February 11, 2015

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water Review

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Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($7.99) is a new cleansing water that’s launching at drugstores now for Spring 2015. What is micellar water? You might want to check out my article to get you up to date on this skincare trend before reading this review to catch up!

Now people are quite excited about Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for a few reasons one of which is the fact it’s inexpensive and easily to get your hands on at the local drugstore. And secondly, Simple Skincare is notorious for keeping things, well, simple! Their formulas are very gentle and ideal for sensitive skin types so it is exciting to get your hands on a simply formulated cleansing water sans any harsh ingredients like fragrance!

Let’s take a look at Simple Cleansing Micellar Water.

If you read my cleansing water, is it necessary to your makeup removal post, you probably already know I’m not a HUGE user or fan of cleansing waters. I wear a lot of makeup so I feel like I need to do more than use a cleansing water at the end of the night to remove it all.

But I can’t fault cleansing waters for several reasons one of which is their simplicity. When you’re tired, you get home late, and your mom’s voice is in your head saying “Don’t go to bed with your makeup on!” well, that’s when cleansing waters are a gift from the skincare gods above. Saturate a cotton square and swipe it across your face and you’ll get off your makeup in a hurry. Plus your mom will mentally nod her head in approval that you didn’t go to bed with makeup on.

The other thing to love about cleansing waters is their gentle formulas. When you’re dealing with hard water situations or your skin is sensitive or super dry that’s also when cleansing waters are fab. Cleansing Waters are typically really gentle on skin so you aren’t drying yourself out further, you won’t feel super tight after cleansing, and sensitive users will feel like they are simply using water to remove their makeup. Right now, my skin is just crazy! Anything I cleanse it with seems to dry it out further than it already is. I recently discovered Cerave Hydrating Cleanser which really helps a lot but cleansing waters are equally great as I don’t feel like I’m sucking moisture from my skin when I use them.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water is a simple, easy to use formula. Wet a cotton square well with the solution and swipe your makeup off. It works fine around the eye area and didn’t sting or burn for me however, I was very sad to see the back of the bottle stating “avoid getting into eyes”. I wear eyeshadow, mascara, etc daily so if I can’t use this around my eyes for quick clean ups when I’m lazy it proves pointless. Note, they don’t say it’s not “safe for eye use” but I won’t take chances like that. I did try it though for this review and it removed non-waterproof mascara and eyeshadow ok but I still felt it left behind a little bit of my eye makeup. It does not work on waterproof makeup unfortunately.

The formula is fragrance free and very mild and even contains some very decent ingredients so the fact you aren’t rinsing off after using it proves beneficial to your skin.

Unfortunately as with most cleansing waters this is not adept at removing waterproof mascara or long wearing makeup. You’ll find it gets around 75-80% of your makeup off but it leaves behind a good deal as well!

I find this is a fabulously low maintenance way to remove my makeup when I’m in a hurry. It’s super gentle and doesn’t dry my skin out! If you wear very minimal makeup you won’t need much more to get your makeup off. Personally, for myself, this is something I like using when I’m in a hurry and just want to go to bed. However, it isn’t something that will become a daily staple to remove my makeup as it’s simply not enough to get EVERYTHING off!

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water is available now at drugstores or online at drugstore.com.

Tried it?

Share your thoughts!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • kimkats

    I do have this stuff, and I like it a lot! I use micellar waters often on the weekends in the morning, rather than wash my face, I just use micellar water and I feel nice and clean. The Simple one is very nice,even on my dry skin. I have a couple of the Lancome one, which is awesome, but pretty highly fragranced. Even tho I like the scent, I wish they’d tone it down some. Simple has zero scent to it, and it works as well, I think. I can see me buying this over and over and over!!

  • Kara

    I have it, but I wish I would have skipped it. I still have to wash my face after using this to get everything off. I much prefer using my oil cleanser because it always gets all my mascara and eye makeup off.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah, this isn’t the solution for getting off all makeup. if you wear light makeup or you’re in a hurry it’s good, otherwise, no!

  • Christina

    Thank you for this review, I was waiting to see what the reviews were on this.. I think I’m just going to stick with my Garnier micellar cleansing water, it works awesome at removing my waterproof makeup and its super cheap..

  • Jenna

    I have this and use it in the morning. That way I’m not having to wash my face in the am, just swipe this. Then I don’t have to worry about it not taking off my eye makeup — cuz I don’t have any on! So, I like this, but you are right — it’s not great at taking off eye makeup. Thank you for the thorough review — I love your site — great reviews!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks jenna glad you enjoy Musings. Yup! AM use is perfect as you have nothing on your face plus this gives a little moisture too! but waterproof mascara=no way!

