I bought this little gem about two weeks ago after seeing it plastered over every single beauty blog in the last six months or so, being dubbed the cheap alternative to Bioderma cleansing water. Also it’s suitable for sensitive skin so pretty much everyone can use it. I also managed to convince my best buddy to grab herself a bottle in the process too, persuasive isn’t the word.
Before using this cleansing water, I was guilty of using make up wipes to remove my make up, yup that’s right, every single day! I’d just like to start off by saying how much better my skin feels now for ditching the face wipes! Don’t get me wrong, I still own plenty and they do come in handy when you fall in the door at 4am. But on a whole, i’ve been converted!
So, what is it? Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water is a make up remover and a cleanser which removes make up, cleanses and “hydrates” the face, which is something my faces is often in need of(mainly around the eye and cheek area). This solution is not greasy in the slightest and doesn’t leave your skin feeling leathery either, I hope everyone know’s what I mean by leathery because i’ve been sat here for ten minutes now trying to think of an alternative way to write that and came up with nothing.
I find that this micellar water removes face make up (i.e foundation, blusher, bronzer etc) with ease by simply gently wiping a doused cotton pad over my face, but I find that eye make up takes a little more elbow grease. On the front of the bottle it does state that this is specifically for removing make up from the face, eyes and lips and on the reverse states that you’ve “no need to rub to remove impurities and make up.” The method I use for my eye make up is holding a cotton pad over my eye and then slowly but gently wiping away but I find I need to do this a couple of times before it’s all gone. Saying that, it’s pretty much on par with the Rimmel Let it Go eye make up remover in the sense that it does eventually remove around 95% of eyeliner/mascara etc.
Another claim on this product is that it lasts up to 200 uses, based on 2ml per cotton pad. I don’t measure out the solution before applying to my cotton pads, no one does right? But I must be either using too much of the cleansing water per pad or this is just an unrealistic claim, I reckon this will probably last around 2-3 months with everyday use, which is around 90 uses.. hmm!
Overall, this is a pretty great product and i’ll probably re purchase this when it runs out or try to the L’oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution, although it is almost double the price(£3.33 for 200ml) of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, we shall see!