Peek at the skincare shelves of models, makeup artists, and celebrities (or anyone with flawless skin), and there’s a good chance that you’ll spot a bottle of micellar cleansing water. This skincare staple looks and feels just like regular water, but is able to remove makeup, cleanse, and tone with just a few light swipes of a cotton pad.
However, not all micellar waters are created equal. Different skin types and concerns require different formulations, which is why Japanese beauty brand Bifesta has launched their renewed Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water series in celebration of their 10th Anniversary.
To find out just how effective the makeup removers are, Daily Vanity has invited 10 readers to give us their honest opinions about the products after trying them out for six days. Spoiler alert: the average verdict for the Micellar Cleansing Waters was a 4.8-star rating out of 5!
Before we dive into the reviews, let’s learn a little more about the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water series.
About Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water
Bifesta is no stranger to micellar waters. In fact, Bifesta was one of the first brands to launch a micellar water product within the Singapore market. Since then, the beauty brand has garnered loyal fans who adore its popular Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes as well.
The Micellar Cleansing Water series features five variants that cater to different skin types and needs:
- Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive: Contains skin-conditioning ingredients to soothe and strengthen sensitive skin.
- Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Moist: Penetrating Hyaluronic Acid and Adsorbent Amino Acids hydrate dry areas for smoother and softer skin.
- Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Sebum: It is infused with Green Tea Extract, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that reduces the skin’s excess sebum production.
- Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Brightup: Contains Vitamin C Derivative and Lactic Acid to gently slough off dead skin cells and blackheads for brighter skin.
- Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Acne Care: Skin-conditioning and antibacterial ingredients calm redness and fight acne.
Of course, just like the other makeup removers in its range, the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water series removes makeup in mere seconds. Even better, the series boasts an improved formula that includes a new blend of Pullulan and Penetrating Hyaluronic Acid, which does an exceptional job at removing makeup with less friction while keeping the skin hydrated.
Besides removing makeup, the formula is also able to wipe away dust, pollen, PM2.5 pollution particles, and dirt. When used regularly, you’ll notice clearer, smoother skin over time.
What’s more, the products in the series come in a pump bottle, which makes it extra convenient to dispense and use anytime, anywhere. To top it off, the bottles have also been given an upgrade in size, bumping the original 300ml volume to 400ml!
These formulas do not contain any fragrance, colourants, oils, drying alcohols, and parabens, so they’re safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin. Since we’re all wearing masks regularly, it can even help to reduce our chances of getting maskne (mask-induced acne).
Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water retails for S$17.90 each online at Watsons, Guardian, Shopee and Lazada, and offline at most leading drugstores, supermarkets, and department stores.
Learn more about Bifesta and their products on their website, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Pssst! Bifesta is running their 10th Anniversary Giveaway on Instagram and Facebook! 10 winners will win a product hamper worth S$100, which includes the new Micellar Cleansing Water and other products! The giveaway will end on 20th September 2021.
Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water review: 10 readers share their honest opinions
Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water
All of our readers agreed that every variant in the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water series removed their makeup quickly and effortlessly. Many of them loved how lightweight and gentle the formula was on their skin, and no tugging was required. One reader said she could use less product compared to her previous micellar water.
Those who have dry skin adored its lightweight yet hydrating formula, which moisturised and soothed their skin as it cleansed. One reviewer also said she could skip her second cleanse as the micellar water did a great job at keeping her skin clean and fresh.
Readers who have acne-prone skin noticed smoother skin that was less congested after six days. They even saw a reduction in clogged pores and facial bumps. One reviewer also recommended the micellar water to those who have eyelash extensions on since they can’t use oil-based makeup removers.
Skin type: Sensitive
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, acne scars
I really like that the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a convenient pump and has five different variants to suit different skin types and needs. It has a watery, lightweight, non-sticky texture that removes my makeup easily within seconds, and it’s gentle on my sensitive skin. My face feels moisturised after too.
After using it for six days, my skin feels softer and more hydrated, and my face feels smoother to the touch. The micellar water has worked very well for my skin type, and it doesn’t have an overpowering scent.
I love using this water-based makeup remover – it leaves my skin feeling clean yet moisturised. It’s priced affordably too, even though the bottle has been upsized.
Skin type: Sensitive
Skin concerns: Dull skin, Uneven skin tone, Dehydration
I was surprised when I first used the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive because it was able to cleanse my sensitive skin gently without causing any irritation. It removed my makeup easily and didn’t dry out my skin.
In fact, it calmed and soothed my skin. My face didn’t feel dry or tight throughout the day, and I don’t have to worry about any greasy residue on my skin too. It’s the perfect product for everyday use.
