Micellar cleansing waters have become a key player in make up removal over the last few years, Bioderma is the original, it pretty much created the love for micellar waters and is constantly raved about in the blogging world. Other brands have since followed suit and have been creating their own versions, Garnier being the first to be readily available on the UK high street. The Garnier version was the first I had tried and it has now become a staple in my skincare routine, I didn’t think any other micellar water could compare or even be better, that is until I (finally!) tried Bioderma..
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – £3.33
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a lot cheaper than Bioderma, the full size bottle (a 400ml compared to Biodermas 250ml) is £3.33. Even the Bioderma 100ml bottle is over a pound more than this. The full size bottle is said to give you up to 200 uses, I don’t know if this is true, I’m currently on my second bottle, the first lasted about 3 months so a good while.
It removes make up very well, it does however take about four/five maybe even six cotton pads depending on how much make up I wore that day, for my skin to be make up free. My skin can feel a little dry and tight afterwards and I always have the urge to skip the rest of my skincare routine and go straight to moisturiser just get to rid of this feeling. I’ve also noticed that my cheeks can go a little red after I’ve used this.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O – £4.80 (100ml), £10.20 (250ml)
Bioderma wasn’t available in the UK until a few years ago, it is now stocked online at Escentual however it is not available in any stores, but hopefully that will soon change. A bit more pricey than the Garnier version, a full size bottle (250ml) is £10.20! The 100ml is cheaper at £4.80 and is the perfect size for travelling.
In terms of makeup removal, it is so much better than Garnier. It removes make up effortlessly, about three cotton pads max. to be make up free. My skin doesn’t get irritated in the slightest, my face feels smooth and isn’t dry/tight at all. The water is also a lot more cooling and gentle on the skin than the Garnier version.
Would this stop me from buying the Garnier version ever again? Probably not. The Garnier one is much more accessible here in the UK, if I run out I can always pick it up if I’m in a supermarket or Boots rather than waiting for a delivery like I would have to for Bioderma. I’m definitely not put off now I’ve tried Bioderma, the downsides aren’t big enough to warrant it in my opinion. Obviously the price is also a huge factor so when I’m able I will definitely purchase Bioderma over Garnier.
What is your favourite micellar cleansing water?