REVIEW Pond's Vitamin Cleansing Micellar Water - Brightening Rose

by - December 09, 2019

A few days ago, I posted my thoughts on Pond’s cleansing balm, and now I’m going to review a brand new micellar water that’s also from Pond’s! This micellar water isn’t the same as the one Pond’s released a few years ago. They released a new type of micellar water with four variants, those are D-Toxx Charcoal, Hydrating Aloe, Nourishing Milk, and the one that I have, Brightening Rose. I actually wanted to buy the aloe one, but those were out of stock. I had to choose between the rose one or the charcoal one, and I thought, maybe I should get the more hydrating one… so I went with the rose variant.

Most of the time, though, I can’t really tell the difference between one micellar water to another. I get confused on how to tell which one is better because the results are pretty much the same (at least on my skin). No worries, we’re still going to review this ;p

IDR28,500 for 100ml.

A clear with pink-tint plastic packaging (every variant have different colours). The size is pretty small. The cap is a flip-top cap that’s easy to use. The “mouth” of the bottle is small and a bit pointy so the product doesn’t come out too much. I think this kind of cap and bottle make this product travel-friendly.

A moderate rose scent. Unfortunately, I don’t really enjoy this scent (even though I ended up getting familiar to it).

Water-like consistency.

Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Retinyl Propionate, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Urea, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Fragrance, Trideceth-9, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Lactate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ethanolamine, Benzophenone-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Sulfate, CI 14700, CI 17200

Great IngredientComedogenic / Fungal Acne TriggerBe Aware

Cleanse makeup 99% better with 5x brightening action** for a cleaner, glowing skin ~ maybe yes
Get a clear and bright skin for a pinkish bright glow complexion ~ not sure
Lightweight and smooth to the skin, non-oily/non-sticky ~ yes

*Based on clinical tests, depending on the type and intensity of the makeup
**Contains 5 ingredients combination for brightening actions

First of all, I never expect much for micellar water to give me a “real” brightening effect, because it’s washed off anyway. So, yeah, I don’t see any meaningful brightness-wise-difference on my skin after using it for several weeks. I have to be honest that it got even harder to see the difference because I also use brightening serum and essence… but still, I don’t recommend you to rely on micellar water to give a real-deal brightening effect. I think this product will fulfil your expectation if you expect it only to maintain the skin’s brightness.

Besides the brightening claim, I also want to judge it by the cleansing performance. I think it performs well. I mean, I’m not the kind of person who can tell the difference between one micellar water to another, hehe, so I think it performs okay, so far. I’ve tried another brand’s micellar water that performs better, but this one is comparable to the one that I use daily for these past few months.

I usually use micellar water to cleanse only minimal makeup or when I keep my face bare all day, which means I can’t tell how it performs when it used to cleanse heavier makeup. By the way, I’m not going to discuss the performance of this micellar water on taking off waterproof makeup, because I always think that micellar water never meant as a waterproof makeup remover (unless it’s bi-phase micellar water or it’s claimed to be so).

A major plus point for me is the packaging! Not just because it’s cute, but it’s also practical. I like the flip-top cap because it’s sturdy, it’s easy to be opened and closed, while the one that I used before has a poor quality cap that’s hard to be closed perfectly. I also like the “mouth” or the opening of this bottle because it’s small and a bit pointy, makes it less messy and easier to control the amount of product used. The bottle is slim and petite, so it’s easy to carry.

Besides the packaging, I like the ingredients that are used, too. As you can see on the list above, the top ingredients are quite interesting. Ingredients wise, theoretically, it’s an excellent product to clean your face but also to brighten and hydrate it. Even though I can’t tell much about the brightening effect, but I can confirm that this product doesn’t strip your face and it doesn’t make your skin feels dry.

Overall, I think this micellar water is worth to try for you who have been wanting to try it. Also for the traveller, I think this product is going to be handy for you guys. I want to try the other variants, ‘cus who knows that there’s a variant that works better on my skin!

+ a travel-friendly and practical packaging
+ doesn’t make the skin feel dry
+ cute packaging and options/variants
+ cleanse pretty well, pretty much the same as the other micellar water from another brand
+ affordable

- a moderate rose scent, I personally don’t really enjoy it
- I can’t really approve the brightening claim, but I never rely on cleansing products to give me major results anyway

Overall rating

I’m very curious and really want to try the milk variant! Have any of you tried it? Please let me know your thoughts about it!

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