A couple of weeks ago I was reading UK Glamour and saw ads for some new L'Oreal products that got me a bit excited. Drugstore versions of an oil cleanser and a micellar water? Yes, please! Of course they won't be available here for eleventy million years - if ever - so I was straight on to eBay to get them into my hot little mitts as soon as possible. It was great timing too because I had about a week's worth of makeup remover left.
Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
I have to admit that I was not impressed with Bioderma - I didn't find it particularly good at removing my makeup and I felt I had to pull and drag at it and then use a cream cleanser to make sure I got everything - and since that's the only other micellar water I've tried I didn't have terribly high hopes for this one. However, it's great. Both Lil and I have used it and it removes all makeup easily - even my long wearing foundations. We also both used it for removing mascara (not waterproof so I don't know how it would go with that), and it did an excellent job and didn't sting our eyes. Lily has decided this is the best makeup remover she has used and wants me to buy it all the time from now on.
Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
Emulsifying oils are my favourite type of makeup removers, but this is the first drugstore one I've ever seen and usually they're around $50+ a bottle so I have been trying to wean myself off them and make do with other kinds of cleansers. This one works as well as any of the high end ones I've tried like Dermalogica Precleanse, Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil and so on. However, although it says on the label to use on eyelids, I found it stung my eyes a bit so I would use a separate product for those. I have been using this every night and then following with a cream cleanser to double cleanse, and my skin feels super clean without being tight or stripped.
In short, I give both of these a big thumbs up. I'm sure when they hit our shores and the freebies start getting dished out by PR you'll hear more about them but in the meantime if you're not averse to stumping up your own dollars, you can find them on eBay. I bought mine from this seller.