I love the ‘new in’ section on beauty websites as it makes it easier to keep up with new launches from all the different beauty brands. If you were asked to name a product that Biore do, I’m almost positive you’d say pore strips and that’s definitely what I would have said too. Biore are so much more than pore strips and I decided to purchase the Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water as it sounded unique to any other micellar water I’d tried.
The Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water 300ml is £4.99 and there is also another version; the Biore Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water. I chose the Baking Soda version as it’s marketed as being suitable for those with combination skin.
I am mostly dry, but my chin and jaw are blemish prone so technically I do have combination skin and I knew the Charcoal formula would be too stripping on my skin as it’s designed for oily skin which I certainly do not have. The claims for this micellar water are bold, as it claims to have outperformed the leading micellar water which is the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water.
“Bioré Baking Soda Range is ideal for combination skin. You have this skin type if your T-zone (your forehead and nose) is oily and your cheeks are dry.
Baking Soda is a powerful exfoliant found in nature. On its own, natural baking soda is an alkaline that can dry the skin. Bioré Baking Soda products take all the natural powerful cleansing and exfoliating properties of baking soda but they have been formulated precisely for use on your skin, so you get all the same benefits without damaging your skin.
It will keep your T-zone clear of enlarged pores and breakthrough shine without encouraging dryness and flakiness elsewhere on the face.”
- Dermatologist tested
- Ophthalmologist tested
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- pH balanced
The Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water has a really horrible scent almost as if smells like mud or something. It lingers on the skin for a good few minutes after using it but it’s really not pleasant. I don’t know what kind of scent I was expecting, but the scent is not the kind of scent you want to smear all over your face. In terms of makeup removal, it does work effectively at dissolving makeup with very little effort, and it does leave my skin feeling very clean.
The formula is a little too harsh for my dry, sensitive skin as my skin does feel almost quite stripped after use and I have to apply a lot of serum or facial oil to try and recoup any lost moisture. I think if your skin was perhaps normal to oily combination rather than normal to dry, this micellar water might work really well for you as it does a great job at cleansing away impurities, shine and makeup.
However it’s not something I’ll be continuing to use on my face as I don’t like how uncomfortable my skin feels after using it, so I’ll keep it for removing swatches when doing blogging photos. I have ordered a Biore sunscreen from YesStyle after some recommendations, and I can’t wait to try it as I do like Biore as a brand, but this particular product just isn’t for me.
Have you tried either of the Biore Micellar Waters?