As you’ve probably noticed micellar waters are a bit of a ‘thing’ at the moment, and whilst I haven’t tried many, there is two big name brand versions that I have tried. These micellar waters are generally described as doing multiple jobs in one product; usually along the lines of removing makeup, whilst also cleansing and toning, etc etc. These two are no different. The two I’ll be comparing in this post are the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution, and the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet because I know I’m a rambler, but we’ll see how I do!
To look at they’re not much different, i.e. they both look like water (duh!) but one thing you will notice is that they are about the same price, both retailing (at full price) for £4.99. However, the Garnier solution is twice the size of the L’Oreal version, 200ml to 400ml – meaning the Garnier one does give you more for your money.
As far as the makeup removing aspect goes, both products remove even mascara pretty well with minimal fuss, though I may give one point to Garnier on this one. I think the Garnier worked a little bit better in this aspect when I was wearing heavier makeup, but for general day-to-day use you can’t tell all that much difference between the two.
For cleansing and toning, I’d probably say that once again, they’re both very similar, but there was something about the L’Oreal one that left your skin feeling a bit nicer. Though neither left the skin feeling tight or dry, and actually cleansed the skin very well. I do prefer this sort of product over a face wash because I’m funny about getting products in my eyes – I think it’s mostly down to being a contacts wearer. Speaking of, neither of these products sting the eyes if you are to get any of the product in them – it is just like using water, you don’t even notice it!
The only reason I will probably never ever purchase one of the two ever again, is that I broke out, and broke out bad! I’m still dealing with it now, perhaps a week after I stopped using it. That unfortunately is down to the Garnier version. I hadn’t used any other new skin care products, it wasn’t a hormonal breakout because it was nowhere near ‘that time of the month’, this was the only thing that was different! All over my chin and around my mouth appeared loads of tiny ‘whitehead’ spots, and some more visible red spots. I read V’s post on whether it could be purging or just a breakout, and whilst neither of us are professionals or hold any sort of qualification, she suggested that I probably stopped using it, and I do agree. Both formulas claim to be suitable for sensitive skin, so I didn’t think I’d have any problems with either products, so it’s a shame I can’t use one any more!
In the mean time, I’ve passed over the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to my mum, and I’ve actually been using a Nivea eye makeup remover for my eye makeup (review to come eventually), and washing my face with my Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean. Hopefully it’ll all clear up soon especially since my graduation is this Friday coming! I think at some point I will repurchase the L’Oreal solution, just because it works well at removing all the last scraps of makeup (I like it use it after using a makeup wipe to get off the majority of makeup) and is super easy and convenient to use! Though Soap and Glory, and Boots Botanics range also both do micellar water solutions that I’d like to try too!
This is not to say I recommend the L’Oreal version over the Garnier – I know a lot of people love it – I just had a bad experience with it. Both are equally as good, so much so that I couldn’t tell all that much of a difference, so really, the Garnier is twice the quantity for the same price! And really they’re not too expensive that it would be a big waste if you didn’t get on with it.
Hope this might have helped you if you were deciding between the two.