The Battle of the Cleansing Waters!

Micellar Solutions


Ever since I can remember, or maybe since I started caring, beauty writers have raved about Bioderma Micellar water, most recently in its Sensibo/Crealin H20 incarnation.

Beauty enthusiasts wax lyrical about its make up removal powers and the way it leaves the skin soft and undamaged. And I agree with this. It takes my makeup off really nicely (before I properly cleanse) and doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes in any way, shape or form.

The problem is, that in Australia, Bioderma is very new, and crazy expensive. That little tiny bottle in the photo above retails for $19.95 in Priceline. I went through half of it, only using it on heavy makeup days (which is maybe once or twice a week) in two months. Yikes.

So when I saw someone (and I really can’t remember who, but it might have been Megan) on YouTube raving about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water I thought it couldn’t hurt trying it out. In Priceline, this retails for $11.99 for 400ml. Nothing to lose in my opinion.

And can I say… I like the Garnier a whole lot more. I find it really takes my mascara off without any wiping or rubbing (no panda eyes when I am mid ‘proper’ cleanse) and my skin feels way more hydrated after using it. It may also be that I use it more liberally because it is cheaper, and for me that is a complete bonus. I keep my little bottle of Bioderma for travelling times, but I will definitely be holding onto the Garnier for a good long while.

This is not a cleanser in my opinion – I still cleanse my face every morning and night with a dedicated product. But for makeup removal, especially those more stubborn products like mascara and the Maybelline/MAC cream eyeshadows, this works like a dream.

Will you try the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water? Do you use the Bioderma?

Or have you tried another one I should know about?



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3 responses to “The Battle of the Cleansing Waters!

  1. BioDerma is just as expensive in South Africa, and I also had to slow down with using mine! It goes quickly!

  2. I have never used to bioderma so I can’t compare but I have been using the Garnier Micellar water and their toner for about a month now and loooooove it! X great post x

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