Thursday, February 17, 2011

Micellar solutions: Avene vs. Bioderma

Two empty bottles - a round of applause for me!
A while ago when my skin was having one of its usual panic attacks, including redness, flaky skin and blemishes, I decided to look out for a very gentle cleanser that wouldn't irritate my skin any further. As I've read many positive reviews of micellar solutions in general I decided to try the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover (12.53€ for 200 mls).

This is an oil-free, preservative-free and alcohol-free cleanser that basically looks like water.

Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water, Cocamidopropyl Betainamide Mea Chloride, Poloxamer 188, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trisodium Edta.

One thing that I don't like about the Avene Micellar Solution is that it contains fragrance - it is very subtle but still why put fragrance in a product that claims to calm the skin and is meant for redness-prone skin; on Avene website they actually claim that: the Pleasant fragrance is tolerated by sensitive skin. Now, I don't know about you but my skin doesn't have a nose and can't distinguish a pleasant smell from an unpleasant smell. Fragrance is fragrance, period.

Rant over, moving over to how the product actually performs. I just used a cotton pad with the Avene Micellar Solution all over my face; I used it only at night to remove my makeup, in the morning I still prefer my cleansing gels. It did good job at removing my makeup although sometimes I woke up with a little bit of mascara left under the eyes. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that it left this annoying sticky residue on my skin. So, after finishing a bottle of the Avene Micellar Solution I decided to try the famous  Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution (11.09€ for 250 mls).

This product is very popular with the makeup artists. Combine that with the fact that it's not widely available and you've got yourself  a cult product (or a hype).

Ingredients:  water (aqua), peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, propylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mannitol, xylitol, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, disodium edta, cetrimonium bromide. 

I have to say I like the Bioderma Micellar Solution very much, more than the Avene. and I will definitely repurchase it. The Bioderma H2O is not fragranced and does a very good job at removing makeup - no racoon eyes in the morning. And it feels less sticky on the skin, although I still use a cleansing gel after it. 

So to summarize, the pros and cons of micellar solutions are: 

- they are usually suitable for all skin-types and generally they have very few ingredients, which makes them ok for sensitive skins;
- the Bioderma H2O removes makeup very well and there is no oily residue that you get with the standard oil-based makeup removers.

- I got through both bottles of Micellar Solutions very quickly; each lasted me about 1-2 months and I used them only at night to remove my makeup;

What is your opinion on Micellar Solutions? Have you tried any similar products from any other brands?


  1. I always like a compare and contrast post - I have tried the Bioderma and really it did not live up to the hype for me, it made my eyes sting, and I grumpily used up the 500mls. Have not tried the Avene at all. In the end it is horses for courses, I only used this to ensure all makeup was removed after using a balm type cleanser and for me it was a bit of an unnecessary step and expense. Thanks so much for comparing them though. Jan x

  2. Hi Jan, I remember your post on the Bioderma, it's definitely not a product that would work 100% for everyone, but then, what product is? I agree it's horses for courses (I had to google what this phrase actually means and it is so simple and true), at the end we need to try the products ourselves and see whether they work or not.

    Thanks for your comment!

    x Klara

  3. Thanks for the share. My face went inflamed a few days ago, so I went to dermatologist today and she advised the Bioderma products for both make-up removal and for the day cream. I was used to Avene (the best I've tried so far) so I was wondering if to try Bioderma or not. I guess I will, after reading this. And I agree with the racoon eyes - had the same.

    One of the pros for the Avene products was that my skin was smooth and soft after using it, and it always returned to the normal in a matter of minutes (each and every time). Let's see Bioderma then.

  4. Hi Anonymous! I still love Bioderma and have not used any other cleansers since this post. The only trick with removing eye makeup with this micellar water is to hold the soaked cotton ball for a few seconds on the eye and then wipe it off. I also highly recommend the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra moisturizer if your skin's normal to dry, it's great for sensitive skin. Hope you'll find some skincare products that will suit your skin. x

  5. wow, I like how the products are compared. I've and am using the Avene micellar lotion, I like it but still have to try out Bioderma. Hmmm, well after reading your blog post, I have to find and try Bioderma items.. It sounds sooooo amazing!



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