I was browsing the shelves of Guardian pharmacy one day when I came across the Biore Perfect Cleansing Water. This was about a year ago (that’s how far back I’m backlogged LOL!) when I was messing around with different cleansing waters, and I went “Hey? Biore has a cleansing water too?” So, since it wasn’t terribly expensive, I picked up a bottle and stuck it in my “To-try” cupboard. Yes, I have a cupboard. Skincare, it’s a disease 😛
I have an interesting observation though. The one I have here is called Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Cleansing Water. However, I have seen reviews online for a similar product labelled Biore Makeup Remover Micellar Cleansing Water. Are they the same thing? Can anyone verify if they are?!
Either way though, I have to point out that this Biore cleansing water is a little more specific than the French cleansing waters, like Bioderma or Caudalie that tell you that it operates as a waterless face cleanser. This one is being marketed as a makeup remover, albeit a mild and gentle on skin one, and rightly so, to my mind.
I broke out this bottle when I had used up the last drop of my Dr. Brandt cleansing water (I’m actually finishing up a lot of products these days before moving on), and much to my surprise, I found that I quite liked this. That’s very healthy for my wallet too, so I’m not complaining!
The Biore Perfect Cleansing Water comes in a fairly large bottle with a convenient pump. To use, I usually saturate a piece of cotton pad and then wipe it over the parts of my face that need makeup removal i.e. all over.
If you are, at this point, wondering why I use a makeup remover or cleansing water when I’m such a strong advocate of cleansing balms or cleansing oils, the reason is simple. I don’t like, nor believe in 1 product doing everything even if it’s a balm or oil, and I don’t like using these products around my eye area. If you are concerned about wrinkles and crow’s feet, you wouldn’t too!
So, since I’m already using a separate eye makeup remover, it only made sense for me to extend it to the rest of my face. So for me, a cleansing water operates not as a first cleanse, but as a makeup remover. I honestly do not care a lot about how well it removes ALL my makeup, so long as it gets rid of MOST of my makeup, because I always follow on with a cleansing balm and then a second cleanse. Yeah, I lead a complicated life 😛
I do find that the Biore cleansing water removes my makeup fairly well. I don’t use thick eyeliner, but when I do use a liquid liner, I just have to hold the cotton pad against my lid for a while before wiping off and it’s clean. I don’t wear mascara so I can’t tell you how this works to remove waterproof mascara. However, it cleans off lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation and brow pencil quite well and easily without my having to rub at it.
The sticker on my bottle claims that this “instantly removes makeup” Well, don’t believe everything you read, kids. It doesn’t do it instantly, but it does remove makeup quite quickly. For my eyes, I hold it there for a bit before wiping off. Sometimes, my brows take a few more wipes but for my face, I usually get it gone in 1-2 wipes. So, not instant, but you don’t have to rub either.
There’s no scent and it doesn’t dry out my skin. I do follow up with my cleansing balm or just go straight to using a cleanser on lazy days so as I’ve mentioned above, I’m not particular about this getting off every scrap of my makeup.
As this touts itself as a makeup remover and not a facial cleanser, I will advise that you follow up with a rinse with water if you’re really really lazy (and why are you, pray? 😛 ) or better still, follow up with a cleanser. Treat this as your first cleanse if you want or be like me and just treat this as a makeup remover. But you know what, I treat ALL cleansing water as a makeup remover.
I know, people often ask me why I bother with an extra step when a cleansing oil or balm does the job in just one go. Well I have my reasons as I’ve set out above. But the other reason is because I don’t believe in micellar waters being a water-free facial cleanser.
For me, whichever micellar cleansing water I use, I always rinse off and follow up with a proper cleanser. I don’t believe in waterless anything if you really want to be clean. You don’t use a micellar cleansing water for your body do you? You take a shower. So, what would you do it for your face?! 😛 But I’ll preach about it another day.
For today, know that I’m happy with this very affordable cleansing water/makeup remover and that I’m happy to keep this in my rotation till I use up the last drop. You may see another in the future, heck I’m fickle. But if I don’t buy another, or be sent one I’ll go back to this one 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Cleansing Water is a water based makeup remover that I find effective at removing most of my makeup. I am not fussed about residue because I always follow up with a cleansing balm or cleansing oil for a thorough cleanse, which is what I’d recommend. I do not recommend that you cleanse with this and nothing else. It isn’t drying, and has no scent. It’s also very affordable so I’m not fussed about picking up another bottle when I’m done with this one.
PROS: Affordable, Gentle texture, Removes most of my makeup effectively, No scent, Not drying
CONS: Pump often sprays product out at an odd angle if not careful
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants an oil-free makeup remover, Anyone who uses cleansing waters for their makeup removal
For anyone interested, here’s the ingredient list for the Perfect Cleansing Water.
Have you tried this Perfect Cleansing Water? Do you use cleansing waters as makeup removers or do you use it as a first cleanse/facial cleanser?
This goes on sale pretty often, based on what I see in the local pharmacies, so that’s when I’d picked up my bottle. It may also come in smaller sizes but I’m not sure about that. I’m quite happy with this as a makeup remover but if you know of an affordable one just as good, SHARE! 😀
Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Cleansing Water Price: RM32.90 / 300ml (Often goes on sale for RM28.88 or so) Availability: Most local pharmacies or anywhere that carries Biore