Sunday, 30 June 2013

Review: Bioderma Sensibio H2O


It would be a sin to be a beauty blogger and not know of the famous Bioderma Sensibio (or Crealine) H2O Micelle Solution. This French water-like gentle solution is a cleanser and makeup remover in one, adored and labelled by many as their "holy grail" product for removing makeup. You could see why I wanted a piece of its action! While Sasa had a free shipping offer, I quickly went to place the Crealine H2O in my online shopping basket, however it was out of stock so I went for the Sensibio H2O, which is the newer, re-branded name for the Crealine. I don't think I had ever been so excited to remove my makeup until I had this bottle of Bioderma in my hands!


I purchased this large 500mL bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O for $30 which I think was a great price, seeing as a 250mL is sold in selected pharmacies for the same price! Touted for its gentleness on sensitive and intolerant skin, this fragrance-free micellar solution is described as being able to capture and emulsify fatty molecules (such as makeup, dirt and oil) while maintaining the skin's natural balance. 



Many have raved about how easily it removed heavy eye makeup in one swipe, and a general consensus was that it was extremely gentle on the eyes as well as having minimal residue left over- which is great as Bioderma claims that there is no need to rinse after cleansing with the Sensibio H2O. However I did come across a couple of reviews where people were disappointed with how well this micellar performed in removing waterproof eye makeup- but Bioderma does say it only removes "water-resistant" makeup... whatever that is! So I kept this in mind while I removed my waterproof eye makeup.


MUA Heaven and Earth palette, L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Pencil, Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner 
I did a few swatches of the eyeshadows from my MUA Heaven and Earth palette (I might review this in the future) and a couple of eyeliners- with the one on the bottom being the waterproof Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner. I soaked a cotton pad with some Sensibio H2O, and swiped twice on my arm. The micellar solution resembles a slightly viscous water which is indeed gentle and felt refreshing and cooling on my skin- I found this excellent for using on the eyes. However I was actually one of the few people to be underwhelmed by its ability to remove eye makeup, if you look carefully you can still see traces of makeup on my arm! 


Further swipes managed to get most makeup off, however the waterproof Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner was quite stubborn and refused to completely budge! A quick swipe with my beloved Lacura Bi-Phase eye makeup remover (from Aldi, which I cannot find anymore) removed the stubborn makeup easily, albeit with a slight oily residue. I highly recommend using a bi-phase (oil and water emulsion) makeup remover to remove waterproof makeup instead of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O.


However not all hope is lost in the popular Bioderma Sensibio H2O- I found this to be excellent at cleaning face makeup. The one area on my forehead prone to breakouts was improved greatly after using this to clean my face properly, and I found it such a joy to use as it was so gentle and calming on the skin. Despite not being able to remove waterproof makeup, the Sensibio does work wonderfully to remove light to moderate makeup. After using it a few more times, I have really appreciated the soothing properties of this French micellar solution and find it a staple in my skincare routine.

I really want to pick up a 50mL sample sized or 100mL travel sized bottle- they are absolutely adorable! However eBay was selling them for around $15 so I didn't find that they were worth it, even though they would be great for travelling with (not that I travel that often... but lugging around a 500mL is definitely not convenient). If anyone finds a better deal on the 100mL bottles, please tell me!


Overall I do like the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, although it isn't the best product for removing heavy eye makeup. It is definitely a product that is worth trying though!

What do you think of the Bioderma Sensibio/Crealine H20? What size bottle do you have?


74 comments :

  1. Bioderma pretty much works to remove everything on my face... it just requires a ton of cotton pads. I really love how gentle it is for my sensitive skin and eyes (:

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    1. I love how gentle it is in the eyes too, especially for those with really sensitive skin!

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  2. I agree that it's not the best with waterproof makeup! I don't like using this as a proper cleanser, rather I like to take it when I'm on the go or somewhere I don't have access to a bathroom if I desperately need to cleanse my face and re-apply makeup. It's fab for that. :)

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    1. It definitely is a handy product to have on the go- no rinsing and it is so easy to remove the bulk of your makeup :) Such a shame it isn't the best with waterproof makeup though :(

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  3. I really just want to try it out to see how good it really works on my skin! That is a downside though if it doesn't remove heavy eye makeup well, and it costs so much because then it really isn't a well-rounded product. This review was very helpful! Thanks! :)

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    1. I think it'll work amazing on all skin types as it is so soothing and gentle :) Yeah it's not the best thing for heavy eye makeup- I agree that it doesn't make it worth its high price tag!

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  4. Thanks for the review hun! Definitely a product I've been meaning to try.

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  5. I love Bioderma! :)

    I've tried the original on my waterproof mascara and it did the trick, so perhaps it's just the Sensibio that doesn't work quite as well?

