The two that I have bought were both from the drugstore and that is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Water (currently £3.33 in Boots) and the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (currently £3.33 in Boots)
These are both cheeper alternatives to the hard to find Bioderma so I wanted to give them a go to see if I liked them before hunting down the more pricier option.
The first one I tried was the L'Oreal one. My first impressions of this product were quite high after there being such an outburst on its release as being the cheeper Bioderma, however as this was the first product of its kind that I had tried, I was unsure what to expect. I also bought the eye make up remover to go with it.
The three points that it claims to do, I can't say that I completely agree with. Yes it does remover most of your makeup but after using this I felt that I had to then use a baby wipe to get the remaining bits of foundation and mascara off. I really do not think that it unclogs pores, it doesn't clog them but it certainly doesn't unclog them. Their third point claims that it tones and soothes skin. It is a very sensitive product and my skin certainly didn't feel irritated by it however I was left with what felt like and oily layer on the surface of my skin. The eye make up remover I equally disliked. I felt that it was quite harsh on removing my mascara and even when it did I was left with stained black marks around my eyes that I then had to use another product to remove them.
I decided that this was not what I was looking for at all, so when I saw that Garnier had released their own alternative I was eager to try this one. What a difference! I was really impressed with this product. First of all I was not left with stained panda eyes after removing my eye makeup, which I have to say came off very easily without having to pull at my lashes. It works very well for my sensitive skin and it was not irritated by using this and when removing my eye makeup, it did not sting my eyes. The most important factor of this product over the L'Oreal one was that I was not left with an oily layer on the top of my skin. I felt like my face had been washed with water which then left it clean and fresh. Another bonus of the Garnier edition is that you get double the amount you do in the L'Oreal one!
Bioderma has yet to grace its presence on to my dressing table however I think the Garnier one is a great match for me at the moment. As for L'Oreal…. well I know I won't be buying that one again.