Comparison: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution vs Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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I was first introduced to micellar water through YouTube – more specifically, the Bioderma Senisibio H2O Micellar Solution, a cult classic. It was touted as a skin cleanser that removes makeup without having to use water, and I have to agree with all of that. It is gentle on my skin, and does a decent job at removing make up without leaving an oily residue, which makes the nighttime cleanse a lot more enjoyable. It has never irritated my eyes when I use it to remove eye makeup, though if I am wearing waterproof liner or mascara I usually need a second round with an actual eye makeup remover. I use micellar water as either my initial makeup removal step, followed by a cleanser, or as a second step after a makeup wipe if I am wearing a full face of makeup, before cleanser.

When Garnier released their own version of micellar water several months ago, the online beauty community blew up, calling it a dupe for the Bioderma, so of course I had to try for myself. The Bioderma retails for $24.90 for the 500 mL bottle or $18.90 for the 250 mL bottle at Shoppers Drug Mart, whereas the Garnier one retails for $7.97 for 400 mL at Walmart. Price per mL, the Garnier is a lot cheaper, but in terms of effectiveness, how does it compare?

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Here are some swatches of the ELF Molten Liquid Eyeshadow, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil, the Essence Waterproof Dip Eyeliner (excuse my crooked line), and the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon. Using the Garnier micellar water on the left and the Bioderma on the right, the below images show the results after a single swipe of micellar water on a cotton pad, and then after 5 seconds of rubbing with the cotton pad.

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I was actually surprised to see that the Bioderma was better at removing the makeup than the Garnier. When you use a product individually, it’s hard to tell that there’s a difference since you’re not comparing them directly, and it’s been a while since I’ve used the Bioderma, as you can tell by the fact that my Garnier bottle is almost empty and the Bioderma bottle is freshly opened. Neither product did much to remove the Marc Jacobs Highliner, but both removed the other three products with a bit more rubbing.

The conclusion from this little experiment is that the Garnier is not quite as effective as the Bioderma, but can result in the same end result with a little bit more work. It’s a good drugstore alternative, but doesn’t quite hit the mark as a dupe.

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Review: Sephora Mud Mask Purifying and Mattifying

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I initially picked this product up after hearing that it was a dupe for the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment, which I adore, but cannot justify dishing $79 on every few months. The Sephora Mud Mask retails for $25 CAN for 60 mL, containing 10 mL more for less than a third of the price. I figured, why not give it a go?

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The mask is made in France, and comes in a hefty jar with an inner stopper to help maintain the integrity of the product. In the jar, it looks very similar to the GlamGlow product, right down to the chunks in the product itself. However, I believe the chunks in the GlamGlow mask are leaf chunks, whereas I am not really sure what exactly the chunks in the Sephora mask are.

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The package suggests using this once or twice weekly, massaging for one minute into the skin and allowing it to sit until it dries. You can definitely tell when it’s dry; it changes into a lighter gray colour and starts to crust around the areas around the mouth where my muscles have been moving. It doesn’t have that same effect with the GlamGlow mask, where you can see darker spots where the oil has been sucked out, but that just may be a gimmick anyway.

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Going on the skin, it does tingle a little, though not enough to cause my skin irritation. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to dry completely, depending on how thick of a layer I slather on. After washing it off with warm water, my skin feels very soft and cleansed without being stripped. It doesn’t make my face red, and my pores do look smaller. My makeup also goes on a lot smoother post-application, though the effect only lasts a day or two.

All in all, I think this product gives good results for the short-term, and is good value for money. Would I consider it a dupe for the GlamGlow mask? Not really, but I think it’s a good stand-alone product that doesn’t break the bank.

Comparison: Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara vs Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

I am starting a new series where I compare a mid or high end product to a drugstore product. Today, I’ll be starting with a comparison between theĀ Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara vs theĀ Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara.

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The Benefit Roller Lash was all over the web when it came out. It was marketed as the mascara to keep your lashes long and curled, and it was so hyped about that I almost jumped on the bandwagon right away. However, I was talking to a sale associate and she mentioned that the formula of Roller Lash was the same as the Benefit They’re Real Mascara, which flaked on me to no end, so I decided not to pick it up.

Fast forward two years later, I received a sample size of the Benefit Roller Lash in a mascara sampler kit that I bought over the holiday season, so I decided to give it a shot.

Roller Lash retails for $31 CAN, whereas you can pick up Lash Sensational for $6-7 or cheaper at the drugstore. The brushes are quite similar in shape, where one side is curved outwards, and the other side is curved inwards.

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Going on, both look pretty similar when first applied. They also both flake onto my undereye, which is a very common problem that I experience with the majority of mascaras. The Maybelline is a little less flaky, but I think that is in part due to the fact that it is a waterproof formulation, whereas Roller Lash is not.

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On the left is the Benefit’s Roller Lash, and on the right is Maybelline’s Lash Sensational. They look pretty similar, with Roller Lash giving slightly more volume.

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At the end of the day (after my gym workout), you can see the rings of darkness underneath my eyes, where the mascaras have flaked. The curl in my lashes have dropped on both sides (again, a common problem I have), but the Maybelline side (right) is slightly more curled than the Roller Lash side (left). Again, this may be due to the waterproof formula, as I seem to have more luck with those types of formulas.

Final verdict? I would say the Lash Sensational mascara gives a pretty similar effect to the Roller Lash mascara, except that it’s less flaky and holds a better curl than the high end option. I would definitely recommend it over the Benefit Roller Lash for someone like me, who has difficulty holding a curl and struggles with flakiness under the eyes.