Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99) is one of three new 95% natural cleansing micellar water created for sensitive skin using cucumber extract to help sooth and calm skin. Obviously, I’m not exactly the Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water demographic as my skin is not sensitive but it is dry. I decided to give this a shot anyway and see how it turned out as mostly I was curious if the formula would do well removing makeup and not so much calm irritated skin.
Let’s have a look!
Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water comes housed in a 7.77 oz bottle which has a handy flip top lid pump that allows you to press down to dispense the cleansing water right onto your cotton pad. You’re likely very familiar with this packaging if you love and use Bioderm’s formula as they have a fantastic pump dispenser that was released for a limited time but is now available permanetly. I highly recommend that packaging (and that formula as a matter of fact!). I was excited about this packaging as it’s quite a mess-free way of getting your cotton pad saturated with cleansing water. Sadly, it doesn’t quite work out as great as the Bioderm one. First of all, you have to press down very, very slowly otherwise the water shoots all over the place and makes a mess. Even when you’re doing it slowly you still end up with quite a mess on your hands. The pump doesn’t quite work well and micellar water either squirts everywhere or drips down the sides of the pump. I also had an issue getting this home as I purchased it at CVS but it only had a piece of tape holding the bottle closed. I didn’t think anything of it but when I got home I realized it the pump was dripping and I lost a good deal of the water. Thankfully that was the only thing in the bag otherwise, I’d have had a mess to clean up.
I’m unsure why we need this formulation in the line up since Yes to Cotton has a Micellar Cleansing Water available and that, too, was created with sensitive skin in mind. It seems odd two different formulas for sensitive skin types. Depending how cheap you are or what a stickler you are for ingredients you may or may not see this as a good value. Garnier’s Micellar Water is the same price, does a better job with removal, happens to be 13.5 oz in size, and it’s the same exact price. On the upside, Yes to Cucumber’s formula is apparently created with 95% natural ingredients and free of parabens. Although it does have a good deal of fragrance. It’s odd to me that they even include fragrance considering it is created to sooth sensitive skin. I found the fragrance very strong. It’s a fresh, fake-ish cucumber scent that was pleasant enough to my nose but it’s likely too strong for sensitive users. Notice that the back of the bottom says to avoid contact with eyes. To me, this translates as you can’t use it near your eyes. I find a lot of different micellar waters and skincare products have this warning lately. Yes To has a lot of different products they they suggest not using near eyes.
I don’t know about you but if I can’t remove my eye makeup with a micellar water the product becomes a little pointless to me. Micellar water is sort of my lazy girl’s guide to makeup removal. It’s when I’m tired and just can’t take the time out to do my normal double cleanse routine with a separate eye makeup remover. It’s what I use when I want to get bed fast. Swipe, no rinsing needed, and I can head right to bed. If I have to use a separate eye makeup remover that adds extra time on what should be a quick task. I did, for the sake of this review, use this on my eyes. It stings a little tiny bit but nothing too bad. Note, it contains niacinamide and I don’t know if this is something you want to get in your eyes. It did an ok job with eye makeup removal but I had to use a few cotton pads as well as a good deal of the water to remove my waterproof mascara and after that a lot still remained on my eyes as the next day I woke up looking like a racoon. Likewise for my face! I used several pieces of facial cotton and A LOT of the cleansing water to get all my makeup off.
The good news is there is no sticky, tacky feel after using this formula. I wouldn’t say it left me hydrated but it didn’t dry my skin out eiter.
Would I buy it again?
Probably not. I’ve run across far better formulas that are eye safe!
Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water just didn’t cut it in term of formula, size, price, and value. There’s a lot to be disappointed about here unfortunately.