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Micellar Waters Vs. Cleansing Milks

If it weren't for Micellar Waters and Cleansing Milks being completely different in the cons...

If it weren't for Micellar Waters and Cleansing Milks being completely different in the consistency department, they're actually quite similar. Think about it, you're told to use a cotton pad with each of them, they both remove makeup and there's no need to rinse with water afterwards. So in the interest of experimentation, I'm testing them head to head to see which one comes out on top. Micellar Water's are very hyped up and are the 'in thing' at the moment, but how do they compare to a good old cleansing milk?

Truth be told, I don't really hear much about cleansing milks any more, especially in the blogging community. That said, they're still being made so there must be the demand for them. My mum is one of those women who use cleansing milks, in fact she's spent every day of her life using one and has an enviable complexion. Is a cleansing milk the reason for this? Who knows, maybe one day I'll find out.

In the interest of creating a fair test I've used products from the same brand, the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution and the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk. I've referred to the Micellar Water as a Bioderma-esque type makeup remover in the past (review here) and in a nutshell it's a water-like solution which with the assistance of a cotton pad removes all traces of makeup without any irritation to the eyes. The Cleansing Milk practically does the same but in a thicker milky lotion consistency rather than a water.

For me personally, I think the Cleansing Milk comes out on top. In terms of makeup removal it's a little slower to get everything off but it still does the job and what I really love is that it feels gentle on the skin and keeps it feeling far more hydrated than the Micellar Water does. The Micellar Water doesn't dry my skin out per say, but I feel like the Cleansing Milk actually adds moisture whereas the Micellar Water doesn't. If you have normal/dry or sensitive skin like me I'd say go for a Cleansing Milk, but for normal/oily skin then a Micellar Water may be your answer.

Both products are available to purchase from Boots or Superdrug or can be purchased online. The L'Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing Milk is available online here whereas the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Micellar Solution can be purchased here.

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  1. Great post, it's good to see a comparison of two products that do the same thing. I only have the Micellar Solution but it's on its way out, I might try the Cleansing Milk next! xx

    Kat from Blushing Rose Beauty

  2. I've tried the L'Oreal micellar water but I had no idea there was a cleansing milk too - I definitely prefer cleansing milks!

  3. I've tried cleansing oil and waters, but a creamier cleanser is the way to go in my opinion! I really love cold creams right now (pond's is where it's at!)

    Great post! I hope we get some of these products in the US soon!

  4. I'm using this Micellar water at the moment but think I'm going to try the Milk if you say it has more moisture, my skin definitely needs it

    Tiny Alis

  5. lovely review!

  6. Thanks for the review, I have tried the micellar water but I have to say didn't even finish it. I just love my cleansing balms so much. A great one to try is the Clinique Cleansing balm.


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