Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types
Chances are you've probably heard about micellar waters, which are gaining popularity as alternatives to regular cleansers and makeup removers. L'Oreal's Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, is one of the better options in this category, and the price is right too.
Before we get more into this particular micellar water cleanser, a note on micellar technology in general. It's a way to formulate a cleanser that involves how certain ingredients called surfactants (which are detergent type ingredients almost every cleanser contains) combine with water and interact with oils, like sebum, to cleanse them away. Marketing might make it sound like groundbreaking scientific technology, but it isn't, in fact it's just the way most cleansers work.
The reason this gets high marks is not because of the micellar construct rather it's because it performs exactly as advertised. This fragrance-free formula is water-light and easy to distribute across the face with a cotton pad. True to L'Oreal's claims, it easily removes dirt, oil, and makeup (even waterproof mascaras, lipsticks, and eyeliners) without harsh rubbing or pulling at skin. It dries quickly and doesn't leave skin feeling dry or tight after doing so.
Though this is not a replacement for more advanced cleansers with skin-beneficial ingredients, it's a good option for makeup removal, especially if you want a "quick and easy" option to take off your makeup before going to bed (which you absolutely should be doing), not to mention at this size, it's a drugstore bargain.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup (even waterproof makeup).
- Doesn't leave skin feeling dry or tight.
Removing waterproof mascara with basic cleansers can lead to harsh rubbing, which can dry skin. LOreal Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof, for All Skin Types removes makeup, even waterproof mascara, and completely cleans skin in one step, leaving it feeling hydrated and purified.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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