar waters. If you wear heavy makeup, stage makeup, or waterproof mascara, you'll need other options. I chose these two are they are both unscented, something that not all micellar waters share.
  • While both cleansers worked, Bioderma removed the most makeup on the first try. I would choose Bioderma, but it is pricey, in America and not as easily available.
Extra Elle:
  • I had a super quick trip 5 hours back home for my sis-in-law's baby shower. Everything that could have gone wrong on the trip pretty much did. It was kinda comical at that point but I finally got home and had a great time. How was your weekend?

51 comments:

  1. I use wipes, but I will pick the simple brand next time I'm at target.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  2. I've never heard of micellar water but now I kinda want to try it! I'll have to look for the Simple one next time I'm at Target!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. sorry to hear things went wrong on your trip. I use wipes to get my makeup up and then a hot wash clothe after that.

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  4. Thanks for the review!

    xx

    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  5. I'm a huge Bioderma fan! Too bad it is pretty pricey though....sigh....

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  6. I have never heard of micelle removers. I use the Bath and Body Sensitive Makeup remover and it does the job. This sounds like a good alternative, though a bit pricey.

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  7. I use my clarisonic and random cleansers to wash my face. I've never heard of micellar water. I'll have to try it and it sounds like it would be refreshing to use on a hot day in the summer! Thanks for sharing your review!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  8. I just saw Bioderma in the window at one of the pharmacies here (in Argentina) and it was about $250AR...I thought that maybe they jacked up the price as they do for many imported things, but now that I see that it's $23USD, the conversion sounds about right. I really would like to try it one day...seems like it is worth it. What happened on your trip back home? At least in the end, you could find humor in it all!

    Kisses from Buenos Aires xx
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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  9. I’ve tried numerous makeup removers and each time come back to Bioderma. It is a little more expensive, but so worth it!

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  10. Never heard pf this, thanks for the review hun :)

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  11. I've never heard of micellar water before but sounds like something worth trying!

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  12. I have never heard of micellar water. I would definitely try it out. I do wish you had said the drugstore version worked better! Ha! Usually, I use a wipe or makeup remover on a cotton pad and then use my facial cleanser to get anything off that I may have missed.
    So sorry that you had a rough trip home. I am glad everything worked out in the end!

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  13. The only one I've tried is Bioderma and I really like it. I don't use it to take off my makeup because that just takes too long for me. I normally take my makeup off with a makeup remover wipe, then wash my face with whatever cleanser, then use this to remove any extra makeup that I missed. It works great this way for me!

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  14. Well I'm glad you made it home but I'm sorry it was a rough trip! I've never tried micellar water before but if I did I'd probably try the Simple (because again, I'm cheap :) ).

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  15. Thanks for this. Never heard of micellar water before, but I wouldn't mind trying it out. Thanks for the review

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  16. I've never even heard of this but sounds pretty awesome! I'll have to check out the Simple one!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  17. I use wipes and face wash, too.

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  18. I'll be picking up Simple to try when my current one runs out. I have thought of trying Bioderma but it's just pricey and not worth it for me. I don't have sensitive skin so I will stick to the cheaper alternatives.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  19. Oh no! Sorry to hear about your weekend. ): Fingers crossed everything goes a little smoother for you this week. I personally have always used wipes. But they do tend to leave a film on my face and even cause me to oil up. I think I'll try this Simple brand "fancy water," as your friend calls it. I've always been a fan of Simple's cleansers. (:

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  20. I have never heard of this product. I usually wipe my face with a neutrogena make up wipe and then follow up with my face wash and other steps at night. I also use a separate eye make up removed on my eyes.

    sorry to hear about your trip. I hate when things go wrong!!!

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  21. These sound really interesting! So sorry to hear about your trip. We've definitely had a few roadtrips like that -- awful in the moment, but rather comical looking back.

