Micellar water seems to be the hottest product to hit the skincare industry in the last 12 months. Last year, this product didn’t even seem to exist, but now it seems that every brand (big or small, expensive or affordable) has brought out their own versions of this product, and so today’s Save vs splurge is putting two of the most popular options against each other, which IMO are the Garnier Micellar water and the Bioderma Micellar water.
Before we even get into the save vs splurge, let me just state what Micellar water is, just for the record. It’s a cleanser which is water based, Simply put some on a cotton pad, wipe it over your face and it gets your makeup off, no need to rinse it off either (although I do because the idea of not rinsing it off freaks me out.). I personally only use this to get off eye makeup, and then cleanse my face as per usual.
Let’s be real, the packaging and formula of these products look pretty similar, and they pretty much look like water, but maybe a bit more soapy (seriously, don’t shake the bottle or drop it because it will become bubbles galore).
I guess the first big difference is size (and price). The Garnier Micellar water retails for $12.99 (400ml), and the Bioderma Micellar water (500ml) retails for $30.00. In NZ, Garnier is available at Countdown, The Warehouse and Farmers so it’s pretty easy to get your hands on (if it hasn’t sold out). Whereas Bioderma is a bit trickier, I normally buy mine when I am in Australia.
Okay so it seems this is going to be a short and sweet post, because there isn’t a whole lot to say about the product itself, so I might as well get down to the results and which one I like the most.
The Garnier Micellar water is good, especially if your skin is not sensitive. It’s pretty good at removing makeup, manages to get the stubborn mascara off my lashes, and for the price.. Well it’s pretty darn cheap. However, the formula of this one is slightly more soap IMO and I can feel it’s a bit more slippery on my skin. Not a big issue or anything. When I don’t wash this off (when I first started using the product), my skin broke out like crazy, but when I rinse it off I have no problems. This product also irritates my eyes. As I said before, I mainly use this as an eye makeup remover, but I find that the formula is a little too strong for this sensitive area, and it leaves my eyes red and irritated.
Bioderma is pricey, and I’m not going to lie.. I didn’t even want to buy this when I knew there were so many other affordable options out there. I mean, if there is a true dupe, why would I waste my money on something triple the price. The formula of this truly feels like water against my skin, I have never used this as a full face cleanser so I don’t know if it would break me out if I didn’t rinse it off, but all I can say is this product is ah-mazing at removing eye makeup, you can get right into your eye and get rid of all the mascara, all the eyeliner, eyeshadow and anything else that might be there and it does not irritate your eyes at all (and that’s coming from someone who literally has skin so sensitive it could break out at the smell of a foaming cleanser).
Garnier vs Bioderma Micellar water, the verdict is in… Bioderma Micellar is worth the splurge, especially if you have sensitive skin. However, if your skin is as tough as guts, give the Garnier one a go because it could work well with your skin, even if it didn’t work well with mine.