Placebos are not a new thing and have proven to be rather beneficial in various pharmacological applications. If you’re as highly suggestible as I am, then no doubt, placebos could produce an improvement in your ailments – you know that unshakeable feeling all your hair is falling out? Mmmm hmmm . . . . .
Well, one day recently, I pondered whether we believe too much of what we hear, see or read about beauty products. If they are so damned good, why is there (predictably) a bigger, curlier, more hydrating, ultra-natural, voluminous and shinier version of it each month? Something doesn’t quite add up.
On a whim, I decided to test my hypothesis [in a totally scientific way] by experimenting with micellar water aka the holy grails of makeup removal. They’re allegedly ultra-gentle, thorough and oh-so-beneficial for your skin. Really? Charged water can do that?
As no suitable guinea pigs presented themselves for the task, I took it upon myself to paint my arm with my ever-ready arsenal of lipstick, foundation, eye pencil and mascara to test my theory.
I used three ‘makeup removers’ – plain tap water, Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water and the infamous Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution and the same cotton balls with the same makeup.
Check out the swatches and results.
I’ve deliberately left out identifying which is which to give you a chance to see for yourself how effective each ‘remover’ is. The identities of each are on a separate page – satisfy your curiosity by clicking here.
How good were your guesses?
Regardless of which is which, I think the key point here is that the results are virtually identical. I really wanted them to be different by multiple degrees of effectiveness – no doubt to justify in my mind the price paid (which, incidentally, is the sunk cost fallacy). I don’t know. . . . Am I imagining it or are we seeing the same thing?
By the way, the two things I DID learn for sure from this little experiment are:
- For all my disappointments with L’Oreal, I seem to have a lot of the brand’s makeup (:S)
- I definitely need a new mascara!
What do you think?
Worth the hype or are we being duped by all the buzz?