Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

23rd April 2015
You know when you read endless rave reviews of a product and then when you try it yourself, you’re left feeling a little underwhelmed? Well that’s what’s happened when I tried the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.
 
I don’t recall ever reading a negative review on this cleansing water, but for me it just didn’t live up to the hype.. especially as so many people have described it as being a ‘dupe’ for Bioderma, which it certainly isn’t. 
 
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a 400ml bottle which claims to give 200 uses, which I’m not entirely sure I believe as I’ve used it for around a three weeks and it’s half finished and I definitely haven’t used it 100 times – maybe 40 max?
 
Described as being a hypo-allergenic, fragrance free cleansing water which removes makeup without the need for rubbing or rinsing. Again I’d have to disagree regarding the scent.. Bioderma is totally fragrance free but this Garnier Cleansing Water smells like mud, and I don’t like that I can smell it on my skin post-cleanse.
 
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99

In terms of being a makeup remover, it does remove makeup.. but not as effectively as Bioderma. I’ve found that I need upto six cotton pads when using the Garnier Cleansing Water to remove my face and eye makeup, but with Bioderma it takes me no more than two.

I also find that it’s not as gentle on my dry skin, and that it leaves my face feeling quite tight and in need of urgent moisturisation which again isn’t something I’ve ever experienced in the two years I’ve been using Bioderma.

I know the Garnier Cleansing Water is ‘cheaper’ than Bioderma, but it’s actually better value for me to buy Bioderma as a 250ml bottle of Bioderma is £10.20 from Escentual, and it lasts me for two and a half to three months as a makeup remover whereas the Garnier Micellar Water won’t last me six weeks so yes the initial outlay is more affordable, but in the long run Bioderma is much better value and it’s a lot more gentler on my dry skin too.

I know a lot of people love this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, and whenever I write a negative review people seem to take it personally. However skincare works differently for everyone and I’m just not a fan and trust me, I wanted to like it but I really don’t. I honestly think that the L’Oreal 3 in 1 Micellar Solution is a much better alternative to Bioderma if you have dry skin like myself.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 1
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