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  22. LOVE the "this or that" format of this post.. do you post like this often?? I would LOVE to see more of this format! And do you take product review requests??? ^_^ - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  23. I have never heard of Micellular Water before. Since I wear a face full of makeup most days of the week I would probably need something more heavy duty. But its great there is a more affordable option for people that may use this!

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  24. I wud love to try the bioderma one having coz I use minimal make up :)

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  25. These look great! Im surprised Micellar waters arent available in India yet
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  26. We normally go for wipes but this Micellular Water sounds amazing!! Thanks for the heads up Elle :)

    xx 365Hangers

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  27. I have always been curious about these, because I hate throwing away a wipe at the end of every day! I normally don't wear a ton of makeup (except for going out) so these would probably work for me!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  28. I've never heard of this stuff before...sounds like a good alternative to the wipes I've been using.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  29. I've never even heard of these before... I need things for sensitive skin so I'll check it out now!

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  30. how interesting is this fancy water!! never heard of it. i'm all about the cheap stuff, so i would try the simple - but if you said the other one worked better on the first try, i might not get it at all. i do need a new makeup removing system though... soap and water does not cut it and i swear it's aging me faster lol

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  31. I've heard about these - love the review. I would love to try this!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  32. I have never even heard of these! I usually need a frothy cleanser to feel like I am really getting rid of the makeup and grime, but these sound interesting.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  33. I need a good makeup remover.

    I want to hear more about that trip ;)

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  34. I've never tried either one of these - thank you for sharing!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  35. I had never heard of these. thanks for sharing.

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  36. I've been on the hunt for a cleansing water so thanks for this!! I like the idea of just keeping some in my purse. Often times if we go out, we end up back at a friends house or family's house to hang out for a while after the "outing." And I hate keeping my makeup on--so this is a great option to just quickly remove it! I'm definitely adding the simple one to my shopping list!

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  37. I've been wanting to try micellar waters, so it's good to see more accessable brands coming out with them. Maybe I'll give the Simple one a try.

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  38. Hah! I have this post scheduled for next week. I am obsessed with Bioderma. A friend recommended me trying the Simple. If I had never tried Bioderma, I would definitely go with the Simple brand. But Bioderma has my heart! xo

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  39. Love Bioderma, great post. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  40. I've never heard of Bioderma, but when it comes to skincare, I definitely believe in splurging! Thanks for passing this info along, I'm excited to look into this more!

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  41. I never knew these products existed. That's a really neat idea and sounds perfect for people with sensitive skin!

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  42. I love Bioderma, I got it in my Topbox and fell in love instantly:)

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  43. See, what would I do without you to educate me on what "micellar" means??? I'm a gentle face cleaner, twice a day kinda gal. Followed by super duper moisturizer for my super duper dry skin. :)

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  44. Great "this or that!" Yes, sometimes, on trips home, everything that can go wrong--does--unfortunately. :0 T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  45. I've never heard of micellar water, but these products do sound interesting! Glad you still had a good weekend even though things went wrong.

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  46. I normally use water and soap, although I have some makeup removers... Bare Minerals, for example, I really recommend, and Sisley too! But water is so good!
    I am glad you had fun at the baby's shower, though during the trip things weren't so nice... I had a 10 h 20 min bus-trip last week, but it was good :) Just I forgot to put sun screen on my feet and they now look awful and in another color, different from my legs!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  47. great review. I normally use wipes and then wash even though I have makeup remover!

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  48. I kept reading so many reviews of Bioderma and kept seeing every single beauty blogger and MUA talk about it that I finally bit the bullet and purchased it online. I had to admit that every review raving about it, was right. It's amazing and it's about the only cleanser that doesn't irritate my super sensitive eyes!

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  49. I was wondering how it compared, thanks for reviewing! I'll think i'll try some of the Simple Skincare one first too see if I like it.

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  50. I mostly use water and soap! haha :) However, I sometimes feel as if I need an extra rinse. I've never used micellar water, thanks for the review! I might try Simple as well.. before I jump on the higher priced product. Just to see! :)

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