Bioderma has always been famous within the beauty industry and used by makeup artists all over the world but over the past few years Bioderma Crealine H2O has crept it’s way into the press, into the blogging community and therefore into the hands of consumers. Everyone wanted to try the cult French cleansing water, I for one spent years stocking up every time I visited France. It used to be impossible to get hold of, then eBay started selling it and now, finally it is available online in the UK as well as in so many stores around London. It’s a staple in my skincare routine, usually just for my eyes but sometimes also as a pre-cleanse if I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Although it’s not expensive, I wanted to try out a drugstore alternative that is easier to get hold of and even more affordable. 

A micellar water I hear a lot about is the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection, so I picked one up and took it for a spin. I’m disappointed to say this, but here are my two main reasons why the L’Oreal Skin Perfection isn’t as great as the Bioderma Crealine H2O.

You see this photo? At this point I’d only used it twice and look how much product has gone. Unlike the Bioderma that you have to squeeze the water out, this one falls out onto the cotton pad creating a lot of waste and too much product for my liking when using it on my eyes. 

Unlike Bioderma which literally feels like water, the Skin Perfection feels more oily and leaves a slight residue on the skin. When using it on my eyes I did feel a slight stinging sensation and wasn’t happy with the oil left around my eyes. 

I would have said it was an ok alternative when Bioderma was harder to get hold of, but now it’s available on Escentual and in so many pharmacies, I’d 100% recommend sticking with Bioderma Crealine H2O. Have you tried the L’Oreal alternative? What did you think?

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  1. mafi says:

    The LÓreal one is the only micellar water I can use, all other including Bioderma leave a burning sensation on my skin. Funny how one product can be so different for two people :)

    • anna says:

      OHH i would like to try the loreal one but if you say thats oily is not for me at all because my skin is so oily!!
      i think i will try the bioderma one

  2. You are right Bioderma is so much better, I also bought this to have a little comparison and their is still half a bottle left to use up. I just find myself not wanting to use it. But I should use it up, maybe as a eye make up remover.

  3. Carina says:

    Wish I could find Bioderma here is NZ!

    Carina | CARSTINA

  4. Anna Blush says:

    That’s such a shame. I’ve never tried the Bioderma but think maybe it’s about time I jump on the bandwagon! x

  5. Marie says:

    So far I’ve only used the L’oréal one and I really like it, but you are right with the packaging, it is awful and I think you really need a lot. This bottle lasted me for about 2-3 weeks, but I used it all over my face. But I don’t feel any residue on my skin, a you say. I have a sample of the Bioderma now, and I will try this soon.

    • I found the the packaging for this is a nightmare, but I decantered the micellar water into a pump action bottle that I picked up on eBay for like 99p, and it lasts so much longer! Would definitely recommend getting one. I use one for my nail polish remover too! x

  6. Sheryll says:

    Bioderma is just one of those products that’s 100% completely worth the hype. I’ve yet to find a makeup remover that removes all of my makeup without making my skin feel either ridiculously oil or way too dry. Bioderma forever!

  7. Sabina B. says:

    I actually prefer L’Oreal to Bioderma. When I started trying out Bioderma it couldn’t get all my eye make up although I wasn’t wearing anything strong or waterproof, and it gave me a weird feeling on my cheeks which are very dry. I don’t have any of these problems with L’Oreal and I’m on my third bottle right now.

  8. I haven’t tried the L’Oreal version but I haven’t really felt like I had to since Bioderma is readily available and relatively affordable where I live. I’m glad to hear I’m not really missing out though – it quells the beauty obsessive in me!
    Stephanie | Love, August

  9. Georgina Fox says:

    I don’t mind the formula of the L’Oreal micellar but oh my god yes, the packaging! It runs out insanely fast. I’ve seen a lot of complaints I imagine they’d have to do something to rectify it in the future.

    Georgina at

  10. Sophie Ollis says:

    I agree with this post completely! I don’t mind so much about the packaging because I’ve found ways to get around it and I quite like the squareness of it (much easier to fit alongside my other products than a rounded bottle). But the stinging is a bugger! Still, I’d recommend it as a cheaper alternative.

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  11. morganleflay says:

    I’ve read so many times that the L’Oreal one leaves an oily residue but I’ve never experienced it myself! I haven’t tried Bioderma, but so far I’m quite satisfied with the cheaper dupe.

