If you wear makeup, then you know the struggle. I’ve gone through many brands and bottle of remover, cleansers and oils to see which takes the medal. I am still on this journey, so thought I would put 3 of the most popular micellar waters to the test and let you know my thoughts.
Micellar water is a much kinder to your skin when removing makeup and has become extremely popular in the past 5 years. Even though it’s been around for hundreds of years, it has taken while for it to catch on as much as it has recently. It’s basically just molecules of oil which get suspended in soft water, making it really gentle and efficient in removing all traces of makeup from your face.
Bioderma Micellar Water
This is one of the first I tried a few years ago and has completely withstood the test of time. It is very gentle on the eyes and is great at removing mascara and liquid liner. This particular one is for sensitive skin – they also have a green one (combination or oily skin) and a blue one (sensitive dehydrated skin). For me, this doesn’t have a scent, so is perfect for eye makeup and doesn’t leave any residue on the face after use.
Price: £10.50 for 250ml via Boots
Pros: Non-greasy, non-scented, gentle and leaves no residue after use.
Cons: Quite pricey and not great at waterproof mascara.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Released in 2014, this was a game changer because it was so affordable compared to it’s competitor (Bioderma) and claimed to offer the same benefits. Without going in to tremendous detail about the composition of the formula. I can only say how the product performed on my skin. For the price, it does a great job at removing makeup. I always do a second cleanse if I’m wearing makeup though.
Price: £3.33 for 400ml via Boots
Pros: Non-greasy, non-scented, gentle and leaves a very slight residue after use.
Cons: A great budget option, but doesn’t remove heavy makeup without a bit of ‘scrubbing’.
Garnier Skin Active – Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water
The newest release from Garnier is this Oil infused Cleansing water. I suppose the idea is the more oil is in the water, the better it will work.. Since taking these pictures, I have gone through all 3 bottles of these products and this was the only one that removed waterproof mascara. I’m not saying it didn’t take some time. But it did it in the end. The main things that bothered me about this one is that it seems to be really messy. Probably because of the oil. But I find it kind of jumps out of the bottle – it’s aim to miss any kind of cotton pad you have waiting for it. The last thing is the amount of residue on the skin. If your skin is dry, this will be perfect for you. But if you have combination or Oily skin. The amount of oil left after use might irritate you.
Price: £3.99 for 400ml via Boots
Pros: Removes waterproof mascara (eventually), is good value for money and feels moisturising.
Cons: Leaves an oily residue after use, leaks out of bottle and you have to shake the bottle in between each eye to homogenise the liquid.
Honestly? I don’t actually have an opinion. I would probably go for the normal Garnier one for the time being, or until I find something else. (I’m currently loving the new Loreal Micellar Water).Until they release something that will actually come to my house, make me hot chocolate, remove my makeup and brush my teeth for me. A makeup remover is a makeup remover.
This is not a sponsored post and all PR samples will be marked with an asterisk (*)