It has actually been almost a month since I decided that I really want to blog, but I can already say that blogging is a crazy industry. First of all, bloggers buy so much stuff that is unnecessary. I mean I don’t even know why I had the need to buy all the different Garnier Micellar Cleaninsing Waters, but I did, so now you’re getting a review.
I use a micellar water every time I wear makeup to remove it before washing my face with an actual cleanser. All of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Waters claim to efficiently yet gently remove make-up, impurities and dirt, however each one also has a different benefit that differentiates them.
Micellar Cleansing Water Even For Sensitive Skin £4.99
This one is the ‘original’ Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as it came out a couple of years ago. I remember every beauty blogger and beauty guru on YouTube used to rave about this. I had never actually heard about micellar water makeup removers before the rave reviews, so I decided to give it a go and that’s how I discovered my favourite way to remove makeup. This one claims that it soothes the skin and is suitable for even sensitive skin. I don’t have sensitive skin, but I have really sensitive eyes. I mean water burns my eyes, so many products do not work for me. For example, cleansing balms and cleansing milks are like acid to my eyes. When I tried this for the first time, I was scared that it’s going to be one of those products that will irritate my eyes, but I was ecstatic when I discovered that it doesn’t. Before this, I used to use makeup remover wipes to remove makeup and we all know how bad they are for the skin, so I never looked back after trying this product. Over the years I’ve tried a couple of different micellar waters, but I always come back to this one, because it’s affordable and it just removes my makeup so easily. I found that many other micellar waters do irritate my eyes or it’s just quite difficult to remove eye makeup with them even though I never wear waterproof makeup. Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is almost identical to this, however I found that the Bioderma micellar water removes my makeup slightly quicker, but it’s like double the price for only 250ml, so I always come back to this one. I have gone through multiple bottles of this over the years and I always purchase the mini version when I travel and even though I’ve now tried all the other micellar waters from the Garnier range, this one is still my favourite.
Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water For Dry & Sensitive Skin £5.99
I discovered this a little over year ago when I was picking up some skincare at Boots and as soon as I saw it I picked it up without even reading what it says on the bottle. This one states that it nourishes the skin and removes even waterproof makeup and it’s actually slightly more expensive than the rest of them. I thought the oil-infused concept was cool, because it wouldn’t dry my skin out and keep it moisturised on the lazy days. I began using it straight away and I found that it didn’t remove my eye makeup as easily as the original one and I instantly knew I wouldn’t repurchase. However, I kept using it as I didn’t want to waste it. Then the lazy days came where I wouldn’t wash my face with an actual cleanser after removing my makeup and I discovered that this breaks me out like crazy. Normally, I always wash my face after removing makeup, because these micellar waters only remove makeup from the surface, so it’s best to double cleanse. In reality this doesn’t always happen, because sometimes us humans are too lazy or just too tired to do a full skincare routine which I normally justify with the ‘no rinsing required’ marketing statement, but when they happened and I used this particular product my skin was not having it and I couldn’t understand why. Then I read the bottle which stated that it’s for dry skin. I felt stupid, because I thought the product is terrible, but in reality I used to have oily skin, but now it’s more on the combination side, so I have to be careful with oil based products as some of them can be too heavy for my skin which can cause breakouts. This is definitely not for me, but I think this would be really good for someone whose skin is actually dry. I will continue using this though as I discovered that it’s amazing when it comes to removing matte lipsticks such as the NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks which are quite difficult to remove with the original Garnier micellar water.
Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99
Back in April my husband and I went to Latvia for a week to visit my mum and I actually forgot to bring my makeup remover, so I had to borrow hers and this is the one she was using. This one is specifically made for oily skin and it states that it is formulated with purifying agents which help to fight the appearance of imperfections, blemishes and shine. In all honesty, I don’t really see much of a difference between this one and the original one. Looking at the ingredients, the only difference between them is the fact that this one contains alcohol which definitely is good for blemishes, however it can be very drying for the skin. If you wash your face with an actual cleanser after removing your makeup this wouldn’t make any difference to your skin, so I’d say stick to the original one. However, this would be really good as a toner after washing your face with a cleanser and before moistruising if you do have breakouts.
Micellar Cleansing Water For Combination and Sensitive Skin £4.99
Lastly we have this one which I purely bought to write this blog post (hopefully my introduction makes sense now). This one is made for combination skin and its benefit is that it mattifies the skin. I found that this one also doesn’t remove the makeup as well as the original one or the Pure Active one, but it really does mattify the skin. However, I don’t really see the importance of this if you’re planning to wash your face straight after, but if you have shiny skin and you’re going straight to the gym after work or Uni/school or you decide to go to the beach and just want to remove your makeup then I do see how this could be useful.
In summary, there isn’t much of a difference between them besides the oil-infused micellar water which is not suitable for oily/combination skin, so you can go for any of them and it will do the job. My personal favourite is still the original one and I love that it’s in the pink packaging as I’ve been loving the colour pink recently. Hopefully this review was helpful and now you know the difference between them and hopefully it helps you to decide which one to go for. I do really recommend this product as makeup removal is an important step in a skincare routine and this one is by far the best makeup remover I’ve tried which doesn’t break my budget or make me blind.
If you have tried any of them before, please let me know what you think about them in the comment section below.