This cleansing water is a cult favorite (check out IntoTheGloss.com for rave reviews from beauty insiders) and makeup-artist staple. It removed our (practically bulletproof) SPF 50 sunscreen beautifully, with zero irritation and not even a hint of residue. Downside? It’s hard to track down in the U.S. We found it at New London Pharmacy in New York City (order online!).
1Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals, $24
Usually rose-scented products are a little overwhelming, but this was light and fresh, not cloying. It left our skin soft and moisturized; oilier skin types might need to rinse afterward or use it as a pre-cleanser.
This product is available on our sister site, BeautySage, where we only sell products proven to work!
2Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover, $19
It has a light, fresh fragrance and whisked off foundation easily. The moisturizing finish doesn’t leave skin feeling quite as “clean” as other cleansing waters, but dry-skinned types might appreciate the added hydration.
3Dior Instant Cleansing Water with Pure Lily Extract, $36
The delicate floral smell is très French and the bottle looked gorge on our bathroom counter. Foundation and concealer came off in a flash; red lip stain took a little more scrubbing.
4Caudalie Cleansing Water, $14
The fresh, woodsy smell made our bathroom feel spa-like and this cleansing water didn’t require any additional rinsing. It stung our eyes a little when taking off eyeliner, but we weren’t as careful as we could have been.