Hi everyone, today I have a round up of the micellar cleansing water products I’ve been using lately. During one of my trips to Target I noticed they had a promotion going on for the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.99/13.5 oz). By that time I’ve already been using the Bioderma Sébium H2O ($12.95/250 ml) and the Caudalie Cleansing Water $28/6.7 oz) and was a huge fan, so I decided to make a purchase and give it a try.
I ended up purchasing both the pink and blue version of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. They both do the same job, which is to remove makeup and cleanse the face. However, the blue one is a Bi-Phase cleanser made to remove even stubborn waterproof makeup. So I took the both of these home and gave them a test run. I must say I was very impressed.
Before spilling my thoughts about the products let me just sum up my facial cleansing routine:
1 – I use an eye makeup remover for mascara, eyeliner and shadow
2 – Then I remove face makeup with a makeup remover, either a cleansing water, cleansing wipe or a cleansing oil
3 – I use either a foam or wash to cleanse the face (i.e., Kate Somerville’s Gentle Daily Wash)
4 – If it’s necessary and I’m not being uber lazy I’ll use a type of treatment, such as the ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment or the EradiKate® Acne Treatment
(obviously Kate Somerville’s been really nice to me ;))
5 – And last but not least, I moisturize
Before this, my cleansing routine was to just wash and moisturize. But I realized that for someone who puts on makeup everyday a more efficient system was needed. I first fell in love with cleansing waters after using the Bioderma Sebium. After using it I felt like my skin was gradually changing. It felt smoother, brighter and, simply put, it felt cleaner. So the strong relationship I have with the Bioderma motivated me to purchase others.
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water was surprisingly a great competitor. I love that there isn’t a strong scent, which can sometimes make it or break it. It’s gentle on the skin. My skin didn’t feel tight or dry afterwards. And best of all , I felt the same results as with my Bioderma. I have to add these bottles are big and will last you a long time.
The Caudalie comes from a more luxurious brand, hence the price tag, and has a grape juice smell to it. At first, the smell was a big enough reason for me to stop using it, especially because I don’t like the smell and can’t stand the taste of grape juice. However, I still have the bottle and use it when my other micellar waters are nowhere to be found. It does get the job done, which is to remove my makeup. And the smell is slowly growing on me.
Now for the Simple wipes, I also bought these from Target while they were on sale. That’s the nice thing about drugstore beauty products. They almost always go on sale!!!
I like the idea of using a wipe to remove my makeup when I’m too lazy to turn on the faucet. However, I don’t ever feel that my face is ‘clean’ when using this. I always find myself using these as a cotton pad to apply other micellar waters or my eye makeup remover.
So overall, my top picks would be the Bioderma and the Garnier at a close second. The Bioderma can be purchased from Beautylish and the Garnier can be found at Target, Walgreens, CVS and other drug store retailers.
What do you guys think? Is anyone thinking of including a micellar water into their cleansing routine? If so, I’d love to hear what you think.