March 08, 2016

Micellar Water: Skincare Game Changer or Major Flop?



Micellar waters became all the rage in 2015, and I couldn't resist jumping on the bandwagon. I had to see what all the fuss was about, given the very bold claims from companies such as L'Oreal, Garnier and Simple about how easy they make makeup removal. I opted for this L'Oreal Paris micellar water over it's most popular rival, the Garnier version, because I prefer the packaging. The packaging is plain and simple, aesthetically pleasing, and to be honest, the pink caught my eye. The 200ml bottle retails at £4.99 and is available to purchase here from Superdrug.


So, what is micellar water?! When I first heard of this term on the telly, I genuinely thought it was another wishy-washy concept, dreamt up by the beauty conglomerates to make us purchase, purchase, purchase. If that were they case, they would have succeeded, since micellar waters have been flying off the shelves! However, after a little research, I discovered that there is a history and science behind micellar waters. To put it simply, micellar water is a one step cleansing product which removes makeup and surface dirt, without the need to rinse. These cleansers contain teeny weeny bubble-like molecules called micelles. They are suspended in the water, and as soon as they come into contact with your skin, they lift away dirt instantly. Well, those are the claims from leading retailers. Did you know, micellar waters were created in the nineties to help Parisian women deal with the regions' harsh waters?

How To Use
This product is pretty easy to use. Just splosh a bit of the product onto a cotton wool pad and wipe all over the face to remove base products first, then hold over the eyes for a while to lift stubborn products, and wipe away. I'd recommend repeating the process a second time, to lift away any excess and stubborn products that have been left behind on your face.

The Verdict
To be perfectly honest, I was utterly disappointed with this product, and it has deterred me from buying micellar waters in the future. L'oreal claims that this product 'dissolves make-up' without the need for rubbing or rinsing. Though this product was very gentle on my face, I struggled to remove my eye makeup with this product, and I don't even wear a lot on a day-to-day basis, nor do I wear waterproof makeup. Things tend to get a bit messy, and I end up just wiping diluted mascara all over my upper face!

Could micellar waters replace your entire cleansing routine? In my opinion, no. This one product is not enough to keep your skin clean and clear. This product does not tone, like it states on the bottle, whatsoever. I would always recommend using a facial soap/cleanser/makeup remover and rinsing afterwards, following up with a toner suitable for your skin type and then finishing with a moisturiser. 

Where do you stand on micellar waters? It's definitely a thumbs down from me, but do let me know what you think!



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  1. Very interesting article! I also use the L'Oreal Micellar Water, but the green bottle for combination skin. I think it's quite awesome, but you're right, it's just a step in the skincare routine, it cannot replace the double-phased make-up remover for eyes & lips (especially when it comes to lip stains, smokey eyes or dramatic eyeliner). But it works great for cleaning the face though :)
    Kisses,
    www.bloggerissa.com

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    1. Definitely just one of a few steps you need to keep your skin clean and healthy! Sadly, micellar water just doesn't quite fit into my skincare routine. You're totally right; for more stubborn makeup, you definitely need something more heavy duty or a combination of products xx

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  2. I guess there is a big difference between science and company claims that lead to your disappointment. Other products do work really well on removing makeup (Bioderma i.e.), and there is no scientific claim the pruduct would do any more than removing dirt. A second cleanse and follow up skincare is of course needed for healthy skin. With that in mind, it is a exceptional option for on the go or if you dont have access to water.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

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    1. I agree. I've never used Bioderma, but will bear it in mind. Thanks for sharing your views :) I definitely think double cleansing is the most efficient way to keep your skin looking clean and healthy; some products can be so stubborn!

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  3. Never knew that had a Micellar water too!! I have only been using the garnier one and love it

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. Yep! I saw it ages ago and had to give it a go. Such a shame I was disappointed, but still love the packaging, ha!

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  4. ive never used this one, only Garnier's one and I swear by it. I use it instead of eye makeup remover and it does the job well, but I always make sure I use a toner on top because like you said, this stuff does not tone at all!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. The general consensus seems to be that the Garnier one comes up trumps! Perhaps I should have opted for that one after all... The best eye makeup removed I have found is actually from Rimmel and is very reasonably priced. I love it because you don't have to rub at all. I find it much simpler to remove my entire makeup with makeup wipes and then cleanse, tone and moisturise with Clinique's 3 Step kit for combination skin... I swear by it!

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  5. I don't use any miccelar water. This post was informative, I will keep it in mind.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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    1. They definitely don't suit all skin types!

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  6. I'm not a fan. I've tried both the Garnier and L'Oréal one, neither of the work the way I wanted to. They didn't remove eye makeup well. Its takes me twice as long normal cleansers. They do remove my base makeup, but my skin didn't feel clean xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. This is exactly how I feel; they're fine for removing base products but nothing too stubborn. My face never feels clean after using micellar water xx

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  7. I tried this a few years ago and hated it so much! It took so much effort to remove all my makeup. It actually put me off using micellar water until I tried the garnier one which was so much better! Glad I'm not the only one who hated it, I thought it was just me haha

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.co.uk

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    1. Phew! Glad it's not just me who hates this micellar water. Maybe I'll try the Garnier one at some point

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  8. I've tried a few micellar waters, I have to say I didn't really like the L'Oreal one but I do use the Garnier one which I do like and actually prefer that over Bioderma too xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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    1. Ah really? Garnier seems to be way more popular! I may give it a go at some point, but right now, I'll stick to my current regime!

