I was selected for the Simple Skincare campaign via Chick Advisor a few weeks ago and received a package containing 3 Simple Skincare products. I’ve never used any products by this brand, but I’ve seen their products in the drugstore and know that they are popular amongst bloggers and Youtubers.
When I received the products I first did a little research on the company; as someone with sensitive skin, I was pleased to learn that all of their products are free from dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals. Instead they contain skin-loving ingredients and added vitamins and their products are all are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and pH balanced (source)
While this all sounded great, I was interested to see if they’d deliver. I’ve tried products meant for sensitive skin before, only to end up with breakouts, redness and irritation. So needless to say, I’m pretty cautious about trying out new skincare and tend to introduce them slowly and sparingly.
Let’s get into the reviews of each product:
MICELLAR MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES – $6.99 / 25 wipes
Gently cleanses skin, leaving it feeling instantly hydrated and refreshed, with no residue left behind.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau) (Solvent), Cetearyl Isononanoate (Emollient), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5),Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Citrate (Buffering Agent),Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier),Ceteareth-12 (Emulsifier), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
I’m pretty picky about my makeup remover wipes. I typically only use these when I travel or sometimes if I’m feeling particularly lazy after a night out. My favourite makeup remover wipes are the Olay Gentle Clean Wet Cleansing Cloths because I can usually get away with using one to remove all my makeup (two if I am wearing heavy/waterproof eye makeup), they stay moist and they don’t irritate my skin or eye area. So that’s what these were going up against.
I’ve used a half a dozen of these so far and I can say that they are on par with my Oil of Olay faves. They’re really moist, so I have no problem with removing almost every trace of makeup. If I’m wearing a particularly stubborn mascara or eyeliner I might have to use a makeup remover just to clean up around my eyes but that’s no different than what I experience with the Olay wipes. The best thing is that I never experienced any dryness, redness, irritation or breakouts with these – my face just felt nice and clean afterwards! Overall, I’m happy with these and would repurchase these on my own.
REPLENISHING RICH MOISTURIZER – $10.99 / 198 mL
Leaves skin replenished and nourished all day long. Contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Chamomile, Glycerin & Geranium.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-7, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Serine, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol
When I saw the word “rich” in this I groaned a little inside. Me and rich moisturizers don’t usually get along. I have combination skin so I don’t typically need a heavy duty moisturizer. If my skin is feeling particularly parched, I’ll use a heavier moisturizer overnight so my skin has plenty of time to absorb it.
Surprisingly the consistency of this isn’t as thick and creamy as I expected. It’s actually quite lightweight but once applied to skin it is quite emollient and definitely takes its time to absorb. Unfortunately I tried it out one morning and a few hours in my skin was looking pretty oily so this wouldn’t work as an everyday moisturizer for me. I have used it overnight however, and it seems to work better for me that way. So I’ll keep it on hand for those times when I’m needing some extra hydration. I don’t think I would purchase this on my own though – I prefer skincare with active ingredients (ideally glycolic acid) and lighter moisturizers work best on my skin. I see they do have a light moisturizer so I think that would probably work better for my skintype if I was looking for a moisturizer with inactive ingredients.
CLEANSING MICELLAR WATER – $6.99/198 mL
A perfect blend of multi-vitamins, skin loving ingredients and gentle cleansers to cleanse the skin while removing make-up. Skin is left feeling clean and hydrated.
Ingredients: Aqua, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
This box couldn’t have come along at a better time – I was close to finishing up my much-repurchased Sephora Action Cleansing Water and have been itching to try something new. I had heard some good things about this Micellar Water so I was very interested to give it a try and see how this compared. I’ve been using the Sephora version for years and I’m very happy with it. I like to use a micellar water in the morning in lieu of washing my face, and after cleansing in the evening.
I experienced 2 drawbacks with this micellar water; firstly, I felt like my skin was slightly oilier than usual by about mid-day when I used this in the morning. Secondly, I prefer a pump-style bottle rather than a squeeze bottle as I find it’s much easier to dispense and I use only what I need. Overall though I think this is a pretty good micellar water. It removes makeup pretty well, leaves my skin feeling refreshed and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I’m not sure it could replace my Sephora version but I’d pick it up if I was in a pinch.
Overall I was pretty happy with the Simple Skincare products I received. Even if all the products weren’t a complete match for my skin type and typical preferences, I could easily make any of these work for me and be happy with the results. Plus I love the fact that they’re from the drugstore and are reasonably priced.
Have you tried any Simple Skincare products? What were your thoughts? Let me know below!
Have a great day!