  12. marikuska says:

    I have used Bioderma for about a year straight as I had the 1Litre bottle and purchased this after I finished Bioderma. I have to say this goes quickly but you have to learn how to squeeze it that is all…I find this is the same as Bioderma for me, there is no residue and it removes make up perfectly for me and I use it all over my face as well…

  13. Sian Doyle says:

    I’m yet to try Bioderma (I know, I know…) but use the L’Oreal one daily and adore it. That said, with Escentual selling a whopping 500ml size of Bioderma for under £15, I think it might be time to take the plunge! I always assumed it was more expensive. x

  14. sara says:

    i havent actually tried the loreal one..but i’ve read about it soo much that i am willing to try it…but i’m happy with bi derma and wanna stick with it since its not very expensive also.

  15. Lois says:

    I use the L’Oreal one and you’re right, the packaging is a bitch, it just kind of dribbles out everywhere doesn’t it! I might give bioderma a go in the future, but I’m quite happy with the cheap stuff at the moment :) Luckily, I haven’t experienced any oily residue or stinging sensations!

  16. Monika Ch says:

    I’m love Bioderma The best one…

  17. Which stores in London sell Bioderma? I’d love to try it!

  18. Rachel says:

    great review, i’ve heard nothing but great things about bioderma. I have the matching Loreal cleanser, which is part of this solution collection and had to stop using it as it also made my skin feel greasy!

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

  19. Ruth Smith says:

    I have tried the L’Oreal one but I prefer the La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, which I mainly buy from France as they sell it in larger quantities for half the Price! It really melts make-up. Have you tried this one and is it any match for the Bioderma? As I’m running quite low!

  20. Harriet says:

    i’m also trying out these two products, aswell as a Garnier micellar water i picked up in the drugstore. But i agree with the residue left behind with the L’Oreal product, i find it almost soapy on the skin. I’ll be reviewing all three products on my blog within the next week :)

    Harriet x

  21. Wanted to get my hand son Bioderma for ages but it’s a tiny bit expensive so I stocked up on Avon Perfect Wear Make-Up Remover in the sales a while ago.. I don’t think it’s available on the website anymore (you can get it on ebay) and it is one of the best make up removers I’ve ever used. Its a tiny bit oil based, enough to remove heavy products but not enough to sting or leave residue..
    I guess now it’s unavailable I should whip my purse out and try some Bioderma!

  22. Beauty Becky says:

    I am so glad you compared these. I have been considering buying the L’Oreal one to try, however I will stick to Bioderma now :) Thank you x

  23. Such a shame that the L’oreal Skin Perfection didn’t work for you – I’ll be sticking with my Bioderma for now anyway!

  24. I have really sensitive skin, and pretty much every other make-up remover I have ever tried leaves me with really raw and stinging skin, especially around the eyes. The L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection is genuinely the best beauty product I have bought for the last few years. I find I hardly need to use any of the solution on the cotton pad to remove my make up effectively and the best thing is, I never have to rub at my eyes like I normally do (which my eyelashes love me for!).

    *Runs off to Boots to stock up for the next few years before they discontinue the product line*

  25. I love Bioderma, nothing is as good! I’ve tried a few other micellar waters but they just don’t work as well!

    alex @

  26. I’ve used the L’Oreal one for a while now and I like it, but I did have to learn how to not spill out all the product like you said! I haven’t tried Bioderma yet but I’m sure I will; for now the L’Oreal one does the job.

  27. Stephanie says:

    I decant my L’oreal Micellar Water into a spray bottle, stops the excess usage and makes it go further!

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  28. I love the one from Bioderma. I wanted to try the L’Oreal one but now I’m not sure. The fact that it leaves a residue on the skin is disappointing, I like the clean feeling you get after using the Bioderma one :)

  29. I’ve used both, and while I don’t find any problems with the L’Oreal one on my skin, I do find it runs out ridiculously quickly! Even though I don’t feel like I’m using excess of it compared to when I use Bioderma, it seems to be gone in a flash! xx

  30. Aimee Hughes says:

    Love using the LÓreal one, I think there’s a skill you acquire when getting the product out onto the cotton pad. Mine’s lasted at least 3 months now and I’ve only just bought another one! Also nearly always on offer as well!

  31. Moira Parton says:

    I have the L’oreal one but I haven’t tested it out yet. I’d like to try Bioderma sometime too. x

  32. Kate says:

    I’ve never tried bioderma and only tried the loreal one. I really like it so I can only imagine how amazing bioderma is!

