Saturday, 1 August 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Hey guys!

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I'll be honest with you, when I first purchased this I absolutely HATED it. I think I had been expecting it to be some sort of miracle product. I had also heard that it was a dupe for the infamous Bioderma which everybody and their mother raves about so I was instantly curious. I still haven't tried Bioderma so I can't actually give you a comparison on the two, sorry! It's a 400ml bottle and retails at €6.30 normally. I got mine in Boots and it was on sale for €4.20, a bargain really.

If you are unfamiliar with Bioderma I'll give you a little heads up. Bioderma Sensibio H20 (formally Crealine H20) is most makeup artists holy grail makeup remover. It is used backstage in nearly every catwalk show you can think of by all the big names in the makeup industry. If you follow Lisa Eldridge on Youtube than I'm sure you are already aware of this :) Unfortunately for us it is not available in Ireland. You can buy it online from Amazon or if you are lucky enough to visit France most pharmacies there will stock it.

I guess the first thing to say about the Garnier Micellar Water is that I bought this purely just to remove my makeup before I do my proper cleanse. By 'proper cleanse' I mean my cleanse using my cosmeceutical products once my skin is makeup free. I had been expecting this to do a much better job at removing the makeup than it actually did. It is very gentle on the skin which is good but if you wear waterproof makeup then this is definitely NOT for you. I normally wouldn't wear waterproof mascara but the night I tried this for the first time I was wearing my Lancome Hypnose waterproof and my black Inglot AMC gel liner. I poured some of the cleansing water onto a cotton pad and let it soak on my eye for a minute and then wiped it over the lid. Literally nothing came off onto the pad. I tried soaking it for longer, wiping vigorously over the eye, nothing worked. Eventually I had to go and get my Nivea eye makeup remover which took it off in one swipe. Now I know this product doesn't claim to take off waterproof makeup, but I really thought that it would at least remove a small bit of the mascara. Nope. Normally the Inglot liner is tough to remove at the best of times but this was a bit ridiculous! 

So the next night I decided to give it another go and see if it fared any better with the makeup I had been wearing that day. I was wearing regular mascara and no liner, just a bit of eyeshadow. I let the cotton pad soak on the lid for a few seconds and wiped.....WAYHEY! Sucess! It had removed everything with very little wiping or product. I now use this when I'm not wearing anything that's waterproof or long wearing so using this after a night out is definitely a no no. If you are somebody who likes to wear gel liner and lots of waterproof mascara everyday than this product is not going to be your friend. If you are looking for something that gentle, affordable and won't irritate you then this is for you. 

Let me know if you have already tried this or the Bioderma Crealine H20 and what you thought of them. 

Bye beauties!