I seem to be running through quite a lot of makeup cleansing waters – but just as well, since I use so much makeup anyway! I’m always on the lookout for cleansing waters that can remove makeup a) even more easily, b) affordably and 3) does not dry out my skin. The Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water is a meant to be a “soap-free cleansing water that effectively removes makeup while cleansing and toning the skin”. It’s also free from parabens, phthalates, and sulfates – but not that I know what difference that makes, but I guess it’s good!
Claims from website:
This gentle formula removes makeup from the face and eyes as it soothes, moisturizes, and softens skin. There’s no need to rub for a thorough clean— a gentle cleansing base washes without stripping. The improved formula is now more natural, more effective, and gentler on skin.
The texture and consistency is just like water. The packaging is simple, with a screw on cap and no pump, so to get the product out, just open the cap and turn it upside down. Unlike most micellar waters though, this is rather heavily scented – I did like fresh scent, but I would recommend giving it a sniff before purchase if you’re sensitive to smells.
In terms of performance, I don’t think that it does that great a job. This takes quite a lot of a) product and b) cotton pads to remove a full face of makeup. Without help of other cleansers, it takes 3-4 goes across the same area to properly remove most traces of makeup. Like most cleansing waters, this failed at removing waterproof eye makeup. That said, it did not irritate my skin despite it being heavily scented, nor does it dry out my skin. I actually feel quite refreshed, and my skin rather soothed, after using it!
I can’t remember how much this cost, as I got mine with points I had on a website, but a quick google shows that a 6.7oz/200ml will cost US$28 in the US or €14.40 in Europe. That’s pretty pricey for me, as there are a lot of affordable Japanese brands of cleansing waters available here in Singapore that does a better job, so I won’t be repurchasing this.