I am not about to make grand announcements that this will be a series I will do regurlarly.
However, I do want to continue doing this with other products as well.
Anyway, this is a battle of the drugstore cleansing waters; Malaysian edition.
Just to be clear these aren’t Malaysian brand, just brands available in the Malaysian drugstore market.
I pitting 5 cleansing waters from 4 brands.
Will rate them based on;
- Effectiveness (how well makeup is removed)
- Gentleness (any irritation to my eyes, which aren’t sensitive to begin with, I rate it 0)
- Packaging (in terms of being easy to use and if its travel friendly)
- Taste (yes! this matters because I tend to remove lip products off with them as well)
Price seemed redundant because these are all affordable products at the drugstore. I based rating on a 5 point scale, 0 being the worst and 5 being best performing. I will also list price per 100 ml, and look out for additional notes on each product. A winner will be named at the end.
Before going on, I share below the look that I created for this experimentation. I did the exact same look for all the experiments.
Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base
Stila In the Light palette
Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner
Silkygirl Big Eye Collagen Mascara (Waterproof but easy to remove)
Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner
Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara
uptown visions Concealer (product and brand no longer available)
MAC Studiofix Powder NC45
How I put all the cleansing waters to the test is to generously soak it onto a facial cotton pad, hold it onto my eyes for 10 seconds making sure the entire cotton pad is constantly in contact with the eyelid. After 10 seconds, in one gentle and thorough swipe, makeup is removed with the cotton pad.
First up Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Pure Active
Pretty well done.
Quite a lot of product on the cotton.
Average point: 2.25
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.60
Notes: This has alcohol in it and irritated my eyes a fair bit, hence the 0 points for gentleness.
Maybelline Micellar Water
Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.
All the mascara on the cotton!
Average point: 3.25
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 12.45
Notes: Although packaging is only received 2 points, it is actually the safest to travel with although not the most convenient to use.
Biore Perfect Cleansing Water
Pretty effective although a tiny bit of mascara was left behind.
Most of the makeup off.
Average point: 2
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.70
Note: The most bitter tasting and the one that hurts my eyes the most!
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
So much makeup left behind. And you can see my eyes still wet from the cleansing water.
Not much mascara and liner on the pad compared to the others.
Average point: 1.5
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.45
Notes: Taste pretty bitter, only second to the Biore and irritated my eyes just as much!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Not as effective as its blue counterpart.
Much of the makeup is off.
Average point: 2.75
Retail price per 100 ml: MYR 11.60
Notes: This didn’t irritate my eyes and it usually removes any residual makeup with a second swipe.
Cheapest per 100ml, Simple Micellar Water (MYR 11.45)
Most expensive per 100ml, Maybelline Micellar Water (MYR 12.45)
Difference of one ringgit which is a tiny compensation given that the Simple scored the lowest.
SO my champion is………………………..
If you are reading, I do hope you find what you were looking for or find some relevant information here to make a judgement call. This is solely my experimentation and my point of view, albeit being properly put to the test.