I’ve been on a cleansing kick lately.
After using Shu Uemura cleansing oil for years, I’m ready for the new forms of cleansing products out there in the market, e.g. cleansing balm and cleansing water. Today, I want to talk about Sephora triple action cleansing water.
This year, I feel Sephora has started getting recognitions in the beauty world for its own line of makeup products, their pro brushes, liquid lipsticks and etc., which I can totally see why. But their skin care line is not something many feel comfortable to explore. I picked up this cleansing water on a whim during a Sephora 20% off sale back in April this year (Sephora Singapore has two times 20% off sales in a year), and wanted to compare this to the cult favorite Bioderma cleansing water.
About the price point, it’s SGD $28 (roughly USD $20) for 400 mls, so less than half the price of Bioderma.
What’s good about this cleansing water: It does a pretty good job at removing makeup and cleaning my whole face, just as good as Bioderma. I don’t have any issue removing regular waterproof mascara, such as the Chanel Le Volume de Chanel. One swipe is enough to get everything off completely. However, if you are using super waterproof mascaras, especially the ones from Japanese drugstore (I’m looking at you Isehan Heroine Make long & curl mascara!), this cleansing water doesn’t work very well. Usually, I need to go over it 4 times and will still see some residue cling to my lashes. But again, it’s the same for Bioderma.
What I like the most about this cleansing water is the package. The pump dispenser is so clever and makes it super easy to get the product out. Instead of picking up the bottle and trying to squeeze the water out, you can just place the cotton pad right on top of the pump, lightly press it a couple of times and voilà, you get the right amount of product evenly distributed. I think I’m going to keep the bottle, even after finishing the product, and use it to store other cleansing water or cleansing oil.
There is, however, one thing that bothers me about this cleansing water: the fragrance. Normally, I’m OK with beauty products having fragrance, but for some reason, I don’t like cleansing water with fragrance. Also, this fragrance in particular, is too strong and too artificial. Also, probably because it’s heavily scented, my eyes get irritated if I rub the cotton pad along the lid and lash line to remove eyeliner and mascara. This doesn’t happen with Bioderma, which I can use carelessly around eye area.
The bottom line is that it’s a decent cleansing water and reasonably priced. But it still cannot compare to Bioderma, and I won’t repurchase it, I’ll, however, keep the package 🙂