Review & Comparison: Micellar Waters

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Today I thought I would do a review and comparison of two micellar waters, the L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution & the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. If you don't know what a micellar water is, it's basically a new advancement on makeup removers, they have been around for the past few years but more recently have started to become popular. The waters are just waters with added scientific ingredients to allow it to melt away makeup with ease while also cleansing the skin. If you want to read more about the science behind it, you can read it here: 
The trend started with Bioderma when they released their Crealine H2O Micelle Solution, this became very popular in the beauty world and soon after, other brands started to catch on. The waters I will be reviewing today are both drugstore waters and can easily be found in shops, unlike Bioderma which can mainly be found on Amazon. I've tried and tested both of these waters and I would like to share my opinion of them. 

 L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution 200ml:

Price: £4.99

Product Description: Used by makeup artists, this solution feels as gentle as water on your skin but acts like a makeup remover, toner and skin soother all in one. Purifies and soothes. Swiftly dissolving all traces of makeup, the 'micellar' solution acts like a purifying magnet on the skin's surface to capture and draw out excess oil and impurities rather than spreading them around your face like some wipes can. So gentle, skin feels soothed and toned.

I had a love/hate relationship with this water. It seemed to do everything that the description claims, it removed makeup semi-well, it soothed the skin after use as it did seem to tone the skin as well as cleanse, it was fragrance free and it felt as thin as water. But, it took more effort to remove makeup than it made out. What I got from the description is that, it removes makeup easily and swiftly. This was not the case, I had to rub quite harshly on the skin to remove all of my makeup successfully, especially around the eye area. This also meant I was required to use excess water to remove it all and as the bottle only contains 200ml, it felt as though this was a waste of product and  I thought, for the price, there should have been more of the water. The shape of the bottle also made it difficult to pour out the water without pouring out too much and therefore wasting even more product however, I did like the overall design of the bottle. It was simple yet eye-catching, the colours used were bright and appealed to the target audience. I just think the shape of the bottle could have been different to make it easier to retrieve the product inside. 

Overall: It does remove makeup semi-well, although it is more difficult than what is described. It leaves the skin soft and gives you a well cleansed feeling without any fragrance or that tight-skin feeling. The bottle has a nice design  but the overall shape could be changed to make it easier. I also think more product could be given for the price of £4.99 as you have to use a fair amount has to be used in order to remove all traces of makeup. Personally, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as I feel there are better products out there for the same price.

Score Out Of 10: 7/10

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml:

Price: £4.99

Product Description: A super efficient and gentle way to cleanse, remove makeup, soothe the feel of skin and hydrate in just one step – it’s not magic, it’s Garnier Micellar!Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse. The result? Beautifully cleansed and refreshed feeling skin in an instant. The formula is suitable for the face, eye area and lips, has no perfume and comes in a generous 400ml size. 

I liked this water, it removed makeup well with minimal force, even around the eye area, it cleansed the skin well and had no fragrance to it. It did seem to clear up my skin a bit and after a few uses my skin looked visibly brighter. Although, the description does say that it also hydrates the skin, I don't think this is true. I found that it dried up the skin, but only a little bit, and made it a little tight, this meant I had to either use more moisturiser or use a more heavy duty moisturiser. I have combination skin and so I find that I can get some drier patches on my skin, this didn't help that at all and possibly made it worse. Using more moisturiser did help but I would prefer to use my regular amount. The amount of product given in the bottle was a generous amount and as little was needed to remove a full face of makeup, the bottle seemed to last a long time. As for the bottle itself, it's very simple yet eye catching and appealing to the target audience, the bottle allows easy access to the product without pouring out too much product, resulting in waste product. What I liked about the bottle is that it stated how many uses, roughly, the 400ml of product will give you, it estimated around 200 uses. That, for me, lasted around two months and I think that's great value for the given price. 

Overall: It removed makeup well with minimal force, cleanses the skin well and is fragrance free. Great value for the price, little is needed in one use to remove all traces of makeup. Nice, eye-catching bottle that appeals to the target audience. Although, it does make the skin a little tight and can dry out the skin but only a little bit. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with dry or normal/dry skin as it will just dry it out more however, I would recommend this to anyone with any other skin type. 

Score Out Of 10: 8/10


Overall, both waters were satisfactory and of course they both had disadvantages. They both cleansed the skin well, were fragrance free and had simple but eye-catching and appealing bottles. As far as product value goes, I think the Garnier one has a better value for money as it came with a whole 200ml more of product and less was needed to remove all traces of makeup. The Garnier one was also easier to pour than the L'Oreal one was as the shape of the bottle was more suited. If I had to choose between them, I would choose the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I feel like it was overall better for my skin, even though it did dry it out a little bit but that can be easily fixed. It was a better value for money as more product was given for the same price and it just did a better job than the L'Oreal water. So I would recommend the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water over the L'Oreal Paris 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope this helped. Make sure to read my other posts and check out my social media links. 

Caitlin x

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