Bioderma Crèaline H2O vs. Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing Water

Everyone who's remotely interested in the beauty industry has heard of Bioderma's Crèaline (also known as Sensibio) micellar water. Models and makeup artists alike rave about its ability to thoroughly remove makeup without irritating sensitized skin. I like it, although it's not quite an HG, and haven't decided whether to buy a large bottle before I go home (if I have room in my suitcase!). When the new skincare range Etat Pur came out with their own micellar solution, the fact that it's owned by the same parent company as Bioderma meant that comparisons between the two were inevitable. I purchased a small bottle of Crèaline for travel a few months ago, and got a sample of the Micellar Cleansing Water in my Etat Pur order, so I decided to conduct a test!It's not really fair to compare the containers, because the Bioderma was a product for sale and Etat Pur's was just a sample. I'll just say that I very much like the Crèaline bottle - it's a cute shape, sturdily built, and also has a little dip in the cap that makes it perfect for putting some on a cotton swab without pouring it all over your hand. I will probably decant another makeup remover into this bottle when I've finished it, just to use for travel.The Crèaline I have is unscented (there is also a fragranced version), and while the Etat Pur does have a scent, it is extremely light and barely noticeable. Neither caused any reaction on my sensitive facial skin or eyes.
I first applied a variety of products to my arm, making sure to use the most tenacious makeup I own, and let everything set for ten minutes.

1. Maybelline The Falsies waterproof mascara.
2. L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation.
3. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink.
4. Navy blue eyeshadow from Sleek's Bad Girl palette, applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion.
5. Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Brown.
6. L'Oreal liquid eyeliner in Carbon Black.
7. L'Oreal Infallible cream eyeshadow in Permanent Khaki, applied over E.L.F. Eyelid Primer.
8. Lancome Effacernes waterproof concealer.

I then soaked one cotton pad with Crèaline and the other with Etat Pur's cleansing water, and ran them down my arm. The top swipe is the Etat Pur and the bottom is Bioderma. The above photo is of the first pass. You can see that the Crèaline was slightly better at removing the liquid liner and the Infallible cream eyeshadow. Although it's not really visible in this picture, Etat Pur's micellar also left much more residue from the foundation than Bioderma's.

After the second swipe (in the same direction and location as the first), the winner was clear. Unlike the Etat Pur, Bioderma Crèaline had almost completely removed the mascara, foundation, powder eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, cream eyeshadow, and concealer. It had also removed more of the gel and pencil eyeliners than Etat Pur's micellar water.

Oh, and serious props to the Revlon Colorstay eyeliner. This was my arm after a vigorous scrubbing with bar soap and water. I am impressed!

Bioderma's Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, DISODIUM EDTA, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE.

Etat Pur's Ingredients: AQUA/WATER/EAU*, GLYCERIN, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CAPRYLYL/CAPRYL GLUCOSIDE, COCOYL PROLINE, SODIUM CITRATE, LACTIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, FRAGRANCE (PERFUME). *eau isodermique / isodermic water

Etat Pur's Micellar Cleansing Water is £6.40/€6.80 (around $8.30 USD) for 190 ml. The company currently only ships to Europe. Bioderma Crèaline varies in price depending on your location and the size you buy, but at it's cheapest it's around $18 for two 500ml bottles (although currently out of stock) at LeGuideSante or €18 at  EasyParapharmacie. I paid around €4 for this mini bottle at a pharmacie in France. A simple Google search will bring up retailers that ship to your area.

p.s. I had some problems when formatting this post in Blogger - if it looks "off" to anyone, please let me know!

6 comments:

  1. I've been using Caudalie's Cleansing Water for quite a while now and I absolutely love it. Have you tried it? It's so light and refreshing--amazing stuff. Though I am really happy with it, I have been getting the urge to try a few other cleansing waters/micellar solutions lately (as any true beauty addict is wont to do :P) I might go for Vichy's version.

    Oh and btw, your post looks great Caroline--no problems here!

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    1. I haven't tried that one yet, but I can feel a Caudalie obsession coming on...I ordered a few things from them during my "everything is cheaper in Europe!" haul and am in love with all of them. And funnily enough the Vichy micellar is next on my list. I've heard lots of great things about it!

      And thanks for letting me know! :) Blogger is a pain in the butt sometimes and I'm too lazy to recode my entire layout at the moment.

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  2. This is so funny! I'm also planning a post about micellar waters. My favorite so far is Nuxe but I just got Caudalie's today and plan to get the small Bioderma as well. I love your pictures! Quite smart! Your post looks fine to me too. :D

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    1. Thank you for double-checking my formatting! I debated getting Nuxe's but went for their Micellar Mousse instead...if the micellar water is so good, though, I might have to add that to my list too!!

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  3. OMG! Best comparison post ever!

    Okay, you finally settled the score on the Bioderma craze. And that Revlon liner - wow! Two winners in this post.

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    1. I couldn't believe it held up! I had to scrub it off in the shower with my Salux cloth - ow! I like Bioderma but have still never found a micellar that removes eye makeup without tugging. I always end up having to use my beloved Sonia Kashuk remover.

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