Originating from France (and pronounced ‘me-sell-air’), this cleansing water takes its name from the Micelle molecules it contains – each one a compound of tiny oil and water molecules that easily lift dirt and make-up.Â
Firstly, though, why choose Micellar cleanser over your existing makeup removing routine?
There are numerous reported benefits of Micellar Water most notably it’s suitability to those with sensitive skin.
Across the main brands, the most common benefits advertised are:
Skint – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (400ml)
Average price: AUD $12, Â£4-6, US $10
This Micellar Water is great for my sensitive, combination skin. I was dubious about using it on my eyes but it really does not sting at all. It generally takes one cotton pad for each eye and two on my face to remove all traces of make up and dirt. The 400ml bottle claims to give 200 applications and so far daily use hasn’t depleted volume too much.
You don’t need to rub very hard to remove your makeup, although old habits die hard. Does it work on waterproof mascara? Yes! Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t glide off but it is the easiest method I’ve ever tried. No soreness and no fuss.
I can’t say I’ve had any breakouts directly related to this product nor has it made my face oily after cleansing. When researching these products many hailed Micellar Water as the new complete cleansing regime i.e. No toning. I do however like to follow up with my toner as a back-up for missed dirt and also as a skin balancer.
Mint – Bioderm Crealine H20 Micelle Solution (500ml)
Average Price: AUD $40, Â£20, US $30
This is a serious contender on the market offering gentle, effective cleansing. It didn’t irritate my skin, nor did it cause any breakouts. I did have to use several pads to get a complete clean (a couple more than when I used the Garnier Water) and so at this price I’m not sure that it is at all cost effective. I don’t think it performed as well with removing waterproof mascara, but still heaps better than wipes/creams I’ve used in the past.
Garnier wins for me! Not only is it incredibly cost effective but bottom line is it works. It is so gentle that each time I use it I am still surprised at how light it feels and that there is no stinging or tightness afterwards. I sometimes wear heavy eye makeup and it removes it with ease. Biotherma is suitable for those with a higher budget who perhaps don’t wear as much makeup and therefore won’t need to use excessive amounts.
Overall though, they are both fantastic Micellar Water products and having used makeup removing wipes for years I’m proud to say I’m a Micellar convert. Â Have you tried a Micellar Water yet?
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Pps. I have no affiliations with any of the above brands and the views expressed are my own. I genuinely love this cleansing product! Please bear in mind my skin type is unique and I cannot guarantee you will experience the same results as me. I hope you do though!