Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water

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Hello!  My current skincare obsession at the moment is micellar waters, and I’m determined to try as many as I can.  One particular micellar I have been putting through its paces is the Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water.

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Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar Water

£2.99 – Superdrug

They say:

Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution is designed to gently but effectively cleanse away impurities, and helps remove makeup and mascara, leaving skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.   Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals.  The multi-functional formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex, comprising vitamins A, B, F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.


Aqua, Propylene Glycol (helps the skin to absorb moisture), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides (emollient), Polysorbate 20 (surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (surfactant), Tocopheryl Acetate (skin conditioning), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Parfum (fragrance), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract (skin conditioning), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Alcohol Denat (preservative/astringent), Benzophenone-4 (enhances the ability of other chemicals to penetrate), PEG-35 Castor Oil (surfactant),  Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A – antioxidant), Inositol (humectant), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) (humectant),  Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F) (emollient), Biotin (Vitamin H) (used as a texturiser), Coumarin (fragrance), Linalool (fragrance), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol (preservative).

I say:

A few years ago, micellar waters were almost unheard of.  Skip to 2015 and now every brand and their dog has slapped their name on one.  I have previously tried offerings from Bioderma, as well as Avene, La Roche-Posay and B.Skincare.   So far, Bioderma is the one to beat.

Upon a wander around Superdrug, my eyes spotted a new addition to the Superdrug Vitamin E range.  For £2.99, I threw caution to the wind, and threw it into my basket.

From the first few uses, I noticed that the micellar felt quite “heavy” on my skin, and it took my skin a while to “get used to it” so to speak.  Before I looked at the ingredients in-depth, I would have simply dismissed this as a basic micellar water.  It did an okay job of removing my make up.   It wasn’t good at removing my eye make up so I used a separate bi-phase remover.  Much to my surprise, it didn’t break me out.

However, whilst my skin wasn’t feeling irritated, I did notice that my skin was looking and feeling dull.  You know when your face just looks a little bit grey, and feels weird to the touch?   Yeah, that.  Even though my skin was clear, I didn’t feel like it was healthy.     I noticed that make up wasn’t sitting right on my skin; it wouldn’t blend into my skin and when it finally did, it had disappeared after a few hours.   My skin was feeling unbelievably dehydrated, and it was taking layers and layers of moisturisers to make it feel normal.   Despite these problems, I still didn’t put them down to this micellar water and I even repurchased a second bottle.  I thought  “if it isn’t giving me spots, then it’s fine!”.  Silly me.  When will I learn?

Now that I have had a look at the ingredients, I can understand why my skin had declined so much. Eeeek! I know it was only £2.99,  and I know that I shouldn’t expect too much, but sadly it seems none of the ingredients are particularly skin beneficial.   I don’t feel it particularly has cared for my skin – I think it has made it decline!   It claims to be high in anti-oxidant yet there is one, maybe two, ingredients that claim this.  A few of the ingredients such as PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Sodium Hydroxide(!) have had concerns raised about them, which worries me as this is a product that is designed to be absorbed by the skin and it isn’t washed away.  I’ve stopped using this micellar water and I feel that my skin is feeling a lot better for it already.  I just hope any damage caused is irreversible and can be corrected!

I think it’s time I give my face a break from micellar waters and give it some TLC.  I’m sorry skin, please forgive me!

Dannie x

February 21, 2015
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  • Reply Nuala

    Not tried this, but I used to love the hot cloth cleanser from the range! I’ll be sticking to my Garnier one then, thanks for sharing Aimee ;-) xx

    February 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I like the hot cloth cleanser from that range too :) you’re welcome ;) xx

      March 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    Eeek this doesn’t sound good! Thanks for the honest review – I’ve tried a couple of things from the same range and found it very hit and miss :( x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    February 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You hit the nail on the head there! I feel the same about the range. xx

      March 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    I would have been tempted to buy this but it looks like it’s best to be avoided! I want to try the Bioderma version but I’m waiting for my current Garnier version to run out first

    February 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It’s currently on offer at Escentual if that sways you towards a purchase ;) xx

      March 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    When I saw this post I got all excited but after reading your review I think I’ll avoid it. At the moment I’m using Tesco’s own brand micellar water and it seems to work just fine for me – not that I really notice a huge difference from them at all.

    February 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      That’s good if it works for you, you’ll save yourself some pennies! :)
      I never even thought about Tesco own brand… I’ll have to have a look at it at some point :) xx

      March 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Corinne

    Oh dear, one to stay away from then. Poor skin.

    Corinne x

    March 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      My poor skin indeed :( I think it’s recovering now :)) x

      March 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Josephine

    Yikes! I know how that feels like when the skin isn’t very happy about the product we use. Thanks for the heads up Dannie!


    March 9, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Ash

    Oh dear! I was eyeing this up in my local Superdrug but I may just stick to my L’Oreal one. I hope you skin gets back to normal soon (: xx

    March 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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