    Either way it's a good cleanser, that's for sure! I normally use Lancome BiFacil for really stubborn waterproof makeup (I've run out of Bioderma but have the Sephora cleansing water to finish - also really fab), but I've heard lots of things about the Lacura so that's next on my list. I do prefer when my removers don't leave that oily feeling behind though!

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    1. Nah the Sensibio is the exact same formulation, they just changed the name :) I've heard so many great things about the Lancome BiFacil but it is just so expensive :( The Lacura is great and is so affordable- although I haven't seen it around! One downside is that it does leave a residue but I don't mine rinsing as it works so well :)

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    2. Actually they're 2 different products. Sensibio is for sensitve skin and doesn't list oil in the ingredients whereas Crealine does list oil in the ingredients and is said to remove makeup better. Sensibio is more so used as a cleansing water for the face and Crealine is marketed as a cleansing water for the eyes as well as face. In France, the Crealine is actually availble in 2 different formulas: H20 for normal to combination skin and TS H20 for dry to very dry skin.

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  6. Rather than swiping, what I like to do is hold a cotton round drenched in the stuff against my eye for around 30 seconds. When I pull it away it seems to remove the majority of my makeup!

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    1. That would work! I'll rather use a different eye makeup remover though that can get the job done quicker :) I love how it is so soothing though!

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  7. This always sounds so good! I will definitely have to try it out one day, but I prefer the convenience of makeup wipes, and I always cleanse afterwards anyway. Glad to know it works better at removing facial makeup but I think it still has done a pretty good job at removing more "heavy duty" makeup... as Mishelle says holding it first would probably help, like with nail polish remover.
    Great post hun xx

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    1. I had one bad experience with makeup wipes- they dried out like crazy and didn't remove anything! Albeit that was a cheap brand so I actually haven't given the better ones a go yet :) It is a great tip and I will try that the next time I use it!

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  8. Great review! I have heard many raves about this product, but never brought myself to purchase it. I have been using jojoba oil as my makeup remover as well as my daily moisturizer and I find that it works best for me and water resistant or water proof makeup. ^___^b

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    1. Ooh that's great! I once tried olive oil to remove eye makeup but it made my eyes blurry and it didn't end too well! But it definitely is a great natural and cheaper way to remove makeup :)

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  9. I actually have Bioderma, and while I would say it's a lovely product, I couldn't say it lives up to the hype everybody claims it to be. Maybe because I've never had an issue with make-up removal, but to me, it's kind of on par with other make up removers to be honest!

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    1. That's true! Since it was hyped so much I thought it would have been revolutionary in how it removes makeup, although I was disappointed with how it removed waterproof makeup which was a shame :(

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  10. I have been eyeing this for the longest time but i have not yet caved into the hype since I have rather happy with my Mandom Bifesta cleansing water.

    Liz
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    1. I haven't heard of the Mandom Bifesta cleansing water before! The Bioderma is always worth a try though :)

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  11. I have yet to try this! Like you, I've heard so many raves about it. The gentleness is very appealing, though. I'm kind of sticking to makeup wipes right now + cleanser afterward because I'm not willing to swallow the price, haha!

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    1. It is super gentle and great for sensitive eyes :) I've never had makeup wipes work on me, and I find them quite expensive! Haha Bioderma isn't the cheapest option out there for sure :P

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  12. Loved this post! I've been looking for the perfect cleanser thats light for summer so I might have to give this a whirl! Xx
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  13. Wow that's pretty impressive, I've been doubtful about how much it can remove make up. There's a sale on bioderma products right now I really need some!

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    1. It is impressive how gentle it is on the eyes and I love how it is perfect for sensitive skin :)

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  14. I think a 500ml bottle's huge! I've always dreaded removing my makeup. Somehow I just don't enjoy the process. XD My current Maybelline one's running out so I may check sasa for stock right now!

    It's nice to read that Bioderma helped reduce the breakouts on your forehead!

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    1. It is such a huge bottle! I always dread it too but because Bioderma is still a relatively new product to me, the novelty hasn't worn off yet :P I absolutely love Sasa for buying reputable brands for an affordable price :)

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  15. I also enjoy this product, have had two bottles and still love it!! I love that it's not oil based!

    Sarah| Beauty and Lemonade xo

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    1. It's such a beautiful product!

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  16. Mmm a little disappointing on the waterproof makeup removal :( shame.

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    1. Yeah it was a shame unfortunately, but nevertheless still a great makeup remover that is super gentle :)

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  17. love your blog, keep up the great work!<3 xx Peach

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  19. I really like Bioderma because of how great it is for sensitive skin and the area around your eyes. I find my face can withstand harsher cleaners so I rarely use Bioderma to remove face makeup (since it's kind of a precious commodity to me), but I don't use anything else for eye makeup removal (unless I'm in the shower and then I just use my normal Dove 2-in-1 or Foaming Makeup Remover). I agree it sometimes doesn't work as well to remove stubborn eye makeup, but I think it really just requires a bit more patience, like holding a cotton pad to your eye for a good 20-30 seconds before removing it. I generally don't have the patience for that though, so I just go over it a few times and rub (which I know is bad, but eh :p).

