Review: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

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Review of Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, and affordable one-step cleanser available at the drugstore.

I like when things are simple. To prove it today, I'll do a very simple review about a Simple product. Let's get started!

Simple is a brand of skincare products that you can find at the drugstore. They make cosmetics that are suitable for sensitive skin, avoiding any irritating ingredients in their formulas. Simple launched their Cleansing Micellar Water last year, and I was really excited to see the first affordable product of this type coming to the drugstore.

If you've never heard of micellar water before, a product that originated in France, here's a quick definition: micellar waters are liquid makeup removers that do not need to be rinsed off. They're often described as "3-in-1" because they're makeup removers, cleansers and toners all at once. You soak a cotton pad with the liquid and just wipe your face and eyes, et voilĂ . They're versatile and can obviously help make your skincare routine quicker. Without further ado, here are my thoughts about Simple Cleansing Micellar Water:

I liked

- The fragrance-free, very gentle formula. It never irritated my skin or caused more redness.  It even contains a few ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, such as glycerin (moisturizing, repairing), chamomile, panthenol (moisturizing), niacinamide (fights discoloration). Here's the full ingredients list: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

- It's pretty effective on light face makeup. It removes powder foundation and concealer well with just one cotton round. It also works quite well on light, not long-wearing eye makeup, such as powder and cream eyeshadows, some mascaras, brow powder...

- The price! It's the first, and so far only, micellar water available in the US for under $7. It's already a great value, and it's even better if you can sore it on sale or with a coupon, which shouldn't be too hard!

- It's easy to find at local drugstores. Before Simple launched this product, I had to purchase my micellar waters online or at Sephora. I like being able to grab it when I go get a prescription refill.

- Of course I like the ease of use of a micellar water in general. Who doesn't want to remove light makeup and cleanse plus tone their face in one single step? Avoiding water with a no-rinse product is also a good idea for sensitive and dry skins, since water is particularly drying.

I didn't like

- It doesn't remove waterproof or long-wearing makeup very efficiently, but then no micellar water really can. They're best for light makeup, or, even better, as morning cleansers. This is actually my favorite way to use a micellar water: I shower at night and do a 2-step cleanse at that time (oil-based makeup remover followed by rinse-off cleanser in the shower), while I use micellar water in the morning to refresh my skin and wash away the sweat and oils.


Simple Cleansing Micellar Water is a great addition to the drugstore skincare aisle! It's as effective as many high-end micellar waters I've tried at removing light makeup and cleansing skin (more efficient than a few that were more than triple the price actually...) and it feels very gentle. Being a great value it's a good first introduction to micellar waters: you don't have to invest much to test the concept and find out if you like it!

Where to buy?

The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

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