Guys, I'm sad to say this but after many years of love and commitment I have broken up with Bioderma Sensibio micellar water. The times have changed, Bioderma. You are no longer running the show. The drugstore and Sephora shelves are lined to the brim with comparable options at cheaper price points that I have been more than happy to explore.
There were a few misses - I did not care for Koh Gen Do Spa Water (irritated my eyes), Vichy or La Roche Posay micellar waters (scented, not as effective at removing makeup). However I have landed on 3 affordable drugstore micellar waters that kick just as much butt as the original Bioderma Sensibio.
1. Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
This is my most recent acquisition after grabbing a bottle for $7.99 at CVS - I think it's the least expensive out of the ones in the bunch and although not QUITE as effective at getting off heavy eye makeup as the OG Bioderma, the price is right. It has no scent, it's incredibly gentle, and I like to use it to remove the bulk of my makeup before going in with a cleanser.
2. L'Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution
This is called Skin Perfection Micellar Water in Europe & the UK. There's also a Hydra Total 5 Ultra Soothing Micellar Water with identical ingredients so I think it's safe to assume that you'll be good no matter what you pick - again, this is gentle and unscented. It is a few dollars more expensive then the Simple Cleansing water but I do find it more effective at removing eye makeup.
3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
There is also a blue-cap version of this product that is geared towards waterproof makeup removal but that one is more oily. This is again unscented and gentle, akin to Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. When you can grab this on sale, it wins out over the previous two due to its larger volume and identical efficacy to the original Bioderma. Score!
I honestly did not expect drugstore micellar waters to be this good but I am pleasantly proven wrong. Upon reading about (and listening) to this episode of the Beauty Brains Podcast, I was put at ease when they dissect the ingredients lists of various micellar waters and deduce that a cheap alternative is just as good as the premium version.
Can you tell the difference between micellar waters? Do you have a go-to? For me, in the future, I'm just planning on snagging whichever one of the three options in this post is on sale.