    Kate xo /

  33. My best friend has been RAVING about the Bioderma. I guess I need to purchase myself some as well!

  34. Such a shame that we don’t get bioderma here in the USA :(

  35. I have to agree – I really don’t think it compares in the slightest. Bioderma is so much more gentler on the skin, and takes my makeup off SO much quicker!!! xx

    Gemma //

  36. Temmy Duong says:

    I haven’t tried both of those yet but I’ve heard so many raves about Bioderma Crealine H2O. I’ll try to get my hands on those when I travel abroad because they’re not available where I live.

  37. Maria K. says:

    Bioderma really just is the best. it doesn’t remove waterproof makeup all that well, but for regular makeup it just sweeps it away. I really love Bioderma.


  38. Amy Taggart says:

    I’ve never tried Bioderma but love the L’Oreal one! I find it great for removing make-up but will defiantly have to try Bioderma! X

  39. I found that the L’Oreal one was used up SO quickly, it was so irritating.


  40. I love both but Bioderma is definitely my favourite of the two!x

  41. Bethan Wain says:

    I tried this makeup remove out and it lasted me about 2 weeks haha, definitely not repurchasing!

    Beth | BeautyBubbles♡

  42. This is such a useful post! I was literally about to go out and buy the L’Oreal one tomorrow as my cleanser has just run out but I think i’ll just pay the full amount for bioderma instead!

  43. Maddy says:

    I really love the L’Oreal one personally, and I think that for the price it can’t be beaten! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  44. I agree with the L’Oreal packaging – it just spills the solution everywhere and you’re left with a drenched cotton pad!


  45. I’m using the L’Oreal one right now ans it’s a good value for money. I agree that the Bioderma packaging is by far more practical, but I wouldn’t stop buying the Skin Perfection for that reason. xx |

  46. Amelia says:

    I want to try Bioderma but I can’t stand to be parted with the money!
    The L’Oreal one is good in my opinion, although I agree with you about the packaging – it does lead to waste of product! I don’t mind the ever so slight oiliness because I always wash my face with a proper cleanser after removing my makeup.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  47. olis says:

    I have done a comparison review on my blog a few months ago on these two products in which I reached in the same conclusion : Bioderma definetely!

  48. Helena Terry says:

    I’ve still not being able to find Bioderma easily even though everyone finds it so easy to find?? The L’Oreal one was actually on offer when I brought it so even though everyone is saying it’s not as good, it’ll do for now:)

  49. Marlenne says:

    I am definitely pro Bioderma! It works so good for my skin! My mother-in-law has the L’oréal one, and I use it everytime I’m there. It will do for then, but it will never be so good as Bioderma is!

  50. H M F says:

    I thought exactly the same about the L’Oreal one…. it comes out way too fast and you end up wasting a lot. I also felt it left a residue which I always washed off. I’d only buy again if I saw it on offer again!

  51. La Roche-Posay also has a great physiological micellar solution, I have a quite sensitive and acne prone skin and I love that solution. I haven’t tried Bioderma, but I hear that it’s quite comparable.

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  53. I’ve just done a review on Bioderma on my blog, I agree – there’s nothing quite like it!

  54. Sandra says:

    I had the same experience. It really irritated my eyes and there’s just way too much product coming out.

    Sandra – The Puzzle of Sandra’s Life

  55. Celina says:

    I have been meaning to try the L’Oreal option but I am just so in love with Bioderma.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  56. Nicole K says:

    I haven’t tried it, but after reading this I can see I don’t need to.

    xx Nicole

  57. Zazie Bibi says:

    i have the l’oreal one and i actually really like it, but i think i’m going to get the bioderma, as so many people prefer it xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  58. No, but I have tried the Garnier one which I love :)

  59. Aerin Downs says:

    I love Bioderma :) xx xx

  60. Beth M says:

    I like the L’Oreal one but Bioderma is the best! So happy that it’s easier to get hold of these days!
    You might be interested in my latest post, which explains what Micellar Water actually is and how it works :)
    It’s part of my new ‘Beauty Jargon Buster’ series!

  61. Tiny Alis says:

    I use the L’Oreal one and like it, but I have heard the Garnier one is more like Bioderma so I’ll be picking that one up next

    Tiny Alis

  62. hetty says:

    I’ve tried every micellar water out there and I’ve just bought the new Garnier one and it’s the best so far!

