If you are not familiar with the concept of micellar water yet, it’s essentially made up of micelles, which are aggregate of oil molecules that attracted to dirt and oil. The idea of using micellar water to remove makeup and cleanse face is originated from France, and Bioderma made it hit the mainstream, as many people swear it does magical things. If you have read my blog, you would have probably known by now that I love (I mean love) Bioderma, it removes every trace of dirt and makeup on the face, yet being extremely gentle to the skin at the same time, and leaves no sticky residue. You really cannot ask for anything more.
So when I hear people on YouTube saying the Garnier Micellar Water is just as good as Bioderma, but much less expensive? I searched low and high to get my hands on it, and eventually lugged it all the way from Sydney to Singapore. And boy, was I happy I did it, the hype about the product is very much real!
It performs the same as Bioderma on me, takes off all the makeup, grime and dirt in one single swipe, leaving my face & lips feeling clean, refreshed, yet doesn’t feel even a tiny bit of irritation. I don’t use it for the eyes though, as I found micellar water is just not enough for stubborn waterproof mascara. I would say out of all the micellar cleansing water I have tried in the market, the Garnier one is the only one I don’t feel any difference from Bioderma, and would be very happy to continue repurchasing and replacing the Bioderma (it’s only one third of the price of Bioderma!).
The original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water comes in two versions – one in the pink cap and one in blue cap. I have not yet tried the blue version, which supposes to be more effective in taking off waterproof makeup, but still suitable for sensitive skin. The one I’m using now is its latest offering – an oil-infused cleansing water, which I believe is the first bi-phased cleansing water in the market?
Different from the original cleansing water, the oil infused version has a slight flowery vanilla scent, which might be annoying to some or even cause irritation on sensitive skin, but personally, I don’t mind. I actually find myself end up loving this one more than the original version, because it hydrates & nourishes my dry skin, and is the only cleansing water that I don’t see the need to rinse off after use – truly an all-in-one product.
The Garnier micellar cleansing water is finally available in Singapore now, I will be lying if I say I didn’t do a bit of happy dance after seeing it on the shelf in Guardian and Watsons. The oil-infused version, however, is not available yet (argh!…), I will have to do my repurchase from feelunique.com when this one is done.
If you are looking for a cleansing water to try out, or just searching for a cheaper alternative of Bioderma, I highly, highly, highly recommend you to give the Garnier one a go.