Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water: Review

All my childhood, I remember my mom using the conventional Lakme Cleansing Milk, for cleaning her face before makeup, not for removing make up. For removing makeup, she simply washed her face, and she still does the same. Ufff, these mothers.

When I grew up, I knew this product is meant to remove make up, and tried to use it for the right purpose. While it worked fine, it has never been very impressive. Cleaning eye makeup using cleansing milk is difficult because it irritates the eyes. So I also started doing what my mom did, used the cleansing milk for cleaning the face before make up (only when the skin is dry), and washing the face to remove makeup.

And, at the same time, I wished there was something which could easily remove the makeup. While there are ways, such as using baby oil to remove makeup, but are they too not troublesome? Using baby oil will remove the makeup, but then too you will have to go and wash your face (you cannot go to bed with so much oil on your face).

After all this, it was obvious for me to feel happy when micellar water came into existence, and so I recently picked up Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water.

So, let’s start with the review.


It is a non oily product meant for removal of makeup.

It comes in three variants: 1. Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water Brightening Rose; 2. Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water Hydrating Aloe Vera; 3. Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water D-Toxx Charcoal.

I picked up Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water Hydrating Aloe Vera. Why? Because I found only this at the store. I later learnt about other variants when I looked for the product on amazon.


Ponds vitamin micellar water

Packaging is very simple, nothing fancy. It is a completely transparent bottle. Packaging is not very attractive but functional. Transparent bottle allows you to know at all points how much product is left.

Price: Rs 125 for 105 ml.

According to me, this is neither expensive, nor inexpensive.


  • Waterproof Makeup Removal,
  • 100% Alcohol Free,
  • 5 Times Brightening Power,
  • Non-oily/sticky
  • 99% eye makeup removal
  • Can be used for all skin types
  • Leaves skin hydrated

Directions: Apply onto cotton pad. Gently press to swipe makeup off. No rinsing required.

Contains: Micellar Water, 5 essential Vitamins (A, B3, B5, C, E), Organic Aloe Vera Extract

Color: Transparent, frothy

Consistency: Watery

Odor: Pleasant artificial soapy fragrance

My Views

To me, this concept of micellar water seems logical. For those who have no idea what the micelles are, let me explain. Micelles are microsized spherical structures made by surfactant molecules when put in water. So micellar water means that some surfactant is added to water, it formed micelles, and micellar water is formed.

So, this surfactant is what results in cleansing, not aloe vera (aloe vera cannot cleanse this good), while the label clearly mentions that aloe vera is there to deep cleanse off the makeup.

And there is no mention of any type of surfactant or any similar thing on the label. I wonder why these companies think that we are fools.


My Experience

The first turn on was that Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water actually does not contain alcohol. There is no smell of alcohol, neither any irritatingly cooling effect on skin (which is usually caused by alcoholic preparations).

On skin, it is pleasantly cooling.

It did not dry out the skin, not at all. But, it also did not moisturize. It leaves your skin the way it is.

I poured a lot of product on cotton pad and rubbed onto my eyes…. And to my surprise, there was no irritation in eyes. Half battle won.

Now let’s come to performance. How well it removed the makeup? See yourself in the pictures below. I am mentioning the brands of makeup used because how easily the makeup is removed depends not only on the quality of the remover but also on the quality of makeup. I have challenged Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Water against good quality water proof products.

First, I held the cotton (having product) on makeup for 3-4 seconds and swiped. I will be referring it as ‘swipe’. Afterwards, I rubbed for 5 seconds. I will be referring it as ‘rubbing’.

Foundation and Concealer

Mac concealer and Foundation
After Swipe
After Rubbing

After swipe, some foundation, and almost all concealer was left. After rubbing, everything was gone.

Thumbs Up!


L.A. Colors Eyeshadow
After Swipe

Eyeshadow was removed in one swipe. Another thumbs up!


Melin, L'Oreal Paris and Lotus Lipsticks
After Swipe
After Rubbing
After Rubbing Hard

As you can see, after swipe, Lotus was almost gone, but nothing happened to Melin and L’Oreal Paris. After rubbing, Melin was removed, but not L’Oreal. I literally had to rub hard for long to remove this.

Uff… I agree that L’Oreal Paris Lipstick is a very good one, but still, I would have been happier if Ponds Micellar Water was more efficient in removing this.

Eye Makeup

After Swipe
After Rubbing
After Rubbing Hard

Pictures are speaking for themselves. After rubbing, eyeliner was not removed. But with more efforts, everything was removed.


No Alcohol

Pleasant fragrance

Pleasant on skin

No irritation in eyes

Convenient packaging


Makeup removing abilities are not of the best category

Does it fulfill its Claims

Let’s see claim wise:

  • Waterproof Makeup Removal: Yes, it does
  • 100% Alcohol Free: Yes, it is
  • 5 Times Brightening Power: No
  • Non-oily/sticky: Yes
  • 99% eye makeup removal: Yes, but after a lot of efforts
  • Can be used for all skin types: Yes
  • Leaves skin hydrated: Mmm… Yes
  • Gently press to swipe makeup off. No rinsing required: No. Rinsing is required

Final Verdict

The best part is, Ponds Vitamin Micellar Water does not contain alcohol and does not irritate eyes.

And while it could not easily remove Melin and L’Oreal Lipsticks and MAC eyeliner, but still, the performance is not that bad.

Rating*: 4/5

Will I buy it again: I will first try other options. But I may come back to this.

Do I Recommend: Yes, till you find a better one.


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