Mandom Cleansing Express is Japan's version of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution which has had overwhelming success in the Western beauty world. Unfortunately Bioderma is ridiculously difficult to obtain in the United States and I refuse to pay the marked up prices that Amazon sellers charge. Maybe when I travel to Europe I can pick up a bottle to try. But until then, Mandom Cleansing Express will do just fine.
I have known about Mandom cleansing waters for several years now but I never took the plunge to try one with no particular reason why. I purchased my bottle at a local Asian beauty store for $16 so it's actually a little more economical than what I would pay for Bioderma if I succumbed to the internet sellers. You can find Mandom retailers online who sell the cleansing waters for around the same price (under $20). Mandom Cleasing Express comes in four formulations: Age Care, Moist, Sebum, and BrightUp. I chose the BrightUp formulation because I always want to lighten my acne scars but realistically I doubt there is a significant different between the formulations.
The packaging, as with many Asian beauty products, is very well done. The sturdy plastic bottle is an appealing purple shade with simple floral decorations. The cleansing water is dispensed via a pump. Yes, a pump! Something that Bioderma does not have and that I think is very necessary for a cleansing water. The pump dispenses a decent amount of product and it's great for lazy nights when I don't want to be bothered with tipping over a bottle a thousand times just to remove my makeup.
But the real question is, can a cleansing water effectively remove makeup? In short, yes, Mandom Cleansing Express can remove makeup well. Even eye makeup comes off surprisingly well without any stinging or irritation. However, it takes a fair amount of product and cotton rounds to remove all my makeup. If I'm wearing light eye makeup, I can get away with using two squirts of product on a cotton pad to take everything off. If my eye makeup is heavier, I can count on using a cotton round for each eye. But for my face, I typically need two cotton rounds and multiple squirts of cleansing water to remove every trace of makeup.
Although Mandom's Cleansing Water is effective and gentle, I prefer cleansing oils since they last me much longer. If you have very sensitive skin and you do not like using oil to remove your makeup, Mandom's Cleansing Express may be a good product for you. If you're a fan of Bioderma, the pump packaging of this might be your new favorite.
To see a demo of Mandom's BrightUp Cleansing Express in action, watch the video below!