Ahh, Bioderma. Back in the days when everyone was raving about Bioderma, and no other companies had yet jumped on the bandwagon it was a product that I spent a small fortune on to get to the UK as it wasn’t available here. The large bottles would set me back just short of £20 with delivery and back then I’d treasure and carefully consider every drop, now with the likes of being able to pick up Garnier for a few pounds I’m happy to almost bathe in it.Bioderma is now a lot more accessible than it was, I’ve seen it in a few large Boots stores, and it is available on their website online. But since trying Garnier and it forever holding the top spot since, I’ve never gone back to Bioderma, so when I received a sample of it at this year’s Bloggers Festival, I was curious to see as to whether it was something I should consider reinvesting in, was the original really better than the rest?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been carefully treating my left hand side of my face with Bioderma for nightly makeup removal, whilst my right has stayed using my tried and trusted Garnier. And when I say tried and tested, I just looked over my Empties since January last year and there’s been 5 full size bottles used up and 3 travel sized ones used up in that time.
I wondered just how similar the two of these were, and there’s only two ingredients which matches up exactly. Whilst there are similar ingredients such as Glycols, they’re different types. I was kind of surprised that the Garnier one was less ingredient heavy out of the two, I was expecting that Bioderma might be the more streamlined, sophisticated solution – the plainer of them both.
Water (Aqua), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide.
Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
Each night I’ve been careful to try and distribute roughly the same amount of product onto two cotton pads and paid careful attention to how each formula handled the task. In terms of eye contact I found that the Bioderma more noticeable in it’s feeling, now that could be down to the fact that my eyes are now well acclimatised to Garnier’s offering, however it’s still worth noting. It isn’t however as harsh feeling as some others I’ve tried such as Elemis’ Smart Micellar Water or the Simple one, which both left my eyes feeling irritated, but my eyes didn’t feel completely irritation free.
In terms of makeup removal, I don’t find there to be all that much difference between the two. I do think that Bioderma wipes away foundation ever to slightly easier, whilst Garnier is better at breaking down eye makeup, but overall the results between them is the same, there’s no residue of anything left behind if I follow up with another pad soaked with toner or more micellar water.
Another thing I don’t love about this is how rigid the plastic is, I’m struggling to remember what exactly the full size bottle is like as to whether this is exclusive to the smaller, travel size – but it’s so hard to squeeze out product, you almost have to shake it out drop my drop.
Overall whilst I do like the Bioderma, and it is a lot cheaper than it used to be – I’m not tempted to go back to it any time soon as it is still pretty expensive, the price difference between them (£10.50 for 250ml vs £4.99 for 400ml at full price), isn’t worth splashing the extra cash for in my opinion.
What are your favourite Micellar Waters?