Beauty Throwdown: Battle Cleansing Water
Fall’s international model crew descended upon New York, London, Milan, and Paris from all corners of the globe, but despite their different backgrounds, there is one tie that binds them altogether—and we’re not talking about the good genes that propel you past the 5′ 9″ mark. That would be Bioderma’s TS-H20 Solution Micellaire, the makeup and dirt-removing cleansing water that has become a catwalker staple, thanks in large part to the number of famous face painters that swear by it. A leader in the increasingly popular cleansing water market, Bioderma’s original formula washes away impurities while toning the skin in a single sweep of a cotton pad, helping to purify and soothe weary complexions after a full day of shows (it also works wonders for equally exhausted editors). The classic pink-capped clear bottle has inspired a wealth of imitations, the latest of which comes from Lierac. The French pharmacy brand that made its grand entrée into American drugstores a few years back is fleshing out its skincare offerings this month to include a whole new lineup of cleansers and toners, including its Demaquillant Douceur Micellar Cleanisng Water for Face & Eyes. Here, we pit them against one another to find out which liquid assets are worth the investment.
The Original: A favorite of makeup artists like Lucia Pieroni, it takes just one experience with Bioderma’s fragrance-free cleansing solution to understand its allure. The lightweight elixir manages to banish impurities by micro-emulsifying dirt molecules off of the skin’s surface, while maintaining its natural pH balance with cucumber extracts so pores are magically decongested without that tight, drying aftereffect a lot of toners leave behind. It’s a gentle alternative to soap and water, too, which will save you time in the morning.
The Newcomer: Known for its amazingly effective line of skin creams, the French pharmacy brand has slowly been generating an American fan base since joining our drugstore culture. Its new cleansing water boasts the same detoxifying, refreshing effect of Bioderma’s, using mallow extract to soften skin and linseed extract to clarify. The subtle rice, white musk, and peony scent is a little much if you prefer your products unscented (as we do), but the actual feel of swiping this one on is delightfully refreshing. The added dose of vitamin B5 to encourage eyelash growth is also nice touch.
The Bottom Line: Both of these bottles serve their purpose, which is to multitask the cleansing process with a soap-free, extremely gentle formula. We’re partial to Bioderma for sentimental reasons (lugging a three-pack home from Paris is something of a souvenir each season), but seeing as how its hard to come by on this side of the pond, Lierac’s version is a wonderful—and easily accessible—alternative.