  • Kim

    I have this and I love it. It is the only thing that doesn’t dry my skin out in the winter. I still use Neutrogena eye makeup remover, but this has taken the place of my burt’s bees face wipes.

  • Erin

    Thank you for this review – I was thinking of getting this to replace my Body Shop Chamomile cleansing balm, but it looks like I’ll just need to repurchase something heftier to remove my waterproof eye makeup. It seems this product would be ideal as a second step AFTER a balm or oil cleanser for dry/sensitive skin, but not on its own as the main makeup remover, like I’d hoped. Sad face. : (

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! yeah, it’s kinda exactly that, good to tone and remove anything that perhaps oil cleanser left behind. I see it as being ideal for those who wear lightweight makeup but if you wear bb cream, concealer, waterproof eye makeup, no way is this getting it all off in my opinion!

  • Fancie

    I just tried this the other night and I like it. It took a couple squares to mostly remove a full face but it did a pretty good job and didn’t leave any film. I don’t wear much makeup on a regular basis so I think this is going to work just fine for my lazy nights

  • Nikki

    I use the Sephora cleansing water and I love it. I also tend to use it in the morning. It’s safe for eyes and comes in a handy push-pump dispenser. Its excellent at removing eye makeup, although I don’t wear waterproof mascara very often so I can’t comment on how well it would work for that.

  • Crystal

    I agree. It’s not something to use on its own, but I like it for those nights that I’m really tired and just want to do something quickly to remove my makeup (or at least most of it)–or for a quick “wash” if I still decide to remove my makeup with my cleansing oil (which I usually do) but don’t want to go through my whole skincare routine. I also use it in the morning if I don’t have enough time to wash my face and do makeup (which I often don’t on weekdays). It’s nice to freshen up my skin before I start applying my makeup.

    • Isabella Muse

      me too crystal, too many nights I just want to plop into bed and that’s the nite this is easy to use 🙂

  • Ayman

    Hey Muse can u plz tell which products e.g moisturizers, cleansers and foundation or BB/CC creams are good for acne prone skin.

    • Isabella Muse

      i’m not really sure ayman, I don’t have acne prone skin so haven’t used products meant for such a skin type thus I don’t have recs. I’m sorry.

  • Bri

    I got this last week and love it. On a lazy night, I use a makeup wipe to get the makeup and then swipe this to get any other residue off. I love that it doesn’t take any moisture out of my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated, which is SO important this time of year. I guess I don’t use much makeup, CC cream, concealer, mascara and blush, so even without the makeup wipe, this does a good job of getting it all off.

    If I am in a rush to get to work in the morning and don’t have time for a full wash, I use this to prep my face and get off the grime from the night before. So far, I love having it as an option instead of just a makeup wipe.

  • DeborahP

    I don’t usually comment on your site although I read it daily, but this takes the cake for me. If I’m going to go to all the trouble to get a cotton ball and dispense water onto it, I might as well just take the extra minute to wash my face period. This is a ridiculous product concept in my opinion.

  • Alli

    I bought this knowing I didnt plan to use it to remove makeup as in a cleansing item. I actually bought it for morning when my skin is dry – I splash my face w/ water and then go over it with this. I also love it to remove fallout from my undereye after I do my eye makeup ( I do foundation and face after) it’s a nice pick me up and a great thing to use even after you’ve washed your fave to be sure there’s no residue left behind. I wouldn’t count on it to thoroughly cleanse my face- for tge I use a gentle cleanser and my Clarisonic.

  • Corinne

    I love this product! I have sensitive skin so after a full day of makeup i do wash my face and then after use this as sort of a toner to really get the last bits i may have missed. Toner dries out my face horribly. In the morning as I am not an oily person, I don’t rewash my face as I didn’t do anything but sleep from the last night so I just use this to freshen up. I hear there is a eye cleanser version for this line at Ulta so I’m going to try it too.

  • Amanda

    I tried this on a whim a few days ago and I’m somewhat impressed. I wear a decent amount of makeup and no it really can’t be used alone for that.
    But as a morning quick cleanse and a nightly better than nothing type thing , I love it.
    I’m oily, large pored, and aging. I had my first baby and turned 36 in the same year and I have some problem skin, let me tell you. This stuff doesn’t dry and doesn’t leave an oil slick.

    Let me ask you Muse, what is the best reasonably priced cleansing oil for my skin type? I’ve seen so many but I don’t want to buy ten haha.
    Any suggestions would be awesome