Skin type: Dry
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, dehydration
When I used the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Moist for the first time, my skin felt bouncy after. It’s lightweight and comes in clever packaging!
It removed my makeup effortlessly and didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight. In fact, my skin felt hydrated but not greasy. After six days, my skin felt softer and smoother. The product has worked very well for my skin type.
Skin type: Dry
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads
I really liked the sensation of the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Moist on my skin. It was able to remove my makeup quickly and effortlessly without causing me to tug too hard on my skin. My face felt refreshed and hydrated after, but not greasy.
After using it for six days, my skin felt softer and more hydrated. I didn’t experience any breakouts during the trial too. It’s much better compared to a micellar water I was previously using. I love how gentle and effective it is on my skin – it was even able to remove eyeliner.
Skin type: Oily, combination-oily, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne
I like the fuss-free packaging of the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Sebum. The texture felt lightweight and it was able to glide on my skin smoothly. After using it for the first time, my skin felt thoroughly cleansed and there was no makeup residue left on my face after using two cotton pads – I usually require three cotton pads.
My skin didn’t appear red as it usually would too, and it didn’t feel stripped of moisture. After six days, my skin texture appeared smoother and more refined. I noticed less sebum production and fewer clogged pores too. The skincare ingredients in the formula have definitely helped as my skin doesn’t feel dry and my pores appear to have gotten slightly smaller!
I really like this new and improved formula, and I also like the Micellar Cleansing Lotion* too. However, I prefer the Micellar Cleansing Water as it feels more lightweight. It’s great for those who wear makeup on a daily basis – your skin won’t feel tight or “sore” after using a cotton pad to clean your skin every night.
*This is the previous version of a product that has since been renewed.
Skin type: Combination-oily, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Dull skin, textured skin, visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores, acne, acne scars
When I used the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Sebum for the first time, I liked how quickly and effortlessly it removed my makeup. Plus, it did not dry out my skin. My skin felt clean but not tight.
After using it for six days, it still removes my makeup easily and leaves my skin soft and hydrated. My skin feels less oily now and I didn’t experience any new breakouts during the trial.
Overall, it’s pleasant to use, affordable, and non-irritating.
Skin type: Combination-oily, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, textured skin, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne, acne scars
The packaging is nice and it comes in a pump bottle, which is easy to use. The Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Brightup effectively removed my makeup in one wipe and it doesn’t tug at my skin. My skin felt refreshed and appeared brighter after one use. It also didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight.
After six days, my skin felt softer and more hydrated. Overall, I’m impressed with the micellar cleansing water as it is able to remove my makeup effectively. It also doesn’t dry out my skin and is lightweight, which is what I liked about it the most.
Skin type: Combination-dry, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, acne, acne scars
The Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Brightup is very lightweight and gentle on the eyes. After using it for the first time, my skin felt cleansed but not stripped of moisture, and it didn’t leave any residue on my skin.
I didn’t experience any new breakouts during the trial and my skin doesn’t feel dry or greasy throughout the day. It behaves like a skincare product as it hydrates my skin while removing makeup and impurities. In fact, my pores look clearer after six weeks. I didn’t have to use a lot of product to remove my makeup completely either.
Jie Xi, 23
Skin type: Normal, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, visible/enlarged pores, acne
I was using the Bifesta Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes and I really enjoy using them, so I was excited to try the Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Acne Care. I really like the packaging! It’s easy to dispense the product and it comes in a huge bottle.
It is super lightweight and gentle on my skin, and it didn’t leave a sticky film on my face. The product removed my makeup effortlessly and hydrated my skin at the same time. It’s suitable for those who have eyelash extensions on too, since we can’t use oil-based makeup removers.
My skin felt softer and more hydrated after six days of use, and my skin texture is smoother and more refined. The redness, blemishes, and bumps on my skin have also reduced. Now, my pores look less visible and my skin is less oily and congested. I didn’t experience any new breakouts during the trial too.
It is definitely one of the best micellar cleansing waters I have tried. I have even received compliments from family and friends on my skin after using this product!
Skin type: Combination-oily, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores, acne, acne scars
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The Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water Acne Care is very lightweight and was able to remove my makeup effortlessly. My face didn’t feel sticky afterwards, and there was no need for a double-cleanse.
After six days, my skin appeared less oily and congested, with fewer clogged pores. My skin felt softer and more hydrated too. It has worked better for me than other makeup removers and micellar waters I have tried previously.
I love how I don’t have to cleanse my face again after using it as it isn’t sticky, unlike other micellar waters. I can even use this midday to remove dirt from my face.