  63. I love Bioderma, and I was disappointed with the L’Oreal version for the exact same reason – there is just too much excess product distributed! Great review though!

  64. Mahsa says:

    I’ve tried the LO’real version, i have to agree- it was ok, but not that great at all, i won’t be repurchising
    Mahsa xx

  65. Megan Lillie says:

    I’ve tried, and loved, Bioderma but I also really like the L’Oreal version! It’s cheaper and easier to pick up!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  66. Sihaya says:

    I did the same comparison between L’Oreal and Bioderma on my blog but for me they do the same great job. Now I’m trying out the new Garnier Cleansing Water, almost the same formula as the L’Oreal one, way cheaper.

  67. great post.

  68. I agree with you about the wastage – I get through this quite quickly. Other than that, I’ve really enjoyed using the Loreal one. I’ve never tried Bioderma though, so don’t have that to compare to xx

  69. I use the L’Oriel one and it gets my makeup off really well I just find that it goes really quickly :( xo

  70. I picked up a small bottle when I was in Italy and I will not be going back to anything else! Well, maybe apart from my eye make up remover that I get in Poland. All the products I own that have micelle or micellar solution written on them do not compare. And thank you for the post, I wanted to try the L’Oreal one after reading on blogs about it, but now I won’t. I’ll just get bioderma as it’s fantastic!

  71. It’s a real shame about the residue! That’s my fave characteristic about the Bioderma – it literally feels like nothing on the skin.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  72. TW92 says:

    I was literally just about to go investigate where to buy this L’Oreal product and then I read this blog post. So happy I did. Totally going to be sticking to the Bioderma.

  73. Sian Marie says:

    I really like the L’Oreal version, I don’t find it is greasy. But I do get the stinging around my eyes when I remove eye make up.

    100% agree with you on the fact it just pours out of the bottle though, I bet half of the product is wasted this way.


  74. Emily McCue says:

    I don’t think I will find anything I prefer more than the bioderma seibum. Its amazing on my oily skin!

  75. Izzy says:

    I haven’t tried any micellar cleansers but i feel like i am missing out and i should jump on the bandwagon! i am going to have to have a look around at the different brands.
    thank you for the review, i’ve heard some good thinks about the L’Oreal one but it’s nice to hear everyone’s different opinion.
    No doubt one day soon i will end up purchasing the bioderma!

  76. I haven’t tried Bioderma, but I have tried this L’Oreal cleansing water. I use it daily and I like it as it is very light and it definitely does the trick of moving my make up, especially eye make up. I much prefer it to creamy eye make up removers as they tend to leave my eyes blurry!

    But considering that I’m pretty impressed with this product, it makes me want to try Bioderma even more!

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  78. Keely says:

    I haven’t tried Bioderma but I really enjoy using the L’Oreal one and haven’t really noticed a residue, maybe my skins really dehydrated and soaks it up! I agree with you about the packaging. I’m always spilling as it gives you no control! I think i’m going to have to bite the bullet and buy some Bioderma.

  79. Hi lily! I live in the states and I been trying to find a good dupe for bioderma since it’s so hard to get my hands on here. Have you tried the Boots experts sensative gentle refreshing toner? I heard it is an exact dupe for bioderma but 1/3 of the price:)

  80. I have tried the Loreal version and I used to really like it, but I’m not sure if I got a bottle from a bad batch but my last one caused me so many problems with my eyes. they would sting and then my actual eyeball started to swell up a little bit, safe to say I stopped using it straight away and now I won’t buy it again, I had nearly a full bottle left over but I didn’t want to risk any serious damage to my eyes.

  81. Daisy Byford says:

    I am currently using the L’oréal Skin Perfection Cleansing Oil which I have reviewed over on my blog. It does feel oily on the skin but after rinsing it off the skin feels clean and not greasy or dry.
    I would love to try Bioderma, I’ve read many great reviews :)

    Daisy x
    Daisy’s World

  82. I like the bioderma bit I dont like to use it on my eyes, it drys them out a bit, so for the amount of money that a bioderma retails in Portugal I would go for lhe L’Oréal just because I have to use a difrent product for my eyes

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  84. I am currently trying out the L’oreal cleanser. I personally found it to be just like water but overall I agree, and wouldnt repurchase as so far it has had no effect on my skin. I bought it for that extra cleanse in the morning and evenings but it hasnt helped my cleanse pores unfortunately!

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