Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Product Review and Photos:Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1: One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution

Hey Everyone!

I was recently in France for a fortnight and was browsing through their pharmacies whenever I got the chance. One thing that I noted was this huge number of beauty and skin care brands which claim to be based on thermal spring water. Each of these brands, Vichy, Avene, Nuxe, Caudalie, Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, Thalgo, Klorane, Lierac etc. (some of which we are familiar with in India), each seem to have their own thermal spring! But what is truly common to all these brands is their micellar water cleansers.

I had seen these micellar cleansers in some online shopping sites,but had not paid much attention to them. But my trip to Paris opened my eyes to this product the French women swear by. I stayed with two families and in both their bathrooms I saw at least two brands of this product enjoying pride of place. One even had a micellar solution for kids!!

I promptly went out and bough myself a bottle of Vichy and Nuxe micellar solutions.  When I began to research what exactly is this micellar solution, why is it so effective and how does the skin benefit from its use, I came across a number of scientific articles which answered my questions, but I gave up science after class 10 for a reason. I then came across this article in the UK edition of Marie Claire which explained in layman's terms this entire phenomenon. You can read this article HERE.

Back to my review...

Product Price: € 12.95 (Approx: INR 910/-) for 400ml. Would be more expensive in India due to import duty etc. (Its about INR 990/- for 200 ml on various online stores) 

Product Photos:

Product Description:

 Triple action Micellar Solution that is kind to sensitive skin.For women with sensitive eyes and skin. Micellar technology captures impurities like a magnet to perfectly clean and remove make-up from sensitive skin without rubbing or rinsing. 
Gently cleansed, sensitive skin is perfectly clean with no discomfort or tightness. 
The non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic formula has been tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control. Formulated for sensitive skin and eyes with physiological pH. 
Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, soothing, fortifying and regenerating.The texture is kind to your sensitive skin and gently eliminates impurities and all traces of make-up. With no need to rinse off, this treatment limits rubbing for gentle make-up removal.

Instuctions of Use and List of Ingredients:

My Take on the Product:

TheVichy 3 in 1 Micellar Solution comes in a transparent plastic bottle with the brand and product name peinted in silver. the 400 ml bottle comes with a pump dispenser and the 200ml bottle comes with a flip top cap. I have now been using this product for two weeks now. Its a clear water like product. I need only two cotton pads to cleanse my entire face, eyes and lips of all makeup. Even on days I'm wearing no makeup, I use it to clean up my face before going to sleep.

Just two pumps are required to wet the cotton. I just need to swipe my face 3-4 times. You can see the immediate cleansing action without too much rubbing and tugging. There is no need to rinse it off and no need for a face wash either. Most makeup cleansers that I have used need to be followed up with a face wash. Not this one. It prevents the skin from being stripped of moisture and essential oils.

It has a light herbal fragrance, which I like. It does not dry out the skin. This I tested in Paris itself where it was spring and quite cold with very low humidity. However, after the cleansing, My skin does not feel sqeeky. It feels as if there is a thin film of something on my face. Not that it is uncomfortable, but just a feeling. However, I disappears completely when I apply my night care serum. I do also get a slight sting in my eyes when using this product, but it disappears in a minute

I have not had any adverse reactions since using this product. And I do have sensitive skin. So here it fulfils its promise of being specially formulated for sensitive skin. The product is also paraben free. So that's a great plus!

All grimy and ready to clean off.

Side 1 of first cotton pad.

Side 2 of first cotton pad.

Side 1 of second cotton pad.

After Cleansing


  1. Sturdy packaging
  2. Paraben free
  3. Contains therma spring water, known to be beneficial for skin
  4. Cleans effectively 
  5. No vigorous rubbing  required
  6. Does not have need to be rinsed or followed with a face wash
  7. Gentle on eyes and lips
  8. Does not dry the skin
  9. Has a pleasant herbal fragrance
  10. Specially formulated for sensitive skin.
  1. Can work out to be quite expensive in India
  2. Leaves a filmy feeling on the skin, not a deal breaker, though.
  3. May sting your eyes slightly.
Overall verdict: 4.8. Marks lost only due to the filmy layer, though my guess is that it might actually be good for my skin..

Have you used this product? What did you think about it? Did you find this review helpful? Let me know in the comments section below.

Think and Stay Beautiful!!