I have had my eye on this cleanser for a while – I really like Vichy products, was interested to try out a micellar oil and wanted to see if this could be a cheaper alternative to my long term love Clarins Pure Melt.
The smell of this really reminds me of Les Belles de Ricci perfume (a teenage favourite – it was the green twirly bottle with a pink crown if anyone else remembers it!), so it’s actually a really pleasant scent albeit slightly makes me feel I’m putting perfume on my face. It’s quite a light oil and easy to apply without dribbling everywhere. I’ve been using two pumps which it plenty, and I think the bottle will last for ages.
The oil provides a good base for massaging in (if a little thin), and leaves skin feeling mostly clean though a second cleanse is definitely needed (I would do this anyway, but it doesn’t always feel quite as 100% needed as it does with this) and it doesn’t quite remove every bit of mascara without really rubbing in, which it’s so strongly fragranced that I don’t quite like doing.
Overall I like this product enough to keep using it til I finish the bottle, and would repurchase if I needed to save money but I’ll definitely be going back to Pure Melt when this is gone – the more luxurious feeling gel-oil is better for massaging and removing makeup so I think it’s worth spending the extra.
Incidentally, there was a great post over on London Beauty Queen this week which explains all about how micelles work – check it out here!
Find Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil here (usually £13.75 but Escentual have 1/3 off French Pharmacy lines during October so it’s currently £9.16) and Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil here – £20 (cheaper elsewhere but you get great samples with Clarins online!).
Ingredients – PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE • ISOHEXADECANE • PEG-20 GLYCERYL TRIISOSTEARATE • AQUA •CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL • PHENOXYETHANOL • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • PARFUM