I’ve been using micellar waters for years now – like many, I started my journey with BioDerma Crealine, tipped off by make-up artists who bought from France by the bucket load. Since then, I’ve tried and tested SO many, and while with some there is very little difference in texture, the good ones really shine. If you don’t know how micellars work, it’s thanks to ‘micelles’, little drops of oil undetectable to the human eye in the watery cleansing complex. So, feels like water, cleans like oil.
Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water does feel like one of the good ones in terms of softness (with some micellars, the solution can feel ‘hard’ – like hard and soft water, I guess) and gave a brilliant cleanse. Everything came off, bar waterproof mascara, but that’s a big ask of any micellar. So, contents include rose, chamomile and three surfactants, apple amino acid, rosehip seed oil and Indian Soapnut. You have to remember with the watery nature of micellars that there’s a difference between cleansing and stripping, which is why the surfactant ingredient is important. Elemis are billing this as a deep cleanse in a bottle – it isn’t that really, in the way that we’d think of a deep cleanse, but what it is is a soft feeling, efficient micellar that doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or upset in any way.
Bearing in mind that you can pick up a very decent micellar for under a fiver, the £24 price tag seems a bit steep, but I’d cite the superior ingredients as good reason to consider it. It’s HERE.
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