Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – breakup with your makeup

Things I Like | April 10, 2015 | By

There are an array of cleansers out there. The beauty market is swamped with them. Foams, oils, balms and now more recently cleansing waters. I was dubious at first, isn’t this just glorified water? But the more reviews I read online from beauty bloggers, the more I wanted to try one out.
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Cleansing waters are very gentle on your skin, as they contain none of the foaming detergents found in other cleansers. Instead, they use a technology called ‘micellar’ that grabs the dirt off your skin like a magnet and lifts it away, meaning there is no need to rub or rinse afterwards with water.
I spotted the new Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for combination & sensitive skin on offer in Boots for a couple of pounds. Normally priced at £4.99, which for a 400ml bottle that claims to have enough for 200 uses, I rate as great value for money.
It’s very simple to use, just grab a cotton pad and apply a few drops from the bottle, swiping it over your skin. I used three cotton pads to remove my makeup. I found it was very good at removing mascara (not waterproof I might add) and it didn’t sting my eyes. I have a natural tendency to want to rub, but as there was so much makeup left on the pad, I didn’t feel the need. I love how your skin feels afterwards, with no tightness or residue. As an added benefit, it leaves no lingering scent on your face either, despite a slightly chemical smell from the bottle.
 So is this the answer for a lazy girl’s cleansing problems? 
Well, it all depends on your makeup routine. If you wear minimal makeup, I believe this will do the job of removing it fully. But if you have heavier makeup applied, you will definitely need to double cleanse and finish up with a cleansing balm. With that being the case, surely it defeats the purpose of not having to rinse afterwards? Although there is a debate on whether you should apply micellar water first or after. If you’re feeling really tired however, a quick swipe of this will be better than using a drying facial wipe!
The bottle isn’t travel friendly, and so is not as convenient as taking a packet of face wipes on holiday with you (or to a music festival). However, if you really want to get away from using wipes, it wouldn’t be hard to transfer some of the product to a small travel bottle.
Another good use is for erasing any makeup mistakes. A couple of drops on a q-tip and a gentle dab around the area, quickly removes the mistake without fuss or disturbing the rest of your makeup. In fact if you were to use it just for that, one bottle would last a long time.
I do like the Garnier ‘s micellar water and would purchase it again – their products have never failed to impress me (I’m a fan of the BB cream).
Micellar waters may not be an essential product for your cleansing routine, but they are handy to have around on those days you have less makeup on, just want to freshen up your face, or need to erase any mistakes. Not forgetting they are gentler on your skin than foaming cleansers/wipes!
So what do you think about cleansing waters? Would you use one before or after if double cleansing?


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    January 24, 2016

    I use the pink version of this (for sensitive skin) any I love it. I can’t bear not to rinse it off though which probably defeats the whole purpose of it but my skin is very sensitive (and tends towards being very red). Since I started using this the redness & dryness I suffer had lessened considerably I agree that if you have a lot of makeup on it needs a hand. I tend to use a creamy cleanser first to get off heavy makeup and finish with micellar water. I wouldn’t be without it though. It’s been a game changer in my face care!

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    Sarah Trivuncic
    April 29, 2015

    I’ve not used the micellular water but L’Oreal do a micellular gel eye make up remover which I’ve been delighted with as for the first time in years I’ve found something that doesn’t irritate either my eyes or skin around them.

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      April 16, 2015

      Thank you. I haven’t been disappointed by any of their products yet. It’s nice to know a reliable brand!

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    April 10, 2015

    I was a bit sceptical of micellar waters at first but since trying the original Garnier one, I’m a complete convert! I really want to try this new one though, great review 🙂

    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

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      April 16, 2015

      Thank you. I bought it thinking I won’t be impressed but was pleasantly surprised!

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