Soap&Glory Total Drama Clean Micellar Water Review

Soap&Glory Total Drama Clean Micellar Water Review
Soap&Glory says "No rubbing required! Remove make-up, dirt and impurities in one clean sweep with our astonishingly gentle yet effective Drama Clean™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (or as we call it 'miracle water'). This no-need-to-rinse, oil-free, non-drying, complete face and eye-makeup-removing marvel is the smart-girl's way to get skin super clean, soothed and smoothed." After religiously using Garnier's Micellar Water (which I still love!), I decided to branch out and try a slightly up-market option, and purchased a bottle of the Total Drama Clean Micellar Water at Mecca for $11 for 350ml (£6GBP). Soap&Glory is cruelty free. This micellar makeup remover is made in the UK.

Soap&Glory's Total Drama Clean Micellar Water comes in a cylindrical, translucent pink plastic bottle with a pour spout cap. A playfully worded label wraps around the bottle offering product information, directions, and a full ingredient list in three languages. User friendly and girly without being over the top, it's hard to complain about this micellar water's recyclable packaging.

Total Drama Clean is a clear, watery liquid that's meant to be poured onto a cotton pad and swept over the eyes and face to remove makeup and grime from the day. Though I love their body care products, I haven't been thrilled with the Soap&Glory skincare products I've tried in the past - their formulas tend to be cheap, drying, and overly fragranced in my experience, so I was cautious when trying their micellar water. Total Drama Clean has been a pleasant surprise, and a definite step up from it's sister products, but still not a favorite. This micellar water effectively removes about 80% of my makeup on it's own, though it isn't very efficient at removing waterproof makeup, which would benefit from an oil based remover. Like all micellar waters, Total Drama Clean needs a follow-up cleanse to remove an residual makeup (I don't believe any of that no-rinse nonsense) and properly cleanse the skin. Soap&Glory's micellar solution doesn't seem to form a film, nor does it cause my skin any irritation. My actual eyeballs, on the other hand, are another story. This micellar water stings if comes in direct contact with my eye, but a quick splash of water will help the stinging subside. Because of the potential stinging and the product's inability to budge waterproof/resistant products, I only use Soap&Glory's Total Drama Clean Micellar Water for touch ups and quick fixes like sharpening up a wonky wing or removing mascara smudges.

Soap&Glory's Micellar Water has a fairly standard base of water, glycols, aloe, and glycerin, laced with a gentle coconut derived surfactant. Strangely, this micellar water contains a good bit of salt and cetrimonium bromide, an ingredient that can act as a surfactant, but is kinda rare in skincare (it's fairly common in hair care as an anti-static agent). Guess that would explain the stingy eyes. Soap&Glory included cucumber, peach, and goji berry extracts to sooth the skin and likely counteract the harshness of it's salt content. This micellar water is alcohol and fragrance free, though it does have a pleasant natural cucumber scent.

Soap&Glory's Total Drama Clean Micellar Water has only been ok for me. While this micellar water is great for quick touch ups or removing light makeup, it can't take on a full face with lots of eyeliner and mascara, so it doesn't really meet my needs. It was fun to branch out and try something new from my old standard, but I think I'll be going back to Garnier's Micellar Water in the future - it performs better for me, without the stingy effects. In my opinion, Soap&Glory's micellar water is a skip.

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Capryl/Capramidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sulfite, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid

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