Is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water a Dupe?

For a few month now, I’ve been hearing about how great micellar cleansing waters are for gently removing makeup, but I honestly thought — how? It’s just a bottle of water! Turns out, I’ve been wrong. As a beauty blogger I’m always testing out new products, usually on a day to day basis and my product theory is pretty simple: the product either works or it doesn’t. Whether I’m swatching products on the back of my hand or trying out a new foundation, at the end of the day I need something that works. It has to be quick, easy to use and remove every trace of hard to remove eyeliner swatches and long-wearing lipsticks.

The new Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water just hit my local CVS, and I paid about £5 for 13.5 oz, howeveryou can do a life saver by buying it in Poundland. So if the Garnier works, we’re talking major savings here.

Okay, so what’s micellar water?

I had to do a little research here, because this was so foreign to me, but I found this great article on Huffington Post that explains it all.

According to board-certified dermatologist Hadley King of Skinney Medspa, micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. “The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin,” she says. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one. — Huffington Post

I’m a big fan of micellar waters and when I first got into the whole beauty/skincare/makeup scene I made the assumption that they weren’t worth purchasing as they were just overpriced spring water, I was naive and wrong but when I finally did try one I was sold straight after my first cotton pad soaked in the stuff. Now a huge cleansing water addict I can say amongst the many other micellar waters I’ve tried Garnier is one that comes out on top, it’s like a magnet for makeup, oil and dirt.

As someone with dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin I loved that this was non-drying, non-irritating and didn’t cause any flareups. It’s such a soothing and refreshing product and legitimately feels like a cool, refreshing bath for your skin. People with oily or combination skin needn’t fret just yet as it’s also light, non-greasy and non-oily making it perfect for all skintypes.


Results of removing eye makeup from both eyes with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Left: results after first cleanse. Right: results after second cleanse.


Results of removing eye makeup from both eyes with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Left: results after first cleanse. Right: results after second cleanse.

A major skincare addict, means cleansing twice is something I class as an essential step in my skincare routine, especially if I’ve worn makeup throughout the day. I start by cleansing once to remove makeup and cleanse again to remove any dirts & oils that have built up on my skin throughout the day. Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water helps to completely simplify my skincare routine (and it is perfect for use after cleansing oils because it removes any residue that’s left behind)

I’ve even experimented with using this AFTER cleansing twice with a cream or oil cleanser and it still managed to find the smallest little bits of dirt and makeup that were left on my face and removed them.

In terms of Lipstick it struggles to remove waterpoof/longwearing lipsticks, glosses and stains but it does great at removing most lipsticks and glosses and remains of faded lip colour.

I like to soak a few cotton pads in cleansing water and put them in a ziplock bag for on-the-go use, they’re much more refreshing than face wipes, and not to mention a heck of a lot more effective at cleansing the skin and removing makeup and like face wipes it doesn’t need to be rinsed off.

Overall Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water is a fantastic product and the way it cleanses the skin is like magic. For less than £10 for 400ml I’m so glad that there is now a budget friendly option for micellar water lovers who don’t want to spend a lot of money.

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