Review: Garnier Micellar Water – Is it worth the hype?

Review: Garnier Micellar Water – Is it worth the hype?

Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water has received quite a bit of attention from bloggers lately, so I started using it to decide for myself. Here’s what I found…

I have been using the Pure Active variant as a make-up remover and cleanser for about a month now and I must say, I can’t imagine not using it as part of my daily routine!

The Pure Active Water is a thin liquid, as the name suggests,  like water. It doesn’t have a strong smell – according to the packaging, it is paraben and perfume-free. I have very sensitive skin but had no issues with this product, no burning, no redness.

I normally wear waterproof mascara because I wear contacts and my eyes tend to water a lot, but I am sure all you waterproof-wearing ladies will know – it is never an easy job to get it off! I have been looking for a cleanser that easily removes make-up without having to wipe or pull my skin for so long, I almost feel the need to order this by the palette load in case I run out! I can clearly see the difference this product has made to my skin, especially around my eye area – the skin is much more nourished, less dry and itchy. Less skin pulling = less wrinkled eyes = anti-aging winner.

To be honest, I was surprised how much dirt came off my face when I first started using it – especially in the mornings, when I would normally consider my face to be clean. Eeeuw! Due to this, I might have developed a slight obsession with cleaning my face and I feel incomplete without my Micellar Cleansing Water nearby.

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How I use it:

Before I shower:

I remove my make-up with the Micellar Cleansing Water. I usually need a few cotton balls to get rid of all my make-up but it removes everything so easily. Once done I am ready to wash my face in the shower. I find that my skin is so much cleaner doing this and that my moisturiser can absorb into my skin better.

In the mornings:

I wipe my face with the Micellar Cleansing Water before toning and applying moisturiser. There is no need to rinse your face after using the Micellar Water, but I like to splash with some cold water to wake-up and start the morning feeling refreshed.

The verdict:

If you want to give it a try, I would definitely recommend it! It is a very affordable cleanser that works really well – a must have in my beauty bag.



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  1. Sorika
    February 17, 2017 / 6:18 am

    So going to try it. 🙂

  2. February 17, 2017 / 9:39 am

    So when you’re using this product you don’t use any other form of make-up wipe, etc? Just this and a cloth I guess? I’ve found when I’ve used anything other than a make-up wipe (though usually I’ve tried more cream-like formulas) it just hasn’t worked for me. I might have to give this a go!

    • February 17, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Hi Lauren! I put the Micellar Water onto cotton balls and use that to wipe my entire face – it removes all traces of makeup. I suppose you could use a cloth but I like that I can dispose of the cotton balls – less washing to do 🙂 I have tried creamy formulas before too and found that they made my eyes burn. When I bought the Micellar Water I was quite skeptical at first – it just looks like normal water and doesn’t smell like much but it works really well. Give it a try and let me know what you think 🙂

      • February 20, 2017 / 3:06 pm

        Thanks a lot, that’s really helpful! I’ve bought it today and I’m going to give it a try!

        • February 21, 2017 / 4:01 am

          Hi Lauren, that is awesome – let me know what you think! 🙂

  3. Sorika
    February 22, 2017 / 5:44 am

    Hi. I went out and bought this item as soon as I saw your blog and I must say I LOVE it. It really does remove all traces of make-up. It doesn’t make my eyes sting and my face feels so much cleaner and refreshed. I also have super sensitive skin and this did not trigger any negative reactions. I think this item is now a permanent must have for me. 🙂

    • February 22, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Hi Sorika, that is great! What an awesome product – enjoy! 😊

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