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The Micellar Water Showdown

24th October 2016 6 min read 14 Comments

The Micellar Water Showdown

24th October 2016 6 min read 14 Comments

The Micellar Water Showdown | Maddie's Beauty Spot

Micellar waters are something I didn’t really use until the start of 2015. Shamefully – I used to remove my makeup with a face wipe and nothing else. I used a face wash in my morning shower but nothing else to remove makeup. Micellar water has been a game-changer. There a few cult micellar waters I have been trying over the last few months – I thought I’d give my thoughts on the ones worth trying! For reference, I have combination skin, not sensitive.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I used up my big bottle of this that you’ll find in my empties post here. I did enjoy this water at the time, and it took me an extremely long time to get through the bottle. Over a year in fact! The scent is not really noticeable, which is important when slathering something on your face! It works well to remove eye makeup as well as liquid lipsticks, and my “stay on” foundations such as Estee Lauder Double Wear which is super important as you don’t want to be using tons of this stuff to remove makeup – you’ll dry your skin out. This micellar water comes in the largest size as the original, at 400ml.

For the 1st time by Garnier, Micellar technology is introduced in an all -in-one cleanser. Micelles are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing. The result? Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without vigorous rubbing or rinsing. A soothing formula without perfume to suit all skin types, even sensitive. Micellar Cleansing Water’s 400mL format corresponds to 200 applications (on a cotton pad).

I think this micellar water really does live up to the hype quite well and my only real complaint is the size of the mini bottle. Like, why on earth would you make a travel-friendly bottle which is over 100ml? Who exactly is using this for travel if it’s too big to actually put in your carry on? Anywho – when I travel I just take makeup wipes or if I can be bothered, I empty a little micellar water into a travel-friendly bottle. I received this mini bottle in the Autumn edition of The Parcel.

My rating: 8/10

Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water

Can I just start by saying, I think actual water would be better than this? I received this in my Marie Claire The Parcel Winter box but I can tell you right now that chosen or not – I don’t ever want to use this again. It didn’t really remove anything much at all, very much just moved my foundation around on my face but didn’t take any with it! You can forget about tricky eye makeup or liquid lipstick – it ain’t happening! This micellar water comes in a standard stand-alone size of 200ml.

A one step cleanser & Moisturiser with Dexpanthenol & Grape seed Oil free from parabens, colours & perfume.

On the plus side, however, it is definitely great for sensitive skin as it’s soothing and leaves a nice unobtrusive scent whilst using. you may have to use a ton of this to remove anything, but you have sensitive skin so you are limited in micellar waters – it’s not a bad buy as it’s relatively cheap and is in a large size of 200ml. They must have rebranded this, as I can only find the “Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Water” nowadays.

My rating: 4/10

Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water*

When I first tried this, I thought it smelt a bit funky. This was something I quickly got used to and not something that bothered me past the first few uses. I received this in my goody bag from The Doll Connection event last year. I have to admit – it took me about nine months to even start using it! I’m nearly through the bottle now. I guess you’re already going to have an idea of what I think of this one just from that! This micellar water comes in a standard stand-alone size of 250ml.

This micellar water is infused with Cucumber & Chamomile to thoroughly remove makeup while soothing your skin.

It is aimed at sensitive skin, however, any skin type could use this. This is a great micellar water, and actually the cheapest of the bunch! It’s soothing on the skin, great at removing the product in one sweep – and also great value for money at $9.99 on a regular basis, before sales! I think this micellar water is one of the best in the drugstore and highly underrated! I, myself, had overlooked it until I ran out of another. Will I buy this when I run out? Most definitely!

My Rating: 10/10

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water*

I was sent this recently after meeting the Bioderma representative at the Bloggers United event in May and loving the Hydrabio Serum we received at the event. I have been hearing about the Bioderma range for as long as I can remember in blogs. Certainly, the French brand has much to be talked about as they easily one of the best ranges in the drugstore. But this also comes at a price.

While I really love my micellar water from this brand, I have to admit that the price definitely puts me off a bit in the idea of repurchasing it. Luckily – we have semi-regular sales at Priceline at which to stock up! At 40-50% off – the brand is definitely more affordable, I would love for everyone to be able to afford it as it really is something else in the drugstore. This micellar water comes in several different sizes such as this 250ml, a 500ml and 100ml sizes.

Hydrabio H2O is the 1st and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin. Its fatty acid esters, the constituent elements of micelles, are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes and naturally help rebuild the skin’s hydrolipidic film. Thus, Hydrabio H2O guarantees unrivalled tolerance and comfort for optimum make-up removing efficacy. Moreover, its Aquagenium exclusive biological patent retrains the skin to activate its natural moisturising capacities by stimulating the production of aquaporins, water channels in the skin, and retain the water it needs to be balanced.The Hydrabio range is for dehydrated,

The Hydrabio range is for dehydrated, sensitive skin and after using two of the products – I can highly recommend this! This micellar water does have a bit of an unpleasant taste to it (when using to remove lipstick that is), which goes away quickly but can be a bit of a shock once applied to remove makeup on your lips or around them. Apart from that, I think it removes makeup as well as Garnier and Sukin and also comes in a mini 100ml size for traveling (although not in this range at Priceline currently – only in the Sensibio and Sebium H20 ranges so far).

My Rating: 8.5/10

The winner in my books in terms of the actual product is a tie between Sukin and Bioderma, but the price and taste are why I have awarded the best micellar water in every category to the Sukin micellar water.

What are your favourites? Am I missing out on any must-haves?


* These products were provided to me for editorial consideration, I have not been paid for this post.


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I am 27 and live in Brisbane, Australia with my boyfriend and Beaglier, Ruby. On my blog you can expect typically luxury cruelty-free beauty reviews, style, planning and organisation, and general lifestyle posts.


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