I love micellar water. I use it almost every night as part of my skin cleansing routine. If you don’t know a thing about micellar water, the micelles (which are the cleansing agents) within the solution act like  magnets, lifting away make-up and impurities. No rubbing and no rinsing. It’s the easiest thing to use if you want to remove your makeup.

With all the fuss about Garnier’s brand spanking new micellar water, I decided to pick one up from Clicks to test it out.

How to Use it

Simply apply to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face to remove your makeup. You can leave it at that or you can go ahead and wash your face with your regular cleanser.

My thoughts
  • It removes my makeup brilliantly
  • Because it’s formulated for sensitive skin, it doesn’t irritate my skin
  • It’s so easy to use
  • It doesn’t dry my skin out (I have dry and dehydrated skin so this is a big thing for me)
  • If you are super lazy and don’t feel like going through your routine at the basin, you can use this and go to sleep knowing that your face is clean
  • I’m so happy that it’s fragrance-free
  • The bottle is pretty, with it’s cute pink cap
  • At R79.95 for 400 ml, it’s a really wonderful budget-friendly option (compared to Bioderma’s R189.95 for 250ml) (apparently it’s good for up to to 200 uses)
  • The only  negative thing I have to say about this, is that after using it, my skin feels a little bit tacky. The tackiness goes away after about 5 minutes though.

All in all, I really really like this micellar water. It removes my makeup super efficiently and even though I feel temporarily tacky after using it, it goes away, so I don’t mind. It’s the closest comparison to the much loved and used Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, and I would definitely buy it again. It works just as well and works out a whole lot cheaper. You can read my thoughts on Bioderma’s micellar water here.

Rating: 5/5
Product: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Price: R79.95 for 400ml
Would I buy again?: Yes!
Where to buy: Clicks

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French beauty brand Avène launched exclusively at Clicks last month, and everyone in the S.A. beauty world was super amped.  I was most excited to try out their micellar cleansing water, so that’s exactly what I did. Here are my thoughts…

Avene

HOW DOES IT CLEAN?

It removed my foundation, blush, bronzer and eye shadow really well, but wasn’t as good at removing my mascara. I feel like I have to be a little more aggressive when it comes to removing my mascara (which is not a good thing). As with Bioderma’s micellar water, it won’t leave your skin feeling tacky. Your skin will feel soft, cleansed, refreshed and comfortable. Avène’s micellar water has a scent (which is very light), but I wonder why they added this unnecessary facet? Fragrance has been known to irritate sensitive skin, so why not just leave it out altogether? And now for the not so pleasant part of my experience: for some reason this micellar water burns my skin! I don’t know if this is a good burn or a bad burn, but I’ve checked out the ingredients and I think it’s a bad kind of burn.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO BIODERMA’S SENSIBIO H2O?

This product doesn’t have the same feel good squeaky clean feeling as the Bioderma version, but still manages to do a good job at removing most make up. The fact that Bioderma makes it super easy to remove eye makeup, and Avène makes me have to gently pull at my undereye skin, makes Bioderma the hands down winner. Basically, I won’t rush back to buy this once its run out, and will keep on flying the Bioderma flag.

Rating: 4/5 (I had high hopes for this product, but alas)
Product: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Quality: 4/5
Price: R200 for 200ml (It’s more expensive than Bioderma)
Would I buy again?: No thanks
Where to buy: Clicks

If you want to read more about micellar cleansing waters, click here.