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    1. I don't have the patience for holding a cotton pad to my eyes either- I'll rather use a different eye makeup remover which can do the job faster :) I use other cleansers but they just don't seem to remove every trace of dirt and makeup, and it's when I use the Bioderma on my face I really see everything come off which is great :)

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  20. The best makeup remover in my opinion. I take my makeup off with Bioderma using the technique Lisa eldrigde uses and it works amazingly well. Again, love this product :) xx

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    1. It does work really well, but I find it just doesn't remove the stubborn waterproof eye makeup as well as some other products :)

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  22. I've been searching for a good makeup remover for sometime now. Might try this out! Thanks for sharing! :)


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    1. This is great if you have sensitive skin and don't wear very heavy eye makeup! I also recommend bi-phase eye makeup removers which are great for waterproof eye makeup!

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  23. nice review! your blog is very lovely and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!

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  24. Great review! :) I really like Bioderma from the one time I've tried it from a friend :) I think it's great and gentle for people with sensitive skin ^_^

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  25. I LOVE Bioderma! Didn't think I'd like it as much as I do. It doesn't remove eye makeup as good as my Neutrogena eye makeup remover but it is great for face makeup. x

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  26. This sounds like such an amazing product! Do you know if we can get this in the States?!

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  27. Bioderma is on my to try list. Did you know they actually have a whole skincare range with cleansers and moisturizers and treatments? I was very excited to find that out.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  29. I wish I had gotten this in the 500ml! I just saw the smaller size today at Shoppers Drug Mart for $20. I didn't have the money at the time, so I basically sobbed and said adieu. T___T I shall get it next time!~ Thank you for the review!

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    1. Awww no! I hate it when you don't have enough money when you see a good deal :( it's a fantastic product!

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  30. Bioderma still seems a little bit pricey for me. For all I know whilst it's great it's just a make-up remover. I use my L'Oreal micellar solution which works pretty well and I double-cleanse afterwards! The L'Oreal version is much cheaper (currently £3.30 at Boots) and works well too!

    Aggie
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    1. It is very expensive for a makeup remover and cleanser, but I just love how gentle and soothing it is! I don't think we have the L'Oreal micellar solution in Australia but I really want to try it now, and it is so affordable! Thanks for the tip :)

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  31. I have been waiting to try this for forever! Great review.
    sunita xx

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  32. I think want to give the mini a try. Although the big one is a better value but I find it a bit pricey. We'll see :)

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  34. hehehe I own one of the bioderma myself as well! and I'm in love with it :)
    i agree that its not that awesome at removing eye makeup but it certainly does its job for the face

    loved ur blog btw :)

    lets keep in touch!

    xx Michelle

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    1. Thank you! I definitely agree that it is a great and gentle makeup remover for the face :)

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  36. What a wonderful post dear !love it thanks for sharing
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  37. great review, thank you for sharing! Looking forward to your upcoming posts!♡

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  38. My firend told me about this but your Post was sooo detailed and informative...thanks!
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  39. i keep telling myself no i dont need this but the more i see bloggers review them the more i want it haha. i have a feeling id get this when its available. most of the online stores here that sell it doesnt have it anymore ^^ thanks for sharing your detailed review i appreciate the pics :D

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    1. Haha i know what you mean about the more you see people review something, the more you want it! Definitely worth a try :)

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  41. Now I'm really excited to try out Bioderma's makeup remover hahaha
    Looks like it does a real good job, but it's a little pricey for me :(

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  42. omg.. I seriously want to try this! I've heard so many beauty gurus rave about this and your review was like the final straw for me ToT I think I'm going to purchase a smaller size sometime this week and try it out... I'll let you know how it works though.. I just love the fact that it's simple, gentle and great for sensitive skin! Thank you so much for your review!! Your photos are so pretty by the way! Did you really use your iPhone 4 for these photos?! LOL if so you are an amazing iphone photographer!
    followed you! so glad that I found your blog and will definitely be on the look out for future posts. I'm a new blogger so hope we can keep in touch ^^
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    1. Oooh glad I was the final straw in convincing you to get it- I absolutely love how gentle it is on the skin! Haha yes all my photos are taken with the iPhone 4S :) Thank you for your kind words! :P

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  43. sound an awesome product...great review...

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  44. Bioderma, lives up to its name. I must say I love it as much as you do, you have done a wonderful review :)
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  46. that is a great in depth review. it is good to know that it might have trouble removing waterproof makeup and it is very good hear that it helps with breakouts, which is what I suffer from

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