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The Makeup Wipes vs. Micellar Water Debate

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Taking off my makeup is a skincare necessity and the key to leaving your skin fresh and ready for bed at night. The two main products we can find in drugstores are makeup wipes and micellar water: but which one is better?

There has always been a debate over the effectiveness of these makeup removers and here I will compare them and recommend some of my favourite ones.

I’ve tried different types of makeup removing products like cleansing balms and gel cleansers but at last I found micellar water is the best for me because it is so friendly to sensitive skin. Most of the micellar water found in drugstores are pretty gentle, claiming to be hypoallergenic and paraben-free. But obviously, not all brands are suitable for sensitive skin so you need to read the ingredients before buying the product. Micellar water is also great for fixing your makeup: simply soak a little bit of it onto a cotton bud and fix your eyeliner mistake or eyeshadow powder that falls out to your under-eye.

Most of the micellar water found in drugstores are pretty gentle, claiming to be hypoallergenic and paraben-free. But obviously, not all brands are suitable for sensitive skin so you need to read the ingredients before buying the product.

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My all-time favourite will be the Bioderma Make-up removing micelle solution (250ml, £10.80 in Boots) because it leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated without the need to rinse it off. They also come with two other formulas to fulfil the needs of other skin types so you can find out which one suits you the best. Another product I would definitely recommend is the Glossier Milky Oil (100ml, £10 in Glossier). It has a combination of micellar water and lightweight oils that dissolve your base makeup as well as waterproof formulas that are usually hard to remove with typical micellar water.

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Talking about makeup wipes, although they come in handy when you are travelling, I wouldn’t recommend using them daily. Scrubbing your face with makeup wipes can cause irritations and they are usually not powerful enough to remove waterproof eye makeup. Also, makeup wipes mostly contain alcohol and will cause stinging for sensitive skin, so be sure you look for products that are alcoholic-free. The yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes (pack of 10, £2.66 in Boots) is my travel must-have item because it’s easy to pack and I can remove my makeup on the plane with just a few simple swipes. The smell of green tea and cucumber is very soothing and is ideal to use on-the-go.

Although both micellar water and makeup wipes claim to take off waterproof products, they won’t remove your makeup thoroughly so I will still use an eye makeup remover to dissolve my eyeliner and mascara, following with a foam cleanser to make sure my skin is clean before getting to bed. I would recommend using micellar water as a daily makeup remover more than makeup wipes unless you are feeling extra lazy, but don’t just rely on it because it won’t remove a full face of makeup.

Last modified: 8th March 2020

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