In one of the first posts on this blog, months ago, I told you that my favorite makeup remover in whole entire world was Bioderma’s Sebium H20. I also told you that I sucked at removing my makeup at night but, thank God, that has changed! I now feel very very very bad when I don’t take off my makeup…so yeah…I’m a good girl now ^_^ I had been using Bioderma’s Sebium H20 for a while but since I’m very curious and always trying new stuff, when I saw Sephora’s version of a “eau micellaire” or “micellar solution”, I was quite curious to see how it would compare to Bioderma’s Sebium H20 As I said in that previous post, here’s what a micellar solution does Micelles – micro-encapsulate dirt on skin’s surface and lift it up without rubbing, thereby maintaining skin’s physiological balance The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).
- Bioderma Sebium H20
Water (aqua), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Citrate , Zinc Gluconate, Copper Sulfate, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance (Parfum).
- Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water
Aqua (Water), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propanediol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 184, Parfum (Fragrance), Tetrasodium Edta, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Zinc Gluconate, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, D-Limonene, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT. As you can see from the ingredients in bold (the ones you will find in both formulas) they have quite a few common ingredients. The Sephora cleansing water does have a few more components, including a few natural ingredients such as (as stated by Sephora) : -HydroSenn+: Moisturizes intensely. A polysaccharide derived from an Indian plant (cassia angustifolia), this ingredient forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface that is able to harness and retain water for optimal moisture that lasts all day long. -Calendula Extract: Provides soothing and healing properties. -Panthenol: Stimulates cellular renewal, provides moisturizing action. The Sephora version also has a few other components as well such as Sodium Hydroxide or Butylene Glycol
Sephora’s Cleansing water comes in a bottle with a very convenient push to pump. You go from face to cotton to pump without wasting any product. Sebium H20 comes with a normal bottle without a pump and I ofter found myself soaking my cotton pad with more product than needed in my eagerness to get that face of mine cleaned up real gooood. -_-
I found that both formulas do a great job at removing makeup and leaving skin feeling clean, moisturized and fresh. I do not wear waterproof makeup so I cannot really comment on whether either formula works better with it. In both cases, my skin feels clean after using three cotton pads saturated with product. The Sephora Cleansing Water does sting my eyes sometimes a bit. But maybe I just shouldn’t get it into my eyes? I don’t know why it got into my eyes but I don’t recommend you do that…
Bioderma’s Sebium H20 is a bit pricier. The Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water cleanser comes in three formats 50 ml (at 7.00$) , 150 ml (at 14.00$) and 400 ml (at 24.00$). The Sebium H20 comes in two formats 250 ml (at 22.00$) and 500 ml (at 33.00$)
I love them both. They perform very similarly and the prices are close but since the Sephora cleanser is a tad cheaper and I honestly love the push pump, I’ll be more likely to get the Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water. If you happen to have sensitive skin though, Bioderma has a version of this same cleanser named Sensibio H20 formulated for sensitive skin and that could make a big difference if you struggle to find a cleanser that won’t hurt your sensitive skin.