Hey everyone! I'm a bit late to hop on the bandwagon, I know, but I'm now writing this review after long-term use of this product and I actually seem to have quite a different opinion on it in comparison to the numerous other reviews I've seen so I thought, why not?! In all honesty, I've always been happy using a make-up wipe or my beloved Lush Ultrabland cleanser (Review here) in order to clean the make-up of my face. Even when I do wear stubborn, waterproof mascara, I've never had any problem removing almost all the residue using a make-up wipe (there's a technique to eye cleaning, believe it or not!), and if I'm wearing a slightly 'heavier' face where foundation needs to be removed, my Ultrabland has always just been so quick and easy to get the job done. Nevertheless, I wanted to check this micellar water to see if it was as amazing as people were claiming it to be, or if it was simply another trend item. I always do two cleanses: one to take off make-up, then one to clean my face, and so I thought that perhaps trying something new for the first step (as wipes aren't always my friend) would mean that my Ultrabland wouldn't run out so quickly: cue the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.
Firstly, I love the packaging, and the amount of product you get for the price. I think it goes without saying that 400ml of product for £4.99 (usually on sale for less) is a bargain, and would recommend selecting this micellar water over any other higher-end/more expensive versions due to it's incredible value. Even though this item isn't my favourite, that doesn't mean that it won't work for you so always give something a try if you're still a little unsure. If you find that you don't like it, at least you haven't wasted a lot of money on it.
Ok so lets get onto why this didn't really work for me. I have pretty normal skin, however I do find that I can get very dehydrated skin quite quickly (especially during this colder weather!) which can result in an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. Even on the oily parts of my skin, I found the Garnier micellar water far too stripping. Whilst my face was left feeling clean, it was left feeling too clean and thus tight and dry as a result. Also, considering this particular version is aimed for sensitive skin, and my skin isn't all that sensitive, I actually found the formula quite irritating - especially around the eyes. It felt and smelt as though I was wiping a chemical around my face which is never good nor desirable.
Another thing which I didn't appreciate was the amount of cotton pads and product you need to use to get your make-up off. With a wipe I can do it all in one (including the eyes), however when using the Garnier micellar cleansing water, I needed to use several cotton pads and thus several squirts of the water to do the same job. I found this far too time consuming, and having to repurchase cotton pads all the time actually added to the price of using this cleansing water. Whilst it may be cheap on it's own, it needs money and time invested in other aspects in order to use it which I think should be taken into account. Sometimes we ain't got time to spend five+ minutes taking off our make-up!
In terms of actually getting make-up off, it was good. It could get slightly more make-up off my face than my usual wipe, however when I went in with my second cleanse, some make-up residue would still come off in the flannel which I was not at all impressed by considering how time consuming and fussy the process of using this is.
Overall, as you can probably tell: I am not a fan. Whilst I'm pleased I tried it, and I think it's great value if you're looking to try out a micellar water for the first time, I honestly don't get what the fuss is about. If you don't want to use a wipe, I would much more highly that you check out Lush's Ultrabland (link) as a make-up remover (and cleanser!) as it's so much quicker, 200% more nourishing and plumping and it's made of 100% natural ingredients as well which I think pushes it far above the quality of the Garnier micellar cleansing water.
What do you use to remove your make-up?
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