Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

For someone like me, who doesn’t stray too far away from my skincare routine, there are nights when I am just not in the mood to go through the whole ritual of first cleanse, second cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturize. As tired and as lazy I can get some nights, I still make it a priority to always ALWAYS remove my day’s makeup no matter what. That’s why I love using micellar waters, particularly the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

A few years ago, I did a review on the Bioderma micellar water and really liked it. Since then, there are more drugstore options (at more affordable prices) and the Garnier version is one of them – and in my opinion, is just as effective as Bioderma, if not better.

Micellar cleansing waters are basically meant to replace washing your face with regular water. These formulas have the consistency of water and are loaded with ‘micelles’ which are small oil molecules suspended in a ball of water that attract dirt and oil, therefore making it ideal for cleansing your face.

The Garnier cleanser is fragrance-free and oil free and comes in two formulas: regular and one designed to remove waterproof makeup. I did try and finish up a travel size bottle of the regular Garnier cleanser (pink cap) and really liked that one, so I decided to go try out the dual-phase, waterproof formula (blue cap) in the full size. It is good for all skin types.

It takes me about saturated 3 cotton pads to remove all traces of makeup from my face with this cleanser. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped – it actually feels fresh, just like I washed it with a traditional cleanser and water.  Afterwards I will simply go in with my nighttime moisturizer.

Honestly, I don’t feel that there is much of the difference between the two formulas. Although, even though both are oil-free, the waterproof one does feel every-so-slightly ‘oilier’ compared with the regular formula. As far as cleansing abilities, I don’t find the waterproof formula to work any better  than the regular version – both will not take off my waterproof mascara completely – I will always go in with an eye makeup remover anyway. So, for those reasons – the next time I purchase this, I will repurchase the regular formula.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a ‘back-up’ for those lazy nights you just can’t even drum up the strength to walk up to your bathroom sink for a proper cleanse. This is also a quick and easy morning cleanser for a fast refresh just to wipe away any oils that have accumulated on your skin overnight. The travel size versions would be great to throw in your purse along with a few cotton pads, if you need a little refresh on a hot, humid day or after a workout, or to fix any makeup mishaps throughout your day.

I purchase this big 400ml bottle on sale at the drugstore for $7.98 CDN and will definitely be repurchasing the regular version.

Have you tried this micellar water?  Like or dislike?  Any other favourites?

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Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A while ago I reviewed the Bioderma Micellar Water and this was my first introduction into the world of micelles!  I have (almost) swore off makeup wipes in favour of using micellar waters on those days/nights when I’m just too lazy to give my face a good “real” cleansing.

I really like the Bioderma but I’m not so fond of the price (around $20 Cdn for 250ml (on sale)). I had my eye on the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for quite some time and as soon as I ran out of the Bioderma I purchased the Simple one for only $7 Cdn (for almost 200ml):

I’m just going to jump in and say it:  I LOVE THIS STUFF. BETTER THAN BIODERMA! I know, it’s a stretch (because of Bioderma’s cult following), but seriously, the Simple water is so effective at removing all my makeup with ease.  I soak just one round cotton pad, use both sides and my makeup is all gone.  For my waterproof eye makeup, I still go in first with a separate eye makeup remover, but the Simple is able to remove any last bits that may have been left behind.

Also, just comparing the Bioderma to the Simple, I noticed that the Simple has no taste (I will sometimes swipe the waters over my lips to remove lipstick). When I lick my lips after using the Bioderma, it’s like I get a subtle alcohol taste; with Simple, I taste nothing.

Another bonus: Bioderma can leave my face feeling ever so slightly tight after using; Simple does not!

I highly recommend the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water to anyone who wants an alternative to makeup wipes or to the more pricey Bioderma. This is the micellar water I’ll be repurchasing over and over again (dare I say, forever??).  I just wish it came in a bigger bottle!!

I give the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this cleansing water?  Like or dislike?  What’s your fave cleansing water?

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Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Water

I’ve been wanting to hop on the micellar water bandwagon for some time now. After reading reviews about various brands that have their own version, I settled on my first try to be with the most widely reviewed and popular of micellar waters — Bioderma Sensibo H2O.

On lazy days, I admit, I will use makeup wipes to remove all my makeup (sometimes without rinsing or cleansing afterwards, eek!). The appeal of a micellar water is that you can use it to remove all your makeup without having to worry about following up with a cleanser.

Intially, I purchased the Bioderma Sebium H2O, which is the micellar water they make for combo/oily skin. I tried this once; yes it did remove all my makeup quite well, however, it stung my eyes and left my skin feeling tight and dry. Although I do have combo/oily skin, this formula was too strong for me. (Those with oilier skin, might find this tolerable).  So, I went back to the drugstore and exchanged it for the Bioderma Sensibo H2O which is formulated for sensitive skin.

This solution is virtually fragrance-free and has the consistency of, well, water! I soak 2 cotton pads with enough Bioderma to clean my entire face. First, I hold the cotton pads over closed eyes for about 20 seconds and wipe my mascara and eye makeup away with gently swipes. I turn the pads over and use them to wipe off the rest of my face makeup. After I’m finished, the pads are pretty much covered with all of my makeup — awesome!

This definitely leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture afterwards. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying that the Bioderma can remove all eye makeup, even waterproof, easily. Unfortunately, I can’t agree with this — yes, it does take MOST of it off, but I find that it doesn’t take ALL of it off (I always wear waterproof mascara so that makes it a bit tougher to remove anyway). What I’ll usually do is remove my eye makeup first with the Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover and then finish off my cleanse with the Bioderma. Overall though, this is a GREAT cleanser, so to speak, and I am not disappointed!

Now, let’s talk price. This is not cheap. I got this on at Shoppers drugmart for around $17.49 Cdn for the 250 ml and the little mini one I got for $5.99 Cdn — and these were sale prices at 20% off!

I’ve seen a few other micellar waters on the drugstore shelves — some of the more higher-end drugstore brands also have their version, like La Roche Posay and Vichy.  Of the “cheaper” brands, L’oreal has one. Apparently, Garnier has one, but I have yet to find this (some reviewers say it’s the closest dupe to the Bioderma; and Simple has come out with a version as well, which I haven’t found yet either.

I do like using the Bioderma. For some reason it makes me feel less guilty than using a facial wipe, as I feel like I really don’t need to rinse afterwards. I will probably continue to use the Bioderma, but until I find/try a cheaper version that does the same, I’ll stick to this for now.

I give the Bioderma Sensibo H2O: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this?  Like or dislike? Any suggestions on alternative micellar waters?

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