Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bioderma Hype

Bioderma, the darling of the French pharmacie. It's finally made its way in the world and has landed on Australian soil. The shop where I found Bioderma products was out of the Crealine H2O (now renamed Sensibio H2O) but they had one bottle of the Bioderma Sebium H2O left so I decided to try it. 



The salesgirl informed me that the difference between the famous Crealine makeup remover and the Sebium was that the Sebium for combination and oily skin, and had a small amount of astringent, which limited it to being used only on the face, but meant it could double as a one-step no-rinse cleanser and toner (but unlike most toners, it's alcohol-free). The Crealine is aimed at sensitive skin and can be used on the face and eyes to remove makeup. Although they'd sold out, Terry White has been given samples to distribute so when she went to the stockroom to look for any forgotten bottles of Crealine she kindly came back with 10mL samples.
I've found a makeup remover which I am perfectly happy with (Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Make Up Remover), so what I really wanted was a product which I could use in the same way I was using the Caudalie Eau Micellaire- to take on a cotton pad across the face in the morning to remove the remnants of the previous night's serums and potions. Since running out of the Caudalie Cleansing Water I've found it hard to make time to wash my face over the bathroom sink, especially the times I've overslept. I now realise I've had a Bioderma Sebium-shaped void in my 'running-late' morning routine. It removes the sebum, remaining skincare product and leaves the skin feeling clean, but not stripped or tight. It's mildly fragranced but nothing overpowering or unpleasant. 
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I'll still give the Crealine samples a trial run but Bioderma is an expensive habit and I don't know if I'd completely switch over to use it in place of the Garnier makeup remover which is easily available at supermarkets at a much lower price. I bought mine from the Terry White Chemist in Myer Centre on Queen St Mall in Brisbane, but Bioderma's also available from StrawberryNet, Bellabox, Adore Beauty, selected Terry White Chemists- the Bioderma Australia Facebook page outlines which branches have stock. It ain't cheap- this mini 100mL bottle was $19.95 and I believe the 250mL bottle is $29.95. It was fun to try and exciting to have such a hyped product in my possession but I'm not sure if it's worth the cost.

4 comments:

  1. I love Bioderma! I haven't tried the Sebium version however I don't think it'll suit my dry skin. The 100mL bottles are adorable, I have one getting shipped to me right as we speak :) I buy my Bioderma Sensibio/Crealine off Sasa- they have really good prices ($30) for 500mL bottles! It is an expensive habit but I find that it really cleans my skin and I don't get breakouts anymore :)

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    1. It's adorable! I'm not sure I'd buy it again at $20- it's not thaat adorable. But $30 for the 500mL big bottle isn't bad! And I'm the same- I've found a good combo of products and I don't break out anymore unless it's because of stress. :/

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  2. It's just so ludicrous the price difference between Paris and here. I bought 2 x 500ml bottles for 14 euros. Lol. Except it was a buy one, get one free offer, so normal price was just 14 euros for one. But still! Never tried the Sebium version but I imagine it would be quite similar. I appreciate Bioderma mainly for eye makeup removal when my eyes are feeling sensitive, though it isn't that effective with mascara and bottom lash line eyeliner. The small bottle is adorable and so ideal for travel :)

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    1. That's incredible! Given, the luggage space and weight allowance it needs is cumbersome but the price totally justifies it. I feel I might save this little bottle for my holiday and continue the Garnier for waterproof eye makeup. It's just too expensive to use daily.

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