If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I’m obsessed with cleansing water. The reason why I love cleansing water more than other makeup remover is that they are also no-rinse, so they are great for nights where you are too tired to wash up or want to remove your makeup when there’s no place to wash up. Sure, wipes do the same thing but many of them contains alcohol so they are not quite as nice on the skin and one wipe may be too wasteful or not enough depending on the amount of makeup you are wearing.
Koh Gen Do cleansing water has been a favorite of mine for years. However, I could not resist the temptation of the new products and have started to wonder if there is anything even better than KGD out there. The three cleansing water that I’ve got my eyes on are Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water, Origins Mega Mushroom Micellar Cleanser and Dior Instant Cleansing Water.
Before we talk about how effective they are as makeup remover, let’s talk about how they feel/work as one step skincare first:
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water – it have a mild fresh, clean scent. It feels like water but with a bit more slip. It didn’t irritate the eye area and feels a bit more moisturizing than KGD cleansing water. It is moisturizing so you don’t need a moisturizer afterwards unless you have very dry skin.
Origins Dr. Weil Waterless Cleanser – it have the same herbal scent as the rest of the Dr. Weil line. It also feels just like water and did not irritate the eye area. It makes the skin feeling clean and moisturized. You can say it leaves a bit of residue, but as makeup remover that doesn’t matter.
Dior Cleansing Water – it have a chemical-y soapy floral scent. It feels like water on the skin but with a bit more slip. It makes the skin feeling clean and soft without residue and did not irritate when sweeped over the eye area. It feels the most like water and does not moisturize as much like the other two cleansing water, so you may need a moisturizer on top.
So that’s how they feel on the skin and perform as one step skincare. As for how they perform as makeup removers, I tested them on swatch of Marc Jacob Highliner in Blacquer, Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown, Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Honey, and Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon. I did 21 swipes with cotton:
Liquid liner and foundation were the first to go. Dr. Jart+ and Dior makeup removing power are comparable to KGD, but Origins didn’t do well. Both Dr. Jart+ and Dior are more expensive than KGD…. but if KGD or Bioderma irritates your skin, try Dior, or if you want something that removes makeup as well as those two but also more moisturizing then try Dr. Jart+. I like cleansing water to feel like water, so KGD, Bioderma then Dior would be my top 3 picks. What is your favorite cleansing water?