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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

garnier_miscellar cleansing water

After last week’s Lip Rock debacle I honestly didn’t want to try any new products ever again, but then I pulled myself together and remembered that I’m a beauty blogger DAMMIT! I’m here to road test these sometimes silly/most times amazing products for you all and make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes as me. So when I saw an ad for Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water with Carrie Bickmore telling me how amazing and time saving it is I immediately thought “what the hell is this shit!” and dismissed it. But like all annoying ads I kept seeing it and seeing it and of course my little beauty blogger brain kept whispering “you know you want to try this out so come on over to the dark side” so I caved and bought it!

First off I don’t even know what the eff “micellar” is and I suspect that it’s one of those made up beauty buzzwords a la “anti-ageing” and “blur-technology”. Garnier claim Micelles “are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing” – sooooo in other words it’s fancy water, and for $9 a bottle is sure is fancy!

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OK, now in saying all of that I BLOODY LOVE Micellar Cleaning Water!! I was shocked as I find most Garnier products very hit and miss. It’s a 3-in-1 product, which is a winner for me as you all know I’m pretty lazy when it comes to my skin care routine, so the less I have to do the better! It’s a make-up remover, cleanser and toner in one. All you have to do is squirt a make-up pad with it and wipe your face and voila make up gone. I was so shocked that I didn’t have to vigorously rub my eye make-up off (as just between you and me that new Kat Von D eyeliner is a tad hard to get off, which is strange as the black one is so easy) and after about 2-3 pads my face is clean and soft. Check out how much gunk comes off! (below)

dirty makeup pads

I’ve been using this for the last 5 days or so and so far so good. I’ve found it hasn’t been drying my skin out which was my biggest fear. I know it’s seems a little pricey at $9 a bottle but it claims to have 200 uses so it works out to something like 5c a wipe! Big ticks from me on this one, have you tried Micellar Water? Are you a fan?

28 replies »

  1. I wish my skin loved this but it doesn’t and I have tried so many times! It irritates it like hell! So I’ve stuck to the Bioderma one. Glad it worked for you hun x


  2. I haven’t tried a micellar water, but I’m hearding so many food things! I’m seriously considering picking this one up, after reading your review, and so many other positive reviews. I’ve heard they’re great for a pre-cleanse and makeup removal, and considering the fact that my current cleanser/makeup remover is a tad pricey (for me!) it would definitely be good to use the water as a makeup remover and my other cleanser as, well, a cleanser 😉


    • Hey Erin – this is definitely a super make-up remover! I was so surprised to see all the gunk that had come off – so gross but so satisfying LOL! I’d love to know what you think 🙂 xo

  3. Have used the Bioderm one for a while but got the Garnier one last time with no apparent loss of effectiveness. I have to say I swear by the Neutrogena makeup remover facial wipes and use them first. They are great for stubborn eye makeup. Still get loads of ooey stuff on the cotton pad with the micellar water afterwards, though!

    • I really should check out Bioderm. I’m not a huge fan of face wipes – I feel like they just smoosh my makeup around and I have to use a wash or remover anyway. So far this stuff is pretty awesome 🙂

  4. I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks. I like that it makes my face feel fresh but I’m still not convinced all my make up is coming off.

  5. I have been obsessing about these micellar waters for months LOL! Now I waaaant! Did you feel like it got everything off or did you have to wash your face after boo? xo

    • I’d only heard of this in like the last 2 weeks or so – I’m always so late to the party LOL!! I feel like it gets everything off, my eye makeup is always the worst with waterproof mascaras and inch thick liner and this gets every last skerrick off! Once I’m cleansed I wait about a minute for my face to dry and then moisturise and I’m good to go 🙂 xo

  6. So you know how you said you didn’t know what it was? I didn’t either so I librariand it and apparently, “micellar waters are free of soap and alcohol they are a more gentle alternative to harsh face wipes”. Then I found this, “A micelle (/maɪˈsɛl/) or micella (/maɪˈsɛlə/) (plural micelles or micellae, respectively) is an aggregate of surfactant molecules dispersed in a liquid colloid” and I am not sciency so it was completely unhelpful. I vote we go back to ground up unicorn tail 🙂

  7. So jealous! I’ve always wanted to try this, but I don’t think they sell this at stores here in the US. Hearing how good it is just makes me want to try it more! Ahh, may just have to bite the ball and order it online..

    Kristina || THEUGLYGIRLSCLUB xo

  8. I was so close to buying this today because so many people have recommended it recently! The only thing that stopped me was the fact I’ve a wedding to go to in a few days and don’t want to risk aggravating my skin before it… But you’ve now persuaded me to buy it first thing Saturday morning after the wedding!

  9. I really want to try this one! I’m just using up a smaller bottle of the Marcelle water and I have heard a lot of good things about this one.

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