Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water is a new 3-in-1 formula that removes makeup while purifying skin. I don’t really understand their 3-in-1 formula marketing they have going on here! Their tag line reads, “removes waterproof makeup + effectively cleanses + purifies”. Isn’t that all the same bloody thing? Especially the part about removing makeup and effectively cleansing. What and what?! Are you intentionally trying to throw a pop quiz at me and make me think hard here because I can’t even when I’m tired in the middle of the night and shopping micellar waters in my pajama bottoms.
True story about shopping this in my pajama bottoms. I had to go get some distilled water at 2AM and I couldn’t be arsed to get dressed. I SWEAR TO GOD I am not one of those people roaming the streets in Uggs and pajama bottoms. It was just the one time.
No but seriously, the marketing is kind of off here as there isn’t anything 3-in-1 about this formula. It removes makeup period. The end. Everyone lives happily ever after. Well not really, because the formula isn’t that great.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Water arrives your way in a 12 oz bottle for $7.49 it joins the ranks of other new Deep Clean products from Neutrogena this Spring like Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub and Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask. Garnier still remains a girl’s and guy’s best friends in terms of formula and value as it weights in at 13.5 oz at $6.99
The formula is light, refreshing, and doesn’t leave my skin sticky nor tacky. But I wasn’t terribly impressed with this formula since it didn’t do a great job removing my makeup. It struggled with waterproof mascara and even regular mascara not to mention it left residues behind from blush and foundation I was wearing. I wasn’t keen on the scent either which at first I thought smelled lightly of motor oil but after using it a few times I realized it sort of smelled lightly of a magic marker or Sharpie. It isn’t overpowering but the scent does linger in the background and is worth mentioning for sensitive users.
Now I did say about this was a one and done formula and I still stand by this even after realizing it contains citric acid which can having exfoliating abilities but there is likely the very smallest amount of it in this formula that would won’t see much of a difference in your skin when using it. Also, this might be included in the formula to adjust the overall pH of the micellar water. They never mentioned exfoliating but the 3-in-1 formula seems to apply it does something more than simply cleanse your skin.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water wasn’t particularly unique and innovative by any means and it did have a mild stinging when I used it around my eyes. There are a good deal of micellar waters at the drugstore right now and many others that are in the works for the Spring 2018 season. You can likely do better and if you’re already a tried and true Garnier Micellar Water user you probably don’t need to switch up your routine and add this particular formula to it.
I think it’s a safe skip.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water is launching now at drugstores or get it online at target.com.