As much as I love make up and being a girly girl, my least favourite thing of all (even above that time of the month!) is taking off my make up at the end of the day. I find it an absolute chore and dread doing it each night. If I can find anything that will make the task any easier for me, I'm all for it!
A year ago, I was using oil cleansers (you can see my review on Laura Mercier Light Purifying Oil and MAC Cleanse Off Oil here), but as I really got into reading blogs, I discovered Liz Earle Hot Cloth Polish Cleanser, which became my ultimate holy grail 'will die without this in my life' product. I use it as my main make up remover and I just don't know where I'd be without it! It's thick and creamy, feels lovely on the skin, smells very natural, doesn't break me out and leaves no trace of make up for a fresh, clean face.
However, being the beauty junkie that I am and always wanting to try new products, when Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution became so hyped up all over the Internet, I knew I needed to try it. Unfortunately, living in Australia, it's not easily available to me, so when I saw this Avène product in a local chemist, I decided to give it a go. Like Bioderma, Avène is a French skincare brand and the Créaline H20 Solution and Lotion Micellaire are both non-rinse make up remover waters with oil particles. Aimed for sensitive skin, Lotion Micellaire helps skin prone to redness. It's anti-irritant properties also help with stress, fatigue and air pollution while eliminating impurities.
I've been using this product for a little over a month now and I'm really enjoying it. I use it more strictly as an eye and lip make up remover because it isn't the greatest at taking off my thick MAC Studio Fix Fluid! I had to use a lot of product and cotton balls when I was removing my foundation, so I have stuck with my Hot Cloth Polish Cleanser for that as I like a deeper cleanse on my face. I squeeze the lotion onto a couple of cotton balls and soak them on my eyes for a few seconds before wiping whatever eye make up I'm wearing that day off. It feels really soothing and refreshing on the eyes and the light baby shampoo fragrance is really nice.
Could I live without this product? Yes, but at the same time, I really enjoy using it because it means I don't smear mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner all over my eye area with my Hot Cloth Polish Cleanser. At $30.95 for a 200mL bottle, it probably isn't the cheapest either, but everything is expensive in Australia. I'd probably buy it again, but seeing as I'm in Paris next month, I can buy the Bioderma product as I'm still eager to try it and would love to compare the two.
Have you tried Avène or Bioderma make up removers?