Removing it all (almost) with Polaar IcePure Micellar Water with Arctic Cotton

Polaar Ice has been making routine visits to my Look Fantastic and Glossy Boxes recently. This summer I tried and liked their sunscreen and now that my Marc Jacobs Youthquake trial has completed I will be trying out a sample size of one of their moisturizers.

After using cleansing oils (thank you on correcting me on how to properly use them Deanna after your comment on the SkinFix, I changed my use) and cleansing balms, it was interesting to use a non-oil liquid cleanser as my first step in a double cleanse.  As I used to use micellar water in general as my makeup remover, it isn’t an unfamiliar product, but it has been a while.

So what are the claims Polaar makes?

Purify and refresh your complexion with the Polaar Arctic Cotton Micellar Water; a luxurious, transparent fluid that expertly cleanses the skin, lips and eyes. without over-drying or uncomfortable tightness.

Harnessing the powers of Arctic Cotton, the gentle cleanser effortlessly eliminates dirt, pollution and even the most stubborn make-up to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. Delivers long-lasting moisture and hydration to leave skin feeling soft, supple and revitalised.

Ingredients: aqua (water), propanediol, peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, glycerin, eriophorum spissum flower/stem extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, codium tomentosum extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, parfum (fragrance), butylene glycol, citric acid, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, decylene glycol, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, linalool.

This treatment is formulated without parabens, alcohol or mineral oil. It has been tested under dermatological control.


Not too over the top in terms of claims.  So I tried using a little of this Polaar Ice Pure on a cotton round to take off a full face of makeup.Mostly so that I could more easily show the mlevel of makeup removal.

That was a bad idea.

The first thing I found was that the cotton round was not up to the task.  Applying toner, yes. Removing a full face of makeup, no. A full face of makeup was just too much product for the cotton round to handle.  The product did well with taking off the makeup, but the cotton round broke down.

too much makeup for the cotton round

So I turned to my Makeup Eraser (Incidentally they have a huge discount only for today with the code EGGNOG You get 60% off a 14 day set of daily use Makeup Erasers- the small square kind so you can change them out daily instead of using parts of the same one for the whole week. They are doing a 12 days of deals so there is a new deal each day. They reveal each one on the day of the sale and each one gets better I don’t know how they are going to beat 14 Makeup Erasers for only $20 but I’ll be checking in to see.) 

I used a bit of the Polaar Ice Pure on my Makeup Eraser and it worked really well removing all of my face makeup.  (I know Makeup Erasers work really well in general with makeup removal, but this just sort of bumped it up several degrees from just using water.

It was when I got to my eyes, that there was a difficulty.

While shadow and mascara were a breeze for this to remove, eyeliner was a bit difficult.  Thinking it might be the specific eyeliner, I pulled a couple of different ones to try out and had the same problem. 

eyeliner remains

In addition to testing it on removing the product from my eyes I drew a couple of lines on my hand and then tried to see what the issue might be.  I think that part of it is that with most eyeliners, you have to rub this product (and the cloth it is on) pretty hard to remove the eyeliners.  The other products didn’t require that much effort to remove.  I think that might just be the nature of eyeliner, at least good eyeliner. 

I just didn’t want to rub my eyes that hard.  Plus there is a second issue with this makeup remover and the eyes.  It stings.  I had a little bit of product get into my eyes every time I tried to use it to remove my eye makeup and it stung every time.  It wasn’t an unbearable pain and it faded quickly, but it still wasn’t pleasant. 

Makeup on (yes my lip liner got out of hand, sigh more on that in the Makeup bag post Friday) and then on the left makeup off. or mostly off

On my face however I really liked how it removed product.  It left the skin clean and didn’t feel tight in any way.  I would agree with the product description that my skin felt soft, supple and even revitalized (which typing that out makes me sound very much like i was working oil and polish into an old boot). I was however pleased with the product. I did use this as the first step in a double cleanse and my skin was almost completely clear of product. I had less residue than I expected. In fact the second cotton round I used with my toner, came out clean and lovely. (at the moment I am trying out a Murad Toner)

The only real issue is the eyes.  I currently have an eye makeup remover from Klorane that I want to test out, so I think I will be partnering that product with the Polaar to see how they team up.  It too is micellar water based (although designed for the eyes specifically) so hopefully they should pair well. Over all I did enjoy this cleanser and found it a gentle, but effective product on everything except eyeliner. I will happily use the rest of the bottle (avoiding my eyes) and I wouldn’t mind using this again as I feel it is worth the price.  In the future, I’ll just keep it away from my eyes.