Another little review of one of my French purchases: The Bioderma Créaline H2O Solution Micellaire.
I had read quite a lot about this only and so I wasn't going into this purchase blind. I was, however, going in with pretty high expectations. Logically I didn't think that these could be met. Remarkably they nearly were though. From the multitude of reviews I had perused, I anticipated magic. To just waft this near my eyes and all my mascara to disappear. So no. It did not do that. What it does do is very gently and effectively remove all my make up with minimum effort, better than any other cleanser I've used.
The consistency is just like water. Totally liquid, totally clear, almost fragrance free. The blurb is all in French and my French has somewhat regressed since my GCSE all those years ago... In fact I can pretty much only say, "la souris est sous la table". Which is great if you are an Eddie Izzard fan. Less good in a Pharmacie. But from what I can gather the Bioderma is hypoallergenic, fragrance free and formulated for sensitive skin. Now the rest of my translation is shakier but the bottle does mention pH balance too.
I have been using this with the Boots Baby Extra Large Cotton Wool Pads (as recommended by Zoella in one of her haul videos). I pour some of the Bioderma into the centre of the pad and then just press it against my closed eye. After a few seconds, I will gently wipe across my lashes a few times. I use 3 cotton wool pads - one for each eye and one for my skin. The results are impressive. With that little effort, pretty much all my make up is gone. I then go one to cleanse my face more thoroughly with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Whilst the Bioderma is very effective, it just feels too gentle to be deep cleansing.
The packaging is basic - clear bottle with pink lid. I don't really want any more from the packaging. It looks clinical and clean. Plus wouldn't want it to send the price stratospheric.
I bought a double pack of 500ml bottles. It was around 16 Euros. This seems like a very good price for a litre of cleanser. With such a large bottle, it does mean I tend to splash more onto the cotton wool and generally be a bit more reckless with it. And the spout is not terrible precise. I have had it a month and probably used 150 - 200ml. So hopefully my supply will last a while. It does also mean that my precious Liz Earle is lasting longer as I am not double cleansing with it in the evenings.
I would really recommend this to anyone for its make up removing prowess. Fingers crossed if they start stocking it widely in the UK they keep the price low.