Review: Bioré Bare Skin Cleansing Water (素肌つるるんクレンジングウォーター)

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I seriously need somebody to kick me once in a while and remind me to update my blog. 😅 Anyway, this was bought during my trip to Tokyo last year, and I just started using it several months ago. There's no English name for it, but this 素肌つるるんクレンジングウォーター from Bioré roughly translates into Bare Skin Cleansing Water.

It's actually quite similar to (or even the same as) the Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water sold locally, but since I haven't used that before, I can't make any comparisons between the two. I actually thought this one would be brought in to Malaysia by now, but somehow there's still no sign of it, nor my favourite Bioré Uru Uru 2-in-1 Instant Cleansing Foam which I had to stockpile from Singapore lol.

The main thing that attracted me to this particular cleansing water/makeup remover was the packaging, which features a press-pump dispenser. It's so much more convenient and hygienic this way, because you can just use one hand to press, dispense, and remove your makeup.

The ingredients list is all in Japanese, but from some of the words (plus some help from the Bioré website and Google Translate), I understand that this Bioré cleansing water is:
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Alcohol-free
  • No added colours
  • Mild acidity

Now, to put it to the test! I wasn't too keen to put on a full face of makeup in the middle of the day, only to wipe it off again, so I'll just show you how it works to remove some of my more often-used makeup products.

(From left to right) Mistine Maxi Black liquid eyeliner; Solone Gel-Like eye pencil; YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick; K-Palette Zero Kuma concealer.

As a light cleansing water, it works quite well to remove basic makeup, although I find it takes a little more effort to remove waterproof mascara (which I hardly use anyway). However, to completely remove any and all traces of makeup - which you should - you probably need a whole lot of cleansing water and cotton pads, which honestly isn't economical and requires way too much effort. 😥 Stick to double-cleansing instead: makeup remover, then a cleanser.

There's a slight scent to it, but nothing that bothers me too much, and feels very lightweight and refreshing on the skin. It's nothing very revolutionary in terms of cleansing/micellar water, but it's fairly effective and doesn't irritate my skin, so that's pretty much alright to me. 

My Bioré 3-step cleansing routine
I like to use the Bioré Makeup Remover Wipes to first remove most of my makeup, then follow up with this Bioré Cleansing Water, and finish up with a thorough cleansing using the Bioré 2-in-1 Instant Foaming Wash. (Told ya I'm a huge Bioré fan lol)

I can't remember the exact price for this, but it was around 600 JPY at Matsumoto Kiyoshi, if I remember correctly. You can find it at most places which sell makeup and skincare products, since Bioré is a pretty common (and affordable) drugstore brand in Japan.

Not exactly a groundbreaking product, but it's effective, doesn't break out my skin, and I like the convenience of its packaging. I'll probably refill it with some other cleansing water once it's finished, or maybe nail polish remover. 😜

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