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  9. I've used this one and the Garnier one, I use the Garnier one everyday but if I'm honest they aren't too different, you simply get better value for money with Garnier that's why I went for it. But if you didn't like this I doubt you will be too impressed with that one too.

    I use it before I cleanse, and I still tone. It just helps get the bulk of my makeup off!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Ooh, I was thinking about trying the Garnier one after reading the above comments. After reading your comment, I think I'll give it a miss altogether. I think micellar water is a bit of an unnecessary step in a skincare routine. I prefer to just remove my makeup with wipes and then cleanse, tone and moisturise after!

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  10. I've tried this micellar water before and although nice, I prefer the one from Garnier. These products are good as a first cleanse. I always go over with a cleansing gel afterwards. I've learnt cleansing twice is the way forward unless I had a makeup free day then just micellar water does the job. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I always double cleanse! I really like the Garnier micellar wipes, actually. I use them to take the bulk of my makeup off and then use a gel cleanser from Clinique xx

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  11. I'm using Garnier and I've repurchased it... I really like how it removes my makeup. I do wash my face with a gentle soap first and try to break my maskara up with my fingers and water only first and then go in with my micellar water and it works wonders... I can't exactly just wash my face, because I'm always left looking like a panda.. and I don't like those makeup removing milks, it's just not for me... I'm sorry it didn't work for you... Great post, though :)

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.hr/

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    1. I guess what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for the next, but that's the beauty of life... We're all different. I usually wash my mascara away in the shower and wipe away the panda eyes with a wipe after, following up with a cleansing gel!

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  12. Such a shame you didn't get on with this. I loved it but now buy the Garner version as it's much cheaper. The one thing to remember when using micellar water is that it's good to put the cotton pat over your eye and whilst keeping it there, move it slightly to remove the makeup... after about 30 seconds or more like that my whole eye makeup is pretty much gone x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. That's pretty much what the instructions say, to hold the cotton pad over eyes and lips for a little longer to remove stubborn products. I followed the instructions and still had little luck and had to rub quite vigorously. Perhaps my mascara is just particularly stubborn? Who knows! All I know is that I won't be repurchasing micellar water any time soon x

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  13. I just like using micellar waters as an extra step to get the makeup off, i agree it isn't something to replace washing your face.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. It definitely doesn't make me feel clean! I think if you wear minimal makeup, micellar waters could be fine. I wear quite a bit though, and this just doesn't cut it x

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  14. Ahh it's a shame you didn't get on with it - I love the Garnier one, but it definitely needs to be used along with another product for a proper double cleanse in my opinion.

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

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    1. I think double cleansing is a must anyway! I wear full coverage foundation and it's so stubborn xx

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  15. I have never tried this but I'm a huge fan of micellar water. I've bought and tried Sephora micellar water which is one of the best in my opinion, and then there's Bioderma which is one of the best if not the best however I am now using Garnier Micellar water which is as good as Bioderma but for a small fraction of the price. I hope this product don't turned you off micellar water altogether because there are really good ones in the market. :-)

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I have been recommended Bioderma on a few occasions now. As for Sephora, sadly I live in the UK and don't have access to it!

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  16. I really liked the L'Oreal Micellar water but I just noticed that the Garnier one was available in Canada now so I'm itching to try that!
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    Mikayla | thatluckieone.com

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    1. Will be interesting to see which is better!xx

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  17. Sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience with Micellar water
    My skincare routine has been completely changed by the Garnier equivalent, it's a great start to swiftly remove the bulk of my make up, and feels really refreshing on the skin too
    I agree that micellar water is not enough to replace a whole skincare regime, but for me, it's a good start!

    What Raj Wants

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    1. It's great that micellar waters seem to work for you! They're so cheap, I honestly wish I could get on with them to save a bit of money, haha! I'm forever paying out on makeup wipes as the first step in my makeup removal/skincare regime!

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  18. Glad I found this review. I am currently using and testing this one, and so far, it is good but I am not thrilled with the results. It removes makeup, but like others said in the comments above, my skin does not feel clean after using this.

    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. As you can see, I also wasn't thrilled with the results! It does remove makeup, but made me feel grubby!

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  19. I'm not a fan either, specially the Loreal one was way too disappointing. However I really enjoyed using Simple micellar water it was fab. But in all honesty I'm a cleansing oil kind of a girl, its simple easy and fuss free.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. Agreed! I love the Simple micellar wipes :)

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  20. This was an interesting review! I personally love micellar water and think it is completely revolutionary! You need to try the bioderma h20 micellar water - it's the best one in my opinion!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. I've had a few people recommend that so I might give it a go!x

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