La Roche Posay Micellar Gel
La Roche Posay Micellar Gel

I’ve got to admit to being quite excited about the shape of next-gen micellars – micellar gels. But La Roche Posay Micellar Gel didn’t live up to expectations. On the assumption that everyone already knows what a micellar water is, this gel is a thicker version. It’s indicated for sensitive skin, is a delicious swimming pool blue and actually feels lovely (rather cooling) on the skin.

La Roche Posay Micellar Gel
La Roche Posay Micellar Gel

I wouldn’t say that La Roche Posay Micellar Gel will tackle a ton of make up – it’s more skin cleanse than make up remover; the gel formula feels lovely and you can really work it into your skin. There’s no alcohol or soap in it – or colourants because it’s the bottle that’s blue, not the product, and it’s skin pH friendly.

But… it’s just not that clear how to use it. Instructions suggest using it on wet skin, which slightly defeats the object of a micellar, which you apply to dry skin on a cotton pad to remove make up or do a skin cleanse. And, I can’t find anything to suggest whether you’re supposed to rinse away or just use a cotton pad to remove as with micellar water. It’s rather pointless to bring out a new innovation in formulas and then just kind of forget to tell anyone how to use it.

At a guess, I don’t think you do rinse… but what’s with the wet face thing? I don’t get that at all. Practically speaking, if I use a micellar as opposed to doing the whole cleansing balm thing, it tends to get done while I’m watching TV or something, rather than being part of the bathroom ritual. I only get balmy in the bathroom, obviously because of the rinsing and massage required. I think La Roche Posay Micellar Gel has underestimated how women use cleansers – they’ve taken one of the most convenient and simple methods of cleansing and somehow made it more complicated!

I took a guess at not rinsing, but using a cotton pad instead – it did take off make up rather well, and left my skin soft and clean feeling, but I’m still left with the feeling that I didn’t do something right!

Anyway, if you do fancy a shot at La Roche Posay Micellar Gel, it’s £12 HERE.

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