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La Roche-Posay

Micellar Water Cleansing Solution

13.52 fl. oz. for $ 19.99
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Now that we've tested several micellar waters, we thought we'd revisit our review for one of the pioneers of the category: La Roche-Posay's Micellar Water Cleansing Solution. Upon revisiting this formula and comparing it with others on the market, we raised the rating—but it still doesn't rank among today's best micellar waters.

If this is the first you're hearing of micellar waters, you may be wondering exactly what they are. Micellar technology is a way to formulate a cleanser that involves how surfactants (which this and many other cleansers contain) combine with water and interact with oils, like the "oil" our skin produces, to cleanse them away. The appeal of micellar waters is their ease of use and, if formulated properly, multitasking ability as a cleanser, toner, and makeup remover.

True to claims, Micellar Water Cleansing Solution sufficiently cleanses skin, removing dirt and oil, but these aren't the impurities the brand suggests. We don't recommend using this on eyes (see below to find out why) but it easily removes most types of makeup. It lacks a waterproof makeup removing claim, but in our testing we found it removed some waterproof mascaras with additional effort but didn't stand a chance against longwearing eyeliners or liquid lipsticks.

Our gripe with this product isn't its performance but with it being marketed for sensitive skin and that it's suitable for use around the eyes. Considering the formula's simplicity, we're particularly disappointed to see added fragrance. It's the last ingredient and inoffensive as far as our sniffers are concerned, but we aren't keen on fragrance as skincare, especially for those with sensitive skin or eyes. Fragrance is less of a concern in a rinse-off cleanser, but since the draw to micellar waters is the convenience of not having to rinse after, it's not the best to know fragrance is being left behind.

One concern, because this contains the cleansing agent disodium cocoamphodiacetate, leaving it on the skin is NOT a good idea. Cleansing agents break down makeup and oil and skin as well. We recommend washing it off with a gentle water soluble cleanser and following up with your other skincare products.

Make no mistake: If you don't have sensitive skin and don't mind using a separate makeup remover for your eyes, this is a good option. If you're looking for a slightly gentler option, or one with more exciting ingredients like antioxidants or anti-irritants, we'd recommend trying a micellar cleanser that's rated higher.

Pros:
  • Cleanses thoroughly.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Leaves skin feeling clean without residue.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance which isn't ideal for around the eyes or on sensitive skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Cleanses, tones, and removes make-up while respecting skins natural pH balance. Dirt-encapsulating micelles cleanse the skin of dirt & oil. Gentle water-like texture thats mildly scented. Quickly removes impurities and makeup from the skin with the swipe of a cotton pad.

Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Poloxamer 184, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Dihydrocholeth-30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Parfum/Fragrance

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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