Bioderma Sensibio Boxed Set Review

Bioderma Sensibio Boxed Set2015-11-06 21.47.11

Price: HKD249

Includes:

  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Micelle Solution (500ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Toner (30ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream (15ml)

After using these three products throughout the past 10 days for both my AM and PM routines, I have a very good idea of how my skin has been reacting to them:

a) Bioderma Sensibio H20 Makeup Micelle Solution

Frankly I’m not quite sure why there has been such a big fuss about this product. Yes, it removed makeup. Yes, it didn’t dry out my face. Yes, it didn’t make me break out in itchy welts or anything of that sort.

This also didn’t make me a believer.

For the first day, it was a regular workday and thus I had a full face of smack (i.e. primer, foundation, concealer and powder). To test drive this, I removed my eye makeup Bifesta Bi-phase Eye Makeup Remover first – I simply prefer using separate products for my eyes and face – before setting to work with drenching cotton pads and methodically swiping them across my face, making sure that every area has been wiped.

No tightness or no redness: this is looking good so far.

I drenched another cotton pad and just to test if I actually removed ALL my makeup, I swiped it on my cheek. That cotton pad had a fairly dark smudge of foundation on it.

WTF.

I went right back to my Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil and Estée Lauder Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser to do the whole double cleansing routine. I kept the Bioderma on my table until the end of the week where I could try it out when I had much less makeup on for the weekend (i.e. BB cream, concealer and powder). This time around, it was a little better but there was still quite a bit of residue for the second, third and fourth cotton pads that I used. I’ve now relegated this to cleaning up any possible residue makeup AFTER the cleansing oil, or if my eyeliner wasn’t completely well removed and I was left with slightly dark panda eyes.

I feel that for me, this is not as good as a makeup remover in terms of function and economically: you should’ve seen the cotton pads I used. DAMN. Not only is this product relatively expensive, the amount of cotton pads you’d have to waste to help it get all of your makeup off is of a considerable amount, and this makes it an economical and environmental problem all on its own.

All in all, although this didn’t irritate my skin in any way, I wouldn’t repurchase this on the grounds of its function and practicality.

b) Bioderma Sensibio H2O Toner (30ml)

This is one of those products that I know I could pick up at a local pharmacy and add to my skincare in an emergency as it’s fragrance-free, alcohol-free, hydrating and comfortable on my skin. Other than that…aside from it being travel-friendly in such a cute little chubby plastic bottle, there’s not much to say about this toner. Meh. It’s doing what a toner is supposed to do: a) not irritate the crap out of my skin and b) prep it for my other skincare products.

c) Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream (15ml)

I liked this. This reminded me of the Avene Soothing Cream that I used on my flareups.. Lightweight and non-greasy, this is fragrance-free and comforting on my face. 🙂 I put this on in the evening as well as in the morning under my makeup and it didn’t turn me all shiny like a disco ball. I would purchase this in the full-size bottle whenever I end up finding it in the drugstore since I normally just see the full aisle of the Micelle Makeup Removers and not Bioderma’s skincare products; or maybe I wasn’t looking for Bioderma’s skincare products to begin with. Either way, I would be intrigued to see how this measures up to the La Roche Posay B5 Balm as I normally use that one for my skin’s flare-ups.

Out of the three products in the box, only the makeup remover was the real disappointment. 🙁 Oh well, better luck with other “must-have” products 😛

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