Review: Corine de Farme Purity Micellar Water

Micellar water is all the hype right now. The hype is all started by the famous Bioderma. I wanted to join the hype wagon and try Bioderma. I really wanted to. But, Bioderma is too expensive for me. And so, I searched for other micellar water that I can try and won’t make my wallet/bank account cry.

I stumbled upon the micellar water from Corine de Farme. If you compare the price, 250 ml of Bioderma can get you 500 ml of Corine de Farme (Holy!) So, I decided to buy this product and give it a shot. Does the cheaper price affect the quality of the product? Check my review.

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Corine de Farme Purity Micellar Water (what a lengthy name) is a micellar water from the France company, Corine de Farme. It claims to be suitable for dry and sensitive skin. It is formulated with 97% natural ingredients and hypoallergenic, also safe for contact lenses users. Not only that, it comes with peony flower extract that has toning properties.

This micellar water comes in a simple bottle with a pump. The small problem that I have with the pump is, it shoots out the product quite far. If you’re not used to it, you can waste some products in your first time using it. The large bottle and pump make this product not travel-friendly. I suggest to travelling beauties out there to decant this product to smaller containers. It has fruity, flowery smell that I don’t really like. My friends like it, though.

Functions

Just like other micellar water, this is mainly used to cleanse your face, and it is suitable for dry and/or sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Aqua, Poloxamer 184, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Paeonia Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxide

I used the ingredients analysis from CosDNA. Even though I don’t really care about ingredients (as long as it is free from parabens and dangerous ingredients), this time, the ingredients’ list deserves a spotlight. Even though the ingredients list is short, there are 5 ingredients out of 11 with safety indicator higher than 3 (yellow-colored). The higher the indicator, the worse. Not only that, it also contains Parfum. This confuses and worries me, since this product claims to be safe for hypoallergenic skin.

Performance

The pump produces quite a lot, I just need 1½ pumps or 2 pumps to drench my cotton pad. After I received the package, I immediately tried this product, since I’ve just returned from a hectic schedule that day, to see if this product manages to remove any dirt and dust that my face has accumulated throughout the day.

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Sorry for making this photo so big, but I want to show you the dirt that this micellar water manages to remove.

Holy, look at that dirty cotton pad! I have never tried to clean my face directly after activities, to be honest. But, if this is the condition of my face every day after activities, you bet I will be very diligent on cleaning my face.

And below, I’ve tested the efficacy of this micellar water for removing make-up. These are make-ups that I usually wear.

Left-to-Right: Make-up swatches; After first swipe; After rubbing it; The make-up on the cotton

The make-up that I uses:

  • Bottom: Etude House Darling+ Repairing BB Cream
  • Top (Left to Right):
    • Etude House Styling Eye Liner;
    • Etude House Proof 10 Auto Pencil;
    • Etude House Drawing Eyebrow in Grey Brown;
    • Skinfood My Short Cake Setting Mascara.

If it’s not that clear, after the first swipe, it manages to remove my BB Cream. But, for the top line make-ups, it needs quite an effort and you have to rub it pretty well, which I won’t recommend. You don’t want to stress up your skin by rough rubbing, friction, etc. For the hard-to-remove make-ups, I suggest to just use specific make-up removers.

Even though this micellar water cleanse up pretty well, be sure to cleanse again after that with your facial foam/oil/etc, to ensure that your face is thoroughly clean from any make-up.

Conclusion

This is a good product with great price, if you want to my find alternatives for expensive micellar waters out there. It removes dirt and basic make-up pretty well, and also safe for contact lenses. Watch out for the ingredients, though. To some people, the smell can be too much, but most of my friends like the smell of it. Be careful when pumping out the product, since the pump tends to go crazy.

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